Our Academy » Transition

We aim to make the transition process from Primary School as smooth as possible for all of our current and future students and have devised a strategy that encompasses their journey beforeduring and afterthe transition. This is a crucial time in a young person’s life and we strive to give a ‘wrap-around care’ approach to enable this phase to be seamless, with high-challenge and low anxiety.

Prior to joining the Academy, we visit each student at their Primary school, getting to know them and talking with their current class teacher. We seek to learn about their academic, social and emotional needs, as well as their plethora of talents.

We then enter the summer season with 3 important events:

Induction Evenings

19th and 20th June 2017 (5:00pm - 6:30pm)

At this event, parents and students are welcomed to the Academy and are provided with key information about life at the Academy ahead of September. The evening also provides an opportunity to meet key members of staff linked to transition, as well as the Senior Leadership Team.

SEN / Singles Sampler Days

22nd / 29th June 2017 (9:15am-12pm - lunch provided)

These days are for students with SEN (22nd), or those who are the only ones coming to St Wilfrid’s from their particular school (29th).

Sampler Days (x3)

5-7th July 2017 (8:45am - 3:00pm)

Students get the opportunity to learn about life at the Academy, meet other students and teachers, and ‘sample’ a few lessons. This helps them to become more familiar with their future surroundings.


When September comes around and the academic year begins, the first two days are spent doing activities that help them become familiar with the environment and get to know each other and their Form Tutor.

Shortly into the first term, each student is invited to attend a 3-day residential at an outdoor centre. This is an excellent opportunity for students to form friendships, develop self-confidence and experience working as a team.

Our Year 7 Student Support Team work closely with Form Tutors throughout the year, to provide a network of support for both students and parents. For any further information, please contact the Key Stage 3 POD.


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