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Parents / Transition

Dear Parents/Carers

The transition from primary school to secondary school can be a daunting journey. At The Venerable Bede Academyl, we always try to make the move enjoyable. Students in Year 5 and Year 6 visit to experience ‘Taster Days’ in the summer term. Also during the Summer Term the Head of Year will make visits to every feeder primary school to get to know students, answer their questions and gain knowledge of their abilities.

In July, before the end of Year 6, all our future students will come together for a day’s visit. During this day, students experience a variety of lessons, meet staff and prefects and have lunch in the Bistro. Each one of our prefects will ‘look after’ and mentor a small group of new students on the day’s visit and this will continue when they start The Venerable Bede in September. The prefects accompany the Year 7 students to each lesson for the first week and ensure that they are happy and settle into the new routine quickly. Parents/Carers will be invited to school towards the end of the first half term to meet their child’s tutor. Tutors will be able to give information regarding student’s assessment and the transition into secondary school.

Throughout the school year we also invite Year 5 and Year 6 students into The Venerable Bede Academy to sample a range of activities and subjects that will be on offer after they have transferred to secondary school.

From Wicked Wizards in English to Wormeries in Science, from Magical Muffins in Food Technology to Scintilating Spanish songs, the students enjoy every minute of their time with us.

They arrive quite nervous but excited and quickly relax in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the school.

Not only do the primary students
benefit from these visits but the many
Venerable Bede students who volunteer to help run the activities and events also develop their skills in working with younger students.

Ofsted Comments

The school is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners
• Behaviour is good...calm and well-ordered
• Students are enthused and want to learn
• Exceptional staff commitment
• Senior Leadership of the highest calibre
• Pioneering work
• Significant investment to develop the quality of teaching
• Teaching is motivational
• Students are making strong gains
• High parental satisfaction
• Students talk with pride...relationships are positive in lessons and around the school
• The atmosphere for learning and for personal and spiritual growth is outstanding
• A purposeful and forward-looking institution capable of further outstanding growth

Recent Inspections

Congratulations to our students, staff, governors and families on two fantastic inspections,

each lasting two days! Ofsted were the first to visit under the New Framework in January this year, closely followed by a SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools). Judged from Good to Outstanding in all categories.:

Most of all, we pride ourselves on being inclusive; a neighbourhood school, open to all. See our new Admissions Policy or simply give us a ring and we’ll show you around.

Mrs. Booth