Here at Leeds West Academy we aim to make the transition process as smooth as possible as we understand it can be an anxious time for many students. Through our transition programme we ensure that year 7 students get off onto the best start possible in a variety of ways. We start the process early in the academic year, when our primary schools bring their Year 6 students to allow them to experience aspects of the curriculum that they may not have experienced before such as Technology, science practical experiments in a laboratory, and using the climbing wall in P.E.
Getting to know each other before starting at Leeds West is also vitally important. Our staff go out to our local primaries and put on a range of activities for students including sports experiences and a wonderful Science Show Assembly.
Leading up to the transition period, our Transition Team go out to visit each student to prepare them for life at our Academy. We have an informal chat with students individually, helping to alleviate any concerns about the move to our Academy. We also provide them with a transition handbook and a project to complete over the summer holidays to further prepare them for their new school.
Our transition day in July is a fantastic opportunity for new students to experience life at Leeds West Academy. The day comprises of a wonderful array of experiences, including sessions in Science, Food Technology, Project and PE. The day culminates in a performance in the theatre from our cheerleaders, performing arts students and our music students.
During the summer holidays, in collaboration with the Bramley Cluster we host a Summer Camp for students aged 7-14. This gives students a great opportunity to get familiar with our Academy, meet other students who may be joining us, and also allows younger students to come in to view our school.
A Day in the Life - Leah
|Period 1||PE: I did batting practice and I thought it went well for sports day.|
|Science: I held the baby chicks and learnt about plants; it was a really fun lesson.|
|Break||I talked to my friends about sports day.|
|Period 3||PA music: I recorded my singing to my teacher.|
|Lunch||I bought my lunch and chilled with my friends.|
|Period 4||Spanish: I finished off my poster for my Spanish teacher about students’ rights in school.|
|Period 5||Computing: I did an assessment for my favourite teacher and it was really fun, as it always is in her lessons. I thought it went well as I got 100%.|