We are delighted that your child is considering Sprowston Community Academy from September 2018 and we would like to take this opportunity of welcoming you as a family.
The next 5 academic years will be a major chapter in the life of your child and we are absolutely committed to making this period as special and purposeful as possible, maximising, where we can, the well-being and life chances of all the young people within our care.
The journey we take with your child begins now. There is much that we can do now to prepare the way, both practically and emotionally, so that your child will find the transition from Junior to Secondary as exciting and stress free as possible. This page will outline some of the opportunities that we offer you as a family and we hope that you will also feel able to contact us if there is anything that worries or concerns you in the coming months.
You will find some specific information aimed at Year 6 students about to embark upon the next stage of their education.
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We hope that your child will enjoy looking at these pages with you, and with their friends, and that this will help them feel more confident and prepared for September.
You will be given your own individual timetable that will be personal to you. It will show clearly which subject, teacher and room you will have for each lesson. It will show clearly which subject, teacher and room you will have for each lesson.
You will have many new subjects at Sprowston and meet many new teachers.
Transition days take place every July and are designed to give you an idea of what daily life is like in Sprowston Community Academy and to meet their new form tutor and fellow students. Your child will go to Junior School as normal on the day they will then travel to us by either coach or walking. We provide a free packed lunch on that day. Don’t forget to bring a pencil case and a drink!
A tour of the school will take place and also time to meet and talk with existing students so that they can ask any questions that they have and get a feel for the building and its grounds.
They will also take part in one of the many taster lessons that are held. These will include Geography, English, PE, Languages, Science, Drama and many more. These are planned and delivered just like a normal High School lesson so that the new students can see what daily lessons are like.
All students will be provided with a packed lunch and will not be expected to bring their own lunch.
During this time they will have a chance to wander and explore the school.
There will be an opportunity for parents to come into school and meet with the form tutors. This is an important time for both you and your child. During this time the tutors will hold a brief presentation and time will be added to discuss individual concerns.
Moving schools can be an exciting and sometimes a worrying time for your child. Below is a list of ways in which you can offer support and help your child.
The form tutor is a very important person in you and your child's life. They should be the first person that you contact if there is any matter or concern that you wish to discuss. Make sure you take the opportunity given to meet him or her on the transition evening.
There is space in the journal that your child will be provided with to write brief notes or messages that you wish the form tutor or subject teacher to read. There is also space for absence notes, but please telephone the school in the morning if your child is ill.
If there is a problem then please inform us. If we know, then we can help.
We believe in focussing on the positive management of behaviour rather than the negative.
We have a strong behaviour policy and many successful strategies with dealing with behaviour in a positive way. We believe in celebrating success and rewarding the students who achieve and behave well in and around school.
There are maps of the school site displayed clearly around the school. You will also be given a map and there will be a map printed inside your new journal. In the first weeks, Prefects and Sixth Formers will be on hand to guide you.