At HYA we will de ensuring that the transition from primary to secondary is a seamless one.
All Year 6 students who are allocated a place at will be visited in June at their primary school. Following on from this visit, all Year 6 pupils are invited to an Induction Week; usually the first week in July. This involves the pupils coming to the Academy for the whole week where they get to meet staff, form tutors, Head of House and their new classmates. During the week they take part in lessons, meet the Student Leaders, take part in challenges and team building events and grow familiar with the layout of the school and the grounds.
During Induction Week parents/carers are invited into school one evening to: meet the staff, meet their child’s form tutor, look at the work their children have produced over the week and ask any questions that may have arisen during the course of the week.
Induction Week provides a fantastic opportunity for them to settle into high school before the start of the academic year. It also elevates any worries or concerns they may have about starting high school in September.
Over the summer holidays all students will be set a project to complete. This will ensure they return ready to learn. It will also support the Academy in ensuring the level of challenge and support is correct.
Moreover, our support of the transition process doesn't end there. After the first month of being in Year 7, we provide a Year 7 Settling in Evening to review, in detail, the start that each new student has made. It is also an opportunity for parents to speak with their child’s teachers, to see examples of their work and celebrate the beginning of their high school journey. This level of support continues throughout the academic year through a Parent’s Evening and full school reports.