Transition 2020 FAQ
Will my child be able to visit the academy before September 2020 and Year 7?
By May and June in previous years we would have already celebrated your child’s SATS results, visited them in their Primary School, and hosted our Welcome Night. Unfortunately, the academy is facing the same challenges as everyone at the moment with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance from the Government indicates that we should try to limit the amount of face-to-face interactions. Thus, we are having to plan our transition offer differently this year. We will look to inform parents and carers regularly should the situation change.
How can my child prepare for Sirius Academy West?
All students have been issued a Welcome Pack and a Transition Passport. These are full of activities that will enable students to increase their familiarity with the academy prior to Year 7. All students are encouraged to make use of the resources and materials that are available on our website. These include Virtual Tours, interviews with key staff and Q&As with current students.
Where do I purchase a uniform for my child?
The company the academy use to purchase school uniform is Price and Buckland. Website: price-buckland.co.uk - click school finder and type in Sirius Academy West this will take you directly to the academy uniform.
How will I know what Tutor and/or House my child is in?
All students will receive a letter in July that will inform them of their House and Tutor allocation. This is a key aspect of a student’s transition to the academy. The pastoral support provided by the House/Year Teams can be crucial in an individual’s development and will provide consistency throughout different
How do I pay for my child’s school dinners?
School dinners are payable through ParentPay. Parents will receive a ParentPay activation letter from the academy and will be asked to use the unique username and password to set up their child’s account. Parents will be asked to complete the activation that will be detailed on the screen. If parents already use ParentPay for other children, parents can login to the account and click ‘Add a Child’ and register with the username and password given in the allocated boxes.
If parents have a ParentPay account from their Primary School, this does not transfer with students, and parents will need to use their secondary school activation code.
Is my child eligible for a Free School Meal?
If a student is eligible for free school meals at their Primary School this should automatically transfer with them into secondary school. If you have received a letter from Hull City Council to say your free school meals are expiring you must reapply for free school meals via the Hull City Council website.
If a student is joining the academy from an East Riding or another primary school outside of the Hull City Council area, this may not transfer automatically, and parents will need to apply for free school meals via the Hull City Council website.
A credit of £2.10 will be added automatically to the students account, this is only available at lunchtime and does not transfer over to another day.
Are breakfast and break-time snacks available?
The Academy has two breakfast options: The Magic Breakfast is available free of charge to all students. The Academy also offer a breakfast that can be purchased and is available to all students.
Snacks are available at break-time and at the end of the day.
If a student is eligible for free school meals a credit of £2.10 will be available at lunchtime only. Money for purchasing other items can be added to the student’s unique ParentPay account.
Can I obtain a Bus Pass from Sirius Academy West?
Parents can apply for a bus pass via the Hull City Council website. If a child is eligible for a bus pass and they use the Academy 296/297 bus; a bus pass will be provided by the Academy.
Stagecoach or East Yorkshire replacement bus passes must be applied for on the Hull City Council website and cost £10.00 to replace.
What subjects will my child study in Year 7?
One of the major differences from Primary School to Secondary School education is the change from one classroom and one teacher to a timetable that requires a student to move around the building. This exciting change allows a student to utilise our amazing facilities; including, Science Laboratories, Drama and Dance Studios, Technology Workshops, Sports Hall and Fitness Gym. All students will have the opportunity to study English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Spanish or French, Religious Studies, ICT and Business, Art, Drama, Music, Technology and Physical Education and PSHE.
What extra-curricular clubs are available to my child?
We are keen to provide all of our students with the offer of a good range of co-curricular opportunities. These opportunities help our students to explore and express their character and build skills they need for resilience, empathy and employability. All students are provided with a timetable of activities that are available at breaks, lunches and after school. In addition to this the academy also promotes the Personal Development Pathway. Students are encouraged to complete a series o challenges each year to satisfy specific Pledges.
What is the My Ed application? Why can’t I see my child in the My Ed application?
MyEd is a free parent app that gives us lots of ways to communicate and allows you to access information about the academy including a weekly parental bulletin, contacts, Twitter and student information all in one place, making it easy to keep up to date with the latest news.
The app gives you direct access to student’s attendance, timetable, absence records, achievements, behaviour and much more. Information is updated regularly, secure and protected. The academy will need the same mobile number you are using with the App on our internal system record as a priority contact.
Messages are sent directly to the MyEd app relating to important information about your child’s education and to remind parents of events that are taking place within the Academy so you will never miss out.
What should I do if I have any concerns regarding my child’s transition to Sirius Academy West?
Any additional questions please direct to [email protected] or contact us on (01482) 352939.