I am writing to you at this stage to keep you informed of our plans and to provide additional information for your child’s transition.
We still find ourselves in uncertain times and I am sure you will agree that the key to success now is communication. Whilst we still cannot say for certain what September will look like, we can assure you that we are planning for different outcomes dependent on any Government announcement.
With this in mind, I would firstly like to invite you to a virtual parents’ information evening on 16th July 2020 at 6pm. We have made the decision to put this event as late as possible in the term as it is more likely that by then we will have a better idea about what September may look like. We hope to be able to give your those plans during the evening.To make it as easy as possible for parents to access the information evening, we are going to use a private YouTube live stream so that you do not need to download any additional apps. I will email you out a link to this livestream. If you have not received any emails from me previously, this is because I do not have your email address so please could you contact
me on firstname.lastname@example.org and provide me with an email contact. This will then enable me to send you the link so you can access the information evening.
The evening will be an opportunity to meet some key staff including your child’s form tutor and Head of Year 7, who will be important figures as your child transitions to the Academy. You will also receive some practical information about the Academy including school lunches and payment in the initial weeks and hopefully, some plans for September. The meeting will also be available afterwards for anyone who is unable to attend and I will send out the link again so that you are fully informed.
Since I last wrote to you, we have allocated form tutors to the different groups ready for September. All of these staff are highly experienced, long-serving members of staff. They are well versed in the transition process, which will give your child the best possible start to the Academy and ensure they settle in quickly. I am delighted to be able to let you know who these now are as well as providing their email address should you need to contact them. They will also get in contact with you via email to introduce themselves.
7D - Mr Charruau – Director of Learning for MFL
7A - Mrs Scott – Director of Learning for BITE
7R – Miss Tumelty – Director of Learning Support (SENCo)
7L – Mrs Fontenell – Director of Learning for Technology
7W – Ms Jordan – Director of Learning for Humanities
7E – Mrs Lunn – Director of Learning for PE
7N – Mrs McGovern – Leader of Professional Learning
7I - Mr Pearson – Lead Practitioner
We are also in the process of appointing a Head of Year 7, who will work with you and your child throughout the transition process and the whole of Year 7. They will be a non-teaching member of staff, who will be available to support your child when needed and will get to know your child well. We are hoping to have this person in post by the parents’ information evening so that you can be formally introduced to them and their role in the Academy.
Over the past month, our Directors of Learning have been preparing a ‘Student Passport to DACA’ which includes work from each subject area to prepare your child for Year 7 and give them a taste of the different subjects they will study. I have also included some advice for students alongside some wellbeing and transition activities (there’s even one for you as parents!) This work pack can be found on this page and I have also emailed a copy to you. You should now have received a personalised exercise book in the post for students to complete this work in so there is no need for you to print the work pack as everything can be completed straight into the book provided. We would like students to complete these activities between now and when they start and to bring their books with them on their first day. Over the first week, your child will take their book to all their lessons to show their new teachers what they have done; there will be reward points and praise postcards available for the best ones and those who have put in the best effort. If you are unsure about any of the activities or need any further guidance then please just ask.
You should also by now have received an email from me regarding completing student information and consent forms via the google forms platform. It is essential that this information is completed so that we can ensure we have up to date information for each child, including any medical conditions and are able to contact you should we need to. The deadline for this is 16th July but if you can complete it before that date, we would really appreciate it. Again, if you have not received this or are having any difficulties with completing it, please let me know so that we can sort it out as soon as possible.
Finally, I have a few reminders. Please continue to visit our transition page on the website as this is updated regularly with all the information you need about your child’s start with us. You can access this on www.daca.uk.com/transition. I have recently added some maps of the school and information about a transition course which can answer many questions you may have. Shortly there will also be a virtual tour of the school on there and I will share this via email once available. Additionally, if you have not yet accepted your child’s place at the Academy, please can you do so by contacting email@example.com. You will need to state your child’s name, date of birth and school name in the email and then they will process the acceptance. Lastly, we are currently looking at a way that we can complete baseline assessments virtually so that in September we don’t have to do this in the first few weeks, at a time when they are already anxious. Please look out for an email from me in the next couple of weeks which will confirm if we are able to do this and what the next steps are.
I look forward to seeing you all on 16th July but if you need anything in the meantime, then please do email me.
Mrs R. Lewis
Assistant Principal: Transition and Inclusion