For you and your child, moving from a primary to a secondary school may feel daunting.
At Six Villages, we understand this and so run a series of events designed to ease this transition and welcome you and your child to the Six Villages family.
During the summer term, we visit all children who are joining us in September whilst at their current schools. This allows us to better understand their individual educational needs.
A whole week of after-school sessions prior to Transition Day itself allow students to try out many of the enrichment opportunities we offer and begin to get to know the campus. At previous years' events, students tried the ukulele, debated moral arguments, played rounders, dug in our outdoor classroom, baked fruity muffins, investigated colours of metal ions, discovered coding and programming, solved maths problems and acted out scripts in drama!
The week culminates in a family BBQ in our courtyard which gives students the opportunity to cement friendships made during the week, as well as giving parents and carers the chance to meet with other families and feel involved in the Six Villages community.
Transition Day is an action-packed and informative day where children meet their teachers and classmates to experience a typical day at the academy, leaving them enthused, inspired and ready to begin their learning journey in September as part of the Six Villages family. Parents and carers are invited to a welcome meeting that evening to meet some of the teaching and pastoral staff, as well as get help with any queries about the academy's admission forms.
We also hold an extra familiarisation day for students coming from a school on their own as well as those that require extra support. Team games and activities provide a gentle introduction to life at secondary school at Six Villages for these students.
Transition Day is also when we launch our popular Family Learning Project – a fun, creative and inclusive project for the summer holidays which students can present in any number of ways to showcase their interests, hobbies, holidays or other summer activities. Parents and carers, together with the students, are invited to a special afternoon tea at the end of the first week. There they can see all the fantastic work on display and hear more about their child’s first few days with us.
Finally, a Year 7 information evening is held a few weeks into the term to welcome new parents and carers to the academy, give out additional information and meet additional staff members who will be on hand to answer any queries.