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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 in September and cannot wait to meet and work with our new Year 7 pupils.

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 am sure that children currently in Year 6 are very disappointed at missing out on a whole host of activities in the last few months of Year 6.  This includes their SATs that they had been working hard for, end of year leavers’ assembly, saying goodbye to their school, their teachers and friends who may be going to different secondary schools.  However, I know that there have been some great learning opportunities outside of school for pupils, from learning to draw, to baking and spending quality time with family members.

I want you to rest assured that, although at present we can’t meet with parents and carers or see our new pupils, we haven’t stopped thinking about them and we haven’t stopped planning for when they join the Academy.  We want you and your children and young people to be as informed as possible about the transition to secondary school, even though this year will be quite different to the norm.  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. Staff have worked extremely hard to make sure that pupils know as much as possible about each department in school, the staff who work in them and we have even set some work for children to do.  

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.  

On the home learning website, there are also opportunities for children and young people to share the work they have been doing and gain excellence points.  This can be done through our online noticeboards (look for the big coloured box with a pink plus sign, which will allow pupils to add photographs of their work) or work can be emailed directly to each department using the contact details on each subject page.

Please support your child to allow them to engage with the website and the work that has been set as much as possible, it will make sure they get off to an amazing start in September.  The website can be found by clicking on this link: Year 6 Transition Microsite

We have created a contact form specifically for Year 6 parents and pupils who have questions during this online transition process, which can be found here – click link: Transition Questions Form

Use this form to contact us about anything which is concerning you and one of our dedicated members of the Transition Team will get back to you.

We would also like to offer all parents/carers the option to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team or our SENCO by telephone or online before the summer break.  This is an opportunity to ask any specific questions that you may have or share any information that you would normally have shared at the transition evening. 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

If you are interested in a one-to-one appointment, please complete the form using the link below and we will be in touch with you soon – click link: Pre-Admission Meeting Request Form

There are also a number of very important forms that you need to complete, which would usually have been completed at the transition evening.   Unfortunately, due to having to cancel the transition evening, we have placed all information and the forms to be completed, on the transition web page and we would ask that you complete these no later than Friday 17 July 2020.  This will give our admin team time to process all the information during the summer, before your child starts with us in September.  If you require a paper copy of the forms (these will only be provided in exceptional circumstances) or need support to fill these in, please contact us by emailing info@appletonacademy.co.uk and we will get in touch with you to support you through this process.

As our planned transition evening cannot take place, we have also included our presentation that we would have delivered to parents on the evening in July.  Please find this by using the following link: Transition Presentation

When we receive more information from the Government about returning to school, we will contact you further, via this website and in writing, to confirm plans for September.  We know that some children and young people will need more support with this and we may contact you personally to discuss this nearer the time. In the meantime, pupils and parents can enjoy a virtual tour of the Academy building and grounds by clicking on this link: Virtual Tour

Forms to be Completed Online:

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: