Y6 Transition 2020

Welcome to our Transition 2020 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.

We are delighted and feel privileged that you have trusted us to look after the education of your child. The school is undergoing a number of key changes at present and we are so excited that you will be joining our community as we look to make Kirk Hallam excellent in everything we do.

Since joining the school in January every encounter I have had, be it parent, carer or child, has reinforced my belief that this community deserves an excellent school. I want to build upon the strengths that exist in the school already to ensure that, together, we can deliver a high quality provision. This is not a journey that I can make alone but I promise to leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of educational excellence for your children.

Delivering these improvements will come on a number of fronts:

  1. Creating an excellent culture. We will develop a robust behaviour system that is clearly communicated to parents and students. Within this we will work hard to eradicate bullying and ensure that staff and students are kind to each other.
  2. Developing excellent teachers. We will develop a strong program of professional training and development so that every teacher uses every minute of every lesson to improve outcomes for every child.
  3. Ensuring excellent results. We must make sure that everyone gets the results they need to have a choice over their future. Where students are falling behind, we will make early interventions to ensure they are not so far behind in Years 11 and 13 that they do not achieve their desired outcomes.

As part of Nova Education Trust our academy benefits from being in a strong partnership with several schools locally, many of which are rated as Good or Outstanding. We will use these links in order to ensure that your child gets a quality education. We are really excited about the chance to work in close partnership with you over the next seven years.

We will be in touch again shortly to send you some key information, including a chance to meet me virtually in a bespoke virtual meeting in-lieu of an in-person gathering.

Mr Belshaw
Head of School

We hope you are all well and are looking forward to joining us at Kirk Hallam Community Academy. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all here! We will continue to update the 'Transition' section of our website with more videos and information over the next few weeks which we hope will help to prepare you for joining us in Year 7.

Take care,

Miss Cassidy
Assistant Head of School/Year 7 Lead

Support is an area of the school you might need to come to if you need extra support with a part of your learning. There are lots of Teaching Assistants who you will see in your lessons who will be able to help you both in and out of the classroom. If you ever need to talk to someone about extra support then come and see us.

Mrs Keyte
Head of Learning Support

Learning Support is open to everyone that needs any support with their learning. Classes take place in Learning Support and some pupils 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.

Mrs Wright
Assistant SENCO

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. 

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/safeguarding concern?
A: The Year 7 Team is as follows:

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: Monday 6 September 2021 is the first day for Year 7 Scholars (unless otherwise informed).

Q: What times does school start?
A: The school day starts at 9:00am Monday and 8:30am Thursday–Friday. Scholars are expected to be in school at least five minutes early so they are not late for lesson. 

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 promptly, firmly, fairly and consistently

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 Community Academy they will be ‘on-boarded’ which means they will be given all the information they need to know what is expected of them and how to navigate around the academy.

Q: What after school enrichment activities are available for my child?
A: Your child will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of enriching activities every week. This academic year, on a Monday, our Scholars choose an Elective and attend sessions provided by staff in areas such as Art Club, Music Club, Graphics Club, Animal Care and History Club. On a Tuesday, Scholars attend sporting and games-based sessions which consist of a mixture of activities for them to take part in that sit outside the usual PE curriculum. On a Thursday our Scholars attend a Civics session covering RE, PSHCE, and CIAG. Finally, Scholars are given the opportunity to work on homework and develop their ability to work outside of the classroom on a Thursday during our homework session. All of these activities take place within the school day between the hours of 2.50pm to 3.50pm.

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 Scholars.

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.

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. Many of these titles can be obtained as an audio book via Audible who are offering a free 30 day trial. 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