Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

At Durham Johnston School we recognise how important a successful transition is to our students with additional needs.

New starters are provided with the following opportunities :

  • Visits for parents to the school during autumn term prior to/during the admissions process
  • Parent Information Evenings during summer term, before starting school
  • Durham Johnston teacher visits to children in their primary setting
  • Prospective Year 7 student engagement in an induction day in summer term which includes taster lessons and meeting tutors
  • Transition booklet for prospective Year 7 students
  • Additional arrangements may also be made to ease student’s anxieties during the transition process.


We work in close partnership with our primary schools to provide an enhanced level of transition for those who we feel would benefit from this. This may take the form of additional visits for students, one to one or small group working with secondary school staff.

The period of transition depends on the individual needs of the child. If it is felt appropriate, the SENCO will attend meetings or annual reviews to meet the current class teacher, parents and the student. We have found this strategy particularly useful in easing any worries or concerns parents /carers and children may have. We are keen to involve parents/carers as much as possible in their child’s transition to secondary school. The SENCO will also meet with Year 5 and Year 6 parents of SEND students in advance of secondary placement applications being submitted to the Local Authority. This ensures that parents can make the most informed placement decision for their child.