To ensure a seamless transition into Year 7, Oldbury Academy believes in strong communication and transparency of information. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the student is at the forefront of the decisions we make and are at the centre of the robust transition plan which we implement. As of 1st March, the transition from primary to secondary school kicks into full gear. We communicate with our new students and their parents, via letter, outlining the important information which we feel will benefit them as they continue their educational journey at Oldbury Academy. We ensure that every student who will be attending Oldbury Academy in Year 7 gets a personal visit from one of the transition team. We visit the primary school, talk to the Year 6 teacher and other staff, and also arrange to meet parents towards the end of the academic year. We are keen to instil the importance of cooperation and dedication from both parents and students from an early point. It is crucial that all members of our community buy into the drive to succeed and work with us to get to the end goal.

Every student deserves the chance to have their opinions heard and also to tell us the information about themselves that they want us to know. To ensure this information is passed onto the year team, our transition staff, during the visit of the student, will gather this information and share it during our Transition Leaders Meeting in July. Our Transition Leaders Meeting sees the pastoral team dedicated to Year 7 meeting with the transition staff and other professionals in school to pass on the information gathered, to ensure that a plan can be put in place for each and every student to make the start of Year 7 a success.

We want to know each and every student, and we believe the importance of preparation and consistency is key to getting the best out of each and every student. Oldbury Academy works closely with Sandwell Local Authority to make sure that we are being consistent with other secondary schools in the area, and we are completing the same transition tasks as them, which helps develop a supportive end to the primary journey. We will use a Transition Plus Pathways (TPP) document to gather information on each student starting at Oldbury Academy. We will look at academic ability, Special Educational Needs, Child Protection information, behaviour and attendance. The TPP will centralise this information and make it easy for our Year team to understand their year group quickly.

From the 1st March we will be visiting every single student and holding our annual transition events. Ranging from Transition days, where the students get to sample a generic day at Oldbury Academy, to our transition evenings, where our parents are invited in to meet their child’s form tutor and other key members of staff. Oldbury Academy understand that the transition from primary school to secondary school is a big deal and we are dedicated to supporting our future students and parents, to ensure that it is as smooth as possible. This is the reason we now have two Transition evenings, one in May and one in July.

Please do get in contact if you have any questions, or if you want any more information.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 16th September 2019 – Open Evening (6.00pm – 8.00pm)

Monday 16th till Friday 20th September 2019 – (Open Mornings 9:30am – 10:30am)

Wednesday 25th September 2019 – Year 7 Settling in Evening (4:00pm – 6:00pm)

Thursday 21st May 2020 – Transition Evening 1 (5:00pm – 7:30pm)

Wednesday 1st July 2020 – Transition Day 1 (8:45am – 2:30pm)

Thursday 2nd July 2020 – Transition Day 2 (8:45am – 2:30pm)

Thursday 2nd July 2020 – Transition Evening 2 (6:00pm – 7:30pm)

Deadline for Paperwork returns – Thursday 2nd July 2020

Deadline for Summer School Sign Up – Thursday 2nd July 2020

Summer School – Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July 2020 (10am – 2pm)

Year 6 Transition Presentation

We are delighted to be able to offer a Summer School to our New Year 7 students. Summer School this year will run from Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July 2020.
Our Summer School aims to showcase a variety of lessons which students will be part of in September, but in a more relaxed and fun environment.
We are hoping to complete the following themed days:

  Community Day
  Maths Day
  English Day
  Science Day
  PE Day

During our Community Day, we will have a representative from West Midlands Police leading sessions on Internet Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour.
We are also excited to welcome DHL to our site with one of their Arctic Lorries to publicise their message about ‘Lorry and Road Safety’. This has proved really useful over the last few years and the students have found it really interesting.
If you are interested in your child taking part in the summer school, please download the consent form (right), which will need to be completed and handed into Main Reception, no later than Thursday 2nd July 2020.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Mr Brittle

Summer School
Consent form