The transition process begins early in Year 5, a chance for MEA’s values to come alive for the students, providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Academy and take their first steps in building strong relationships with our fantastic teachers and support staff.
We invite all Year 5s from our main primary feeder schools to spend the day with us - we call this our 'Year 5 Day' and hold this towards the end of the summer term, generally around the end of June. We organise this day directly with the primary school.
In the following Autumn Term, in the new academic year, we then hold our Academy Open Evening, generally in September/October. We ensure all Year 5 & 6 children in local primary schools receive an invitation to this event. The deadline for secondary school applications is the end of October.
In March, on National Offer Day, we contact all those pupils who have been allocated a place with us to confirm if your child is taking the place. Once we have confirmation we will then write to you to confirm this.
Shortly after this we will post out to you the Admissions Form for you to complete and an Admissions Booklet which details everything you need to know about life at MEA. We request you to return the completed Admissions Form during the Transition Evening detailed below.
During the summer term we will invite all Year 6 children who have accepted their place to our Year 6 Transition Day (pupils only), this is generally held at the start of July.
On this same day, during the evening, we also invite parents/carers and their child to a Year 6 Transition Evening. It is at this evening event where we ask you to return the completed Admissions Form for your child. During the evening you will hear a presentation from the Principal and have a chance to meet the teachers, support staff and senior leadership team. On receipt of your form you will be able to collect your FREE blazer and tie, and your voucher towards a skirt/trousers. You will also have an opportunity to meet the uniform supplier and order any further items such as PE kit.
Our transition process ensures that our Year 7 students start the Academy feeling cared for and ready to excel. From the minute they arrive for their first induction day the students are supported by a dedicated Year 7 team who work closely with parents and carers to make sure they feel involved and informed about their child’s education. We have a full time, non-teaching Year 7 Pastoral Manager and a Year 7 Pastoral Strategy Leader driving forward our Fantastic Futures curriculum, which is our development curriculum for students.
During the first half-term we also hold a Year 7 Settling In Evening for students and their parents/carers so that their first steps towards a fantastic future are in place.