Leeds East Transition
Embarking on your First Steps on a Journey to Success
We are very proud of our transition process here at Leeds East Academy, which has been praised by both Ofsted and local primary head teachers. We understand what a big decision parents are making when choosing a secondary school and it is our aim to ensure that our new Year 7 pupils have a seamless transition process. To do this we work closely with our feeder primary schools and have a range of activities and events that run throughout the academic year. Please take a moment to find out more.
- Open Evening - Is an opportunity for Year 5 and 6 students to come to the academy with their parents and carers, tour the school, experience learning within different subjects, meet the staff and find out more about us.
- Intake Evening – This evening is designed to help parents/carers and students prepare for September by providing information on behaviour and uniform policies and expectations for September. There is also the opportunity to purchase uniform and meet key members of staff such as the Year 7 Pastoral Team, Your ‘Guardian’ (Form Tutor) and members of the Senior Leadership Team.
- Intake Day – All Year 6 students will be invited to attend Leeds East Academy for a day to experience their new secondary environment and be introduced to the structure of a school day. There will be the opportunity to meet other students in your Form group as well key members of staff that will be supporting you throughout your first year.
- Additional Transition Days – We also hold additional transition days for students who require extra support. These days are designed, but are not exclusive to students who have Special Educations Needs or Disabilities, students who have a heightened sense of anxiety about commencing secondary school and students who require additional support with the new structure and procedures of a secondary school environment. If you/your child feels an additional transition day is required, please contact us.
- Summer school – A free week of events held in school in the Summer holidays run by our staff which aims to further develop literacy and numeracy, further develop students understanding of the academy’s routines and provide opportunities to make new friends. There are a limited number of places available for this initiative; if you are interested please contact us.
We encourage Year 5 and 6 parents to visit our academy during a school day. This allows you an opportunity to see us in action and gives an insight to our fantastic learning environment.
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We would be delighted to hear from you. For further information, please contact Vicky Clapshaw, Transition Leader and Behaviour and Attendance Manager for Year 7 or James Rawson, Assistant Principal with responsibility for Transition by phone on 0113 273 1964.
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Covid-19 Transition Update
Firstly, I hope that you and your family are safe and well during these unprecedented times. We also want to reinforce how delighted we are that your child selected Leeds East Academy as their secondary school of choice. We are extremely excited to meet them and for them to join us in September.
During these uncertain times we wanted to contact you to provide some reassurance regarding the transition plans for your child commencing their secondary education with us at Leeds East Academy.
Please rest assured that your child has a place at Leeds East Academy and over the coming weeks we will be sending out regular communication in relation to them commencing their education with us.
We are currently in the process of finalising the following information;
- Composition of our ‘Welcome Packs’
- Making contact with primary school contacts to obtain key information about your child in relation to attainment and personalised teaching strategies.
- The coordination of resources at Leeds East Academy for our students who have an Educational Health Care Plan.
- The sharing of important information in relation to each student with key professionals at Leeds East Academy from colleagues at primary schools, to ensure we have a thorough understanding of each child’s need, in order to secure a smooth transition to secondary school.
- The planning of our Intake Day and Additional Transition Days which will still take place when the schools officially re-opens.
- The planning of an ‘Academy Expectations Day’ – This will be an additional day to the Intake Day for the whole school due to the extended absence from education experience as a result of the Corona Virus. This day will focus on teaching and learning practices and expectations at Leeds East Academy such as Red Zone, Green for Growth and guidance on marking, assessment and retrieval practice.
In the meantime if you require any support please do not hesitate to contact the school during the hours of 9am-2.30pm on 0113 273 1964.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Will I be in a form with my friends from primary school?
We do our best to liaise with primary schools to place students in forms with their friends, however it is not always possible for students to be matched. However, when there are numerous students joining Leeds East Academy from a primary school, we try to ensure students are in a form with a familiar face.
- Can I use my phone in school?
Mobile phones are only to be used in the canteen and outside at break and lunch times. Pupils who bring their mobile phones to school must ensure that their mobile phone is turned off and in the bottom of a school bag. If a mobile phone is seen or is used anywhere outside of the permitted times and locations it will be confiscated for 24 hours. Refusal to hand a mobile phone to a member of staff is defiance. This will result in a day in Seclusion (See Behaviour Policy).
- Can I buy breakfast at school?
Yes, the canteen is open from 8am-8.30am.
- How do I buy food at school?
Parents/carers will be given an online account on SQUID to top up students accounts. This means that instead of cash, biometric identification is used. This helps to keep queues moving faster, allowing students more time to eat.
- Will I be able to use a locker?
Lockers are available at the cost of £10 deposit for a key. This deposit will be returned on receipt of the key and subject to returning the locker in an appropriate condition. Your child can enquire about a locker at our Student Reception when they commence Leeds East Academy.
- What happens if I am late to school?
You will receive a written comment in your planner and be required to serve a break detention that day. You must be in your Form Room for 8.30am.
- Who can I go to if I need help?
Your ‘Guardian’ (Form Tutor) will be your first point of contact who you will see every day if you have any concerns. You will also have a team of Pastoral staff who will be there to support you.
If you feel you need more professional help for your mental health and wellbeing we have a counselling service on site that you can access which your ‘Guardian’ will be able to give you more information about.
- What is the Student Planner?
Every student will be issued with a timetable and a student planner on their first day in September. The planner is used to record homework, to communicate with parents, to review progress and to record rewards and consequences. We ask all parents to regularly check planners and sign them each week. Students are expected to have their planners with them at all times. The planner also provides key information about the Academy, providing a useful source of information for parents and students.
As the planner is an essential element of the home school partnership the expectation is that it remains graffiti free. If a child is found to have put graffiti on their planner they will need to purchase another at the cost of £5 from the Student Reception.
- What are the Core Values?
At the centre of Academy life are 7 LEA Core Values, promoting: Excellence, Punctuality, Ambition, Confidence, Resilience, Positivity and Respect.
The 7 LEA Core Values underpin everything we do on a daily basis, ensuring that all students and staff know the role that they have to play in both our school and winder community as a whole.