Transition from Primary
We place great emphasis on ensuring that the transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible and an exciting and happy experience for your child.
Firstly, they will receive a booklet telling them about everything that will happen before and after they start with us. Our staff then go out to all of our main feeder schools to say ‘hello’ to the children, talk to their teachers and learn all about them and their abilities and needs. Any extra support that is needed will be noted so that it can be in place when your child comes to us. SEND staff will also make contact where appropriate.
Then, in July, there will be induction events that will enable your child to meet their new teachers and classmates. They will come to an induction evening and have a tour of the school. There will also be a meeting for all new parents and carers which you are strongly encouraged to attend. Most importantly, all new learners will come to a block of taster days, where they attend lessons, make new friends, get to know their teachers, get used to the behaviour and rewards system, and begin to feel at home in the academy.
Pastoral support is one our strengths. Every child who joins us will clearly know who to talk to if they have things on their mind. That support is with them throughout their school career.
A Springboard into Secondary School Literacy for Life (L4L), our Year 7 programme, is a special feature of our academy. It acts as a bridge between primary and secondary school, helping your child to make a success of secondary education and a great start in life.
Here are some of the things that make L4L special:
- It’s run by a small team of teachers who really get to know the learners and how to help them progress.
- It teaches skills that learners can use across all of the different subjects – skills that they will use for many years to come.
- It tracks the progress of each individual learner, so that teachers can give you an exact picture of how your child is getting on.
- It gives children an enthusiasm for learning by teaching a series of interesting ‘themes’ or topics that children can relate to.
- It uses an artificial intelligence programme to help children achieve their best in all aspects of literacy.
So, how does L4L work?
It’s the themes that are the key. Themes include such topics as Planets, Journeys, Robots, and Water. While studying each of these themes, your child will be getting to grips with skills such as reading, writing, understanding, mathematics, oracy (speaking confidently and expressively) and the use of technology. Literacy, the most important skill of all, is reinforced at every stage of the programme, with Year 10 students helping to run Book Clubs.