Transition

New Year 7 Transition Arrangements, 2020

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 in very unusual circumstances this year. However, we are determined to find new ways of enabling our new families to become more familiar with Castle Mead. Unfortunately year 6 pupils and their families are not able to visit Castle Mead this term. This is not ideal, but is the same for all secondary schools across the city. Our staff are 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:

Welcome from the Principal
Welcome from Mr Hague
Please allow your child to watch this welcome message from our Principal, Mr Hague.

Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour of CMA
Please watch this virtual tour of CMA with your child, so as they can familiarise themselves with facilities and see where their lessons will take place.

Welcome messages from key staff
Key Staff Welcome Messages
Please click on the link above so as our new scholars can see pictures of key staff who will be supporting them in year seven. These staff have shared a short welcome message and also posed something for our new scholars to think about in the coming weeks

Welcome letter from Yr7 scholar
Letter to new year 7 scholars
Please click on the link above so as our new scholars can read an example letter from one of our current year 7 scholars. Further such welcome letters will be shared in the post

Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook 2020
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.

FAQ – Response to queries
Please click on the link above to read the responses to the questions posed by parents. Thank you for your questions, we will continue to update this document if we receive further questions.

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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