Transition Arrangements

Having a smooth and effective transition into a new school, new class or new key stage is vitally important to young people and their families. At Hope Wood Academy we have a range of activities and support mechanisms to ensure transition is as smooth as possible.

Parents Guides


Primary Parent’s Guide

Secondary Parent’s Guide

Sixth Form Parent’s Guide

Transition into the Academy

When pupils are identified by the local authority to attend Hope Wood Academy we support transition in the following ways;

  • Initial Parent/Carer visit to the academy
  • Visit to the academy with the young person
  • Identified member of staff to support the family with transition
  • Hope Wood Academy Staff visit the young person’s current setting
  • Hope Wood Academy Staff gain information from previous setting and family
  • Welcome to Hope Wood Academy Event (to meet staff, order uniform and familiarise themselves with the site)
  • Individualised transition plan agreed with family
  • Parents evening within first half term


Transition between Key Stages

  • New tutor and class identified and shared with families and pupil
  • Welcome to Key Stage 3 event (opportunity for Parents/carers and young person to meet with staff and ask any questions about the Key Stage)
  • Welcome to Key Stage 4 Event/Options Event (opportunity for Parents/carers and young person to meet with staff and choose options)
  • Welcome to 16-19 (opportunity for Parents/carers and young person to meet with staff and ask any questions about the Key Stage)
  • Individualised transition plan put in place
  • Opportunity to spend time in new class prior to summer break


Transition out of the Academy

When pupils are ready to transition to their next phase of education, the academy support early identification of suitable providers and carry out the following activities in order to ensure an effective and smooth transition. Some of our pupils choose to move on at the end of year 11, some continue in the academy 16-19 Learning Department.

  • Identifying suitable providers at an early stage
  • Careers Event in the autumn term for parents/carers and pupils
  • Local providers invited into the academy to discuss options with young people
  • Visits arranged to local providers
  • Taster sessions for a range of different courses
  • Transition passport created and shared with identified provider
  • Individual and small group work with a member of staff from the Improving and Progression Team
  • Individual transition plan agreed with family


We work with a range of local colleges, training providers and social care providers to ensure effective transition to adulthood. Please click the following links for more information.


East Durham College

Sunderland College

Bishop Auckland College 

Select Sunderland

Catcote Futures


Shaw Trust 


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