Transition

Top Valley Academy Primary Transition and Liaison

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

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 Year 7.

Curriculum Bridging

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.

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 choice.

'Year 6 Parents Evening'

The Year 6 Parents Evening provides parents with an opportunity to meet their child's tutor, teachers and Headteacher. 

'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 Year 7.

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.

Primary Liaison

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 Academy.

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