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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.

Upon joining The Holgate Academy, we issue a ‘welcome guide’ containing essential information for parents and students.

Download the guide here:

Welcome guide – The Holgate Academy

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 Academy in Action tours - dates and booking details are advertised online
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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