Year 6 Transition

We take the transition of Year 6 students joining The Taunton Academy very seriously. On this page you’ll find help and information about joining the Taunton Academy. We will keep this page updated as new details become available. 

Applying for a place at Secondary School

Applications for a secondary school place to be made online – somerset.gov.uk/admissions

Applications must be received by 31st October 2021. Outcomes of applications will be sent out by email on 1st March 2022.

If you need some help and support with admissions and appeals The Somerset Choice Advice Service is a free impartial service to help families – somersetsend.org.uk/choice-advice

Transition Lead

The transition team – Mrs Vercoe (Transition Lead, Mrs Mellish (SENDCo) and our student primary link mentors will be visiting year 6 students at their primary schools during the summer team. Please speak with your Year 6 teacher about the date for your school. We are all really looking forward to meeting you.

At these visits, each student will be given an information pack about joining The Taunton Academy. The pack will include some paperwork to be completed.

School ‘drop-in’

On Thursday 9th June you are invited to ‘drop-in’ anytime between 4:00pm – 6:00pm to deliver your completed paperwork and have a tour of the school site. Taunton uniforms will also be here with some uniform to look at and try for size. Uniform orders can also be made. Help will be available to complete the paperwork, if needed.

Year 6-7 Transition week

We are very excited to announce that there will be a Year 6-7 transition week, which will be organised by ‘The Big Step’ at The Taunton Academy on 15th – 19th August. Further information can be found on their website Home – The Big Step

The programme at The Taunton Academy will just be for students joining us in September, it will provide an additional opportunity for students to experience the school site, make new friends and build confidence and skills for moving to secondary school. There is a cost for the week. If financial support is needed for ‘The Big Step’ you may be eligible for a grant from Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation (bfef.org.uk) If applying, the deadline is Friday 27th May.

We understand not all students will be able to attend this week for a variety of reasons, but we hope all students will be able to attend our transition days in July and we very much look forward to meeting and welcoming our new year group.

Transition Days

Our transition days take place on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July. On these days students will meet their tutor, take part in activities and taster lessons to build their excitement about starting secondary school. They will also have lots of opportunity to ask questions and find out all they need to know. Further information about transition days will be in the information pack.

Confirmed place at Taunton Academy

Transition is an exciting time but some students and parents also have worries and questions, Mrs Vercoe and all the Transition Team will be available to help.

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