‘Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.’
The transition from Primary school to Year 7 is an exciting journey into young adulthood in which our students will embark on a range of challenges and develop new skills along the way. Secondary school offers new curriculum opportunities, facilities, subject experts and a range of extra-curricular clubs, trips and experiences. We want our students to continue to develop their love of learning and to be inquisitive, empathetic and show resilience throughout their time with us. We appreciate that this is a time of great change for young people and we are here to guide and support them as they move towards, and through their teenage years. Your child will be supported by a form tutor, a Year Care Team (YCT) and an Achievement Team Leader.
Your child will start and end each day at Abbs Cross with their form tutor who will ensure that they are prepared and ready to learn. Form tutors get to know their tutees very quickly and will keep track of their positive achievement points as well as discussing issues of negative achievement or behaviour with them.
As Achievement Team Leader for Year 7 I am responsible for the learning, achievement and academic progress of every student in the year group. This is monitored through checking on students in lessons, looking at their books and looking at their progress throughout the school year. At times students may be placed on report or asked to attend support groups; such as homework club. If it is felt that a child needs additional help to best access education then referrals to the SEN department will be made and followed up.
Miss Smith is the Year 7 Care Team and is responsible for the students’ well-being and pastoral needs. Furthermore, she will monitor behaviour and help students and parents with any concerns they have. We know that parents are keen to be kept informed when issues arise.
Abbs Cross Academy will ensure that students are provided with a happy and safe environment where they are able to develop both their academic and social skills. We believe that a good start in Year 7 will help build a strong foundation for successful learning and achievement. Here at Abbs Cross Academy every child matters and this can be seen in the inclusive approach taken towards all areas of school life.
To help the students on their journey, clear guidelines are put in place which will allow the pupils to grow and mature, whilst allowing them to achieve the best they can both academically and personally. Students will receive academic support when needed, and targets for improvement will be highlighted to help students raise their attainment. Students will receive homework to ensure that they have every opportunity of matching their potential with their achievements. As part of a shared responsibility towards the development of all students, we ask that parents also monitor the completion of homework and check and sign the homework planner every week.
We believe that communication between parents and the school plays a large part in the development of our young people so key information will be displayed on the Abbs Cross Academy website. If there are any queries or concerns about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact your child’s form tutor, Miss Lyus (ATL) or Miss Smith (YCT).
Year 7 Achievement Team Leader