At East Leake Academy we support year 6 pupils with transition to secondary education.  As a result of Covid 19, we are aiming to support smooth transition remotely and parents/carers can find information and useful documents on this web page.

Summer School 2021

As we reflect on the first full term in school it’s important to acknowledge the efforts and resilience of our new year 7 students. Having experienced a disrupted final few years of primary education, they have started their journey at East Leake Academy with an amazing positive attitude.

We decided that to support our new students with their transition to secondary education, it was important that we offered a summer school. Our summer school ran from Monday 16th – Thursday 19th August and all of our new year 7 students were invited to join us. It was a great turn out and we were lucky enough to welcome over 50% of the year group across the week!

At the beginning of the week, the students were welcomed by the Pastoral Lead for Year 7, Mr Chambers. Students were then informed of their working group for the week – a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends!

Each day, students received a lesson in each of the core subjects completing some exciting work and even building rockets! The day began with a Personal Development Lesson which provided students with tasks to help familiarise themselves with East Leake Academy and also work as a team. We also made sure that students had the opportunity to do some class reading to embed our love for literature.

Each day, all students participated in physical activity and team building tasks – the giant parachutes were a firm favourite!

It was a great four days; the students absolutely loved their time at summer school and we absolutely loved the opportunity to get to meet them before they joined us in September!


Transition booklet for students

SEND transition booklet for students

Transition 2021 – essential guide for parents

Meet the Year 7 Pastoral Team 2021

Transition – FAQs

Year 6 Transition Update July 2021

Weekly challenges 2021

Mr Chambers’ Year 6 weekly update 1

Mr Chambers’ Year 6 weekly update 2

Weekly Update Year 6 Transition July 16th

Chicken Curry

Weekly Update Year 6 Transition July 23rd

Messages from our students

Sophie – Year 7

Molly – Year 7

James – Year 7

Ellie  – Year 7

Charlotte – Year 7

Messages from our uniform supplier

Academy uniform supplier message to parents

Uniform benefits

Just Schoolwear are holding two exclusive ‘fitting events’ for all new year 7 East Leake Academy starters at our West Bridgford – Compton acres shop. These will take place on:

• Wednesday 21 July 2021, 3-6pm
• Thursday 22 July 2021,  3-6pm

This will be an ideal opportunity for your child to be professionally measured. The information can then be taken away and your order can be placed online with the peace of mind that you have ordered the correct sizes.

Tour of East Leake Academy

Transition timeline*

*Please note that visits and transition events outlined within our normal timetable below are currently on hold*


What is it?

When it happens

Shortlisting/priority listing
  • Review all applicants to attend ELA
  • Prioritise/shortlist (if over-subscribed) applicants based on DALP criteria (sibling/feeder school etc.)
End of autumn term
Transition booklet sent out to primaries for parents
  • Provides all relevant information and detail regarding the process and answers any questions they may have
Spring term following allocation of secondary schools
Letter sent out to parents of students accepting places
  • Key dates and information included
After the Easter holidays
Transfer booklets produced and distributed to primary students
  • Booklets sent to primaries at start of May with covering letter for teachers (reminding them of Mrs Baxter’s visit dates)


  • Sent to primaries before middle of May
Mrs Baxter visits primary schools
  • Mrs Baxter visits every primary from which ELA receives students.
  • Mrs Baxter speaks with the students to explain what they are to expect from transfer days and their first days starting at the academy in the September.
  • Mrs Baxter then meets with the class teacher to discuss each student – in turn this info is then used to inform tutor group/teaching group allocation
Visits take place last week of May and first week of June
Mrs Baxter organises groupings
  • Using information given by primaries to organise mixed ability, mixed gender teaching groups
  • Allocate students to tutor groups
  • Siblings always placed in same house
Organised and printed before July 1st
Transfer days
  • Students to experience two ELA academy days
  • Attend vertical tutoring to meet their tutor group
  • Attend variety of lessons across the academy
  • Meet their teaching groups for September
  • Opportunity to take home lots of information for parents
Start of July
Parents’ Evening
  • An opportunity to meet with Heads of House and Senior Leadership Team
  • Opportunity to look around the academy
  • Enhanced learning faculty available
  • Opportunity to meet older students
Evening takes place on the evening of the second transfer day
Staggered return to academy
  • Year 7 and post 16 return to the academy one day ahead of other year groups
  • Start of the new academy year
Additional testing as required to give ELA staff complete overview (dyslexia testing, reading tests etc.) Informs current working ability to allow for additional intervention from enhanced learning faculty if required First half term