Overview of the KS2/3 transition process
Key Stage 2/3 Transition Information
Information for Parents/Carers of Year 6 students:
When we have received your acceptance of the school place we will contact your child’s current school for information. We will also start preparing for their induction programme.
With current Covid-19 restrictions hopefully lifting shortly we are planning to hold a designated transition day on the 1stof July. Until then we will prepare our transition events around these restrictions, as they change over the coming months.
We have been conducting visits to all of our larger feeder primary schools and have also held virtual sessions to meet with students and class teachers in other schools.
Please do be assured we will be in touch regularly with updates. However, please contact our Key stage 2/3 Transition and Progress Lead, Miss Sparrow, using the details below if you have any worries or questions about the transition process:
Year 6 to 7 Transition - Academically
Maximising each child’s educational journey and helping them prepare for secondary school is a part of our vision at Great Western Academy. We are committed to improving the transition experience of our students as they move from Year 6 into 7 and have developed ‘Soft transition tasks’ which have been created for every subject area by our expert Heads of Faculty.
The students can complete these activities in term 6 of Year 6 and throughout the summer if you wish to. Our goal is to improve pupil outcomes in all subject areas and to allow all students to have a base knowledge in each of the subjects they will be studying, alongside developing confidence in students in their transition from KS2 to KS3
Please click here to access to access the transition work.
We are excited to welcome you to the GWA community and we have set you a summer project that we would like you to complete to the best of your ability. This project should be enjoyable and a chance for you to show us what you can do.
Your tutor will go through this project with you on your transition day and explain exactly what you need to do.
Please bring your work on your first day and hand it in to your tutor, it will be your first chance to receive ACE points for your house and to celebrate your brilliant work.
Please click here to download the summer project task.
Welcome to Year 7 SWAY
This is a range of videos that explain everything ‘GWA’. This will hopefully answer many of the questions you may have.
In this section you will find videos covering:
A welcome from Mr Davis, Principal
Tour of the School
Our House System
Lessons at GWA
Teaching and Learning
Preparation for Year 7
After meeting the children on the 1st July, and you taking the time to watch the ‘Welcome to Year 7 SWAY’, this is a great time for your child to prepare themselves for starting Year 7 in September. Here are some suggestions for things to do before September:
Read the information available on this website with your child, particularly our uniform and behaviour policies
Ensure your child knows their route to school, whether they're cycling, walking or using public transport, and practise this route with them before starting in September
Label blazers and ties with your child's name
Make any uniform enquiries early in advance, the school uniform shop is already stocked with GWA uniform
Find out what kind of book your child likes to read, as they will always need a book at school
Watch the GWA sway above again to remind you of all things ‘GWA’
Welcome to GWA Mental Health and Wellbeing pack
At GWA we know that moving to a secondary school can be a little daunting and there may be some worries and anxieties that you are feeling.
Your physical health and mental health is very important and we have put together some fantastic material with the help of our current year 8s who have all been in your shoes and want to support you when making the same journey they have been on.
Please check this page regularly for updates, further information will be added as we progress through the school year to help ready your child for September.