Year 6 transition

St Leonards Taster Week will be WEDNESDAY 6th AND THURSDAY 7th July 2022


I am delighted to welcome you to The St Leonards Academy. We are looking forward to your child joining us in September to what, we are confident, will be a successful and productive partnership in supporting your child’s education over the next five years.

The transfer to secondary school is an important part of the progression of your child’s education, but not one that should cause any difficulty or anxiety. We understand that this period of transition can be unsettling and we want to reassure you that despite the challenging year we have all had, we will be working alongside you to aid a smooth, positive start to life at The St Leonards Academy, enabling our new Year 7 students to make the best progress possible within our Academy. 

Find your feet transitioning to secondary school

First page of the PDF file: tsla-moving-on-up-transition-booklet

Key dates



Additional information

Monday 16 May
Friday 23 May 

Meetings with primary schools 


Thursday 16 June 

Thursday 23 June 

Thursday 30 June 

SEN extra transition afternoons 

Personalised invites will be sent out to schools and students for these additional transition sessions 

Friday 17 June 

Wednesday 22 June 

Friday 1 July 

SEN extra transition afternoons 

Personalised invites will be sent out to schools and students for these additional transition sessions 

Thursday 16 June 

Thursday 23 June 

Thursday 30 June 

Additional transition afternoons for vulnerable students

Personalised invites will be sent out to schools and students for these additional transition sessions 

Tuesday 5 July

Transition welcome evening for students and families 

Students and families should attend the events and all students be given an  information pack  

Wednesday 6 July

Thursday 7 July 

Taster Days for all Year 6


Monday 25 July
Friday 29 July 

TSLA Summer School  

A summer school open to all year 6.



Monday 25 August
Friday 29 August 

SEN Summer School 

Invite only


Want to know more about what to expect?

Explore BBC Bitesize: Starting secondary school

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the school day?
The school day starts at 8:50 and finishes at 15:00.

Which way do I come in to school?
There is a single entry point to the Academy; this is via Edinburgh Road the main path leads down through the car park to the left hand door at the front of the building from 8:20am. Different year groups enter through different gates into the academy at 8:40am. Year 7 will enter via the Hardcourts gate – you will be shown this on taster day.

Breakfast Club students enter through the right hand door at the front of the building from 7:45 am.

Can I ride my bike to school?
You can ride your bike to school; you must get off your bike at the top gate and walk it down the path. You MUST NOT ride your bike on the school site. There are bike stands to put them in but the school will not accept responsibility for your bike.

How long are lessons?
Lesson 1 is 55 minutes long; all other lessons are one hour long.

How many lessons are there?
There are five lessons in each day, The St Leonards Academy has a two-week timetable so you might not have the same lessons both days in the cycle but you will get used to the timetable.

How will I find my way around St Leonard’s Academy?
In our transition area on the website, you will find a copy of the school map. You can print this out to familiarise yourself with the four levels of the school. Entrance level, Courtyard level, Lower level (at the back of the school), Upper Level (at the front of the school). You will quickly find your way around in your first few days.

What lessons will I have at St Leonard’s Academy?
You will have many of the same lessons that you have had at primary school including Maths, English, Science and PE. You will also do Humanities, which is Geography, History, Languages, Religion and Ethics. You will also have Personal development and study skills and you will have time for Art, Drama, Music and Food Technology and Design Technology.

What are the older students like?
Many of our older students are supportive of our younger students and will approach to help them find their way. You will have key students on hand in the first 2 weeks to help guide you around the building.

How long is lunchtime?
Lunch is 30 minutes from 13:30 to 14:00. You will also have a 30 minute morning break from 11:00 to 11:30.

What kind of food is there in the café?
If you asked the students, they will say that the food is the best thing about the Academy! Oasis Café and the Watering Hole Restaurant serve a wide variety of food catering for everyone, including pizzas, paninis and pasta bowls, and there is also a salad bar, baguettes, sandwiches, a daily main meal and many desserts such as muffins and biscuits.

How do I pay for my lunch?
All students have their fingerprint taken, which they use in the Café or Restaurant. Our catering system is a cashless outlet and students can bring money into school and put it on their account via the machines or the easiest way is for parents to transfer money onto their accounts using ParentPay. When you get up to the till, you choose your food, place your finger on the reader and the amount will be deducted from your account.

When do I find out who my tutor is?
Organising the groups is a very complex job but we hope to let you know who your tutor is by the beginning of July.

When do I find out who is going to be in my tutor group?
During the taster days this year we hope to have you with your tutor group.

Am I allowed to wear jewellery?
The only jewellery allowed at St Leonard’s Academy is a watch and one earring in each ear. These must be small and discreet studs only.

Am I allowed to wear my hair down?
You may wear your hair down at The St Leonard’s Academy but you should always have a hair tie with you for when you have practical lessons such as PE, Technology and Science.

Where can I get The St Leonard’s Academy Uniform and PE kit from?
Superstitch86 are our uniform suppliers.

What uniform and PE kit do I need?
Grey Blazer
Black TSLA Skirt or Black Trousers
Purple Logo polo shirt or White logo shirt.
Black socks and shoes
PE Kit Compulsory - a logo top from the selection (black polo top or black round neck t-shirt) a logo bottom from the selection – (shorts, joggers wide and straight leg, leggings, skirt).
Sports Trainers – Converse, Vans and plimsolls are not permitted.
Optional items
– showerproof and windproof jacket, waterproof coat – Grey, Black or Purple.

Can girls wear trousers?
The St Leonard’s Academy uniform is unisex and therefore girls can choose to wear trousers.

What do I need to bring on my first day?
Bring your school bag with a full pencil case you will be given everything else that you need. You will NOT need PE kit on your first day.

What if I get lost on my way to lessons?
Just ask someone. Whether that is a student or member of staff there are always many people to ask.  They will help you. All staff wear a purple St Leonard’s Academy lanyard and will be happy to help you find your way.

What if I get bullied at school?
If a member of our community behaves in an inappropriate way to you it is important that you tell somebody, whether that is a friend, parents/carers, your tutor, Student welfare officer or Head of Year. You must tell somebody to enable the problem to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

What do I do if I am not feeling very well?
If you are feeling unwell during the school day, you must report to the student reception located on Entrance level. If the member of staff in student reception feels that, you need to go home they will contact your parents or carers. Please do not contact your parents before you go to Student reception. 

Where do I go if I need help?
Student welfare officers are attached to each year group and are available to help you when you need it. Your tutor is also there to help you, so share any concerns you may with them at tutor time.

How many students are at The St Leonard’s Academy?
In your year group there will be approximately 300 students. There are around 1500 students across the school in Years 7 – 11.

How do I find out what my homework is?
A homework timetable is published on the Academy website. This will be shared with your parents. You will be set up with a login to an app called Class Charts where you can see all of your homework that has been set. Your teachers will also show you the homework in class when it is set and explain what you have to do.

What happens if I do not do my homework?
If you do your homework, you will be rewarded with Pride Pounds. These can be used as currency in the Academy.

If you do not complete your homework, your teacher will set you a detention and you will still be expected to complete the homework.

Who do I speak to if I can’t do my homework?
If you cannot do your homework you need to speak to your subject teacher. You can choose to speak to them at the end of the lesson, during break or lunch times or you can email them. This must be done in good time before the homework is due to give you the opportunity to complete the homework after you have spoken to your teacher before the deadline.

What clubs are there?
There are many different clubs and activities on offer at St Leonard’s Academy, including a wide range of sports including football, netball, basketball, gymnastics, dance and many more, such as a STEM, drama, singing and rock club to name a few.