Year 6 into 7 Transition
(Transferring from primary school)
Transition to Year 7 – 2020 intake information
I am so pleased that your child will be joining our successful Academy in September.
Transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is an important aspect of your child’s educational journey. Unfortunately, our normal Transition Day and Evening planned for Tuesday 30 June will not go ahead due to the current circumstances with Covid-19, nonetheless, we will endeavour to meet the needs of this transition remotely and look forward to planning some exciting opportunities when we can meet again to celebrate your child’s start to secondary education.
The first day of term for all students is expected to be Monday 7 September 2020. Should government guidelines regarding Covid-19 at that time mean that on site tuition is not possible, or part time arrangements are in place, we will contact you in good time to explain the measures in place.
We are currently planning to offer Friday 4 September as a transition day for new Year 7 students to spend the day familiarising themselves with the academy, their peers and staff before the academy opens to all students. We will be in contact again with further details about this day.
We do not take our success for granted and appreciate we can only succeed through a positive partnering approach between us, you and your child to help them develop effective learning habits, a sense of pride and positive academic behaviours. We are here for your child and can also support you, should you ever need it.
I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.
Mr Scott Yalden
The transition team are:
Mrs Jackman, Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo
Mr Gilbert, Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3
Mrs Woollaston and Mrs Bateson, Pastoral Care Officers
Miss Rose, Assistant SENDco
They are here to help you during the transition stage.
Letter from Mrs Jackman with transition information- click HERE.
Academy Information Booklet summary click HERE.
Need to Know – Year 7 - Autumn 1 – exemple booklet, can be found HERE.
To support your child through recent changes and their feelings about transitioning to secondary school, download the ‘My Little Book of Changes’ document HERE.
It would be wonderful, if your child would like to share their reflections, with their tutors when the time is ready for them to meet.
There will soon be a video uploaded on to this page that you can watch with your child to get them familiar with what school looks like, inside and outside.
Visuals and prompts are excellent ways of building confidence during transitions points in every child’s life. When we get closer to students returning to school, children with special educational needs, may benefit from creating their own visual map with help from the transition team. Pictures of different areas will be posted nearer to the time, when school re-opens. Have a look at an example of our visual map template HERE.
General Transition Information:
* We invite all prospective parents and children to an open evening early in the Autumn Term.
* There are also opportunities to visit during the school day.
* Through liaison with primary schools, students in Years 5 and 6 have opportunities to participate in learning activities, performing arts and sports.
* Senior pastoral staff visit all prospective students in the Summer Term prior to transfer.
* A new intake parents’ & carers' evening provides an opportunity for parents to meet tutors and senior staff.
* Close links with our primary schools ensure that students settle in quickly and build on the skills they have developed during Key Stage 2.
Autism Education Trust Transition Toolkit (also useful for many children without autism) – covers nursery right through to starting university https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/attachemnt/transitiontoolkit.pdf
Transition resources from Young Minds (aimed at teachers but includes tips for parents and activities for children)
Some great resources from BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zh4wy9q/starting-secondary-school/1
ASDAN ‘Moving On’ resources (Using a mobile phone and how to travel independently)
Get the ‘Own it’ App on your child’s phone to help them interact positively with online conversations: https://www.bbc.com/ownit
Parent Stories: Getting kids tech ready for transition to secondary school
Parents cultivating a ‘Growth Mind-set’ at home
‘Be awesome – Go Big project’ - click HERE
Resources that accompany the video and the books we have purchased for year 6-7, can be found here and we can publish this on our website: