Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be joining Outwood Academy Valley in September 2020. This page is designed to keep you informed about our transition process over the academic year, but also to ensure that any queries you might have are answered.
Bally Ward (Associate Assistant Principal)
Dawn Ostle (Y7 Learning Manager)
Tanya Parkin (Inclusion Manager)
Helen Nixon (SEND Officer)
The 2020 Year 6 transition days are Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July 2020.
The Years 4, 5 and 6 Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 8th July 2020.
Proposed dates for the Opening morning: 9th July 2020 8.00am – 12.00pm – Please join us for SLT gate duty.
Proposed dates for the Open afternoon: 10th July 1.00pm – 2.30pm – Please join us for SLT gate duty.
When is the first day for Year 7 new starters?
The first day of term for Year 7 only is Wednesday 2 September 2020
What are the times of the academy day for Year 7 students?
• All students should be in school at 8:15am prompt
• A movement bell will sound at 8:20am
• Period 1 : 8.25am – 9.25am
• Period 2: 9.25am – 10:25am
• Break / VMG – 10:25am – 11:00am
• Period 3: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Period 4: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
• Lunch : 12:30pm – 1:00pm
• Period 4: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
• Period 5: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
• Enrichment: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
What are the lunchtime arrangements for Year 7?
Year 7 students have their lunch as a year group, between 12:30pm and 1:00pm. This ensures there is minimal queuing time and that they can eat together in their first year at the academy. The catering provided by the academy operates a “Pay Online” system. Parents can load student accounts from home, or students can add money using finger recognition stations at the academy. We will provide log-on details for parents in due course. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch.
How is the school uniform organised?
We will provide a full uniform for all Year 7 students. Trutex (uniform supplier) will attend each primary school to measure Year 6 students during June/July. They will deliver the uniform packs the academy for parents to collect before the end of the academic year. There will be 2 uniform ordering/collection days at Outwood Academy Valley, one at the beginning of the summer holiday and one toward the end (dates TBA). You may exchange uniform that does not fit and place further orders at these events. However, we recommend you order extra supplies at the beginning of the holidays to ensure arrival before the start of term. We ask that parents purchase plain black shoes as well as non-marking trainers for PE.
Jewellery, hair and makeup – are there any do’s and don’ts?
No jewellery is allowed, except a wrist watch and a Medic Alert necklace or bracelet. No body piercings, including ear, nose and belly button, are allowed.
No nail polish and no false nails.
Any make-up worn by older students should be very discreet. Students are asked to remove make-up if it is not discreet.
Hairstyles should be sensible and colours should be natural. No student will be allowed into lessons with unnatural hair colour. Hair accessories should be discreet, no scarves or bandanas (unless for religious reasons).
What equipment will my child need?
The collection date for uniform at Outwood Academy Valley for Y6 students is 28th July 2020:
Allocated Time Slots:
Prospect 10:00 – 11:00
St John’s 11:00 – 12:00
Redlands 12:00 – 13:00
Norbridge 13:00 – 14:00
Sir Edmund Hillary 14:00 – 15:00
All other schools 15.00 – 15.30
Following the changes to Government advice, from Monday 23 March our schools will be closed, except for providing childcare to a small number of children. During the period of closure we will not be able to collect correspondence sent via post. There are also only a small number of staff in the academy making it difficult to answer the telephone.
Therefore, where possible, we ask that you contact us via this contact form.