Preparing For Year 7
Welcome to Great Academy Ashton
Our wide ranging support networks are available to
students throughout their five-year journey
at the school.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We work closely with primary schools and the Year 6 teachers to collect all key information and data to ensure a smooth transition into Year 7 at Great Academy Ashton. Primary colleagues and school staff have positive relationships and both parties work collaboratively to meet pupil needs.
We work hard to ensure each individual has a settled and positive start to their journey at Great Academy Ashton. If your child has a special educational need that you would like to discuss further, please feel free school on 0161 241 9555 to contact Mrs Casey (SENCO) or Mrs Heavey (Assistant SENCO), or alternatively email on Kathleen.Casey@gaa.org.uk.
We collect information from your primary school and ask them to recommend learning partners. These are peers that work well together to bring out the best in each other. All form groups are created as mixed gender, mixed race and mixed ability. We do not take requests to be with friends as this is a great opportunity to meet new people, and as a school we have found this to be a very successful approach. If your child is coming from a school where they are the only pupil, we would place them in a tutor group where there are others’ in the same situation so that they can support each other.
Every family is offered a ‘family interview’ with the team so that we can really get to know your child before they start at Great Academy Ashton. There is a family learning day and two induction days whereby your child is invited to experience the academy. Finally, there is a Welcome Evening where learners and parents have the opportunity to come into school to meet their child’s form tutor, try on and purchase uniform, familiarise themselves with the facilities and ask any questions that they may have.
Your child will be able to enter through the main gate at the front of school. There will be plenty of lovely staff and helpers to show your child where to go and lots of signs to make sure your child gets the right place. Your child will be directed into the ‘street’ (our main dining area) where they will see signs for their form directing them to the auditorium. They will have a year 7 assembly in the auditorium.
Everyone is really friendly and helpful so don’t worry. We will help your child get to the right place. Your child will be the only year group in the Academy so there will be plenty of help and reassurance throughout the day.
Should your child feel unwell during a lesson then he/she must speak to their classroom teacher, who will deal with the situation and depending on the severity of the illness send them to the year manager situated in the homebase office. If they are unwell at breaktime and lunchtime your child should go straight to the year manager.
Moving to secondary school can be a daunting time for both children and their parents. One of the key ways to prepare your child for transition is to develop their independence skills. This includes encouraging them to gather and pack their own equipment ready for school or other activities, managing time and money, looking after their belongings and development of strategies to use if something goes wrong.
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