It has been a busy term for the Transition team at Stamford Welland Academy, as the programme to support the new Year 7 intake ready for September 2016 is well underway.
The Transition team have been visiting the Year 6 teachers of all 14 feeder schools to find out each child’s individual progress and expected level upon leaving primary. This helps us work out which classes would be suitable for each child from day one in September. We also discuss each child’s individual learning style, strengths and areas where they may need more support – all important information to ensure we can personalise their individual learning.
In addition to this, each child participates in one of our Transition workshops, where they have the opportunity to meet SWA staff, have any queries answered and meet new friends. This provides them with confidence before their full transition day at the academy. Mr. Steve Bull, who organises the Induction Day, says, “It’s a great day when all the new starters visit the academy and find out which house they will belong to. Our current students always help out and make sure the new starters feel at home. A full timetable of lessons, lunch in the Pabulum Servery and an opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity during Session 6. ”
Louise Warren, Transition Manager, added, “With increased numbers enrolling at the academy, as well as additional feeder schools, it has been a really busy term. We have been pleased to see an increase in the number of higher ability children joining the Academy, ensuring a more comprehensive intake for 2016. Many more families are choosing to educate their children in Stamford rather than travel further afield, which is extremely positive for the community as a whole.”
The Academy is now fully prepared for September 2016 with eight new members of staff starting this term across a range of subjects, as well as the Champions Programme fully embedded within the Academy for more able students.