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Transition from primary to secondary school can often be a worrying time for student and their parents.

Ensuring students settle quickly into their new surroundings, whilst continuing to make good progress with their learning, can often be incredibly challenging. We work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure that we offer the very best transition programme for all of our students, helping to make the move from primary to secondary school a smooth and exciting one.

Early Risers

We introduced the 'Early Risers' programme in 2015, where we invite Year 6 students moving up into our Year 7 to join us for the last three weeks of the summer term. 

The main aim behind the programme is to enable students to settle into the Academy prior to breaking up for the summer holidays, familiarising them with our expectations and helping them to acclimatise to their new environment, make new friends and dispel any worries about moving up to secondary school.  Learning is also at the core of everything we do and we set the very highest of expectations in all of our classrooms, which we expect all students to meet.


We asked Year 6 parents and students for feedback on the Early Risers programme and below is a selection of comments which we hope you will find useful:

  • 100% of parents felt their experience of ‘Early Risers’ (and that of their child) was at least in some way positive

  • 100% of parents believe that the programme should be repeated again.

"Early Risers is an amazing idea! My child loved it and was ready for Y7. All schools should do it!"

Acres Hill Community Primary parent

"My child really enjoyed Early Risers and as a parent I found it took a lot of worries away."

Emmaus Catholic and Cof E Primary School parent

"Excellent programme. My child got to see the school and experience secondary school life before starting in September. Also lots of fun activities, so was enjoyable."

High Hazels Academy parent

"It was a good way to get the students used to ‘big school’. It definitely made it less intimidating when it came to September."

Wybourn Community Primary School parent

"Food is excellent, teachers are excellent. The school is top notch."

Nether Edge Primary Parent

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