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Transition into Year 7

Transition contacts:
Letters/information for parents

Welcome letter from Mr Chamberlain, Year 7 Raising Standards Leader 
Transition booklet for students

Transition Programme 2020/21


Thomas Clarkson Academy believes that it is imperative that Year 6 students have a positive move into Year 7. It is vital that they feel confident and equipped to make the transition into the Academy at the start of the academic year.

Families may find the following guides/resources useful:


"Year 7 was a great year because I got to make a lot of new friends who always had my back, and I mean always. For those of you who don't like change I get it, change can be scary. If you're ever unsure about anything, ask people around you or ask your teachers because the teachers always want you to succeed, so if you're stuck they will help you. So don't be afraid because if this year taught me anything, it's that you don't have to be afraid to ask."


"I have greatly enjoyed being a Year 7 student at TCA. I have enjoyed the opportunities to stretch myself and take part in interesting and enjoyable lessons. In secondary school, there are friendly, helpful teachers and adults to help whenever you need them or if you just need advice about something. Also, you can experience exciting science experiments that you don't normally do in primary. I know at least a few of you will be terrified of how big the school is and are wondering how you will remember where all of your classes are, but don't worry because you can ask an adult who will normally be around before your classes start, before school, at break and at lunch."


"Coming up to secondary school is a daunting experience for everyone - especially at this time - as there is such a big jump from primary, from the number of students to the amount of opportunities that are offered. For me, I was moving from a tiny primary school with just 14 people in my year to having 250 at this school. I made friends quickly but if that is not the case for you then there are student services, the teachers and older pupils that offer a huge amount of support. I personally settled in with the new routine and colossal change in atmosphere fast. The breaktimes and lunchtimes are very cool because there are a lot of things that you can choose to do, like spending some time in the library or catching up with your friends in Eden or even playing football on the field. If you have any worries or fall outs with friends there is always a teacher nearby. I really enjoyed the school trip that most of the Year 7s went on - it helped us overcome fears, make new friends and most importantly have fun. There were a lot of activities that we got to take part in, from screaming at the top of our lungs on the giant swing to falling in the ice cold lake during canoeing. This school has a large amount  of school trips that you are able to go on.

 Whether you are someone who enjoys putting your head down and working on a maths problem or if you prefer running around the field, there is something at Thomas Clarkson Academy for everyone."

Our aims

  • To reassure Year 6 students about their transition to Thomas Clarkson Academy and to prepare them for academy life
  • To support parents and provide them with all the information they need throughout the transition process
  • To gather relevant information from all our feeder primary schools about each student joining Thomas Clarkson Academy in September.

We feel that in order to achieve a positive transition, parents should be fully informed about the process; therefore, we have put together a timetable of the process below.

2nd March 2020
National Offer Day  

You will receive an email from your local authority with the offer of a place for your child(ren) or alternatively you can check online yourself within the application portal

Please contact Thomas Clarkson Academy to accept your child’s place - 01945 585237.

You can also accept your child’s place online via the Citizen Portal.

If you wish to decline your place you must do this in writing to your Local Authority, please also email

If you applied for a place on paper, then your Local Authority are aiming for you to receive your confirmation letter on this date.

LINK: Cambridgeshire County Council

Week Commencing 2nd March 2020
Welcome letter from TCA  

We will be sending out letters to all parents of year 6 children who have been offered places at TCA for September.

This will confirm your offer of a place with us and give you details of how to accept.

Cambridgeshire -  31st March 2020/  Norfolk – 20th March 2020
Deadline for appeal application  

Final dates for appeal applications, please ensure you get the correct date for the local authority area you live in. 

Cambridgeshire County Council
Norfolk County Council

June 2020 


Invitation to Transition Evening and Days  

A letter will be sent to all parents who have accepted a place for their child at TCA inviting them to our Transition Evening and providing information about Transition Days.

This will also include other crucial information that will be required such as:

Data Collection Form

Free School Meals Application

Uniform Policy and Ordering Process

This letter will also let you know which Community and Tutor Group your child has been placed in for September.

Our new students will receive a booklet of tasks set by each department which they will need to complete and bring with them either on their transition day or the first day back.

Transport information

Those families who live outside of the Waterlees area will be contacted by Cambridgeshire County Council with regards to school transport.

For those living within the Waterlees area, we will be sending letters regarding the bus service and information on how to apply for a bus pass. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all students will receive a bus pass.

School transport

Free school meals application

7th July 2020


Transition evening  

Parents and students will have the opportunity to find out more about life at TCA and meet their Raising Standards Leader (Head of Year 7) and tutors prior to starting in September.

9th and 10th July 2020


Transition days  

These transition days give students the opportunity to find their way around TCA, experience a variety of different academy subject lessons and make friends with their fellow year 7s.

Please ensure students return their Stepping Up booklet and Parent Action packs by July 10th.

9th and 20th July 2019, 3pm - 5pm


Uniform fitting  

A range of uniform items will be available for new students to try on before parents place their orders.

Click here to order uniform and PE kit.

More information on uniform

September 2020  
Additional transition days  

TCA aims to give every student a positive transition experience so they look forward to their start with us in September 2019. These additional transition days will be aimed at students who may find the transition process more challenging than others. We will discuss with primary schools which students may benefit from these additional days and contact parents/carers separately if we feel there is a need for their child to attend. 

Monday 7th September 2020 
First day of term  

This is the first day of the new academic year.

Students should bring their PE kit with them in anticipation of their new timetable which will be issued to them at the start of the day.

Structure of the school day
Term dates

October 2020 - date TBC
Year 7 Tutor Evening  

This is an evening event for you and your child you come along and speak with their tutor to discuss how they are settling in to life at TCA.

Date TBC
Year 7 Partners in Success Evening  

An opportunity for you to discuss with your child’s teachers their progress in Year 7.
July 2021
Year 7 Celebration Evening  

 An evening to celebrate the achievements of our year 7s at the end of their first year at TCA.

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