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Principal’s Welcome

Choosing the right secondary school for your child is a defining moment for any parent or carer. At John Smeaton Academy, we understand that this is an important moment in the life of any family and therefore, we aim to do our best to ensure that your child is incredibly well supported as they transition to us from primary school.

The journey to becoming a John Smeaton Academy student is a very exciting one! Your child may have already visited our academy when they were in Year 5 to take part in an engaging workshop or they may have attended our annual Open Evening which takes place in September. These opportunities will have enabled your child to get a feel for the creativity we have to offer in the classroom as well as filling them with awe and wonder about all the fantastic opportunities they will experience when they officially join us in Year 7.

Once your child has accepted their place at John Smeaton Academy, the personalised transition programme will commence. This will include:

  • Regular communication from the academy
  • Meetings with the parents or carers of the child and their primary school teacher
  • Additional meetings with the Primary SEND Co and Child Protection Team, if required
  • At least two transition days to experience all that our academy has to offer
  • Parent Information Evenings
  • Summer school

Our Transition Team

Miss Z Hanif

Miss Z Hanif

Assistant Principal i/c of SEND and Transition

Miss T Scott

Miss T Scott

Transition Lead and Curriculum Leader of Vocational Studies

Dates for your Diary:

Secondary School Applications Open 1 September 2023
Open Evening 3 October 2023
Relaxed Open Morning 14 October 2023
National Secondary School Applications Deadline
(Remember to select John Smeaton as your first choice of secondary school)
31 October 2023
National Offer Day 1 March 2024
Phone call of congratulations to all students who have been offered a place at John Smeaton Academy W/C 4 March 2024
Letter from our Principal to all September 2024 starters W/C 4 March 2024
Transition Coffee Morning 4 May 2024
Transition team to visit all new starters in their Primary setting Throughout May 2024
All new starters to receive their John Smeaton Academy welcome box Throughout May 2024
All parents/carers to receive the John Smeaton Academy welcome pack and enrolment link W/C 3 June 2024
Parent/Carer New Intake Evenings 26 & 27 June 2024
Additional SEND transition day 1 July 2024
Whole cohort transition days 3 & 4 July 2024
Summer school 19 August 2024 – 22 August 2024
First day of school at John Smeaton Academy 4 September 2024