Smooth Transition into High School
Please note that the 2020 Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Programme will be developed in line with Government guidelines regarding school closures. We will ensure all families are well informed of any events and meetings in good time. Further information can be found later on this page about the plans for Transition through this period of COVID-19 restrictions.
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 to 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 and PE. The day culminates in a performance in the theatre from our cheerleaders, performing arts students and our music students.
September 2020 Transition
Firstly, we hope that you and your family are safe and well during these unprecedented times. We also want to reinforce how delighted we are that your child selected Leeds West Academy as their secondary school of choice. We are extremely excited to meet them and for them to join us in September.
In the coming weeks, our Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Programme will commence. Our intention is to ensure all Year 6 students get to visit Leeds West Academy at least once before the summer holidays to partake in a range of activities designed to give students information and confidence about joining us in September. Owing to social distancing and health and safety procedures, these events will be spread out over a number of days. Further information about each child's Transition Day allocation will be sent to you and your child's primary school in June.
In addition, please look out for the Leeds West Academy's Transition Booklet which will be emailed out to parents in June. This electronic booklet contains lots of information about our school, and may answer any questions you have. Further communication about how to register your child's information, messages from the Principal and the opportunity to have an online one to one pre-admissions meeting will be distributed in June. It is important that you respond the requests for information promptly.
In the meantime if you require any support please do not hesitate to contact the school during the hours of 9am-3.00pm on 0113 229 5454.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I be in a form with my friends from primary school?
We do our best to to place students in forms with their friends, however it is not always possible for students to be matched. However, when there are numerous students joining Leeds West Academy from a primary school, we try to ensure students are in a form with a familiar face.
- Can I use my phone in school?
Mobile phones are only to be used in the canteen and outside at break and lunch times. Pupils who bring their mobile phones to school must ensure that their mobile phone is turned off and in the bottom of a school bag.
- Can I buy breakfast at school?
Yes, the canteen is open from 8am-8.25am.
- How do I buy food at school?
Parents/carers will be given an online account on SQUID to top up students accounts. This means that instead of cash, biometric (fingerprints) identification is used. This helps to keep queues moving faster, allowing students more time to eat.
- Will I be able to use a locker?
Lockers are available at the cost of £10 deposit for a key. This deposit will be returned on receipt of the key and subject to returning the locker in an appropriate condition. Your child can enquire about a locker at our Student Reception when they commence Leeds West Academy.
- What happens if I am late to school?
You will receive a written comment in your planner. You must be in your Form Room for 8.30am.
- Who can I go to if I need help?
Your Form Tutor will be your first point of contact who you will see every day if you have any concerns. You will also have a team of Pastoral staff who will be there to support you.
If you feel you need more professional help for your mental health and well-being we have a counselling service on site that you can access which your Form Tutor will be able to give you more information about.
- What is the Student Planner?
Every student will be issued with a timetable and a student planner on their first day in September. The planner is used to record homework, to communicate with parents, to review progress and to record rewards and consequences. We ask all parents to regularly check planners and sign them each week. Students are expected to have their planners with them at all times. The planner also provides key information about the Academy, providing a useful source of information for parents and students.
As the planner is an essential element of the home school partnership the expectation is that it remains graffiti free. If a child is found to have put graffiti on their planner they will need to purchase another at the cost of £5 from the Student Reception.
- What are the Core Values and Expectations?
At the centre of Leeds West Academy life are 7 Core Values: Resilience, Independence, Respect, Responsibility, Participation and Aspiration.
These Core Values underpin everything we do on a daily basis, ensuring that all students and staff know the role that they have to play in both our school and wider community as a whole. We expect everyone at Leeds West Academy to follow three simple rules; Be Ready. Be Respectful. Be Safe.
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