southgate dad wrote:
My Dd has just started at CLGS. She has settled in well and joined lots of clubs etc. The journey has been ok and she seems to be getting use to the commute. Big challenge is developing her organisational skills.
How have other parents found the transition?
Give it time. Good schools seem to know how to help children grow into their responsibilities, recognising they're not yet adults. Even punishments / corrections / sanctions like detentions and low marks can be positive: serving to trigger better.
That said, there should probably be fairly firm order and discipline comng from home in order encourage and model best practice - which means the pressure is on us adults too.
I find my son has grown leaps and bounds this past year at secondary. We chart and diarize almost everything, but he makes sure his equipment and homework are ready, and he's enjoying school; it's a pretty well organised and safe environment, but he's improving in real-world situations as well.