Year 6 Into Year 7 Transition September 2019

Year 6 Into Year 7 Transition

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

We warmly welcome you to our school and are looking forward to working with you to support the education, personal development and well-being of our new students as they make their exciting journey into adulthood.

Making the move from primary to secondary education is an exciting and important part of any child's education and we want to ensure that the process is a positive and calm process.  Therefore we will be working with you to ensure a positive start in your child's education here at Knole Academy.

Ahead of our Induction Day, we have organised a member of staff to visit your child's Primary School.  This will give your child the opportunity to ask any questions they may have once our member of staff has given them an overview of life at Knole Academy.  They will be given a literacy task to complete on the day and a homework task to produce over the summer holiday.

We are really looking forward to meeting you and your child in July and when they start in September.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information - admissions@knoleacademy.org (it is worth saving this address into your safe sender's mail to prevent important emails from going into your junk).

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Mrs Barnes
Senior Deputy Headteacher

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Mrs McGauley
Head of Year 7

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Mr Major
Deputy Headteacher Pastoral KS3

Admission Form - please remember to return your completed Admission Form to the Admissions Team - admissions@knoleacademy.org.

Key Calendar Dates

Saturday Testing

  • Saturday 8 June 2019 or Saturday 22 June 08:45-11:30 - Saturday Testing (letters have already been sent out advising which date your child should attend).  Student data booklets will be ready for parents to collect.

Uniform Sizing Event

  • Wednesday 26 June 2019 15:30-18:00 - Uniform Sizing event Year 6 into Year 7 and siblings
    18:00-20:00 Uniform Sizing event for all students.  (by appointment only through Mrs Hazelton from Monday 3 June).
  • Wednesday 14 August 2019 13:00-17:00 - Uniform Sizing event - open for all students, no appointment necessary.

Primary School Visits

  • Scheduled visits to your child's Primary Schools have been scheduled Monday 3 June - Friday 28 June 2019.
  • For some students with Special Educational Needs, Primary Schools have already met with our SEN team and additional induction sessions are being arranged.  

Induction Day

  • Thursday 4 July 2019 10:00-15:00 - Induction Day for your child/children to experience a day at Knole Academy and to meet the Head of Year 7, their Form Tutor and an opportunity to get to know other students in their forms and year group.
    Induction day parents meeting 14:15-15:00 The Oaks Theatre.
    For further Year 6 Induction Day arrangements, please read this letter.

Summer School

  • Monday 19 August - Wednesday 21 August 2019 - timing TBC
    Our summer school will give your child the opportunity to make new friends, to meet staff and to familiarise themselves with our site and fantastic facilities.  There will be a range of practical lessons on offer including sport, arts, science, animation and photography.  As our school kitchen will be closed, please ensure your child brings their own packed lunch.  There will be daily prizes and rewards.

Year 7 First Day of Term

  • Monday 2 September 09:45-15:30 for years 7, 12 & 13 only.  Please drop your child off at 09:30, normal modes of transport will be available after school to travel home.

Year 7 Secondary Success Event

  • Thursday 26 September 2019 16:00-18:30

Christmas Concert

  • Tuesday 17 December 2019 18:00-20:00

Year 7 Parent Consultations

  • Thursday 6 February 2020 14:00-18:00

For Term Dates & Inset Days 2019/20 please click here

Year 7 Clubs

At Knole Academy we put a great deal of emphasis on extra-curricular clubs as they give students a broader perspective on life, higher self-esteem and develops essential life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership.  We encourage students to join at least one club and offer a wide range of activities.  For an example of what we currently offer please click here.

Uniform

We are introducing a new uniform for Year 7 September 2019 intake.  The Uniform sizing event details can be found on the key calendar dates above.  All ordering is to be purchased online, the following link will direct you to the correct area of Price & Buckland's website:
Visit Price & Buckland

All students will be informed of their house at the Induction day on Thursday 4 July.  Ties cost £6 and this money should be paid at the Uniform Fitting Event or Induction Day.  Ties will be awarded on Monday 2 September 2019.

House Information

Our house system will provide students with a sense of identity outside of their year group and will support them in developing a range of skills within the curriculum and beyond.  This personal growth will support students to develop into well-rounded members of our local and wider communities.  Students will compete in a range of individual and group based awards where trophies are awarded.  Further information on our House Icons can be found on our website by clicking here.  

Homework

Homework will be set by each subject area using a website called 'Show My Homework'.  Each student is expected to complete their homework on time in order to demonstrate they have understood what they have been taught in class and to reinforce their learning.  Login details for each student will be supplied in September.  Further information can be found by clicking here.

Transport

We know that travel into school can sometimes be one of the biggest worries for students.  There are a variety of travel options for them.  Please check the transport link under the parent portal on our website by clicking here.  We do encourage students to walk to school for health and environmental reasons and to alleviate congestion around the school.  For those who choose to cycle we do have a cycle shelter at The Place.  If you do have to drive, please be aware we do not have parking spaces but there is a drop off and picking up area by the front of the school.

School Lunch

We offer our new Year 7 students an earlier lunch to help with the transition process and in order for them to get to the front of the queue in the Dining Hall.  Students are welcome to bring in their own packed lunch or we have delicious healthy lunches on offer by Independent Catering which are payable via Squid.  You can look at a sample menu here.

Well-Being

The well-being of our students is a key priority for the school.  We currently have a range of provisions to promote positive emotional well-being.  These include;

  • Drawing and talking sessions
  • Anxiety, self-esteem and anger management mentoring
  • The 'ARC'
  • Meditation - a paid for meditation app for students
  • 'Teen Breathe Magazine' subscription.
  • The Calm Zone for reducing anxiety with a range of resources such as colouring books and equipment
  • PSHE Curriculum includes mindfulness, mental health awareness, making friends, anti-bullying work and protected characteristics

Place2Be, the mental health charity, has some helpful information for parents to help support their children during the transition period.  Please click here to view the link.

There will also be well-being information events for parents next year.  

The Induction Day should answer any remaining questions.  You will receive a Transition Booklet which will also contain some FAQs.

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