At Old Park School we take our responsibility to prepare our students for the next stage of their adult life seriously, and as such, have a team of staff to support this. This includes two transition staff; a teacher and HLTA and the family support worker. In addition to this, we work closely with the transition social care team, initially through annual reviews of EHCP to ensure our students' needs are fully understood and appropriate provision can be planned.
Continuing in education may not be a realistic option for some of our students. If college is a possible next step, it is likely to be successful if the right support is secured and everyone involved has a clear understanding of the student’s needs. It may also be a part of a package of support, surrounding the student which may include social care or health input and provision.
During the last year at Old Park, the school team organise and facilitate transition meetings with all agencies involved with our students. Central to this process are our students and families. The wider group may include; Connexions; social care; health professionals; F.E. professionals; private providers; voluntary sector; therapists, or others.
We support our families to investigate available opportunities and decide preferences. Throughout all of this, the students are involved in as meaningful a way as possible, attending meetings if appropriate and visiting options for future placements. Once a decision has been reached we support our students and future placements with transition. This can be over the course of the year, or as long or short as is deemed appropriate. It will also take various formats as transition is planned and delivered on an individual basis.
At Old Park School the named careers leader is Mrs Croft.