Welcome from our Principal
A very warm welcome to all of our Year 6 families who are about to make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 in September 2021; we are really looking forward to seeing you as soon as this is possible. Should you need further guidance you can always contact the office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we hope that this page is a useful starting point for most of your queries. Remember to scroll down the page as you go!
We understand the challenges that the transition from primary to secondary school can bring and believe that a strong start to secondary school is essential for any child.
You can rest assured that we will do our best to fully support your child’s move to Bluecoat Wollaton Academy. As part of this, our transition process this year (subject to Covid restrictions) will include:
Primary School Visits are an essential part of our transition process. A member of the Academy team will visit all feeder Primary Schools if possible, inline with COVID restrictions. 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. These will continue for select schools only due to COVID restrictions.
Two days of transition on 7th and 8th July. Students will come to visit the academy for two days during the summer term in order to begin to familiarise themselves with the site, key staff and those students in their tutor group. Unfortunately these will no longer be able to take place as planned, apart from for some select individuals.
Three transition evenings on Monday 5th (Braithwaite & Fenton), Tuesday 6th (Inglis & Rippon) and Wednesday 7th July (Mellors & Thorpe). Students will be able to visit the academy with a parent in order to begin to familiarise themselves with the site, key staff and students in their tutor group. These evenings will continue to take place, with the addition of a further day to ensure that they can take place safely. Parents will be contacted directly with further details.
Year 6 into 7 Summer School between Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August. Students will be able to attend a full summer school of lessons and activities every day in order to familiarise themselves with the site, key staff and students in their tutor group. This event is still scheduled to take place as planned. Further details will be shared directly with parents before the end of the academic year.
We also look forward to meeting our Year 7 parents who are warmly invited to our ‘Year 7 Welcome Party’ on Friday 17th September, beginning at 7pm. This is a very informal evening in which students, parents and staff can get to know each other. There will be refreshments, games and another opportunity to meet tutors and key staff at the academy.
In addition to the videos mentioned above, you can also visit the ‘Who’s Who‘ section of our website to see pictures of our Senior Leadership Team, pastoral staff and subject leaders. The page can be found by clicking here.
The Year Leader for your child’s year group in September will be Miss McGraw, a very experienced member of staff who has worked with children in various settings for a number of years.
Student Support is a department at Bluecoat Wollaton Academy that offers additional of targeted support to help and educate young people socially, emotionally, and behaviorally or with concerns around mental health. Click here to learn more.
The Year 7 Form Tutors for 2021/2022 are listed below.
Braithwaite – blue stripe in tie
Mr A Mosley | Teacher of Maths
Fenton – green stripe in tie
Miss A Holmes | Head of Design & Technology
Inglis – purple stripe in tie
Miss R Atkin | Teacher of History
Mellors – gold stripe in tie
Miss K Drechsler | Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Rippon – silver stripe in tie
Ms B Watkins | Teacher of Art
Thorpe – red stripe in tie
Mrs N Gunn | Teacher of English
You will also find a lot of key information in our Parent Handbook which will be posted to you. You can also read it now by clicking here. Specifically, can I ask that you take particular time to read the uniform sections of this and get in touch with us, or our uniform supplier, should you have questions. A link to their online ordering system is at the top right of our website and will be in your packs too.
1. Transition Work
We have prepared a number of materials for your child to complete before they join us in September. Copies will be provided on transition days. You can find also find a digital copies of this material here:
2. Letters from our students
We draw from a wide range of feeder schools, more than 50 in any one year group. This means our children join our family from a range of places near and far. Use the letters here to get a flavour of their experiences.
3. A note to my younger self
Our Head Boy, Head Girl, and their deputies have made a short video about starting at Bluecoat Wollaton, and share wisdom they would like to have told themselves in Year 7.
4. World Class Schools
Bluecoat Wollaton is also officially a ‘World Class School‘. This means that every child in our school is part of that World Class set up and we encourage them to get involved in as many different activities as possible over the next 5 years with us.
Our partners in this have also arranged some activities for this process if your child is already at a primary school that holds this World Class Status, for example Sneinton Primary. If this is your child, we strongly encourage your child to take part in this and sign up to these activities to be recognised by that group so that we can celebrate this achievement publicly.