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Welcome to Gloucester Academy, we are very excited to meet your child and for them to start their journey with us. In the sections below you will find some key information and dates around the transition day and the start of term.

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Key Dates 

Key dates in our transition process from year 6 to 7 2021

Dear new GA families and students (Class of 2026)

We would like to take this opportunity to say welcome to Gloucester Academy, we are very excited to meet your child and for them to start their journey with us. Below you will find some key information and dates around the transition day and the start of term.

Summer term (subject to Covid restrictions allowing)

Gloucester Academy staff will be visiting and contacting your child's primary school to collect information about your child from their year 6 teachers and have the chance to meet your child face to face.

We will be hosting a series of short, 20 minute, information presentations, recordings of which will then also be available on our website in the transition section. We feel this will be more beneficial than one very long traditional presentation evening. If you have any questions about each topic below, that you think may be useful for everyone, please email [email protected], and we will include them in the presentation.

Date / Time Title Description Useful links prior to the sessions Host

Google Link

Wed 21st April 6:30pm Welcome to GA Our ethos and culture, including curriculum Link Mr Heap, Headteacher & Mrs Lewis Senior Deputy Headteacher Link

Tues 27th April

6:30pm

Uniform and equipment

What you need to have with you each day, and where to get it from.

Link Mr Nabarro, Deputy Headteacher Link
  Behaviour policy Why being prepared is essential to pupils climbing their own personal mountain at GA. Link Mr Nabarro, Deputy Headteacher Link
Thurs  29th April  Character Education, House System, Tutor Groups and Rewards      All the details          Ms Exton, Assistant Headteacher   Link
Tues 4th May Teaching and Learning What to expect in a typical lesson at GA, and why. Link Mr E Watson, Assistant Headteacher Link
Thurs 6th May ‘GA apprenticeship’ what to expect in your first week at GA How we will fully support you to feel confident as you start at secondary school.   Ms Exton, Assistant Headteacher Link
Tues 11th May

Literacy and

Homework expectations
Full details of our reading programme. 
As well as our daily h/w expectations.
Link Mrs Pearce, Assistant Headteacher, and Mr J Watson, Assistant Headteacher Link
Thurs 13th May Supporting groups of students Support in place for SEN and EAL students. As well as the pastoral team support. Link Mr J Watson Assistant Headteacher, and Mrs S Kelly, SENDCO Link

Compulsory Transition Day

On Monday the 5th of July (TBC) there will be a transition day for all new students whereby they will be invited to attend Gloucester Academy from 9.00am to 2.30pm. During this day your child will meet their new tutor, have a tour of the school, take part in some core lessons and experience a day as a Gloucester Academy student. Please note this may have to be a virtual transition day - we will confirm closer to the day.

Start of Term

Your child will begin their journey at Gloucester Academy on Monday the 6th of September 2021, remember to be on site by 8.35am, using the Norbury Avenue gate whereby there will only be Year 7 and Year 11 students in the building. All students will then return on Tuesday the 7th of September.

Student Registration form 

GA Apprentice Week 

The first week at Gloucester Academy will allow all of our new year 7 students to settle into Academy life and through this week they will be GA Apprentices. The apprenticeship enables students to seamlessly get used to the expectations and systems at GA. It builds their confidence and gives lots of opportunities for rewards and recognition of excellent work and conduct.

Viney Hill adventure day 

It is really important for all of the year 7 students to build a strong commadary, and one way in which the students can build friendships and social skills is through team building activities. We offer a fully paid day trip to the local Viney Hill adventure centre whereby all year 7 students will spend the day experiencing different types of outdoor activities, as well as an evening BBQ with their classmates. Further details about the adventure will be released in September.

Summer Work 

During the transition day students will be provided with summer homework that will support their transition to secondary school. The homework will be set from English, Maths and Science and during the students apprenticeship week the work will be collected and prizes given!

Uniform and Equipment Policy

Gloucester Academy will quickly become one of the very best schools in the country. We are unapologetically ambitious for every student, and it is essential that the appearance of the students reflects this level of ambition. The right uniform and equipment is key in ensuring that our community feels like one of the strongest academic communities across the country. It is imperative that all pupils are ready for learning from their first day at Gloucester Academy.

Our uniform and equipment policy is available on the school website.  It can be found in the information tab, and in policies HERE.

Our uniform suppliers are Monkhouse https://www.monkhouse.com/c/2953/Gloucester-Academy

Uniform Grants - For more information about our uniform grants please contact Ms Magri; [email protected] 

GLOUCESTER ACADEMY 'SCHOOL IN ACTION' TOURS 

GLOUCESTER ACADEMY 'SCHOOL IN ACTION' TOURS

Book your 'School in Action' personal tour. Come and see the amazing changes at GA and why it is the best choice for your child

 

Reading programme 

We have a big focus on literacy, with every tutor group, each morning, reading the same book together with their tutor. When you walk around the building in the morning there is a sense of calm and focus as students enjoy their latest book, and students will also be given the opportunity to read for pleasure for 20 minutes at the end of every school day. These reading programmes have really helped to increase literacy levels but also to develop a love for reading in our students.

We look forward to meeting you soon, in the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me; Miss Exton [email protected]