Year 6 Transition / New Intake
At the Open Academy we appreciate how daunting the transition to secondary education can seem to Year 6 students and their parent/carers.
Our priority is to establish strong links between all those involved in the transition process, between the Open Academy, primary school staff and Year 6 students.
Our Induction Day aims to build confidence by accessing a day at the Academy, to include attending lessons, meeting staff and students and the time to discuss any questions they may have.
The Induction Evening provides the opportunity for parent/carers and young people to learn more about the Open Academy and discuss any questions they may have with key members of the Academy staff.
Our school is part of a cluster of 10 local schools with the shared ethos of providing an excellent standard of education from 2-19 by working together to:
- Raise standards for all children
- Improve transition arrangements as children move on in their education
- Improve school attendance across all phases
- Share expertise and resources across the cluster
- Provide a widening range of activities and experiences
In 2018-19 we are focusing on:
1. Developing and sustaining networks to support staff development
2. Developing and sustaining networks to improve outcomes for all students
3. Developing shared practices and approaches to close the gap between FSM and non-FSM students
4. Developing and embedding systems to allocate and measure the impact of devolved SEND funding
Our Cluster Schools
We recognise that getting the best out of every student is a joint effort between the Academy and home. Many parents ask what they can do to help support their child’s learning. Below are a few suggestions of what you can do to help:
- Check they are organised for school (Exercise books, correct equipment, full Academy uniform, PE kit, completed homework etc.)
- Make sure they attend school regularly and are on time.
- Set clear boundaries.
- Ensure they have a suitable diet including breakfast, drinks etc…
- Talk with your child about the value of hard work and the importance of education.
- Find out what’s happening at the Academy.
- Attend Parents’ Evenings and discuss your child’s progress with their teachers.
- Ask to see reports and messages that come from school.
- Encourage your child to think about their future.
- Develop schedules and stable routines.
- Allow them to take part in decision-making (and to learn that sometimes this means sacrificing fun now, for benefits later).
- Check the homework timetable for your child.
- If your child has several pieces of work due in on the same day (this should be recorded in their planner), suggest they space the work out rather than leave it all until the night before.
- Plan a balanced life (study, fun, other pressures).
Parental Engagement - Parent Portal
SIMS Parent App is an online system allowing you to access information about your child's attendance, behaviour, reports, homework and data collection sheets. Printed reports will no longer be provided. The Parent App is accessible through a username and password issued by the Academy.