Joining Us In Year 7

We know how important the transition from primary to secondary school is at Hassenbrook and have a dedicated primary transition plan in place to support our young people moving up from our partner primary schools. This includes a whole programme of informative and fun activities that we run for prospective pupils and parents including our friendship afternoon in March, one-to-one meetings in June, a three day induction in July and a summer programme. In September, when our new students join, we have a very successful peer mentoring scheme with our own Year 9 students buddying our new Year 7s. Here are some excerpts from our students about their first 100 days at Hassenbrook Academy.

Our induction programme

This programme of activities starts the moment your child is offered a place at Hassenbrook Academy – here are some of the key features:

March

  • Friendship afternoon for every student who has been offered a place – come and make new friends!
  • Parents’ evening for prospective new students

June

Our team will visit each primary school and meet each and every prospective student and their teacher.

July

Induction days with workshops, taster lessons and fun activities to get to know each other.

Summer Term

Invitation to our summer programme of events and activities including our art gallery and food technology courses – parents will collect students from Hassenbrook Academy.

September

All new Year 7 students will be involved in team building activities within their tutor groups and introduced to our peer mentoring scheme.

October

There will be a parents’ evening focused around their son or daughter settling in at Hassenbrook.

“In my first term at Hassenbrook I enjoyed lessons that I have never learnt before – like French and Spanish. It’s amazing at Hassenbrook, I’ve met old friends and made new friends. When you meet your peer mentors they help you all the way through Year 7. When I came to the school I knew no one but once you settle into the school it’s an amazing place.” Emeliah

“When I started at Hassenbrook I was nervous at first and then I felt more welcomed. My favourite subject is PE, Drama and Music. I enjoy English and PE the most as I like to push myself. I have participated in after school clubs such as football and basketball. When I’m older I would like to be a footballer or architect. I have loved my time here so far.” Alfie

“I have enjoyed making new friends and getting to know the teachers. I would tell Year 6 students to come to Hassenbrook because it’s a small school and you find your way around quickly. The teachers are really nice and caring, and they are always there to listen and help you.” Frankie-Leigh

Friendship Afternoon March 2020

We were overwhelmed with the positive response and attendance at our first ever Friendship Afternoon on Wednesday 11th March when we invited prospective Year 7 students and their families to visit us for the first time following their offer letter.

The school was buzzing with activities as excited pupils took part in a range of activities in a wide range of subject areas, including drama, music, Spanish, basketball, blow painting in Art and Robotics in Science. Our student ambassadors organised the event and were busy getting to know their younger colleagues throughout the afternoon. Parents enjoyed speaking with staff and students and viewing an array of displays promoting the exciting student experience offer at Hassenbrook. Prospective parents and pupils learnt all about our unique Passport to Adventure project, the Combined Cadet Force, our Duke of Edinburgh scheme and a got a taste of some of our extra-curricular projects, including Robotics Club.

Everyone enjoyed the refreshments on offer and families left feeling reassured about the transition programme at Hassenbrook and the move from primary to secondary school. We look forward to welcoming all our families back in the summer term for a full programme of transition activities.

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