New Year 7 Transition Arrangements, 2021

We would like to ensure a smooth and enjoyable start for our new Year 7 scholars and therefore have organised a programme of transition activities.

Normally, we would have several opportunities in the summer term for scholars to visit our school, meet staff and other scholars, ask questions and generally start to find out all about our school. Parents would also have the opportunity to visit the school again, meet staff and find out about our routines and expectations.

Unfortunately, as you will appreciate, we are still having to tread carefully with arrangements this year due to the pandemic. As much as restrictions are beginning to be lifted, we have to remain cautious. However, we are determined to find new ways of enabling our new families to become more familiar with Castle Mead. As it stands, we are unable to have the usual Transition Day this year. However, we will work around this and provide different opportunities for parents and children to communicate with us. Our staff are still able to liaise with staff in your child’s primary school to find out a little more about each of our new scholars so we can make sure we have all the information we need to enable a successful start for your son / daughter.

With all of this in mind, further to the letters from the Principal sent to you, please see below other ways in which you can find out a little more about the CMA way:

Virtual Tour
As you know, we are all set to move in to our new school building this Summer, ready for the start of the new school year. Due to the sterling work of our builders despite all of the restrictions placed on them over the course of the past year, we are  still all on track to do this on time!

Virtual Tour

Parent Information Videos
Please use the links below to hear information on key aspects of our school, filmed particularly with parents of Year 6 pupils in mind.

Episode 1: Our beliefs and new school building

Episode 2: Learning, curriculum and primary liaison

Episode 3: Our expectations

Transition Welcome Pack
Transition Welcome Pack
Please click on the link above to read the Transition Welcome Pack, which has been sent to all families joining CMA. This includes key dates of transition activities, welcome messages from key members of staff who will be supporting our scholars in year seven, and an example welcome letter from one of our current scholars – further such welcome letters will be shared in the post!

Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook 2021
Please click on the link above to view our Parent Handbook. These handbook is designed to give parents new to the academy a comprehensive guide to all aspects of life at CMA. Please read through it in advance of your child starting at CMA and also refer back to it as the year progresses.

A Guide to being an Excellent Scholar at CMA
A Guide to being an Excellent Scholar at CMA
Please click on the link above, for your child to be able to read this guide, which has been written by two of our current Year 8 scholars! This is all of their own work, and is intended to be ‘from one scholar to another’.

Uniform Direct information
The Uniform Direct Parent Guide to buying uniform, can be found here.

Parents can also see details about our Uniform on the ‘Parents’ tab of our website and can also look up an outline of our year 7 curriculum on the ‘Curriculum tab too’.

Parent Transition Information Presentation

Please see below three episodes of our presentation from the Principal to year 6 parents. These episodes outline key information which we would usually share in person at CMA as part of the transition process.

Episode 1 – Our Values and Our School Site

Episode 2 – Learning, Curriculum and Feeder Primaries

Episode 3 – Our Expectations

Episode 4 – Part One

Episode 4 – Part Two

Parents can also see details about our Uniform on the ‘Parents’ tab of our website and can also look up an outline of our year 7 curriculum on the ‘Curriculum tab too’.

If you have not already done so, we would be grateful if you could also complete and submit the Year 6 Pupils Admissions Data Form ASAP.

We look forward to welcoming you into the school and hope this will be the beginning of a very happy and successful partnership.

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