The process of transferring to a secondary academy can be daunting, but here at Lincoln Castle Academy we do our best to ensure your child is already comfortable and familiar with the academy long before their official education here begins. During Years 5 and 6, a number of different enrichment activities are offered to all our feeder primaries for students to take part in, these range from sporting competitions, cookery classes, cyber security days and taster days in the summer term.

Once students have been offered a place at this academy, staff from Lincoln Castle Academy begin liaising with primary staff so that we are well informed about each child who will be starting in September. The information shared is vital as it is not only about your child’s academic progress, but also their social and emotional strengths and areas to develop and any special educational needs that they may have. Consequently, by the time September arrives, with the help of the children’s primary teachers, our dedicated Year 7 Learning Manager, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the Vice Principal for Deep Support will already have a clear picture of each child about to join the academy. In addition, Lincoln Castle Academy requires all students who will be transferring to their school in September to complete baseline tests, these tests, combined with SATs results and primary teaching assessments, provide a very good picture of your child’s educational strengths and abilities and therefore these tests help us to ensure they are placed within the correct academic set when they start school.

All students who will be joining us in September will make a number of visits during June and July of Year 6. The purpose of this is twofold. Firstly, it gives students the opportunity to further familiarise themselves with the site and with the staff who will be working closely with them. This is done through students participating in educational activities with our staff. On these days, our staff meet the students and answer any questions they may have.

Every year, we develop and improve upon our transition process, based on feedback from students and parents so that we can continue to be confident that students receive the best experience when moving to secondary education. For further information on areas such as uniform, timings of the school day etc, please see the Parent Handbook, or other related pages on this website. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the academy and ask to speak to the Year 7 Learning Manager, Mrs R Bates.