Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


We are always very excited at the prospect of a new group of Year 7 students joining us in September and we very much hope that we can ensure that the transition from Year 6 into Year 7 is smooth and constructive.

The transition process:

  1. During the summer term Mr Burton, our Head of Year 7 and Transition, will be making arrangements for visits to every primary school that have students coming to the Academy.
  2. Senior Leaders from the Academy will come in to meet the students who will have an opportunity to ask questions following a short presentation.
  3. Students will be invited to a ‘taster day’ in July; this is likely to start at 9.00 and finish at 2.45. Students will enjoy a range of fun activities that will help them to get used to their new environment.
  4. Some students may be particularly anxious about moving to secondary school, staff from our special educational needs and personalised learning teams will work closely with these students to ensure that they are given appropriate support. In our experience, staff from the primary schools give us helpful information about any particular needs.

If you have any concerns about your child’s transition to the Academy please do not hesitate to contact us.

General Transition issues:

Mr A Burton
Email: [email protected]

If you would like a conversation with the Principal please contact Keri Jenkins (Principal's PA).
Email: [email protected]

Secondary Exemplar

From Primary to Secondary School

Children joining our Academy all have the opportunity to build relationships with us and learn about the next stages of their education prior to starting with us in September.

Primary children and parents have a transition parents meeting in the summer term where they are given information about our Academy and who will be the class tutor for their time in our Academy. It is a great opportunity to build a relationship with the Academy as you will get to ask questions and find out that valuable information, including who's who.

All year 6 students are invited in to the Academy for a taster day, where they will meet their form tutor and their peers for the next 5 years. We hope that this helps to settle some of the nerves that come with changing environments - especially since we understand how daunting it can be knowing you are the newest and youngest members of the family! With our taster day, our prospective students go home safe in the knowledge that they have walked the corridors of the Academy, met their teacher and most importantly made friends. 

Our academy sets up a buddy system. Each new child joining us in Year 7 will have a buddy in year 10 who will help them settle into the school and offer guidance and support. This is an exciting opportunity for all parties involved as our younger children feel safe and secure whilst our older students build confidence in their skills, knowing they are giving back to the Academy.  

It is our priority to help with this change, therefore we welcome any feedback and support from parents and carers on making this process easier for their children. 

Staying on for sixth form

We hope that we have made enough of a lasting positive impression on our students that they stay with us for sixth form! 

Throughout Year 11, our students will have the opportunity to meet with our current sixth form committee to get a feel of what our sixth form can offer. This involves meeting in groups to have tea and ask questions, having a tour of the common room and sixth form areas and having access to a mentor during the options process. 

Parents and carers are also invited to attend an information evening with their children where you will learn more about our Academy offer and get to talk to our A Level and BTEC subject leads about what their courses involve and the type of applicant they are looking for. Application forms and options leaflets will be given out during the information evening, however these are available during the year also. 

There is an induction week the first week of Year 12 where our students will get to learn about their courses, get the chance to build relationships through specially developed team building tasks and to make any changes to the options they selected (with guidance from our head of sixth form).