We understand the transition between primary school and secondary school can be both an exciting time but also an anxious time for young people and their parents. We understand along with the current position we are in; this may bring extra concerns and we want to try and support you as much as we can. It is important to us that the children joining our school feel ready for the new challenges of secondary school and arrive feeling excited about all the opportunities on offer.
At Barnes Wallis Academy we will try and do all that we can to make this process as smooth as possible by getting to know each student as well as we can before term begins in September. We have been in contact with all the primary schools and have spoken to all your Year 6 teachers. We will be getting in contact with all our new Year 7 starters as we would like to get to know you by finding out all about your interests and hobbies. We are also using this webpage to provide as much information and resources as possible, for all of our students to feel as familiar as they can about Barnes Wallis Academy before arriving in September. If the social distancing guidelines lift, as per the Governments timeline; we will be inviting you in to come and look at our school and enjoy a taster day on Monday 12 July. We will update you further whether this will be going ahead nearer the time.
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Houses and Tutor Grouping
Students are placed in a House when they arrive at Barnes Wallis Academy.
The Form Tutor takes responsibility for their students and is the first port of call between home and school; they are the person that will make the initial contact with students on a daily basis and set the standard for the day ahead. In partnership with parents, they will aim to ensure all students are fully prepared to learn and progress within the Academy. Our houses are:
Getting to know the Staff
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Hello, I would like to introduce myself and our SEND department here at Barnes Wallis Academy. My name is Mrs Castley and I am the Special Education Needs & Disability Coordinator (SENDCo)
We have six teaching assistants and their names are:
- Ms Girling
- Mrs Wells
- Ms Carter
- Miss Kingston
- Miss Wilshire
- Mr Parker (also our Resource Manager)
Here at Barnes Wallis Academy our aim is to support you in achieving the best that you can. The way that we support students is different for everyone.
It could be through:
- Additional adult support in class
- Small group work-dyslexia club, maths club and social skills clubs
- One to one support for accelerated learning
- Social/ nurture club in the mornings
- Homework club after school
- Additional ICT to support learning
Sometimes we need to talk to other people when things get on top of us this could be though a counsellor- Casy Counselling or Mindfulness. We also sometimes need to bring in expert people to help us help you, we call this external specialist e.g. Speech and language therapists.
What do our current Year 7's think?
Welcome to English!
Below is a recommended booklist by genre – our challenge is this; Which books have you read already?
We look forward to hopefully meeting you all soon!
Ms Swann, Mr Endicott, Miss Denton, Miss Whitehouse, Miss Harrison and Mrs Ball
- A Letter to my Future Self
- Barnes Wallis Menu
- Basic Equipment Checklist
- BWA Attendance Booklet April 2021
- BWA FAQs
- BWA Rewards
- BWA Year 6 Transition Booklet 2021 2022 Web edition
- Letter to My New Secondary Teacher
- My Hopes and Aims
- Transition Workshop Parent flier 2021
- Year 7 Lockers