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The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families. We take this responsibility very seriously and aim to have a very positive and proactive transition process that ensures all new members of our Academy community experience the best possible start.

The current strategies employed by the academy to help support your child’s transition include:

  • the use of ‘bridging materials’

  • the sharing of information between schools

  • visits to schools by prospective teachers, children and their parents

  • distribution of booklets

  • talks at the feeder primary schools

  • taster days

  • other joint social events between feeder primary schools.

  • sporting events organised by our SSCo for the feeder primary schools.

We strive to ensure all  children settle in easily and their transition from primary to secondary school is successful. This includes helping our new students  to get to know their way around the school, relaxing rules around time in the new canteen in the early weeks, procedures to help pupils adapt, visits to schools, induction and taster days, and booklets. All these initiatives help our young people to start their time at the Academy in Year 7 on the best possible footing and act as a springboard to future successes.

Other opportunities for personal development in Year 7 are listed below:

– Student receptionist
– Student council
– Newsletter team
– Charity group
– Recycling team
– Inter tutor group sports competitions
– Numerous extra-curricular clubs

 Views from our new Year 7 students about their start at the Academy:

“I expected it to be really scary but a lot of the students are really supportive”
“My first day was my favourite of them all because I made a friend straight away”
“I thought that I would get lost and never be able to find my way round but my opinion has changed”
“I was surprised because I didn’t think the teachers or classes would be as good or as nice as they are”
“I have enjoyed all lessons and coming to school. Wearing my uniform makes me feel special”
“I find this school helpful, fun and understanding. I can understand most things because of the way they are explained.”
“I really look forward to going to school in the morning”
“I think this school is exciting, the people are friendly. The lunches are tasty and it is a great school”


Transition Team Contact Details:

Miss Megan Andrew – Head of Year 7 2020-21


Mr S Cronin – AssistantHeadteacher I/C Transition


Mrs Nikki Wheatley – Admissions Officer
Tel: 01271 863427 ext 222

Life in all its Fullness

The Ilfracombe Academy

Worth Road



EX34 9JB


Phone: 01271 863427

Designated Safeguarding Officers: Mr Steve Cronin, Mr Lee Roy Cochrane, Mrs Julia Tilley & Miss Lorna Young

Headteacher: Mr. Steve Rogers

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