At Ormiston Denes Academy, it is essential to us that each new student starts their transition into Year 7 feeling safe, secure, happy and enthused to be part of their new school. This not only applies to students, we also want parents and carers to be happy and well informed about the move their child will be making.

To support this process, transition from primary to secondary school does not begin in Year 6 and end in Year 7. We ensure that our primary liaison and transition work begins as early as Year 4 and continues through Years 5 and 6, involving a dedicated team, and a range of activities and opportunities.

Year 6 students have the opportunity to attend transition days, familiarisation workshops and of course our transition week which takes place in July, and parents and carers have the opportunity to attend an information coffee morning.

Our transition team works remotely with our partner primary schools to ensure that we understand your child’s needs before starting ODA. This includes finding out about their ability levels, talents and skills, and ensuring we plan for any additional learning needs.

We will write and ask you to complete the required admission documents via ParentMail. These documents are necessary to ensure that we have all of the information to enrol your child for their September start.

We also introduce students to form tutors, and use other resources to let you know about life at Ormiston Denes Academy, and to hopefully answer any queries that you may have. These will be posted here and the Ormiston Denes Academy Facebook page.

If there is a student with additional or more complex needs, our pastoral teams will be in touch with these families to discuss plans for admission in greater depth.

We hope that we will be able to fully inform, support, reassure, and build up a relationship between students, parents, carers and our academy, and ensure that your children are given the best possible opportunity to settle once they become Year 7.

There may be additional questions that you and your Year 6 children may have as we lead up to September. A document of frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found in the link at the bottom of this page. This will be updated, and further documents added, as time goes on and more information is known. However, if you have any questions we would welcome you to contact us on, or via our Facebook page.

If parents and carers have not already done so, we would ask that you email with your contact details, to enable us to provide you with direct updates in the coming weeks.

A message for Year 6 students

Welcome Year 6! We hope that you are staying safe and alert during this time and that you are keeping up with your studies. We hope that you have enjoyed getting back to school and meeting your friends and staff.

Everyone understands that this must be a very scary time for many of you, the move from primary school to secondary school can be very daunting. But I want you to know that we are all here to help and support you, and that you will be coming to a fantastic school, with wonderful staff, where you will be provided with great opportunities to achieve, and to be the best that you can be.

If you are nervous about moving schools, remember the words of Christopher Robin in Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure, The Search for Christopher Robin “ You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

We know that you will have a very rewarding and enjoyable five years at Ormiston Denes Academy. We are living through history at the moment, and we will be able to look back on this time when you start in Year 7, and perhaps hear about some of your experiences.

We very much look forward to meeting you later this year.

Mrs Julie Richings
Transition and Co Curriculum Projects Manager

Our staff are really looking forward to meeting our new Year 7 students, some of them have sent a message.

Meet The Year 7 Team

Parents and carers will be sent details of the Year 7 form teacher their child will have in September.

An overview of the whole school, including some of the subjects we teach can be viewed below.

Additional information and documents

These links and documents below will provide you with further information to support the transition from primary to secondary school. This area will be further updated with more information and documents over the next few weeks in preparation for September 2022:

Frequently Asked Questions for parents and carers 

Frequently Asked Questions for students

Uniform and equipment

The Parent/Carer Handbook can be viewed at the bottom of our Policies and Guidance page.

Mental health

SEN information and resources

Our local offer for students with special educational needs or disabilities

Young carers

As an academy we support the work of Suffolk Young Carers and are proud that we hold their Platinum award. Further information can be found here.

If a student is already a registered young carer at primary school, they will have the opportunity to join activities with us at Ormiston Denes Academy. If they are not a registered carer, but feel that they have a high caring role in the family, they can visit the Young Carers page of the academy website or the Suffolk Family Carers website for more information.

The Year 6 Induction Evening pre recorded videos can be viewed below.

Introduction and Welcome – Mrs Williams, Principal

Expectations – Mr Lowden, Vice Principal

Learning Support – Kerry Ellison, SENDCO

Thrive – Mrs Gee, Intervention Manager

Differences between primary and secondary school

We are offering primary schools an online virtual assembly to provide information to students, and to allow them to ask any questions that they may have. During the assembly the slides are also discussed in more detail. You can view the assembly here.

Subject resources

Each Year 6 student will receive a transition pack of welcome information, equipment, a parent and carer support guide, and a transition booklet. The booklet contains a lot of student information, as well as a knowledge organiser, subject information and activities, and some pastoral activities for students to undertake.

Click on the subject link below, to watch an introduction to the subject activity and the activity details:

Autumn Term

Knowledge Organiser

Introduction from Mr Donovan – Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning


English transition activities


Maths transition activities


Mr Cooper – information clip

Science transition activities

Science transition lesson – measuring

Once completed, please complete the Google Form here


Mr Shaw – information clip

History transition activities


Mr Ford – information clip

Geography transition activities

Modern Foreign Languages

Miss Grice and Miss Best – information clip

MFL transition activities


Mr Woodrow – information clip

PE transition activities


Mrs Turner – information clip

Music transition activities


Drama transition activities


Mrs Thompson – information clip

Art transition activities

We would like to share some resources to support current Year 6 students, who will be moving to Ormiston Denes Academy in the next academic year.  There are a number of online sites available, these include:

University of East Anglia transition activities “My journey to secondary school”
Ormiston Denes Academy has a partnership with the University of East Anglia, and participate in lots of activities and information days, both at the university and in the academy. The university appreciates that there are lots of things to consider when starting secondary school, and has produced a video and interactive workbook to further support transition.

Be Awesome, Go Big has lots of useful information about transition to secondary school:

For students

For parents/ carers

BBC Bitesize – has transition resources for both parents, carers and students
SchudioTV – has a free short course that parents and carers can enrol on, to provide proven techniques for making the transition easier for both parents and children.

Young Minds Transition has developed activities to help Year 6 students transition to Year 7.

Over the summer period further updates will be sent to parents registered on our ParentMail communication system, and details here on our website and social media pages. Any queries can be directed to

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