Primary Transition

Dear Parent/Carer,


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome to you and your Son/daughter name to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. We are pleased that name will be joining us in September 2019. 


We are an 11-18 Academy and our Sixth Form is in the top 10% of all Sixth Forms nationally. We hope that joining Darwen Academy will be the start of an exciting educational journey, where name makes the most of all of the opportunities available at the Academy and that name will remain with us into our sixth form.


Throughout the year we have been working with many primary schools. name might have visited the Academy several times this year and might have already been taught by some of our teachers in subjects such as computing, technology or languages.


We know that the transition to secondary school can be both an exhilarating and sometimes a daunting time for children and families.  The opportunity to learn new subjects, take part in new activities and make new friends is often met with great excitement. It is vital to ensure that every child has a positive experience on the transition to secondary phase.


At Darwen Academy we have an experienced transition team, who are here to help you and your child. We have a dedicated Assistant Principal responsible for transition, who along with the Year 7 Pastoral Lead and SENDCo, ensures that your child is made to feel welcome and secure at every step of the way. We engage with partner primary schools, students and parents to ensure that moving to Darwen Academy is as smooth and comfortable as possible.


During the summer term, our team of staff visit the primary schools. This is a great opportunity to meet the children in their own environment and to discuss academic and pastoral information with year 6 teachers so that we place students in appropriate teaching groups and tutor groups. I have attached a short reply slip for you to complete and return to Mrs H Lunn, should you wish to tell us anything else in relation to your child’s transition. If you would like to discuss any issues in person and in advance, then please contact either Mrs H Lunn or Year 7 Pastoral Lead.


Mr Adam Turner

Head of Lower School

Mrs S Hanson

Pastoral Manager Year 7

T:01254 819557

Mrs Margaret Bradshaw

Head of Student Services

Mrs Heather Worden

Academy counsellor

Mrs Deborah Huddleston

Academy EWO

Miss Jade Tumelty

Co-ordinator of Learning Support

Key Contacts


Mrs H Lunn – Assistant Principal: Transition Lead –

Mrs J Tumelty – SENDCo –


Our Academy Induction Days (Wednesday 3rd July to Friday 5th July 2019) and the Academy Year 6 Parent Information Evening (Wednesday 3rd July 2019 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm).


The Assistant Principal for Transition, the Year 7 Pastoral Lead, the SENDCo and the wider Senior Leadership Team, will also be available during the evening to talk with you and discuss any aspect of transition to the secondary phase. You will also be able to meet the member of staff who will become name’s form tutor.


Please see the Transition Calendar, which is located on our website for key dates, further details and updates.


We know that good attendance is essential to student success at every stage of their secondary education. Our term dates can be found below:


We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday 3rd July 2019.  


Yours sincerely,

Ms L. Dolan


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