Leeds East Academy


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.
  • Transition 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.
  • Transition 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.

For further information, please contact Rebecca Cheetham, Transition Lead cheetham.r@whiteroseacademies.org or Leanne Parker, Admissions Officer parker.l@whiteroseacademies.org by phone on 0113 273 1964.

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Key Dates for 2023 - 2024

Open Evening

Transition Evening

Transition Day

28th September 2023

Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Thursday 4th July 2024

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?

If a mobile phone is seen or is used anywhere outside of the permitted times and locations it will be confiscated for until the end of the day. Refusal to hand a mobile phone to a member of staff is defiance. This will result in a day in the Reflective Learning Centre (See Behaviour Policy).

Can I wear a smart watch?

Smart watches such as Apple Watches and Fitbits must also be turned off and out of sight during the academy day.

Can I buy breakfast at school?

Breakfast bagels and cereal are available in the canteen from 8:00am – 8:25am

How do I buy food at school?

Parents/carers will be given an online account on Arbor 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.

What happens if I am late to school?

If you arrive late to the academy, you will receive a same day 30 minute detention. All students are expected to arrive and be in the academy building by 8.25am. If you are late and receive a same day detention, your parent will receive a message on Arbor informing them of your detention. In your detention you will complete reflective work around the importance of punctuality.

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 unsafe or unhappy during the academy day, we also have our safeguarding team who are there to support you if you have any worries or concerns.

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.

Why do all students wear lanyards?

All students are expected to always wear a lanyard around their neck. Each year group has a different colour which shows staff which year a student is in. Your lanyard will have your name, your Guardian group and House printed on it. It will also be what you use to pay for food in the canteen.

What are the Core Values?

At the centre of Academy life are 4 LEA Core Values, promoting: Resilience, Integrity, Trust and Ambition.

The 4 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. We regularly reward students for being able to show that they are acting in accordance with the core values. Students receive reward points for showing the core values in their lessons and around the academy.