This is a very challenging time for all of us and our usual transition processes have been severely disrupted. We want you to know that we are thinking about our Year 6s and how we can ensure their start at SWA is as smooth as possible.
A member of staff at SWA will be in contact with you after half-term to discuss next steps and how we can support you during the remainder of the summer term.
School Forms Booklet
You will have had two booklets from us- the Parent Information Booklet for you to keep and the School Forms booklet. Please return the completed School Forms booklet to us - by post or by leaving it at reception.
We recognise that the planned uniform fittings have not been possible and existing uniform orders may have been delayed. We don’t want you to worry about uniform at this time, it can all be addressed later. No students will be in any trouble if they are still waiting for a uniform when Year 7 starts.
As of this writing, it is still very uncertain when Year 6s can start their Year 7. The senior leadership team discuss Year 6 transition every week and this page will be updated as more government guidance is received. Our current thinking is that the new Year 7s will have the school to themselves for a day when secondary schools reopen fully, but this is obviously subject to the extent of social distancing in effect in schools at that point.
Welcome to Samuel Ward Academy
You have secured a place at Samuel Ward Academy. We’re delighted that you are joining our community and can’t wait to meet you.
We know that the move to secondary school is a big step for your child and research tells us that students thrive best and achieve more if they feel secure, known and supported. This is why we work so closely with our feeder primary schools to offer an extended transition programme to ensure that everyone makes the best possible start to their secondary school life.
All Staff at Samuel Ward Academy are there to help students to learn and progress. So you can ask any member of staff for help at any time.
We realise that secondary schools can feel very different to primary schools but it is very important to us that you continue to feel fully involved in your child’s education. Research shows that parental support and involvement one of the most important factors in determining a child’s academic success. You are the expert on your child and your support, encouragement and interest can make a huge difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with settling in a new school. Communication with your child’s form tutor will help us support your child. Please feel free to jot a note in your child’s planner, e-mail or phone us with any concerns you think we ought to know. Even if we cannot talk to you immediately, we will get back to you as soon as possible. It is very important that you attend Parents’ Eve, Parents’ Information Eve, read the biannual progress checks and keep abreast of your child’s attendance, reward and consequence points and homework on our online platform Go4schools.
Secondary school is a great opportunity to further develop your talents outside lessons and try out new things. This is why we are keen to encourage your child to try out a variety of after-school activities after lessons on a Tuesday and Thursday and/or during lunchtimes. We hope your child will develop new interests and have a go at new experiences. Committing time and energy to talents and interests can often have positive spin-offs for other work in school. They often develop confidence, organisational skills, self-discipline and good communication skills, as well as being a lot of fun.
How else can you help your child to make a flying start to their secondary career?
- Encourage your child to be ready to learn by having the correct equipment every day, such as pens, pencils, a rule and an eraser. Also, bringing PE kit when it is needed.
- Help your child understand the importance of attendance and punctuality. Good attendance helps lead to success. Please let us know as soon as possible if your child is unwell.
- Check Go4schools regularly. It will include full details of all the homework set and when it is due. It also shows the reward (or possibly consequence) points your child has received every lesson. Your child’s timetable is also available so they will always know which books and resources to pack for the next day.
- Encourage your child to discuss their work with you and help them find the space and time to complete homework. Showing an interest in your child’s work helps to underline the idea that you think it is as important as we do.
- Attend all school events concerning the achievement and progress of your child.