Year 6 Transition

Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a particularly significant change for all children. But starting a new school is also an exciting time. At Orsett Heath Academy, we have developed a strong transition process to ensure your child’s journey to us is as smooth as possible.

Step 1 – Admissions Information

Admissions Information forms must be completed and returned to us before Friday 26th March 2021.

Step 2 – Welcome Pack and Video

To find out everything you need to know about Orsett Heath Academy have a look at our Welcome Pack.

Some of our soon-to-be Year 8’s have also filmed a Welcome Video for all new students joining us in September. The School Ambassadors wanted to show what a normal day at Orsett Heath is like, show students around the school, and answer any questions they think they might have before joining us.

Step 3 – Primary School Contact

Ms Rawson, Head of School and Designated Safeguarding Lead, will be contacting the primary schools to introduce herself and inform pupils what will be happening over the next few months.

Step 4 – Preparing your child

To support new students, we have produced a Transition Booklet which contains some key information and guidance for students on how to prepare, get ready, and look forward to joining us soon.

You might also want to have a look at BBC Bitesize who have put together lots of information and videos about starting High School. The series offers practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

Step 4 – Induction Evening

Parents are invited to attend a virtual transition evening on Thursday 1st July 2021. During this session parents/carers and Year 6 pupils will meet with their tutor and discuss what to expect and how to prepare for joining Orsett Heath Academy.

Prior to attending this meeting, we encourage all parents/carers to read the information PowerPoint provided here

Step 5 – Summer School

Summer School is exclusive to Year 6 students joining Orsett Heath Academy in September. We have developed our Summer School to give new students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, our staff and to make new friends.

Step 6 – First Day in September

Students first day in September will be Friday 3rd September 2021. On this day, Year 7 will be the only year group in school which will give us additional time to support their settling in and transition to secondary school. The full school will return on Monday 6th September 2021.

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If you have any further questions about starting at Orsett Heath Academy or the transition process, please get in touch with office@oha.swecet.org and we will direct you to the appropriate member of staff.

We have also created a set of Frequently Asked Questions. One for parents and one for students; please find these below:

FAQs for Parents

FAQs for Students