James Young High School Cluster includes Bankton Primary, Bellsquarry Primary, Dedridge Primary and Williamston Primary.

An increasing percentage of S1 pupils come from outwith the catchment (approx 30%).


It is the aim of JYHS to establish good relationships between pupils and teachers within a caring ethos and to provide support as necessary for individual needs.

Links established with associated primaries allow for a smooth transfer and care is taken to ensure the transition and induction programmes are well thought out.

This procedure ensures that the pupils benefit from the transition experience and that curricular, pastoral and social aspects are addressed.

The overriding aim is to consolidate and enhance the learning process and raise attainment of pupils.

This is regularly evaluated.

School Links and Events

  • The Head Teacher attends Cluster meetings.(If appropriate, a Deputy Head Teacher will also attend)
  • P7 input from secondary staff Science, Maths, Modern Languages, CDT and HE
  • Maths Challenge
  • JYHS arrange a P7 conference which includes all associated P7 pupils and non catchment P7's planning to join JYHS in S1
  • 2 day induction programme runs in June

Support and Information Sharing

Pupil Support will visit prior to the 2 induction days i.e. House Head or Monitoring & Tracking teacher. If a school is sending less than five pupils this may not be possible.

The purpose of the visit is to establish contact and reassure youngsters. All questions are addressed.

Whenever possible two current S1 pupils originally from the primary school to be visited also accompany staff - an example of good practice.

The Pupil Support Manager and Learning Support also contact primaries for information and attend Child Protection Meetings ("CPM") and Individualised Educational Programme ("IEP") meetings as appropriate.

It is the responsibility of the Depute Head, Support to collect information via the transfer form on friendship groups, Additional Learning Needs ("ALN"), etc.

All information related to pupils is gathered and used in formation of classes.

All arrangements including the P7 conference, induction day programme and disseminating information are undertaken by Depute Head, Support.

P7 profiles are available for all staff to read and are available on the staff folder.


  1. P7 Information Meeting
  2. Letters to P7 parents
  3. S1 pupil input at P7 visit
  4. Induction booklet
  5. P7 Conference
  6. Buddy system for induction days
  7. Continued buddy system in operation during S1
  8. Early S1 parents meeting to meet Personal Support Teachers
  9. Assemblies
  10. 1-1 or group interviews with Monitoring & Tracking teacher
  11. Outdoor education 1 day trip to Lowport + Personal Support Teacher
  12. In class support as necessary
  13. Nurture programme for identified pupils
  14. Access to the JYHub

In addition many P7/S1 pupils are familiar with the building through Monday Night Youth Club for P6/P7's.

All relevant letters, forms etc can be found in P7/S1 transition folders held by Depute Head, Support.

P7/S1 Transition

Term 1 (November)

P7 Parents Information Evening for cluster primaries.
School Prospectus to cluster primaries.

Term 2 (March)

Provisional numbers from Pupil Placement.
Information - Transfer form with P7 teachers.
Contact made by learning support: P7/S1 Transfer Forms returned by end of April.

Term 3 (May)

Meeting of P7 teachers and Monitoring & Tracking staff/Pupil Support to exchange additional information.
P7 conference.

Term 3 (May/June)

JYHS staff and two S1 pupil visits to primary schools.
Issue welcome booklet.

Term 3 (June)

Two day visit to secondary school.
Final transfer of information.

Term 3 (June/August)

P7 profiles available to staff in JYHS.
Primary assessment information available to secondary staff.

NEXT SESSION (September)

New S1 "Meet the Personal Support Teacher" evening.