Transition key dates and support

To ensure that your child has the best start academically / socially to their time at Kearsley Academy we have a transition policy that has been written alongside local primary school teachers / Headteachers.


Key Dates

We have a designated transition mentor - Ms S Meade, who works closely with our Assistant principal, Mr N. Darlington to ensure that all students needs are cared for. We also have Ms J. Connor, who is the Achievement Leader for Year 7 as well as a great team of experienced transition form tutors, and learning mentor.

Induction / Consultation Dates 2015

  • Induction Day - Friday 6th July 9:00am
  • Induction Evening - Monday 8th July 6:00-7:30pm.

The above dates are where you and your child receive some of the finer detail regarding starting at Kearsley Academy. You will also meet your child's form tutor and have the opportunity to ask any specific questions in relation to your child.

  • Summer School Dates 2014 - These are tbc and will be uploaded after easter half term.

  • Year 7 Transition Parents Evening - Autumn Term October 2014 (date tbc).

  • Year 7 Progress Parents Evening - Summer Term June 2015 (date tbc).

We have two Year 7 Consultation evenings! One in October and one further in the academic year (Summer Term).

The transition parents evening allows us to discuss initial thoughts and feelings, academic and social progress since starting at Kearsley Academy. This is to ensure that all transition requirements have been met and you and your child are confident about the their start here. The evening is hosted by our Assistant Principal, KS3 Co-ordinator Mr N. Darlington, with both the Pastoral and Achievement leaders! as well as the Year 7 learning mentor and form tutors.

The progress parents evening follows on from you half termly data profiles of your child. Every half term you will receive a student tracker, outlining achievement and effort against your child's targets. During this parents evening you will have the opportunity to speak to all of your child's teachers about their academic progress.

There is also the opportunity to respond to the data trackers half termly if you have any questions regarding their content.

Transition Support for you Child.

a_Buddy1.png We have a variety of ways that we ensure your child has the best and most welcoming start to Kearsley Academy.
- A transition programme that is designed to ensure the move to Kearsley Academy is academically and socially sound.
- A Summer School for new Year 7's to attend with a variety of events and workshops led by the Year 7 team and external professionals.
- We have a fantastic Year 7 team who have responsibilities for all areas of your child’s development.

Personalised Support

  • All Year 7 students are allocated a 'Buddy' for their first Autumn term, with whom they have regular meetings and share form times. Buddy's also support the Year 7’s** through extra reading, peer mentoring and general advice.
  • Students receive regular personal assertive mentoring by their form tutor. This allows form tutors to gain an overall picture of the ‘whole child’ and maximizes the potential of students.
  • There is a transition Year 7 event. During the first term new students spend two days with their form, form tutor and accelerated curriculum teacher taking part in teambuilding and growth mindset adventures. The aim is to create strong relationships between the students, staff and form groups.
  • Regular Year 7 Celebration of Success. There is a weekly year 7 assembly, which focuses on the fantastic achievements of students and celebrates 'superstars!'
  • Year 7 Community week, where Year 7 host a week of activities within the local community.