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Nottingham Secondary Academy

Transition to Year 7


Welcome to Nottingham Academy's Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Programme! This page serves as your central hub for vital information and dates as your child prepares for the transition into secondary school. Our committed staff are poised to support your child through every stage of this journey, fostering confidence and anticipation for the new chapter ahead. Please peruse the provided details and feel free to reach out with any enquiries. Together, let's ensure a seamless and positive transition for your child.

Key Staff:

  1. Jessie Elbaz - Executive Principal
    As the Executive Principal, Mrs Elbaz oversees the overall functioning and direction of the school. With her extensive experience and leadership skills, she ensures that Nottingham Academy maintains its commitment to excellence in education.

  2. Julie Bigwood - Senior Deputy Principal
    Mrs Bigwood serves as the Senior Deputy Principal, playing a crucial role in the day-to-day operations of the school. With her strategic vision and dedication, she supports the Executive Principal in achieving the school's goals and objectives.

  3. Helen Gray - Assistant Principal with responsibility for Post 16
    Mrs Gray, in her role as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Post 16, focuses on the academic and personal development of students transitioning into further education. She provides guidance and support to ensure their successful transition into higher education or the workforce.

  4. Karen Smith - Assistant Principal, Inclusion Leader & SENDCO
    Ms Smith holds the position of Assistant Principal, Inclusion Leader, and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO). Her role involves creating an inclusive environment where all students feel valued and supported. Ms. Smith and her dedicated Inclusion Team work closely with primary schools to tailor transition plans for students with diverse needs.

Important Dates:

  • Transition Day: Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2nd and 3rd
    Transition Day provides an opportunity for Year 6 students to familiarise themselves with the school environment and meet key staff members before starting Year 7. It marks the beginning of their journey at Nottingham Academy.

  • First Day of Term: Wednesday, September 4th
    The first day of the new term signifies the official start of the academic year. Students embark on their educational journey, ready to engage in learning and personal growth.

Transition Day Times:

  • Arrival: 8:35 am at Bridge Campus via the pedestrian entrance on Sneinton Boulevard or the long driveway leading from Greenwood Road. Detailed instructions for the day will be provided via post to ensure a smooth transition experience for students and parents/carers.

Pre-Transition Competition:

  • ⭐📸 Photography Competition 📸⭐
    • Theme: 'Aspirations'
      Students are encouraged to showcase their aspirations through photography, fostering creativity and self-expression.
    • Submission: Entries should be emailed to by July 1st, along with the student's name and current primary school.
    • Winner Announcement: The winner will be announced at the Parent Welcome Meeting on July 2nd at 5pm.

Parent Welcome Meeting:

  • Date & Time: July 2nd, 5 pm at Bridge Campus
    Parents and carers are invited to attend the Welcome Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet key staff members, learn about the school's ethos and values, and ask any questions they may have regarding their child's transition to Year 7.

Pre-Tour Booking:

  • To Book: To arrange a Pre-Tour of the Bridge Campus, please email This provides an excellent opportunity for families to familiarise themselves with the school facilities and ask any questions they may have before the start of term.


  • Questions: For any safeguarding concerns or queries, please direct them to Ensuring the safety and well-being of all students is a top priority at Nottingham Academy.

Ordering Uniform:

  • Uniform Ordering: Uniforms can be ordered through Price & Buckland. Please visit the school uniform page on the website for more information and ordering instructions. A well-fitted uniform contributes to a sense of belonging and pride among students, fostering a positive school community.

Wishing all our students and families a seamless transition and a successful start to the new academic year - The Nottingham Academy Team