Year 7 Transition

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 9th 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.


Important Dates

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 

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 - July     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 - July 2018    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 - July 2018

From 4pm - 6pm. 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.

Graduation Day, July 

We will be holding a graduation ceremony for all Year 6 students, and would like to invite you to come along and see a short presentation of your child’s two weeks at the Academy followed by them receiving their graduation certificate. This is a very special ceremony, enjoyed by everyone involved. Further details will be provided nearer to the time.

2017-18 Letters

Worsbrough Bank End Transition Letter

Hunningley Primary Transition Letter

Letter Regarding Transition

Additional Information for Transition Families

Uniform Expectations Sheet B

Timings of the School Day





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