Transition for new Year 7 intake

Below are the transition arrangements for this year.

Year 6 students will attend the Gateway Academy from Monday 9 July until Friday 20 July 2018 and where appropriate, will be accompanied by Year 6 teachers and Learning Support Assistants from their primary school in classrooms to ensure that the young people make progress during transition and build upon Year 6.

This system of transition will ensure that your child starts the summer holidays fully prepared and confident to start Year 7 in September 2018. We expect that this initiative will have a significant impact in raising standards of attainment and will help your child, in the longer term, to achieve their full potential.


  • Thursday 5 July between 4:30pm until 6:30pm the Gateway Academy will be hosting a Transition Information Evening for Students and Parent/Carers to discuss any concerns or issues regarding transition. This will also give you an opportunity to bring along any forms that have not yet been returned. The evening will be hosted in the Library at the Gateway Academy.
  • From Monday 9 July 2018, all Year 6 students will attend the Gateway Academy from 8.15am – 2.25pm (they should go directly to the Gateway Academy and not to their primary school). Members of staff will be on hand to direct your child where to go when they arrive;
  • Students will be registered by their Form Tutor Group at the Gateway Academy;
  • All students will be expected to wear their primary school uniform; jewellery should be kept to a minimum.
  • On Monday 9 July 2018, your child will be given a lesson timetable which will indicate when they will need to bring in their PE kit etc. (they will not be expected to bring this on the first day).
  • Mobile phones can only be used during breaks in designated areas and students who do not follow our Behaviour Policy will receive appropriate sanctions.
  • Students can bring a packed lunch, or can purchase a school meal with cash. Meals will be provided for those students entitled to a free school meal. (Cashless vending cards will be issued to new Year 7 students on their return in September).
  • It is very important that you should collect your child from the Gateway Academy courtyard gates at the end of the day 2.25pm (please note for the period of transition, this is 10 minutes earlier than all other year groups which is 2:35pm).


Uniform can be ordered and paid for on the following dates:

  • Monday 18 June 2018 Students with Surnames “A” to “L” – 3:00pm until 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018 Students with Surnames “M” to “Z” – 3:00pm until 5:00pm
  • Thursday 5 July 2018 – 3:00pm until 5:00pm

All uniform orders will be available for collection only during the last week of the Summer Holidays from Tuesday 28 August until Friday 31 August between 10:00am until 2:00pm. Please be aware that we will require full payment for your child’s uniform on the day of ordering. Payment can be made in the form of cash or debit/credit card.

Frequently asked questions about Transition:

Q - What time do students start and finish school?  
A – Start at 8:15am and finish at 2:25pm for the duration of transition.

Q – Where do I meet my child?
A – At the Courtyard Gates where students are dispersed at the end of the day.

Q – What class will my child be in?
A – For the duration of Transition students will be in their primary class groups and follow the school timetable.

Q –What time do students have their breaks?
A - KS3 (Years 7 and 8) 10:25am until 10:45am and 13:10pm – 13:35pm

Q - When are students allowed to go to the toilet?
A - During break and lunch times unless they have a medical pass

Q – What are the arrangements for lunch?
A – Students can bring a packed lunch or purchase hot or cold food from the courtyard café. Students on free school meals should make themselves known to a member of the canteen staff to collect and in September students will be issued with a card that can be topped up in school or via ParentPay to purchase food.

Q – Is my child allowed to carry and use a mobile phone?
A – Yes but only during break and lunch times and in designated areas.

Q – What will happen if my child uses their phone outside of these times?
A – The phone will be confiscated and taken to student services where students can pick it up at the end of the day.

Q - What if my child feels unwell?
A – They should go to Student Services and be assessed by a first aider, if necessary a phone call will be made home.  

Q – What should my child wear during transition?
A – Full uniform from their primary school.

Q – What equipment will my child need?
A – Pen, pencil and ruler as a minimum preferably in a pencil case. Students will know on what day PE kit is needed via their timetable.                                                                                                                                                             

Q - What if my child has problems settling in or issues with other students?
A – Inform your child’s College Office, a member of staff will investigate to see if there is a problem and keep you informed.

If you have any queries not answered above, please feel free to email our transition department who will be happy to help!