Joining us in 2021?

Calling all parents of year 6 pupils – 1 March 2021 saw national offer day for secondary school places.

For those pupils who have been offered a place at The Holgate Academy, we can’t wait to meet you during your transition activities, and for you to become part of our academy community in September.

It’s very important to accept this offer as soon as you can – parents/carers will need to do this through Nottinghamshire County Council – an email should have been received with instructions on how to do this.

Almost 91% of Nottinghamshire children were offered their first choice of school last year. If you haven’t received the offer you were hoping for and you wish to appeal, help is available here:

September 2021 transition resources

For transition information and resources, visit our 2021 intake transition page. The information on this page will be updated regularly, so please check back to see what’s new!

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 students and their families.

You can download this guide here:

Essential guide to 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 students to subject-specific lessons
  • 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:

NOTE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions and guidance, the dates below are subject to change – however, they give you an idea of our usual programme of activities for transition. 

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.