We know that moving schools can be both daunting and exciting. Our transition arrangements allow us to get to know your child before they start in September and for them to feel confident in their new surroundings. Our offer consists of the following aspects:
1) An Initial meeting with all parents upon notice of gaining a place with us. We will discuss your child and their interests / needs as well as exploring friendships from primary school. (During Covid this is likely to be a transition phone call).
2) Primary School Visits are also an essential part of our process. Every student is visited at their own school by a member of Bluecoat staff. This gives the opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss any concerns before their transition days and for staff to meet with their primary teachers.
(During Covid Primary liaison can be limited to a video call).
3) A ‘Welcome Meeting’ for all parents. We will invite all parents to join us to learn more about how best to support your child’s immediate transition to us, deal with details around uniform and our high expectations of/for parents and children.
(During Covid this will be held virtually on 22nd April at 6:00pm)
4) Two days of transition in July. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we have had to cancel these days. We will upload further subject content to our website in due course.
5) A full induction in September. During the first few days at the Academy the students will learn a lot about routines and expectations that will set them up to flourish across the next 5 or 7 years at Bluecoat Trent.
6) A different curriculum with ‘Enrichment’. All of our Year 7 students take part in the Enrichment Programme on a Thursday afternoon. This means that for either 1 or 2 hours each week students take part in a range of activities that they have selected, from sport, the arts, craft, study or STEM. We make sure that they have specialist staff, facilities and support to not just experience the tasks, but develop belief in themselves as learners and belief in the friendships that they make to support them on their way.
7) An ‘Activity Day’ gives children the opportunity to come off of the main timetable as a year group and play team building games as a family. This is normally after a month at the academy.
8) A ‘Meet the Tutor Evening’ also allows parents the chance to visit again and keep up to date with how their child has settled in classes. In addition, the academy also offers additional sessions for parents to attend including things like: support with literacy, keeping your child safe on-line, understanding our reporting system, developing numeracy and others.
9) It is also worth noting again that our students have a designated year leader. The Year Leader role at Bluecoat Trent is a non-teaching post, which means that any pastoral matters can be dealt with promptly. This is especially important in the transition process, where the Year Leader plays an important part in ensuring that all students have best possible transition from their primary school, and that they quickly feel a part of the Bluecoat family.