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Appleton Academy

Transition

Dear Parents/Carers and Year 6 Pupils

For parents and children considering Appleton Academy’s Year 7 for September 2022, we will be hosting an open evening on Wednesday 20 October 2021 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

The evening will include an address from the Executive Headteacher at 5.45pm & 6.45pm. We look forward to welcoming you to the school and to meeting you and your children.

If you have any questions or require further details, please email info@appletonacademy.co.uk in the first instance.

For children and parents who joined us in September 2021, 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.

Unfortunately, life has been very different for the last 12-18 months and is likely to remain so for a little while longer time to come.  It has been an unusual and challenging time due to the Covid-19 ‘lockdowns’ and the start of your child’s secondary school education is likely to be a little different than it might otherwise have been.

Therefore, on 15 June 2021, we wrote to parents who have children joining us in September 2021 and you can read this letter by clicking on the following link: https://appletonacademy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Letter-2-transition-June-2021-final_Non-MM-Version.pdf

I want you to rest assured that, although at present we can’t meet with parents and carers or their children, our online and virtual resources and information, as well as our online Year 6 Open Evening will be an informative look at life at Appleton Academy. 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. You can ask questions or provide feedback for the online open evening using the links below:

Open Evening Questions Form

Open Evening Feedback Form

Ask a Question

Speak to a Member of SLT

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 We have also written to parents of SEN children specifically about their transition to Appleton and this letter can be found by clicking on the following link: SEN Transition Letter

As our planned Transition Day and Transition Parents’ Evening cannot take place face-to-face, we have provided online and virtual resources for you to look through. Please also find attached our transition presentation for this year: Transition Presentation

Forms to be Completed Online:

In the course of time, before the summer break, you will be required to fill in forms to complete your child’s transition. We will be speaking with you over the course of the next few weeks and will advise you of the information we need and when – you can view these forms in the links below.

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 IT 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

Covid

In the event that school is asked to lockdown due to Covid 19 or in case your child’s bubble are asked to self-isolate, please complete the survey using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/GJQ7z6tddn The information you provide will help us support you and your child. It will allow us to make decisions about who we may need to provide with additional resources, such as laptops etc.

Important Further Reading for Parents Regarding the Transition Process: