Transitions at Whinhill
An effective transitions framework is essential to ensure that children move from nursery to primary school and from primary school to secondary school with confidence.
Transition to Primary School
Generally, children in Scotland start school when they are aged between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half. When they are eligible to start school depends on when their fifth birthday is:
- If your child’s birthday is on or between 1 March-31 August, your child will usually start school in the August term after (or on) their fifth birthday.
- If your child’s birthday is on or between 1 September-last day in February, your child will usually start school in the August term before their fifth birthday.
If your child turns 5 between 1 January and the last day in February, you are entitled to another year in early learning and childcare. If your child turns 5 between the school commencement date in August and 31 December, parents are entitled to defer their child’s entry to school by a year, but decisions about funded early learning and childcare in the deferred year are at the discretion of the local authority. Visit Inverclyde council’s website to find out more information about this.
Visits are made to local nurseries and we invite children from these nurseries to spend time in Whinhill Primary 1. During the month of June children who have enrolled for Whinhill will be invited to participate in an induction week where they will experience the school environment. Parents will be given valuable information and will have the opportunity to be involved in learning workshops.
Transition to Secondary School
Pupils are normally transferred between the ages of 11½ and 12½, so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least 4 years of secondary education. Our pupils transfer to Inverclyde Academy, Cumberland Road, Greenock, PA16 0FB (01475 71500). If Parents wish their child to transfer to this school they must live within the catchment area, otherwise a placing request must be submitted. Children in primary 7 will be invited to participate in 3 induction days throughout the year, one during November/December and two in June.