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Year 6 to 7 transition

Our Transition Programme ensures new students feel happy, settled and secure from their very first day at secondary school. 

It is extremely important we get to know every student who comes to our school. Before their first day we invest time and resources in understanding each child’s personality and abilities, as well as what they like to study, where they excel and where they may need additional support. This enables us to personalise their learning.

Where possible we try to visit students and their teachers in their primary schools in order to speak to the teachers who know them best (outside of home), before they join us.

Induction is carefully planned. All students who will be joining us in September are invited to school at the beginning of July for a day. They will take part in learning activities and lessons, meet their form tutor and gain a feel for the school. 

Parents and carers are invited into school to speak to their child's new Head of Year.

Students with additional needs may also be invited to attend extra small group visits, again allowing for students to get familiar with our school and some staff even before our Taster days.

GCA values all its students and our efforts to ensure all students feel valued and supported start at this crucial time of transition.

Please download the information document on the right of this page to read some essential information about pastoral care, the school day, attendance, rewards, extra-curricular activities etc.