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Appleton Academy

Transition

Dear Parents/Carers and Year 6 Pupils

If you are reading this, you are accessing our Year 6 Transition Website.

Firstly, welcome to Appleton Academy!  We are very much looking forward to working with parents and carers to support your children and young people in their transition to our Academy if you are considering us for September 2021.

Unfortunately, life has been very different for the last few months and is likely to remain so for some time to come.  It has been an unusual and challenging time due to the Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ and the start of your child’s secondary school education is likely to be a little different than it might otherwise have been.

I want you to rest assured that, although at present we can’t meet with parents and carers or their children, our online Year 6 Open Evening will be an informative look at life at Appleton Academy and that we will continue to support you and your child throughout transition until they join us.  We also want pupils to be excited and looking forward to the future.

We have created a specific area of our home learning website for our Year 6 pupils with activities to try and which will give a flavour of the sort of work children will be involved in during transition later in the year.  

At Appleton Academy, reading is at the heart of our school.  Our library and wonderful librarian are central to our work. As such, each department has also included a wider reading list to engage pupils with the subject and we would ask that you encourage your child to read as much as possible between now and September.  

For parents who have children who will be accessing our SEN provision, there is further information about the SEN Team in this booklet – click link: SEN Team Info Booklet

As our planned open evening cannot take place, in addition to the virtual open evening we will hold on 7 October 2020, you can also look back at our transition presentation that was held for parents and children who joined us in September 2020.  Please find this by using the following link: Transition Presentation

Forms to be Completed Online:

In the course of time, you will be required to fill in forms to complete your child’s transition. Although you do not need those forms now, you can view them below (please do not fill in or return these forms until we advise you to do so – these will not be required until much further into the transition process, once your child has been allocated a place at Appleton Academy).

Admissions Booklet. This booklet provides us with information about your child’s emergency contacts, dietary needs, medical needs and other information – click link: Admissions Details

Appropriate Use of ICT Agreement. Pupils will only be allowed to use ICT facilities if this agreement has been filled in – click link: Appropriate Use of ICT Agreement

Our Home/Academy Agreement outlines our expectations of pupils at Appleton Academy.  We ask that parents complete this to indicate their agreement to support and uphold our expectations – click link: Home/Academy Agreement

Paying for School Meals

Please read the following important documents about school meals at Appleton Academy. These can be found using the links below or in the important documents section at the bottom of this page:

Healthy Eating Partnership

An Introduction to ParentPay

ParentPay FAQs

Applying for Free School Meals

Typical Menus at Appleton Academy

Uniform

We pride ourselves on the smart dress of our pupils and we would ask that you support us in ensuring that children and young people are following the Uniform Policy.

In order to minimise cost, most of our uniform can be purchased in local supermarkets or general clothes stores. The only branded items of uniform that we expect all children and young people to have are a blazer, a tie (which school will provide for ALL Year 7 pupils) and a PE top with the Appleton logo. All other uniform items with a logo are optional.

If pupils wish to wear a jumper in winter it must be worn under the blazer (not instead of) and must be plain navy with no logo. Our uniform policy can be found here: Uniform Policy

Our uniform is available from a number of suppliers, including Rawcliffes Schoolwear in Bradford – more details are available on the website of each supplier: Rawcliffes Schoolwear / The Uniform Shop / Academia Uniforms

Important Further Reading for Parents Regarding the Transition Process: