Year 6 transition

St Leonards Taster Week will be Monday 5th to Friday 9th July 2021


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. 

Virtual Transition Week

Unfortunately, due to government restrictions our taster week (5th July to 9th July) cannot go ahead as planned.

However, we shall be working with primaries to provide transition resources to support and prepare students for joining us in September and in September we shall run an extended transition event. 

Find your feet transitioning to secondary school

Transition 2021

Our structured transition programme is in place to support the needs of our students and their families. The programme provides you with the opportunity to familiarise yourselves with our expectations and procedures, and enables us to better understand our new students’ individual needs.

Our transition programme involves: 

  • Members of The St Leonards Academy leadership team holding meetings with the class teachers/SENCO’s and DSL’s from all feeder primary schools over the coming weeks to transfer key information about your children.  
  • On the recommendations from the primary schools, we shall be inviting some students for additional transition visits throughout June/July for students with SEN and for students who would benefit from an extended transition period. (A separate invite will be sent out in due course).  
  • All prospective students and families will be invited to a virtual meeting with the Principal and transition team before the taster week on Thursday 1 July 2021 (details to follow). 
  • Our taster week will run from Monday 5 July to Friday 9 July. This week will provide an opportunity for students to meet key staff, get to know the academy site, have a taste of secondary lessons, make new friends and try new activities. We find this is the best way to ease any worries or concerns students and families may have ahead of starting with us in September.  
  • You shall receive a handbook the week of 28 June 2021, with key information about expectations, key dates and points of contact. 
  • We hope to run a summer school for our new year 6’s during the first two weeks of the summer holidays. Full details to be shared shortly.  
First page of the PDF file: tsla-moving-on-up-transition-booklet
Alison Sellens

Alison Sellens
Head of Year 7

Debbie Fuller
Student Welfare Officer Year 7

Key dates



Additional information

Monday 17 May
Friday 28 May 

Virtual meetings with primary schools 


Thursday 10 June 

Thursday 17 June 

Thursday 24 June 

Thursday 1 July 

SEN additional transition afternoons 

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

Friday 11 June 

Friday 18 June 

Friday 25 June 

Friday 2 July 

SEN additional transition afternoons 

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

Thursday 10 June 

Thursday 17 June 

Thursday 24 June 

Thursday 1 July 

Additional transition afternoons for vulnerable students 

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

Thursday 1 July 4pm  

Thursday 1 July 7pm 

Virtual Transition welcome evening for students and families 

Students and families are invited to attend 1 of the virtual events. 

Monday 5 July
Friday 9 July 

Taster Week for all year 6


Monday 26 July
Friday 30 July 

Eggtooth Summer School  

A summer school open to all year 6’s coming to TSLA

Art/Cooking/Forest School/Creative/Sports 

Booking form to follow

Monday 2 August
Friday 6 August 

Creative Summer School 

A summer school open to all year 6’s coming to TSLA

Performing Arts/Cooking/Circus skills/Dance 

Booking form to follow

Monday 2 August
Friday 6 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.

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 Technology.
What are the older students like? 
Many of our older students are supportive of our younger students and will be on hand to help you find your way to your lessons. 
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? 
On your first day at St Leonard’s Academy, you will meet the other students in your tutor group. You will also meet your tutor and spend time getting to know them. 
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. They are currently not open for walk in customers due to COVID 19 but they highly recommend that you order online now to ensure that you have uniform needed for September. In addition, they have extended all returns until September if items have ALL labels attached. They are currently planning how they might be able to open for customers and we will update this as soon as we know.

What uniform and PE kit do I need?
Grey Blazer 
Black Skirt or 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.

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? 
On your first day you will need to bring your learning equipment and packed lunch or money to buy food at the canteen. You will NOT need your PE kit on the 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 that they wear around their neck. 
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, or any member of staff. We have a dedicated safeguarding and wellbeing team who are on hand to support you with any issues. 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 feel 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 support managers 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. 

What are callbacks?
This is an opportunity for a member of staff to speak to you about any issues that may have arisen in the lesson. It will last between 5-10 minutes and will be at a break or lunch time.
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.