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Here at The Holgate Academy we run a transition programme to support and prepare students from year 5 upwards for secondary education.

For the crucial transition time from year 6 to year 7, we provide key support at every step of this process, ensuring that all children and their families make this transition as smoothly as possible.

Transition meeting for Year 6 parents/carers joining Holgate in September 2019

In preparation for welcoming your son or daughter to The Holgate Academy, we would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, 2nd May 2019 to discuss what you and your child can expect from the transition process between now and September.

The meeting will be held in the Hillcrest Hall and will provide you with an opportunity to be introduced to key members of staff as well as receiving all of the information you will need to ensure that your child’s transition is as smooth as possible.

Due to the large number of students joining us in September it is necessary to run two sessions on the evening. Each student has been allocated two spaces for their meeting. The information below shows which meeting you should attend.

5:30pm – parents/ carers of students at the following primary schools:

Edgewood, Holgate, Hillside, Linby Cum Papplwick C of E, Awsworth, Springfield, Cantrell and Hogarth.

6:30pm – parents/ carers of students at the following primary schools:

Broomhill, Leen Mills, Beardall Fields, Hawthorne, National C of E, Concord, Bramcote Hills, Newstead, Glade Hill, Underwood, Crabtree Farm, Stanstead, Hempshill, Kingsway, Southwark and Mellers.

If you have any questions that you would like to be answered before this meeting then please contact the academy using the details below.

Tel: 0115 9632104

Email :


Our transition programme

We have strong partnerships with our primary family of schools and liaise closely to support the transition process. Our extensive plan of activity includes:

  • Taster Days introducing pupils to subject-specific lessons
  • Year 5 open evening held in the summer term
  • Year 6 open evening in the autumn term
  • Academy in Action tours run throughout the academic year
  • Visits to local primary schools to meet with year 6 students and staff
  • Year 6 transition days in July – a chance to experience academy life and meet their new tutor group. Parents are also invited to an evening event to meet their child’s house leaders.

Please view our schedule of activities below and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the transition team:

May Year 5 Open Evening: Here’s Holgate! Join us for the evening where we’ll celebrate all that is great about Holgate students.
SeptemberYear 6 Open Evening: You will be able to take a tour of the academy, meet our staff, current students and governors.
Throughout the year See the Academy in action- tours of the school. Please book in advance by email or by calling 0115 9632104 and indicating that you wish to book a tour.
OctoberSecondary school application deadline.
MarchOnline applications – confirmation of place early March
Paper applications – confirmation of place posted out (2nd class) early March.
April Transition booklet sent out to all students who have been offered a place for September entry. The booklet includes information on how to accept the place, uniform and equipment information, transition events and a data collection sheet.
Summer termTransition lessons – a series of period 7 lessons run for year 6 students. Parents can book places (60 max). Lessons give pupils the opportunity to experience Holgate lessons as well as meet staff of the academy and other students who are joining the school in September.
Summer termSEN outreach work for identified students
Summer termHolgate staff visit year 6 in primary feeder schools
Summer termTea with the team – event for parents and students joining us in September to join us for a drink. An opportunity to meet key staff and other parents and students to discuss any queries, have a tour of the site and enjoy a drink with those in attendance.
JulyIntake days – three-day event where year 6 students experience lessons in their teaching groups for year 7, meet their tutor and tutor group and experience life at Holgate.
JulyIntake evening – parents of year 6 students are invited to meet their child’s tutor, house leader and senior leaders. Parents also have the opportunity to visit the market place where they can find uniform, shoes and equipment approved and recommended by the academy.
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