September 2017

Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be joining Ash Hill Academy in September 2017. 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.

Key Contacts

Miss L Sims (Associate Assistant Principal)

Mrs E Sprott (Year 7 Learning Manager)

 

Key Transition Dates

Year 6 transition days: 

All schools excepting Sheep Dip Primary and Kirton Lane: Wednesday 28th June, Thursday 29th June, Friday 30th June.

Sheep Dip Primary and Kirton Lane Group A – Wednesday 28th June, Friday 30th June, Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July.

Kirton Lane Group B – Tuesday 4th July and Wednesday 5th July.

Parents/Carers Open Day – Tuesday 27th June. This is an opportunity to have a one to one meeting with a member of staff to ask any questions and discuss any concerns. Also an opportunity to speak with Mrs Hayes from the medical/first aid team to ensure all students individual needs are met.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the times of the academy day for Year 7 students?

The academy gates open at 08:00am and all students should be in school at 08:15am prompt.
A movement bell will sound at 8:20am
Period 1: 8.25am – 9.25am
Period 2: 9.25am – 10:25am
Break / Form: 10:25am – 11:00am
Period 3: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Period 4a: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Lunch 4b: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Period 4c: 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 from our uniform supplier, who will attend the academy on Friday 30th June to measure Year 6 students during the Tranistion Day. The uniform packs can be collected from Ash Hill Academy during the summer holidays, this date will be confirmed nearer the time. You may exchange uniform that does not fit and place further orders at this event. 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 (that will hold polish) as well as non-marking trainers for PE. 

Jewellery, hair and makeup – 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?

A minimum of the following (preferably in a pencil case):

Two black pens
A pencil
A ruler
An eraser
A pencil sharpener
A calculator

How do I apply for my child’s bus pass?

If your child is aged 11-16 and lives in South Yorkshire, they can get a MegaTravel Card to prove to bus drivers, tram conductors and ticket sellers that they are entitled to:

  • travel for only 80p, seven days a week on all buses and trams in South Yorkshire.
  • get half price travel on local trains in South Yorkshire

For further details, please see: http://travelsouthyorkshire.com/megatravel/

However, if your child lives more than 3 miles from the academy, they may be entitled to a Zero Fare Pass which gives them free travel on school days on bus, train and tram all day until 19:00pm.

For further details, please see: http://travelsouthyorkshire.com/zerofarepass/

Alternatively, you can call into the Travel South Yorkshire customer service desk in the Doncaster Interchange for more information.