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Weston Favell Academy

Year 7 Base

We are delighted to welcome our new Year 7 pupils to the Weston Favell Academy.  This is an important and exciting time and although many pupils will have a few nerves about the transition to secondary education, we will work very hard to ensure they can take this in their stride.

The Academy has introduced a number of new approaches that will help ensure a smooth and successful start for our pupils.  We have set up a Year 7 Base where the majority of lessons will take place and, in addition, Year 7 pupils will have their own secure play area and entrance gate.

Having a separate Year 7 base is a core commitment for any Academy sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust.  Our Year 7 bases are vibrant, happy and successful places. Pupils make rapid progress and become more confident learners. Parents of Year 7 pupils are always welcome to visit during the day to engage in their child's education.

At the Weston Favell Academy, Year 7 pupils work in their own base to ensure they are safe and secure and to make the very best start to their secondary education. Pupils have their own secure play area and entrance gate; in addition, they also have a separate lunch break from the other years so they can eat their midday meal without pressure and have time to talk to friends or engage in a range of lunchtime activities provided by the Academy.

In Year 7 we use the best practice from both primary and secondary teaching to ensure that pupils are supported in their learning and are academically stretched. We expect all the Academy's pupils to make rapid progress. Some staff specialise in teaching these younger pupils and pupils will be well known to this dedicated team.

Strong literacy skills are essential to help pupils do well in every area of the curriculum. The Academy will use innovative approaches to improve literacy skills with all its pupils, and especially those who need support. The Academy will set by ability from the beginning of the Year 7 curriculum to ensure teaching matches the needs of all pupils. Pupils will also benefit from pupil mentoring, peer reading support and sports, academic and other peer coaching from older post-16 pupils.

The Weston Favell Academy works collaboratively with year 6 pupils in primary schools, for all or part of the school year, to ensure a smooth transition to secondary education. We undertake outreach work with primary schools to improve the capacity of pupils in year 6 to engage fully with the curriculum when they join the Academy in Year 7.

At the Academy we encourage our pupils to engage in as wide a range of additional activities as possible, including competitive team games, sport for pleasure and fitness, dance, drama and music.