Top Valley Academy Primary Transition and
At Top Valley Academy, the most important thing
to us is that each new student starts Year 7 feeling
safe, secure, happy and enthused to be part of their new
school. Transition from primary to secondary school does not begin
in Year 6 and end in Year 7. We ensure that our primary
liaison and transition work begins as early as Year
1 and continues into Year 8, through a dedicated team of
educational professionals who view each unique student as an
individual, with personal needs.
Transition at Top Valley Academy means the
smooth academic, personal, social and emotional transfer
of students from their primary school into Year 7 and beyond. This
successful transition is dependent on the following factors:
Transfer of Student Data
It is vital that the transfer of every child's data (SAT scores,
reading ages) is transferred to Top Valley Academy's central data
base prior to their enrolment. This means we understand each
students learning needs as soon as the start academic
life in Year 7. During Top Valley Academy's transition
days at the end of Year 6, we conduct reading tests.
These tests ensure that each student is immediately placed in
the correct group to support their academic success in
Our schemes of work are linked to the learning that takes place
in primary schools. This means that Year 7
students' academic progress is supported
through the use of familiar language, teaching
strategies andmethods employed by Top Valley Academy staff in Year
7 lessons. This continuity in teaching promotes student progress
that underpins the academic success of each individual.
Social and emotional support
Prior to any Year 6 transition events, a member of
the transition team will visit each student in their primary
school. During the visit, we gather
individual personal information to ensure students
are placed in a tutor group which supports their needs. The
'Moving On Up' booklet is distributed to each student and used
by the transition team and tutors during the transition
days and in year 7, to improve our understanding of our new
Students are invited to several transition events at
the end of their primary school life to support their move to
Top Valley Academy. Transition events that take place are:
'Non Feeder Transition Day'
This day was for a small number of students who
attended primary school outside of our catchment area. The aim
of the day was for students to establish new relationships and
take part in some team building activities to support
their transition to Top Valley Academy.
'Transition Day 1'
Starting with a traditional Top
Valley Academy assembly, this day gives students
the chance to familiarise themselves with the school
environment, meet Top Valley Academy staff and make new
friends. Students have the opportunity to take part in group
discussions with our School Council to ask any questions
they might have about moving to Top Valley Academy.
'Transition Day 2'
This day takes place like a normal school day. The day
includes several lessons as well as some team building activities.
To experience our school dining hall, we provide students with
a school dinner token for them to purchase a healthy meal of their
'Year 6 Parents Evening'
The Year 6 Parents Evening provides parents with an opportunity
to meet their child's tutor, teachers
'Year 6/7 Disco'
The Year 6/7 Disco is a way for our future Year 7
students to let their hair down and have some fun with our current
SEN Transition Days
For high need SEN and vulnerable students we offer one or two
additional Transition Days where students can meet the support
team, take part in group activities (such as baking cakes) and then
in the afternoon parents are invited to join us and speak with the
staff. This year we introduced a passport which students and
parents contributed to directly in order that we had as much
information as possible before they started in September.
Top Valley Academy is committed to delivering high
standard learning opportunities to pupils in the local area. We
provide liaison activities to pupils in our family
of schools from Year 1 to Year Six. This year's
events will include:
- Dance Academy Auditions
- Top Valley Christmas Choir Group
- Y6 Curriculum Discovery Day
- Y3 Indoor Athletics
- Y5 Liaison Day One: Core
- Y4 Christmas Crackers
- The Christmas Carol Concert
- The Performing Arts Showcase
- Y5 Liaison Day Two: Culture
- Y5 Primary World Cup
- The Summer Dance Showcas
- Y4 Liaison Day: Health
- The Dance Academy Tour
- Y1/2 Multi Skills Competition
If you require more information, or would like to arrange a
personal tour of Top Valley Academy, please contact the