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 need to be made online – somerset.gov.uk/admissions
Applications must be received by 31st October 2022. Outcomes of applications will be sent out by email on 1st March 2023.
The deadline for receipt of applications for the second round is 20th March 2023. The outcome letters from second round will be sent out on 2nd May 2023. Any applications received after 20th March 2023 will be processed in strict date order of receipt.
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
Mrs Vercoe (Transition Lead) and Mrs Mellish (SENDCo and Director of Inclusion) will work closely with primary school staff once outcome letters are received. They will liaise with Year 6 teachers and SENDCos and arrange to visit the students in their primary schools. At these visits students will be given a pack of important information about transition. We will communicate with parents/carers via the email address and contact information on your application for a school place.
If needed, you can contact Mrs Vercoe via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 6 – 7 Transition Week
During the summer holiday we will be working with The Big Step to run a programme to support the step from Year 6 to Year 7, just 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.
The programme will run from 14th – 18th August 2023. Further information can be found on their website: The Big Step
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 Education Foundation.
Our transition days are taking place on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th July. Students will spend time in their tutor groups, have a tour of the school, take part in activities and taster lessons to help build their excitement about starting secondary school. Further information about transition days will be in your child’s information pack.
Transition is an exciting time but if you have any worries and questions, Mrs Vercoe and the Transition Team are on hand to help.