Continuing transition in Year 7
At Sidney Stringer Academy we recognise that the transition process runs throughout the students first year with us, so we continue to run key events and activities for Year 7 students, and parents/carers, during their first year with us. Throughout Year 7 we offer a range of activities such as team games, competitions, celebration events, a museum sleepover and much more.
We know that as parents/carers you will be interested in your child’s experience of Academy life and so each half term we offer an Open House where you can come in and watch lessons, tutor times and assemblies.
On the first day of term is Progress Day where students and parents/carers meet with the form tutor to go through key information for the upcoming term.
In the 2nd week of the term students are invited to a Year 7 welcome event and at the same time new Year 7 parents/carers are invited to a Parents/Carers Drop In Session where they can meet House Heads, Inclusion staff and staff from the Maths, English and Science faculties. There will be the opportunity to learn about the Academy curriculum, the Progress Day data that is sent home and the Accelerated Reading programme used here at Sidney
Stringer Academy. This is an informal session where parents are able to ask questions and to allay any teething problems that may have been encountered in the early weeks of term.
There is also a team building Deeper Learning Day which helps new Year 7 students work with their tutor group and House in a series of team building activities.
There is a formal Year 7 Parents Evening where parents/carers can meet form tutors to discuss the progress of new Year 7 students
Seasonal after school events for Year 7 such as the Halloween ‘Spooky Stories’ event, adult and child sport sessions, adult and child cookery sessions and book parties amongst others.
In December we have a 2nd Progress Day where parents/carers are invited in to discuss with form tutors the progress their child is making.
In March we have a 3rd Progress Day where parents/carers are invited in to discuss with form tutors the progress their child is making.
There is a graduation event for Year 7 where they will be recognised for the completion of their transition year in a wide range of areas as we move into our new timetable and they move up to become Year 8.
Additional Transition Events
We like to ensure that students become as comfortable at Sidney Stringer Academy as soon as possible, so we put a number of additional events in place to allow our new students to become familiar with each other, the site and members of staff. When the end of year Expressive Arts production takes place feeder primary school students are invited to watch.
Additional Transition Provision for Vulnerable Students
We understand that some students find the move to secondary school more difficult than others, so we ensure that our most vulnerable students are cared for and monitored
Visits for SEN students, with their primary school Teaching Assistant where appropriate, on a regular basis in the run up to the transition days (including lunchtime visits) allows students to become increasingly familiar with us the new experiences that they will face such as the school bell and the change-over of lessons. These students will also be introduced to the Learning Support Centre where they can go for support whenever they need it. Additionally, Ms Lovick, Sidney Stringer Academy’s SENCO visits primary school to discuss individual needs of SEN students with the relevant member of staff at the primary school.