Year 7 Intake : September 2021
We are very much looking forward to our new Year 7 intake beginning their KBA journey in September 2021. Lots of work is already going on behind the scenes in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.
At the bottom of this page you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have a question which is not answered below please use this link and we will add further questions and answers as appropriate.
If you are a student who is going to be joining us from another primary school we hope you are excited. We do, however, also know that this can be a worrying time for some students and our aim is to make the step into secondary education a happy and successful one.
This link will take you to the BBC website where you will find lots of useful advice and guidance about starting secondary school.
Parents and carers of students joining Year 7 in September 2021 will be invited to join our Transition Evening later in the current academic year. This is provisionally scheduled to take place on the evening of Monday 5th July so please add this date to your diary.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we anticipate that this will be a 'virtual' event.
During this meeting the Principal, Mr Di Salvo, and other key members of staff will share information relating to topics including behaviour, attendance, uniform, homework and parental communication.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, or if you wish to watch it again, we will record it and make it available to view here after the event has taken place.
We would normally schedule a Transition Day for new Year 7 students but, again due to Covid-19 restrictions, this will not happen in the same way as usual. Even with Government restrictions due to lift on 21st June, we feel that it is best to avoid any circumstances where there may be a risk of transmission either between students or to family members in the home setting.
This year, we are delighted to be running a transition summer school. The summer school has been created for year 6 students who will be joining the academy in September 2021. It will involve a range of activities based around the year 6 and 7 curriculum and lots of fun activities too. We also hope to run a celebration event on the last day of the summer school.
The summer school will run every week day from Wednesday 21st July to Wednesday 4th August 2021.
Each day will begin at 9am and end at 2pm. Lunch will be provided. Transport to and from the academy will need to be arranged by parents/carers. To express an interest in the summer school, please complete the form that was emailed to you by Sophie Dale on 7th June. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
We will be communicating with all primary schools from where our Year 7 intake are joining us and we hope that Mrs Hawthorn, Head of Year 7, will be able to meet with all new students either virtually or in their primary school setting. Mrs Hawthorn will also be sending out regular newsletters for new Year 7 students so that they know what is happening in preparation for September.
Our SENCO, Mrs Thomas, will also be communicating with staff at primary schools in order to ensure that we have the most accurate picture of individual student's learning needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (Students)
Which House will I be in?
At KBA we have 4 Houses; Braveheart, Griffin, Phoenix and Viking.
- If you are joining us from our own primary school you will remain in your current House.
- If you are joining us from another primary school but have a sibling who attends KBA as of September 2021 you will placed into the same House as them.
- If you have no sibling link, you will be allocated to a House.
Who will my form tutor be?
We have a team of 8 fantastic form tutors who are led by Mrs Hawthorn. We are in the process of allocating students to form groups and will share this information with you before you join us.
Will I be in a tutor group with my friends?
We cannot guarantee that children will be placed in tutor groups with their friends. It is, however, important to remember that you will be in classes with lots of different people from other tutor groups during lessons. This means that, even if you are not in the same tutor group as your friends, you may be in the same lessons as some of them.
How will I find my way around the building?
Don't worry! When you join us you will be given a special lanyard to wear which will include a map of the academy building.
If you do get lost at any point, just ask someone politely and they will help you.
How many different lessons will I have?
You will have lots of lessons and this will feel different to your primary school where you are likely to have stayed with one teacher for most of the time. Our curriculum offers you experience of a broad range of subjects.
How long are lessons?
Every day starts with a tutorial. You then have 6 lessons throughout the day that are each 50 minutes long. Occasionally you may have a 'double' lesson which will last for 2 x 50 minutes.
If I am worried about something who can I talk to?
Your form tutor will make sure that you settle into secondary school life. If you are worried about anything they should be the first person that you go to. You can also talk to your parents or carers of course - it may be that they can reassure you about your worries.
Frequently Asked Questions (Parents and Carers)
As a parent, how can I support my child in preparing for secondary school?
Starting secondary school is a significant milestone in a child's life. It marks a passage into adolescence and brings about several significant changes. They will go from being the oldest in school to being the youngest, having to find their way around a large new school with different teachers for different subjects. They will also have to take more responsibility, such as:
- taking a new and unfamiliar route
- planning for each day's timetable
- making sure they have the right books and equipment
- doing homework most evenings, which has to fit into their routine alongside other interests
All of this will have to fit into your child’s new routine, alongside their other interests and the often daunting prospect of becoming a teenager. It can take time for children to adjust to these new responsibilities.
As a parent, talking to your child and reassuring them is the best way to make sure that they are ready for their first day at 'big school'. Once your child has started school, make time to talk and listen to your child each day to check how things are going. Just giving attention in this way can help your child feel supported and more confident. However, resist the temptation to ask too many questions, especially when a child first gets home from school and is likely to be tired, hungry and short-tempered from coping with many new people and things.
What do I do if I have a question about something?
If you are the parent or carer of a student who is due to join us in Year 7 in September 2021 and have a question, please email our Head of Year 7, Caroline Hawthorn, who will be pleased to deal with this. She can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know how my child has settled in to Year 7?
We are planning to hold a Virtual Tutor Evening towards the end of September. You will have the opportunity to speak with your child's form tutor and they will ensure you are informed of how your child has adjusted to the demands of starting secondary school.
I am really worried about my child starting secondary school. What can I do?
Having a child is a bit like a long journey towards redundancy. In those early years, you are indispensable but as time progresses your child grows in their independence and detachment from you. This is, of course, a wonderful journey but starting secondary school can be a difficult milestone for some parents.
Take time to consider how your emotions might be influencing their preparations. Often disagreements about clothing and how they travel to school are really a parental reaction to realising their child is accelerating towards adulthood.
Be sure that you are focused on the real concerns and fears of your child.
How do I make sure my child is organised for school each day?
Starting secondary school brings with it changes in how your child will need to approach their education. They will have to become more responsible as they attend their timetable of classes, manage homework and (hopefully) remember to bring the correct books.
It can be tempting to do this for them. However, the transition to secondary school is about increasing their independence and self-reliance. Therefore help them to get organised by planning a night before routine or make up a checklist of what they need each day based on their timetable.
Then step back and let them pack their bag and prepare their kit for the school day.
My child will be making their way to school on their own. Have you got any advice about this?
Starting secondary school often means travelling further from home. Now public transport or walking with friends to school may be their preference or a necessity.
Help calm any new term jitters by travelling the route with them in advance. Show them the route via car or take the public transport they will need to use to get to school if this is the case for your child.
If your child is going to be travelling to school by bicycle, make sure that they are competent and understand how to be safe. We always advise that children wear a cycle helmet.