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At East Leake Academy we support year 6 pupils with transition to secondary education.  All pupils accepted to ELA will be invited to special transition days held in July each year, to enable them to sample life in the academy and start to adjust to their new surroundings.  Parents are invited along to a transition evening where they can have another look around the academy and ask any questions prior to their child starting with us in September.

Our transition leader is Mrs C Baxter.

If you have any questions please contact us at: and queries will be passed to Mrs Baxter.

Transition timeline


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
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