Primary to Secondary Transition at Sidney Stringer Academy 2018



Sidney Stringer Academy holds an Open Evening for prospective students and their parents/carers. The Open Evening for September 2019 will be September 19th, 5.30-7.30.



New Year 6 students choose their secondary school preferences.



Year 6 students find out their allocated secondary school and secondary schools are sent roll numbers. Sidney Stringer Academy sends out a welcome letter and asks for confirmation from parents/carers.



The Assistant Principal in charge of transition and members of our Inclusion Team, Learning Support Centre, SENCO and Learning Mentors visit all of the Year 6 teachers to discuss each individual student and their needs. 



Students are placed into one of our 5 Houses - Da Vinci, Jaguar, Lanchester, Phoenix or Swanswell. Where possible siblings will be kept in the same House. The Heads of House then place students into Tutor Groups based on the information shared about the students by their Year 6 teachers to ensure a suitable placement. 


During June there will initial transition sessions for solo Year 6 student and initial transition sessions for vulnerable students, as identified by the primary schools. Throughout June students are visited to explain the transition process and raise any questions from students.


Parents/carers Transition Evening is when we invite all the parents/carers of new Year 7 students to meet the Principal and House Heads and are given an information guide as we know that there is a lot involved in the transition process. The 2019 evening is June 25th at 5.30.



July 4-6th, 8.45-3.00

This year we have 3 Transition Days to help students in the induction process:

Transition Day 1, Wednesday 4th  July


Year 6 students spend the first day at Sidney Stringer Academy from 8.45-3.00. Students will meet other members of Year 6 in their House and their House Head, they will meet their Tutor Group and spend part of the day on a sample timetable. All students are given a 'Transition Survival Pack' including information about their House, an Academy map and an information pack. All meals and drinks will be provided on the day and students do not need to bring anything with them.


Transition Day 2, July Thursday 5th 8.45-3.00:

Students will take part in a range of activities including team challenges and lessons at Sidney Stringer.


Transition Day 3, July Friday 6th 8.45-3.00:

Students will take part in a range of activities including team challenges and lessons at Sidney Stringer. At the end of the day students will be given a welcome present to take away.



During the summer holidays all new Year 7 students who will be starting in September are invited to attend our 2 exciting Activities Weeks. The weeks are designed to allow students to get to know each other and other KS3 Sidney Stringer students. Students can join one or both of the weeks at a non-refundable cost of £10 per week, or £15 for both weeks.


In 2019 week 1 will start on Monday 22nd July and week 2 will start on Monday 29th July. If you wish to apply for a place, please complete and return the attached form with cash payment to reception. Further information about activities will be released nearer the time.


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 discos, 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 special assembly 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 for example with the end of year Expressive Arts production, 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, our SENCO visits primary school to discuss individual needs of SEN students with the relevant member of staff at the primary school.