Welcome to Kirk Hallam Community Academy

Year 6 Transition Portal 2022

Welcome to our Transition 2022 portal.

Here you'll find lots of important information to ease the transition to Kirk Hallam Academy over the coming months.

There are also some very important forms to complete. If you are unable to complete these forms in one sitting, then click the 'Save Forms' button at any time. This will save all the information you have already entered and send you a unique code via e-mail to be able to access it at a later date.

Your forms will be saved for 7 days from the time that you save them.

Every child's educational journey is unique, and I am delighted that you have chosen Kirk Hallam Community Academy to share that journey with you. We are a proud and aspirational school at the heart of our community and look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child reaches their potential.  

Since recently joining the academy, I have been genuinely impressed by the caring nature of our school community, the ambition of our pupils and staff and the determination they share to achieve. As a proud member of the Nova Education Trust, we firmly believe that we embody the trust motto 'Work Hard, Be Kind'. This simple message lies at the heart of everything we do. 

 

All our children deserve the very best educational experience and our ambitious curriculum and holistic pastoral care provide excellent foundations for learning and success. At Kirk Hallam, we are passionate about the development of the 'whole child', where pupils can reach their academic potential and develop their character skills and leadership qualities in equal measure.  

As year 6 progresses, you may have lots of questions about what's to come next year and how secondary education compares to primary school. I hope that the information here in the portal will help develop your understanding of life at Kirk Hallam and we look forward to welcoming our prospective pupils during the summer term and getting to know lots more about them.  

Mr C Turner 

Head Teacher 

We hope you are all well and are looking forward to joining us at Kirk Hallam Academy. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all here and are privileged to support you on the next step of your journey!

Starting secondary school is a very exciting time but it can be daunting moving from a relatively small school to a larger one. Please do not worry, we are here to support you with your transition to secondary school and will make sure you have all the tools to settle in smoothly, happily and quickly to life at Kirk Hallam Academy.

Many families have a lot of the same questions surrounding transition and we are committed to working with you to address any questions you may have. All of the key information you need as parents will be uploaded to this website for easy access. We also have a number of links to helpful videos for you to engage with which will help to prepare you for your move. Please keep visiting this website for updated content.

Take care and we can’t wait to meet you all soon!

Miss Cassidy
Assistant Headteacher/Year 7 Lead

Learning support is open to everyone that needs any support with their learning. Classes take place in Learning Support and some students receive extra help with their reading or spelling. If you have help at your primary school then do not worry, we know about you and we are here to support you. We are really looking forward to meeting you soon.

Absence: Guide for Parents and carers

What do I do if…

…I know in advance that my child will be away from school, for example for a dental or doctors appointment?

Unavoidable medical appointments: We expect pupils to be in school prior to and after their appointments. Medical appointments should not take all day. Where possible, appointments should be made before/after school or during the school holidays.

If you do wish to remove your child for an appointment, a note with appointment card should be sent to the Main Office with your child in the morning or you can contact the Main Office directly through the Academy number on 01159301522.

…I wish to take my child away on holiday during term time?

We do not authorise holidays during term time. If you do wish to request permission to remove your child from school for the purpose of a holiday, a form must be requested from the Main office or downloaded (see link below).

Parents/carers need to be aware that we will request a Penalty Notice for any requested holiday. If found that a student was removed for the purpose of a holiday without permission a Penalty Notice will also be requested, even after the pupil has returned from the holiday.

…My son/daughter is away from school and no prior notice has been given?

If your son/daughter is too unwell to attend school, please contact the Main Office on the morning of the absence. If you have not made contact with school to inform us of the reason, we will make every effort to contact you firstly by telephone/text and then by letter. A home visit may also be made by the Pastoral Manager-Attendance.

For any attendance issues, please contact us on 0115 9301522

Contact Details

Parents can help ensure that the school has accurate contact details by informing the school if there are any changes to phone numbers etc. during the year. Please complete a Student Information Form which can be found on the website and return to the school main reception.

School Main Reception

Main Office Reception is open from:

Monday to Wednesday 8.00 till 16:00
Thursday and Friday 8.00 till 16:30

Q: How do I buy uniform for my child?
A: Uniform can be purchased online from JustSchoolWear. We also have a comprehensive section on the school website outlining our uniform policy.  In addition, the school will be holding a pop-up-shop 'Sizing Event' on 24th June 2022 between 3:00 and 5:00, Lakeside building. 

Q: How do I set up a ParentPay account (cashless payment system) for my child to purchase food at break and lunch?
A: On the first day of your child starting at our academy, your child’s fingerprint will be registered (if you have consented on the form which is part of the application process).  Your child will then bring a letter of registration home with details of how to add money to your child’s account.

Q: My child is eligible for a Free School Meal (FSM), how will the school canteen know?
A: Our Catering Manager has a list of all Scholars eligible for a FSM and loads the cashless system with their daily allowance which is available to students ready for the start of lunch. They will put their finger on the scanner the same as all children to purchase their lunch.

Q: What does my child need to bring to school on their first day?
A: They will need a bag and any specialist Maths equipment such as a scientific calculator. We will provide each child with a folder to store their work and a pencil case which includes the following items:

  • 4 colour retractable pen
  • Pencil
  • 15cm ruler
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener

Q: Who do I contact if I’ve got an issue, query or concern?
A: The Year 7 Team is as follows:

Miss Cassidy: Assistant Headteacher, Year 7 Lead

I am really looking forward to meeting you all! We will work together over the next year (students, parents/carers and teachers) to make sure you have a successful and enriching first year at Kirk Hallam Academy. We will all "work hard" and "be kind" to become the best Year 7 cohort KHCA has ever seen!

Mrs Hibbert and Mrs Howarth: Year 7 Achievement Leaders

Welcome Year 6, we will be your Achievement Leaders! We are very much looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you. We will be working with you and your parents and carers to make sure you have a brilliant time, here at Kirk Hallam Academy. We will help you to settle into life at Kirk Hallam Academy and make your transition to secondary school as smooth as possible. We can't wait to meet you!

Q: My child will need to catch a public bus to travel to school, how do we find out details?
A: Service 11 Bus Timetable below:

SERVICE 11  TIME HAWKES COACHES Monday–Thursday Fri
Stanley (opp Bridge Inn) 07:45 Kirk Hallam Community Academy 15:55 14:05
West Hallam (White Hart) 07:50 St John Houghton Academy (Abbot Road junction) 15:45 Not available
West Hallam (crossroads) 07:52 Stanley (opp Bridge Inn)    
West Hallam (High Lane) 08:00 West Hallam (St Wilfred's Road)    
West Hallam (St Wilfred's Road) 08:05 West Hallam (High Lane)    
St John Houghton Academy (Abbot Road junction) 08:15 West Hallam (crossroads)    
Kirk Hallam Community Academy 08:20 Stanley Common    

Service 11 is not able to serve Stanley Common in the mornings as the operator no longer has permission to turn the bus around at the Top Club. Students from Standley Common should meet the bus at West Hallam crossroads.

Q: What date does my child start school?
A: Friday 2nd September 2022 is the first day for Year 7 Scholars only.

Q: What subjects will my child learn?
A: Kirk Hallam Community Academy aims to offer a broad and comprehensive curriculum.  Subjects studied in Year 7 are as follows:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • German
  • PE
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Design and Technology

Q: My child is worried about being bullied at secondary school, how can I reassure them?
A: We have zero tolerance for any form of bullying within our academy, and can only deal with issues we are informed about.  Please see our anti-bullying policy and reassure your child that if they let a teacher or parent know if they feel they are being bullied, then it will be investigated promptly and discretely. 

Q: My child is worried about getting a detention, what is the behavioural policy?
A: Kirk Hallam Community Academy has a clear behaviour policy which your child will learn within the first week of starting our academy.  We aim to ensure that:

  • Positive behaviour is rewarded
  • Inappropriate behaviour is dealt with fairly, consistently and with dignity

Q: My child is worried they will get lost trying to find their classroom, how will they know where to go?
A: During the first week of your child starting at Kirk Hallam Academy they will have lots of opportunities to practice finding their way around school and be inducted into life at Kirk Hallam Academy. This means they will be given all the information they need to know what is expected of them and how to navigate around the academy. Everyone is very friendly at Kirk Hallam Academy, both teachers and students will help to direct any students not sure of where to go!

Q: My child will be travelling to school on their bike, where will they leave it and will it be safe?
A: We have two bike sheds on site. It is advised that children securely lock their bikes.  

Q: When will my child receive homework?
A: We have a clear homework schedule for our students which we will share with them during their induction. Teachers will support students with this.

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Pop-Up-Uniform Shop

Uniform can be purchased online from JustSchoolWear.  In addition, the school will be holding a pop-up-shop in the Lakeside building on Friday 24th June between 3:00 - 6:00.  The 'Sizing Event' offers an opportunity to try on and order any uniform including blazers. 

 

Transition Days 

Our transition days will be held on the 4th and 5th July. We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Kirk Hallam Academy and we will be sending you further details about our transition days after the Easter holidays.

Our website is full of useful information for parents and pupils. Here are a few links to some of the most important for new Year 7s.

Transition Activity Pack

 

History Worksheet

Geography Transition PowerPoint

 

In addition, if you have any free time over the summer term or during the summer holidays, we have listed a selection of excellent books we recommend for Year 6 students. 

Check out the list below:

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Kick by Mitch Johnson
  • Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • The Legend of Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
  • Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater

These forms are used to collect information regarding your child and their transition to Kirk Hallam Community Academy and will only be used for this purpose. We need the information collected here to enable us to manage this process effectively. The information is for internal use only and will be stored on our internal servers. This information will be kept in line with our data retention policy.

We will only use your contact details to share information with you that is relevant to this process.

If you have any concerns please contact us before you proceed.

Student's Details

Only if different from legal name given above.

Only if different from legal name given above.

Student's Home Information
Parental Information (First contact)

The first contact detailed above will be used for communication regarding student information (reports, letters etc.) and school information (newsletters, school closures etc.).

Please indicate below whether the first contact would like to receive the communications described below:

Parental Information (Second contact)

Please make sure that the second contact detailed below has given you consent to share their information.

Please indicate below whether the second contact would like to receive the communications described below:

Additional Emergency Contacts

Please provide details of up to four additional contacts for use in emergency situations where the first two contacts are unavailable. Please make sure the person(s) detailed below have given you consent to share their information.

Emergency Contact 1
Emergency Contact 2
Emergency Contact 3
Emergency Contact 4
Student's Family Links
Student's Educational History
Student's Ethnic/Cultural Information

This information is not mandatory. If you would prefer not to share any of the information requested below, then please tick the REFUSED box(es).

Student's Travel Arrangements
Student's Lunch Arrangements

Doctor's Details
Student's Medical Information

Please note: Although we have the facility to store general medication (e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen etc.), we are unable to administer any medication to students.

We do recommend that with any medication taken on a regular basis, a spare supply is given to the school for use in case of emergencies (e.g. inhaler, EpiPen, migraine treatment etc.) Your child will be responsible for administering this medicine themselves.

Student's Dietary Requirements