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Welcome to Woodham Academy. I’m delighted that your son/daughter will be joining us in September. Although hard to imagine, in five years time your child will be a young adult, ready to embark upon further education or training. We look forward to sharing this journey with you, working alongside you to ensure the best possible future for your child.

Christine Forsyth
Headteacher

Moving Up

Your child’s transfer from primary to secondary school is both an exciting and daunting time. There are many new things for him/her to become familiar with and we believe that in order to ensure a smooth transition, they need support from us and you. There may be concerns, queries or anxious feelings which are perfectly natural and, by working together as a partnership, we will succeed in preparing your child for the next stage in their education very quickly.We have already done a considerable amount of work with your child’s primary school and we know a lot about them. This gives us a valuable insight into how they will cope during the first few weeks. The students have visited Woodham Academy during Year 5, and have become familiar with some of the key people who work with Year 7 and transition.

People to help your child in Year 7

Mrs McGinnety, Head of Learning Year 7 / Transition

Mrs McGinnety is responsible for the progress of all students in year 7. She will monitor your child’s attendance, punctuality and behaviour as well as dealing with any problems students may have by liaising with parents and, where appropriate, outside agencies.

Mrs Meachen, Transition Worker

Mrs Meachen is responsible for supporting an effective transfer for each child from primary school to Woodham Academy. Mrs Meachen works alongside and liaises with relevant staff in your child’s school, gathering information to ensure individual needs are met on transfer. She works to support your child in their own school and becomes well known to them prior to September. Mrs Meachen’s role includes being a part of all activities, visits and taster sessions offered to primary students.

Mr Ketch, KS3 Behaviour Support 

Miss Elliott, KS3 Behaviour Support

Mr Ketch and Miss Elliott monitor the behaviour of KS3 students. One of them is always on hand to deal with any queries or concerns students may have.

Year 7 Tutor Team

Your child will have a form tutor who will greet your child every morning and who will teach the class for the equivalent of one day per week during the first term. You will meet your child’s tutor at the Year 6 Open Evening. The tutor will be responsible for teaching Woodham Learning, which helps students to settle into their new school and develop essential skills for learning: Resourcefulness, Resilience, Reflectiveness, Respect.

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