Year 6 Transition

 
We have put together some useful information for you here, including a downloadable version of the Year 7 Parent Handbook.
 
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You can see all information on our school uniform here
 
You can also familiarise yourself with the school attendance policy and information here
 
   
 
 

FAQs for Year 6 Parents/Carers


Will my child spend time at the Academy?

Will parents have a chance to visit the Academy?

What contact will there be between the Academy and my child’s current school?

What arrangements are made if I am moving into the area and my child does not currently attend a local primary school?

What will happen if my child has Additional Educational Needs?

What happens if my child has specific medical needs?

What correspondence will I receive before September?

What happens about uniform?

What happens on the 6th July evening?

What will happen on the first day of term?

What options are there for lunch?

What are the options for getting my child to school?

Who do I contact before my child starts at the school?

 

 

Will my child spend time at the Academy? 

Please download the Year 6 Transition Guide above for current information. 

There will be two transition days on the 5th and 6th July 2021 where year 6 children will be invited to attend a day at the academy (your primary school will advise which day students will attend).  Lunch will be provided free of charge.

A second event, Year 6 Compass for Life Day, will be held on Tuesday 13th July. You will need to complete and sign a consent form which should be returned to the academy as soon as possible. (On this day your child will need to bring a packed lunch).
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Will parents have a chance to visit the Academy? 
We hope to hold various open days throughout September and October where parents are welcome to come and see the school in full swing. A parents evening will also take place on 6th July 2021 where you will be able to meet your child's tutor, the Year 7 team as well as other key members of staff and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
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What contact will there be between the Academy and my child’s current school?
Our transition team work closely with the feeder primary schools in preparation for the students' move from primary to secondary school. Mr Anthony Hughes - Head of Year 7 and Mrs Fiona Tatlock - Student Manager hope to arrange ‘Team’ meetings with feeder schools to meet all of the students before they come up to the Academy, and we speak in detail with your child's current class teacher to gain as much information as possible. 
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What arrangements are made if I am moving into the area and my child does not currently attend a local primary school?
All applications for places should be made through Wiltshire Council. Once a place has been offered, we will contact your child’s current primary school to ensure we receive all relevant information before they start. If your child is not able to attend the transition days, being held on the 5th and 6th July 2021, you can contact the Academy to make alternative arrangements for a visit. Please call Mrs Tatlock, Year 7 Student Manager for September 2021, on extension 3942.
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What will happen if my child has Additional Educational Needs?
Our Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team will liaise with County Hall and your child’s current school to ensure that we have all the information needed for a smooth transition. Your child may also be invited to the school for an additional transition day, and you may be invited to meet with SEND team if necessary. Please contact the SEND department if you would like to make an appointment. In addition to this Ms Ashton-Emslie will be visiting each local school to meet the students and their teacher to ensure that students are provided with the right level of support on attending the Academy. Ms Ashton-Emslie will also be running enhanced transition days for our SEND students who are identified by the Primary School as requiring more support for transition.   
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What happens if my child has specific medical needs?
Our comprehensive Admissions Information Booklet covers all the information we need, including information on medical needs. You should have received this soon after your child’s place at the Academy had been confirmed. If you need to speak to someone at the Academy in person, please contact Mrs Tatlock, Year 7 Student Manager.
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What correspondence will I receive before September?
You should receive an Admissions Information Booklet which includes all the information we require before your child starts at the Academy, as well as useful information for you. You will also receive a welcome pack at the parents evening, giving details of your child’s school day, curriculum, key contacts, etc.
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What happens about uniform?
For new and returning students starting in September 2021 there is a chance to size, order and pay for uniform for the start of the Autumn term. Our uniform supplier, Stitch-A-Logo (www.stitch-a-logo.co.uk) is open and can help you with all aspects of uniform purchasing, you can also visit the shop or you can purchase uniform online from, sales@stitch-a-logo.co.uk
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What happens on the 6th July evening?
It is important that you and your child attend this evening as this is when you both will be able to meet your child's tutor and find out their House.  On arrival you will sign in and be given a Welcome Pack which has a sticker on with your child's house on, your child will go to their tutor who will be stood in the atrium holding a sign with the same house logo on.  At this point you will enter the Theatre for a talk with the Mr Steven Paddock - Headteacher and Anthony Hughes - Head of Year.  Whilst parents and carers are in the theatre, your child will be doing some get to know you activities with their tutor where you will join them after the talk.
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What will happen on the first day of term? 
Year 7 are invited in for the afternoon on our INSET day in full uniform.  On arrival your child will be met in the foyer and directed to the theatre to meet their tutor.  The afternoon starts with an assembly led by the Headteacher, Senior Deputy Head and Phase Leader, who will welcome them to the Academy.  The afternoon will be spent with their tutor group, and they will receive their timetables, be given planners and  have an opportunity to tour the school to orientate themselves.  They will complete activities to get to know their classmates and will have their fingers scanned so they can access the photocopiers, library and pay for meals in the canteen and cafe.  We will also take pictures of them in their tutor groups and as a year group.
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What options are there for lunch?
The Academy has a café which is open from 8.00am until 4.00pm. This serves sandwiches, snacks and some hot takeaway food. The canteen which is open at lunchtime, offers a range of sandwiches, salads, and snacks as well as a choice of hot meals. Payment can be made via ParentPay. Many students bring packed lunches. Click here for more information on how to use ParentPay
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What are the options for getting my child to school?
We offer a subsidised mini bus for Year 7 from Tidworth, Bulford, Durrington and Upavon. There are buses from Perham Down, Tidworth and Ludgershall which stop outside the Academy. If you are eligible for transport you will be sent a bus pass application form by County Hall when you are offered your place.

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Who do I contact before my child starts at the school?
Head of Year - Mr Hughes (anthonyhughes@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk)
Year 7 Student Manager & Transition – Mrs Tatlock (fionatatlock@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk
SEND - Ms Ashton-Emslie (dawnashton-emslie@thewellingtonacademy.org.uk)
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