Transition

Welcome to John Whitgift Academy’s information page for Year 6 students. At John Whitgift we provide a safe, vibrant and inclusive learning environment for all our students. Our ethos underpins everything we do:

Principle 1 – Academic achievement through personal excellence

Principle 2 – Courtesy, co-operation, tolerance and mutual respect

Principle 3 – Innovative, enterprising and energising curriculum with a variety of enrichment activities supporting students to become responsible citizens both at school and in the community

We know that transferring from primary school can be an anxious time, so we will do all we can to help you and your children settle in quickly.  This transition support includes key link staff visiting primary schools and introducing John Whitgift Academy to your children with useful information and answer questions.  We also provide taster days at our academy towards the end of Year 6 and a transition evening for parents.  Our students and staff will help you with any questions you may have so please ask if you are concerned about anything. We have outstanding student guidance and support, as we want you to be happy and to do well.

Our students and staff are proud to be part of John Whitgift Academy and we want you to join us and be part of our community and excellent recent results.

John Whitgift Academy has an open door policy and invites you to come and look around and see our learning environment.

Year 7 – Your First Year

Parents Evening – Towards the end of the first term, you and your parents will meet with your teachers to check that you have settled in to John Whitgift Academy.  It will give you the opportunity to raise and issues or ask any questions you may have.  You will also get some feedback from your tutor as to how well the academy feels you have begun your time as a John Whitgift Academy student. A second parents evening will take place towards the end of Spring Term and a third parents evening at the end of the academic year.

Student Reports – At the end of each half term, you will receive a Student Report that will include target grades for all your subjects as well as an indication of how well you are progressing towards your target grades.  There will also be an attitude to learning grade as well as attendance; we encourage all students to attend regularly and punctually to maximise their potential.

End of Year Exams – Students in every year group undertake formal examinations in all their subjects starting in Year 7. These will test your knowledge and understanding of the work you have done throughout the year and help you to prepare for your GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. 

Year 7 School Bus – John Whitgift Academy provides a school bus including four bus stops in the surrounding area.  This gives both parents and students support in getting to school and returning home safely in their first year at secondary school.

Year 7 Uniform – Your first initial full uniform including PE kit is provided by our academy free of charge.  Our suppliers arrange uniforms during transition days and uniforms are available during summer holidays on designated days in ‘pop-up’ shops by our uniform supplier here at John Whitgift Academy.

Trips and Visits – There are trips and visits for Year 7 students, including an end of year enrichment trip (last year this was to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park or The Deep). 

Extra-Curricular Activities – There are many activities for Year 7 students to get involved with outside of lessons including sporting activities, music performances, gardening club as well as subject clubs including homework club.  Peripatetic music teachers meet weekly with students to teach a variety of musical instruments as well as singing lessons. We also have a Student Voice council with student ambassadors representing all year groups 7 through to 10 meeting regularly to discuss school issues and look at ways to improve our academy.

JWA Journal – We work in collaboration with Lincoln University Media Department to produce a newspaper twice a year; this is student led with articles and photographs supplied, written and edited by students.  A special day is allocated for our team of journalists either here at John Whitgift Academy or at Lincoln University to provide a realistic and authentic environment representative of a day in the life of a journalist.

Rewards - Students need to display good attendance and excellent behaviour to participate in enrichment trips and events.  Whitcoins are issued regularly for attitude to learning, work produced, attendance and supporting John Whitgift Academy by helping out on parents’ evenings or events and activities.

Year 5, 6 and 7 Events

You may have been to John Whitgift Academy to take part in some of the events or you may be coming this year. 

  • Primary Maths challenge
  • Primary Literacy Challenge
  • Year 5 Taster Days
  • Year 6 Open Evening
  • Watching a film in our John Whitgift Academy Theatre
  • Having swimming lessons either via primary school or private lessons at one of our two swimming pools.