Year 6 Transition 2020

The first few weeks….

Although it is just a few short weeks since the end of the summer holidays, we are very pleased with how well our new Y7 students have adapted to life in their new school and become a part of Outwood Academy Bydales!

2020 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.

In feedback received from Y7 students and their parents, they have commented on 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 it will be another year before we welcome a new Y7 cohort, 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.

Get to know your new school

Y6 Projects and Preparation Work

In this section you will find projects and work we would like you to complete to get you ready for life at Outwood Academy Bydales We hope you will find this work fun and it will help us to find out a little more about you before you join us in September. We are sure you will be happy to show us the great pride you take in your work. Miss Green will be happy to help if you have any questions

Please visit Outwood Academy Bydales’ You Tube Channel for online lessons.

Transition Week (due to Covid19 this will not take place in school)

Please look out for our alternative transition activities which will be shared on this page and via social media

Uniform Measuring – to be submitted via
Uniform Collection – 29 & 30 July *more information to follow

Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and children who will be joining Outwood Academy Bydales in the summer of 2020. 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 be receiving a letter from the academy in the first week of March 2020, to correspond with the admissions letters sent home by the Local Authority that were received on 2 March. After 9 March, if this is not the case, for example because you have moved house since applying for a place, please email and we will issue a duplicate.

For any other admissions queries, parents should simply contact the Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority Admissions Team via 01642 837740 or 837730 or e-mail via: Please note that we are completely full in the new Year 7 for September 2020.

Key Contacts

Miss Katie Gates (Inclusion Manager)
Mr Ian Middleton (Associate Vice Principal)
Miss Vikkii Shallow (SENDCo)
Miss Gemma Green (Associate Assistant Principal)
Mrs Frances Reid (Learning Manager for Year 7)

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:

Key Documents for 2020

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some of this information is subject to change due to COVID19 regulations

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

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: 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 more details about which bus routes serve the school please look here:

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 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:

SEN and Inclusion

During the coming months, Miss Gates (Student Inclusion) and Mrs Reid, 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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Answers to Questions – Previous Transition Events

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parents and carers to our Year 6 Transition Evening week commencing Monday 13 July 2020. At the occasion, we obviously hope your child will have enjoyed their first days 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 2017 and 2018 Transition Evenings:

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. Measuring is Thursday 16 July 2020, during the school day and collection is Wednesday 12 August 2020 from 10.30am For more details of ordering additional items please see here:

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, or plain black without logos or stripes.

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.

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 Miss Gates (Inclusion Manager) via or the Year 7 Learning Manager Mrs Reid via

Transition Evening Documents from 2017 (Archive)

Please find below an archive of documents, such as the presentation from the Transition Information Evening on Monday 17 July 2017, follow up information from the final week of that summer’s term, and additional answers to questions raised at that Evening.

These documents are placed here for the benefit of Year 6 parents and students who have received places at the Academy to start in September 2020, so they are aware of what documentation to expect over the coming months.

Other Documents for Parents 2017 (Archive)

Below are typical documents there were issued earlier last year, during the application process, for parents of Year 6 students who were due to start at Bydales for Transition in July, and then joined as Year 7 in September 2017.

Transition Pack 2017 (Archive)

The following documents were issued to parents of Year 6 via primary schools at the end of May 2017.
There are reproduced here for information only, ahead of new versions going out in May