We aim to give each and every student the best possible start to their secondary education. We understand, however, that the transition from primary to secondary school can be an unsettling time for students and their families.
To help make this transition as smooth as possible, our dedicated transition team work with our feeder primary schools to prepare students for life at Barnsley Academy. Our transition team take the time to get to know students joining the Academy, and their parents, so that on their very first day Year 7s already know a friendly face among the Academy's staff.
In terms of more practical arrangements, I would like to confirm that during the two week transition we would like your child to wear a white school shirt (not polo shirt), their current school trousers and plain black footwear. In order to feel part of the Academy community straight away, we will be providing every student with a school tie on the first day of transition, it should be worn for the whole two weeks and then kept ready for September.
On Monday 6th July, we will also provide your child with a free school lunch in our canteen and this will give them a chance to register their thumb print on our cash machines ready for the rest of transition and September. This means they will need to bring cash or a packed lunch with them on Tuesday to load onto their account via ‘thumb recognition’, this will only be used to pay for their lunches and/or snack at break.
What We Offer
Barnsley Academy’s innovative and diverse transition programme is designed to include a variety of events in order to achieve all our aims for supporting students in the transition move. Our primary transition ethos encompasses a well-designed programme to maintain the sense of belonging felt in primary; to provide care, guidance and support; and to dispel student worries and fears about the move ahead.
If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009, you can apply in September 2019 for them a place at secondary school for the academic year starting September 2020.
Before applying for your child a place at secondary school, please read the information in our booklet: Admission to School - Academic Year 2020 - 2021 - Advice to Parents.
Applying for a place before 31 October 2019
For your child to start secondary school in September 2020, you need to apply for a place before the deadline of 31 October 2019. There are two ways you can do this:
- apply online to transfer your child from primary to secondary school (up to the deadline of 31 October 2019).
- complete a paper application form, available either from your child's primary school or from School Admissions, and return it to the headteacher of your child’s current school or send it to School Admissions, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG (up to the deadline of 31 October 2019).
If your child doesn’t currently attend a Barnsley primary school, but you want to apply for them a place at a Barnsley secondary school, apply online (before 31 October 2019) or fill in a paper application form and return to School Admissions.
Barnsley Council will be in touch with you on 1 March 2020 to tell you the name of the school at which they can offer your child a secondary school place. If you applied online, they’ll email you; if you submitted a paper application, they’ll write to you.
Transition Team Visits to Primary Schools - March to June
A member of the transition team will visit each primary school in order to collect information regarding each childs individual needs.
Additional Transition Visits - June 2020
If your child's school has requested extra transition around attending the academy then children are invited to attend weekly sessions within the ANC
Transition Weeks - TBC - July 2020 8.20am - 2.30pm
Two week transition for all our new students to come and experience life at Barnsley Academy. Students will spend more time with their form and will also experience a range of lessons and activities to help them feel prepared for their move up to secondary school.
Transition Coffee Morning - TBC July 2020 8.25am - 9.30am
This is an entirely optional, informal meeting for parents / carers that aims to give you a little time to meet some colleagues and chat to other parents. We hope that this helps parents relax and get a feel for the Academy so you’ll hopefully feel a part of our community from the very start of your child’s time here.
Y6 Parents Evening - TBC July 2020
From 4.30pm - 5.45pm. This is a very important evening where parents/carers can meet their child's new form tutor and see some of the work that has been complete so far during transition.
This Thursday is our Parent Information Evening for all parents of Year 6 students. Please can I ask that you attend the Academy ready for a 4.30pm start in the Main Hall, when the Principal will give a brief introduction to the evening. Following this introduction you will be escorted to your child’s form room for a presentation by either the form tutor or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This presentation is designed to give you all the relevant information ready for September including the timings of the school day, behaviour and uniform expectations, attendance information and information about our assessment and reporting systems.
We anticipate the presentation will last no longer than 45 minutes at which point you are invited to have light refreshments with staff and ask any further questions you may have. The whole event should be finished no later than 5.45pm.
Please do not worry if you are unable to attend the evening, as we will be uploading the information from the presentation onto our website during the final week of term.
Call: 01226 773689/773588/773677/773506
Fax: 01226 773682
Write: School Admissions, People Directorate, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG
Office hours: Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5pm and Fridays from 8.30am to 4.30pm