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22nd June 2021
Dear Parents/Carers and new year 7!
I am delighted to welcome you and your child to the school community of Lincoln Castle Academy! We are all very excited that your child is going to be joining us in September.
Every year we welcome children from nearly 20 different primary schools; we always put a lot of effort and pride ourselves on making sure that our new students feel well looked after and happy and they soon settle in to being part of our school community.
Young people will normally be worried about one or more of the following when they move to secondary:
- Making friends
- Getting lost
- Completing homework
To this I say: ‘do not worry!’. Every year we spend a lot of time on ‘getting to know each other’ and everyone is very friendly and supportive. We also put lots of opportunities in place to ensure that your child soon becomes a member of LCA!
It is definitely an unusual and challenging time at the moment, and we know you and your child might be feeling especially nervous about the transition into year 7. We are aware that most children will have missed a lot of time inside of the classroom during the past 15 months; our teachers, Year 7 team and, if appropriate, the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator will do everything they can to ensure the transition is smooth. We are currently busy finding information out about your child from their primary school teachers so that we can pitch the transition work at exactly the right level and find out all about your child before they join our school community.
In order to follow the government's guidelines on social distancing, we've had to adjust our arrangements for supporting this year’s transition. However, we hope the remote activities that we’ve planned will help put your child (and you!) at ease and get them feeling as excited as we are for the new school year.
Each week we will be sending out transition support information; this could be in the form of a curriculum workbook, messages from our staff, videos, personal details booklet, information about the year team etc. This information will be sent out using various forms, including email, post, via primary schools etc. As well as our website being updated with new transition documentation on a regular basis. This information can be easily accessed on the homepage of the school website. When information is updated, we will text you to let you know; please can you ensure that we have an up to date mobile number logged with the school office.
Thank you to all parents and carers who have sent their child’s admissions form back to school; if you have not done so already, could you ensure that we receive it ASAP. Please also ensure that you get in touch with the County Council regarding school transport as applications need to be made directly.
We’re here for you every step of the way during your child’s transition into year 7. If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know by contacting the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the school reception on (01522) 529203.
We fully appreciate that this year has continued to be far from normal, but rest assured that as restrictions ease, any updates will be communicated to you as soon as possible via email.
We look forward to connecting with you over the next term as we prepare to kick off a fantastic year in September.
Mrs S M Macdonald
Head of Year 7
17th June 2021
Dear Parent / Carer,
Update on transition for Year 6 students for September 2021 entry
On Monday 14 June 2021, the Government announced that Step 4 of the national roadmap to remove Covid-19 restrictions is to be delayed until at least 19 July 2021 whilst it assesses the data and gathers further scientific evidence following the rollout of the vaccination programme. The Government has given a clear message that the next 4 weeks are critical in the fight against Covid-19.
Therefore, it is with regret that I am writing to inform you that the Year 6 transition days, which were scheduled for Monday 28th June and Tuesday 29th June 2021, are cancelled. The Department of Education has said that schools must maintain their current systems of protective measures and that the normal transition activities in schools should not take place in order to protect the whole school community.
We are disappointed that we are unable to meet Year 6 pupils on our transition days. However, we will adapt the first day of term (Thursday 2nd September 2021) when only Year 7 are in school to ensure that pupils undertake the transition activities before the term starts so that they can settle into their new school and routines. Last year, we ran a similar programme for Year 6 students when transition days were cancelled due to school closure and this proved to be very successful.
We would like to assure you that we will continue to work with your child’s primary school regarding the transfer of pupil information. Where possible, Year 7 staff will continue to visit as many primary schools as possible to speak with Year 6 students transferring to us in September.
Tutor Group Allocation
We will be assigning all Year 6 students to a tutor group and we will endeavour, where possible, to place students with at least one person from their primary school. We will inform you by email in July of your child’s tutor group and house.
Lines of Communication
Please note the following lines of communication.
- The Head of Year is Mrs Macdonald – email@example.com
- The SENDCo is Mrs Drury – firstname.lastname@example.org
- For any other query, please phone on 01522 529203 or email: email@example.com
Parents’ Information Evening
Unfortunately, this event will also be cancelled. Further information to follow.
Mrs Macdonald will be sending out a letter to all parents and students next week which will detail the virtual activities that will be taking place.
Mrs E Halpin