Castleford Academy

Year 6 Transition

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Transition FAQ

Transition Dates

Thank you for your patience with transition.  The DFE guidelines have now been released and it clearly states “visits to secondary schools for induction will not take place this year, some secondary schools may have capacity to undertake remote induction briefings.”

We realised that transition will look very different this year. With this is mind, we have been very busy behind the scenes working on some new virtual transition material. A virtual tour with year seven students, a meet and greet with key staff and a presentation from Mr Panayiotou (Headteacher and CEO) and John McNichol (Chair of Governors) is available below.

A message from Mr Panayiotou

A message from the pupils

A message from Mrs Salmon and Mrs Hawthorn

Transition Pack

We will also be posting out a transition pack to your home, admissions forms and lots of other information, including expectations about uniform and where to buy it, over the next two weeks. This will contain the form tutor group for your child.

Transition Questions and Answers

MathsWatch Tutorial

Lexia Tutorial

Additional Information

We have been busy working with primary schools to get to know more about your child. However if you would like to get in touch with us, you can do so on the contact details below:

Mrs Hawthorn – Year Leader fhawthorn@castlefordacademy.com

Mrs Salmon – Assistant Headteacher ssalmon@castlefordacademy.com

Miss Hayden – SENCO jhayden@castlefordacademy.com

Our website will be the main source for transition information. Here you will find any updates regarding September. We are currently waiting DFE guidance for the opening of schools in September.

We look forward to meeting you all.

The Transition Programme ​ ​

Throughout your child’s time at Primary school, we work closely with the pyramid to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary school is made as easy as possible for your child. We have a close partnership with the pyramid schools. Working together, we can ensure the best support for your child.

As part of transition, pupils within the Pyramid are given a number of opportunities to visit the Academy. These include: theatre productions, The Spelling Bee, Parent tours, Accelerated Reader and numerous sporting events.  All of these events enable your child to have experience of the Academy before they attend in September.

In September, the first two days of Year 7 are key to helping your child settle in. During this time, only year 7 pupils are in school and this forms part of our transition plan.  This enables them to find their way around the school, get to know the teachers and support staff and to make new friends within their form and year group. The first day is spent with Form Tutors so that pupils are able to get to know other pupils within their form and their form tutor. During the second day, pupils will have the opportunity to go to some of their lessons. 

We also have an established programme of Key Stage Three transition mentoring. This further supports pupils with transition and establishes strong links between parents/guardians and the Academy to ensure the best possible support is given to pupils. 

Prior to the transition days, staff from the Academy will visit Pyramid schools to meet with pupils who are to join us in September. This gives year 6 pupils the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns.

We look forward to working with you during the transition process and throughout your child’s time with us. 

Mrs S Salmon (Assistant Headteacher)