17) How will the academy support and prepare my child when joining the academy and transferring from a new school?

Our goal is to make sure our new students feel like they belong at The East Manchester Academy before they officially arrive. Learning is most effective when students feel they belong and are comfortable in the school environment.

Key Stage 2-3 Transition (Year 6 to Year 7):

  • Through the school’s transition programme, careful transition is planned and arranged. The SENCO, and Assistant SENCO and Transition Lead work closely with primary schools to organise activities, visits and experience of secondary life for those students who are especially vulnerable at transition
  • All students in Year 6 who have accepted a place at The East Manchester Academy for Year 7 are invited to intake days in July. These days provide a taste of academy life, involve experience of lessons, information about how the academy runs and provide an opportunity for students to meet their new classmates. Students with SEND are invited to have further transition days to ensure that they feel comfortable in their new environment
  • The SENCO, Assistant SENCO and/or Transition Lead visits primary schools to meet students, gather information from Year 6 teachers and support staff and to offer informal ‘question and answer’ sessions for parents/carers
  • Academy teachers are provided with information about all new students’ needs and given strategies to support them
  • Students meet their Form Tutor, Pastoral Managers and Head of House on the first day in Year 7. Staff from the Inclusion Team are also present
  • Information from the primary school on any SEND is passed on to relevant staff, as necessary
  • During the first two weeks of the new school year, parents/carers of new Year 7 students receive a phone call from their child’s Form Tutor to introduce themselves, share information and establish contact with the school

Key Stage 3-4 Transition (Year 9 to Year 10):

  • For Key Stage 4, students choose from a range of courses, which help to prepare them for the next steps in their education, be that college, apprenticeships or work. Students and parents/carers are offered advice and careers guidance at the appropriate time to help make these important decisions
  • Should your child have an EHC plan then a transition plan will be developed with Careers Adviser involved

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