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. 2020-21 has been a year like no other, with a rapidly changing landscape to which we have all had to adapt. Here at Bydales we continue to work hard to ensure that at least school feels like a place where our students can feel secure in a sense of normality.
All parents will be receiving a letter from the academy posted Monday 12 April 2021 to request that you complete a Data Collection Form. If you have not received this letter or if you have any other queries, please email email@example.com
Last year, Transition was entirely virtual and feedback received from Y7 students and their parents said how useful they found the Y6 Transition videos in helping them get a sense of the expectations of the academy and how to identify key members of staff. Although plans for this year are still uncertain as we await details on the roadmap out of lockdown, we feel the videos below are very useful in allowing current Y6 students and their parents make an informed choice on the school where they wish to apply for a place. We encourage parents and students to take a look at these while we await further details on what Transition 2021 will look like.
Colleagues in charge of transition have already been in touch with primary school to offer additional transition sessions to any students considered vulnerable. We are also arranging to visit primary schools to meet all Y6 students for our usual Q&A sessions and to hold a handover meeting with Y6 teachers.
We will keep this page updated as and when further information about the transition process is available as guided by the roadmap out of lockdown.
We have received confirmation from the local authority that as it stands Transition Week is able to go ahead. We have not yet received details about how this will operate in terms of COVID-19 restrictions however as soon as we have more details we will update this page.
If you would like to order spare uniform you can do so by going to the Trutex website and using code: LEA00658SC.
Please note that shirts and blouses do not need to be purchased from Trutex, any plain white stiff collared shirt is acceptable (no designer logos, checks, stripes, patterns, embroidery, frills, round collars or coloured buttons).
For more information about uniform requirements visit the uniform page on our website.
Please access the link below and complete the data collection form. You need a unique ID to complete this form and should have received this in the post. If you have not yet received this, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We require this form completing for all Y6 students joining us in September. You child will not be able to attend Transition week or start in September unless we have this information for safeguarding purposes.
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Miss Katie Gates (Inclusion Manager)
Mrs Frances Reid (Learning Manager for Year 7)
Other Key Contacts
Mr Ian Middleton (Associate Vice Principal for Deep Support)
Miss Vikkii Shallow (SENDCo)
Copies of letters and documents passed onto Year 6 parents of students due to join Outwood Academy Bydales will appear below during the course of the year.
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/Break 10.25 – 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 free uniform to Year 7 students when they start the school consisting of: blazer, tie, trousers or skirt, two white shirts, PE kit: polo shirt, rugby shirt, shorts, socks. 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. Where in-school measuring can’t take place, we will provide guidance on at-home measuring and ordering.
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 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:
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 Robertson Facilities Management 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 Robertson directly at this stage. For more details visit: http://www.bydales.outwood.com/catering-and-parent-pay
Does my child need trainers for PE?
All students should have a pair of trainers for every PE lesson. They can be any colour.
Does my child need football boots for PE?
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.
My child doesn’t want to wear short for PE, can they wear tracksuit bottoms?
Yes. These are not provided free, but any tracksuit bottoms purchased must be the official ones via Trutex, or at Bambini of Guisborough, or plain black without logos or stripes.
How do we pay 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.
If my child receives Free School Meals, will they still get them 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 Miss Gates (Inclusion Manager) via email@example.com or the Year 7 Learning Manager Mrs Reid via firstname.lastname@example.org
During the coming months, Miss Gates (Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Reid (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.
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.