We recognise that starting a new school is not easy and hope that the information below will be helpful during the important process of settling in and that your association with Queen Elizabeth's Academy will be a happy and successful one.
All Year 6 pupils who will be joining Queen Elizabeth's in September will receive a copy of our transition booklet in June.
Queen Elizabeth's Academy is an 11-18 Academy with a clear Christian distinctiveness. As an Academy, we aim to provide a curriculum suited to students of all abilities. We also aim to provide extra-curricular activities that appeal to the widest possible range of interests and abilities. You can access more general information about the Academy in the Academy Prospectus, obtainable on request from the main office or it can be downloaded via the academy's website Information section.
- The Lead Practitioner of Student Experience will visit all partner primary schools and speak to all Year 6 pupils about how Secondary School is different and allow pupils to raise any issues or concerns and ask questions. Year 6 pupils will also have a chance to talk in small groups to year 7&8 Buddies.
- The SENCO will visit all Feeder Schools during the Summer Term and discuss all pupils with Additional Needs with the Primary SENCO. Where necessary, pupils will be observed/spoken to by the SENCO.
- All pupils from Partner Primary Schools will be invited into the Academy for a week in July (Transition Week) to meet their new Form Tutor and experience a typical day. Some vulnerable students will visit Queen Elizabeth's on more occasions to allow them to become familiar with key staff.
- During the first half-term all Year 7 parents will be invited to attend a welcome evening with their child’s Form Tutor to make sure they have settled happily at Queen Elizabeth's Academy.
Transition Arrangements – Additional Support
Additional support will focus on a cohort of identified students who are likely to struggle with the move to Secondary School. The cohort will also include students who are coming alone or with very few other students from their school. Primary Schools will be contacted before Easter and asked to identify a group of vulnerable students. Members of QEA staff will visit each partner primary school during the Summer Term.
Benefits of the Transition programme
- Pupils will be extremely enthusiastic and feel ‘special’
- Pupils are eager to ask questions
- Pupils are able to air their worries and discuss fears with like-minded children
- Pupils enjoy meeting and getting to know the staff from the Secondary School
- It is a good idea for the pupils to meet other pupils in Queen Elizabeth's Academy who have been through the transition process before. The pupils realise they are not the only ones who feel particular anxiety.
- Friendships are formed within the groups
- Pupils find it stimulating to meet with Year 6 pupils from different Primary Schools
- Pupils feel a huge confidence boost, especially from frequent visits to their Secondary School
- Stronger links are established between the staff and students
- Pupils enjoy the tour round the Academy and enjoy looking at the classrooms