Arriving at any new education establishment can seem slightly daunting, so from the time that new pupils have their places confirmed, we try to make them feel part of Bradford Forster Academy by inviting them and their parents into the school on various occasions before the start of their first term. These are opportunities to get to know their new teachers and classmates, and to find their way around our state of the art building, so that they arrive for their first day in September confident that they belong here.
Our transition work starts with an opening evening, providing information for parents regarding uniform, school day timings, pastoral and behaviour structures and all other information parents require while their children complete some activities with staff and get to know their new surroundings.
Following on from this will be Transition day. This day is a Bradford wide transition day, in which all of our new students will complete a day at Bradford Forster Academy, getting to know staff and the building, completing activities and making new friends.
In addition to transition day, we will look to run further a Buddy Day should we feel that some individuals may need more support making the transition to secondary. This day is designed for a small group of children to make new friends and feel comfortable about joining us in September. We currently have a high number of children who may be the only child joining us from their primary school, this day will help them to make new friends so that come September there are friendly faces to greet them.
Whilst all this is going on our pastoral team will be getting out into primary schools and meeting with all children joining us in September. This is a great opportunity for students to get to know staff and ask any questions they may have.
Summer School is the last of the activities we run to make sure that all students are as prepared as possible for September. Summer School runs for the first two weeks of summer and is again designed for students to get to know each other, staff and the building. All our summer school is in-house and will provide our students with a mix of activities to choose from. Summer school days run between 10am and 3pm, information regarding activates will be send out during the summer term.