Information for Year 6

At Ormiston Denes Academy, it is essential to us that each new student starts 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. This year, although we cannot offer the same opportunities, we will still aim to provide transition support to these year groups, but with a focus on Year 6 students.

One of the highlights of each new academic year is our annual open evening, an opportunity to give parents, carers and students the chance to explore the academy, view our excellent facilities, experience first-hand our excellent teaching and learning, talk to staff and current students, and have a sense of what it means to be part of Ormiston Denes Academy.

With the current national situation, we are saddened that we are unable to hold our normal open evening. However we have a number of virtual experiences planned to give prospective students, parents and carers a feel for life at the academy.

Our new prospectus will be available shortly, and this year incorporates unique QR codes to enhance the experience within each section.  These will provide the opportunity to virtually meet key members of staff, and find out more about why you should make Ormiston Denes Academy your school of choice.

Each local primary school will shortly receive a reply of prospectuses for their Year 6 students and, once received, we hope that you will enjoy reading, watching and hearing about our academy. These primary schools have also been offered the opportunity to participate in a virtual assembly with the transition team here at Ormiston Denes Academy to find out more about us, the transition process, and to allow any questions to be asked and answered.

Parents and carers are also being invited to join in one of a number of virtual information evenings taking place over the next few weeks. If you would like to register your interest in attending one of these evenings, please email transition@ormistondenes.co.uk.

Although the prospectus and QR code features will go into much more depth about our academy, the clip below will also give an overview of the whole school, including some of the subjects that we teach.

Our transition page was fully updated before the summer, to support the Year 6 students that joined us this September.  This page hosts a large amount of information to aid the transition process for these students, but that will also provide for current Year 6 students and families. There is information about many of our curriculum subjects, virtual tours of these subject areas, along with a wealth of further information to inform and support. Every students also received an excellent transition pack of information and resources that they were able to use over the summer.

We are really pleased to say that our new Year 7 students have made an excellent start to their secondary school education. In many cases this September was the first time that they had been into school in 5 months, and it is clear that our transition process, along with our dedicated Year 7 team, supported that excellent start to the term.

More information will be provided on this page over the next few weeks, however if you have any questions or queries, or would like to register for our virtual information evenings, please contact Julie Mayo, transition and co-curriculum projects manager, on transition@ormistondenes.co.uk, or call Ms Mayo on 01502 574474

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