Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and children who will be joining Outwood Academy Bydales in the summer of 2016. This page is designed to keep you informed about our Transition process over the coming months, but also to ensure that any questions or queries you might have are answered, and where relevant displayed here.

All parents will now have received a letter from the academy at the beginning of March 2016, to correspond with the admissions letters send home by the Local Authority. If this is not the case, for example because you have moved house, please email enquiries@bydales.outwood.com and we will issue a duplicate.

We have a number of places still available for Year 7 next year, and are already receiving enquiries about places and appeals. At the moment, an appeal is not necessary.Parents should simply contact the Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority Admissions Team via 01642 837740 or 837730 or e-mail via: schools_admissions@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk and ask for a place at Outwood Academy Bydales for September. If you would like a colleagues from the academy to help with this, please contact Mrs Caroline Taylor on c.taylor@bydales.outwood.com

Key Contacts

Mrs Reid (Learning Manager for Year 7)
Mrs Waites (Associate Assistant Principal, Transition)
Ms Seana Rice (Vice Principal, Deep Support)
Miss Katie Gates (Inclusion Manager)

Key Transition Dates

Transition Week One: Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2016
Transition Evening for Parents/Students: 6.15pm TUESDAY 5 July 2016
Transition Week Two: Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2016

Transition starts 8.20am Monday 4 July and finishes 2.30pm on Friday 15 July (School Closes)

The school re-opens for all students on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for an 8.20am start.

Transition Pack

Communication and News

There are a number of ways parents and students can keep up-to-date with what is happening here at the academy, what events are coming up, and what letters and other information has gone home. You can follow us on Twitter, like the Facebook page and profile, and join the parental emailing list. This can be easily done by following the link buttons below:

Answers to Questions - Previous Transition Events

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parents and carers to our Year 6 Transition Evening on Monday 4 July 2016 . At the occasion, we obviously hope your son/daughter will have enjoyed their first day at Outwood Academy Bydales. After the presentation on that evening, we will once again post on this page answers to questions that are raised, for the benefit of all parents/students. These will later be drawn together into a handy document that can be printed and downloaded from our website, and also emailed to parents who have signed up to our parental emailing list here: Sign-up

These points were raised, to seek further clarification, on the 2015 Transition Evening:

PE Trainers
All students should have a pair of trainers for every PE lesson. They can be any colour.

Football Boots
Students will require football boots for certain activities throughout the year. They can be any colour, and can have moulded studs/blades or the screw-in types.

Free Year 7 Provided Uniform
New students in Year 7 will receive a free uniform consisting of: blazer, tie, trousers or skirt, two white shirts, PE kit: polo shirt, rugby shirt, shorts, socks. Where parents purchase ‘spares’ or additional items in the future these must be the official branded versions available online from Trutex. This year we also established Bambini of Guisborough as a stockist of replacement/spare items. For more details of ordering additional items please see here: http://www.bydales.outwood.com/uniform

PE Tracksuit Bottoms
These are not provided free, but any tracksuit bottoms purchased must be the official ones via Trutex, or at Bambini of Guisborough.

Paying For Lunches (During Transition)
The fingertip recognition system has now been set up. Students can load cash onto their account when in school, using one of the two machines. From September, parents will be able to load money onto their child’s account using ParentPay remotely via the internet.

New Marske Stagecarriage Bus Service 7.55am
The bus leaves from the Top Shops/Birkdale Road (opposite New Marske Primary School) at 7.55am, stopping on the way to Outwood Academy Bydales at Jubilee Hall/Longbeck (adjacent to McColls) shortly afterwards.

New Marske Stagecarriage Bus Service 2.40pm
The bus leaves school and makes the following stops in New Marske: Jubilee Hall/Longbeck (opposite McColls), Longbeck Lane, and finally the Top Shops/Birkdale Road (adjacent to New Marske Primary School)

Free School Meals during Transition
The academy has an agreement with primary schools so that free school meals continue to be provided during the Transition weeks, whilst Year 6 students are on their visit to us. If there has been an issue with this for your child, please contact either Ms Rice (Vice Principal) or the Year 7 Learning Manager via s.rice then @bydales.outwood.com

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the times of the school day?
During Transition we aim to ensure Year 6 become familiar with the school day, so the aim is that times will be the same as for other students. Further information will be provided by letter nearer July.
School starts for all students at 8.20 am prompt.
Period 1 8.25 – 9.25 am
Period 2 9.25 – 10.25 am
VMG Tutor Time/Assembly 10.25 – 10.45 am
Break 10.45 – 11.00 am
Period 3 11.00 – 12.00 noon
Period 4/Lunch 12.00 – 1.30 pm
Period 5 1.30 – 2.30 pm
For more detailed information on our school day visit http://www.bydales.outwood.com/school-day

How is the School Uniform organised?
We will provide a full uniform to Year 7 students when they start the school. As students grow out of their uniform, parents are expected to buy official replacements, and there are more details about how to do this here: http://www.bydales.outwood.com/uniform It is planned that Year 6 students will be measured in school during Transition, and that Uniform will be able to be collected on certain days within the school holidays, towards the end of August.

What are the Transport arrangements?
Over the coming months we will liaise with Partner Primary Schools and parents on an individual basis to design the best transport arrangements during the Transition period. For many students it is hoped they can get used to using the means of transport that will be undertaken from September. For example, this year the school arranged an additional service from New Marske in liaison with Stagecarriage to ensure students can be onsite by 8.20am. For more details about which bus routes serve the school please look here: http://www.bydales.outwood.com/buses

What equipment will my child need?
All students will be provided with a Planner. They are expected to have a school bag that is large enough to contain an A4 folder. The basic equipment that is required from September is:

  • A black pen.
  • A red pen.
  • A pencil and pencil sharpener.
  • An eraser.
  • A Collins Pocket English Dictionary or equivalent
  • A Collins pocket French dictionary or equivalent
  • A scientific calculator
  • A school geometry set which should include a compass, a protractor a 6 inch ruler and a set square.

What are the lunchtime arrangements?
Year 7 students have their lunch as a year group, between 12.30 – 1.00pm. This ensures there is minimal queuing time and that they can eat together in their first year at the academy. The catering is provided by Carillion who operate a ‘ParentPay’ system. Parents can load student accounts from home, or students can add money using two optical finger recognition stations in the school. We will provide log-on details for parents in due course, and there is no need to contact Carillion directly at this stage. For more details visit: http://www.bydales.outwood.com/catering-and-parent-pay

SEN and Inclusion

During the coming months, Ms Rice (Vice Principal, Deep Support), Miss Gates (Student Inclusion) and the Learning Manager for Year 7 will be visiting primary schools to meet Year 6 teachers to gather crucial transition information. Colleagues from several of our partner primary schools will also be working alongside Year 6 students at Outwood Academy Bydales during these two weeks in July as part of the Transition process.

Question Form

If you have a question that you think the answer would be of use to other Year 6 parents, please use the form below, and relevant information will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page. We will of course also answer specific questions relating to your child directly via this form.

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