Year 6 Into Year 7 Transition September 2020
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 happy and calm one. Therefore we will be working with you to ensure a positive start to your child's education here at Knole Academy. It will be a different type of transition this year due to the COVID-19 situation but we aim to ensure that while it is different it is still informative, reassuring and prepares the students for the best of starts in September.
We will continue to work with the primary schools to gain as much information about our new students as possible but will be unable to visit each feeder school as we have in the past.
A 'Virtual Induction' is scheduled on 2nd July but the format is TBC. Sadly it won't involve a physical visit to the school. For students with SEND the specific induction events have also had to be cancelled but a booklet and zoom meetings with further support for transition will take place. We will keep parents/carers informed of how these induction events will work via the contact e-mail addresses we hold for you – so please keep checking your in-boxes.
All parents/carers will have received an information pack from us at the end of May. This includes a student information booklet covering all the key information you and your child need for the transition to Knole including how to order uniform, arrangements for allocating places in the grammar stream, public transport, financial support for purchasing uniform, important web links and literacy information. It will also include a ‘student returns form’ which we will ask you to send back to us in the stamped, addressed envelope included. Please note the form documentation should be returned no later than Monday 15 June 2020.
Admission Form - please remember to return your completed Admission Form to the Admissions Team using firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information using the e-mail address above (it is worth saving this address into your safe sender's mail to prevent important emails from going into your junk).
A letter has been sent out today (23.7.20) to all Year 7 parents regarding the first day arrangements for September. A copy of this letter can be found by clicking here.
FOR TERM DATES & INSET DAYS 2020/21 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.
Details of uniform sizing, a how-to guide and ordering details will be included in the pack sent to all parents/carers in May. All uniform is to be purchased online. Orders received by 5 July should ensure delivery by September. The following link will direct you to the correct area of Price & Buckland's website:
Visit Price & Buckland
Ties cost £5.95 and can be purchased from Price & Buckland or through the school, All students will be informed of their house and this will determine the colour of the tie that you order.
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 will be set by each subject area using an app called Edulink. 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. Log-in details for each student will be supplied in September.
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.
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.
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;
- A wellbeing room with comfortable space for reducing anxiety with a range of resources such as colouring books, music, mindfulness activities, books and magazines
- Meditation - a paid for meditation app for students
- 'Teen Breathe Magazine' subscription.
- The PSHE Curriculum includes mindfulness, mental health awareness, making friends, anti-bullying work, online safety and protected characteristics
- Wellbeing dogs - Hugo and Daphne are our dogs who stay in our Wellbeing area on a Wednesday and Friday. There is a rota for students to sign up to walk the dogs at break and at lunchtime.
- Counsellors in school up to four days per week
- A full time mentor working with groups on anxiety, self-esteem, anger management and behaviour, drawing and talking and sand pit sessions
- All of our staff are given introductory training on mental health in young people and some staff are trained as experts in specific elements of mental health
- Wellbeing support is signposted for students around the school, including on the dedicated wellbeing noticeboard
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/carers next year including sessions on e-safety, self esteem, LGBTQ and drug and alcohol awareness.
The Induction Day should answer any remaining questions. You will receive a Transition Booklet which will also contain some FAQs.
All our Year 7 Tutors are English Teachers and we would like to encourage our students to have a look at our English Transition project to undertake some of the literacy and reading tasks. You will be asked to bring your work in when you start school in September.
Our Maths Department have put together some videos for you to have a taste of the mathematical schemes of work that will be covered when you join us in September as Year 7 students.
In order to get a taste of Knole Academy follow us on our social platforms which will keep you up to date with all the latest news and events.