Year Six Academy
Year 6 is a crucial year for primary school pupils. It is the year they take their SATs, and the year they prepare to make the move from primary to secondary education. This transition is an exciting time, but for both pupils and parents it can also be somewhat daunting. The Year 6 Academy is our answer to these challenges, and we are very proud of what the Academy is achieving.
The Academy enables pupils from our Trust primary schools to complete their education in an environment in which their learning is completely focussed on this important year, with outstanding teaching tailored to each individual child.
Teaching in Year 6 Academy looks a little different from the rest of the school, because the children begin to experience learning with subject specialist teachers, in different groups, rather than always being with their class teacher. In addition to this, some lessons will be taught by staff from the College. Lunch is eaten in the College canteen, at a slightly earlier time than College pupils, which gives further insight into what they will experience once they move into Year 7. Other facilities shared with the College include dance/drama spaces, sporting facilities and the library. This promotes a transition to secondary school that is smooth, seamless, and stress-free.
College staff report that the children who have already passed through our Year 6 Academy quickly settle into the expectations of secondary school, and are often used as mentors for other children who are less familiar with the College.
This prior knowledge of the College layout, getting to know the staff, and the understanding of the expectations of College life, all ensure that what for some children can seem like a huge leap from primary to secondary education, is in fact only a small step.