Year 6 transition and summer school

Welcome to all Year 6 pupils and their parents!

Congratulations on being offered a place at South Bank University Academy! We hope this marks the beginning of a journey we will make together through your secondary education.

Making the transition from Primary to Secondary School can be an anxious time for students and parents. We have created a programme to help you and your child make a smooth transition which includes opportunities to visit the school and meet with staff on several occasions before September. We also offer a Summer School which all of our incoming Year 7s are invited to, this is run by school staff so that students build familiarity with each other and their teachers.  

All documents that are sent out to parents can be found below, as well as contact details for Ms Wellington who heads up the transition programme. Please do contact her if you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s transition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions and answers were generated by a group of parents and carers based on their experience of the various systems and processes at South Bank UA. We hope you find them useful. 

Is there a system for lost property? 
Lost property is held at student services and is available to check everyday after school.  

Who do I contact with questions regarding school issues concerning my child? 
Your child’s tutor is the first point of call and then the Head of Year (Mrs Jude). Our Year 7 Head of Year remains in post each year so they are extremely experienced with this year group.

Mrs Rianna Jude, Head of Year 7:

How can I contact my child’s teachers?
Parents can contact teachers via email, all addresses are on the website.

Where can I find out about what is going on in school?
We share news of what is going on in the school in our half-term parent newsletters and termly magazine. You can read them here. We also have live updates on out Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow us on our platforms to connect with us.

How will you support my child in their learning?
As well as ensuring that the work set in lessons provides an appropriate challenge for your child, we give every child in the school a Chromebook when they start with us. This removes any barriers to completing homework, encourages them to be responsible and helps them organise themselves as we teach them to use a calendar for deadlines. We also have a fantastic team of teachers and TAs supporting ur students through their education journey with us.

Will my child have a locker?
All students are offered a locker every year. Our lockers have inbuilt Chromebook chargers in them so students can store their device safely at school.

When is the Duke of Edinburgh Award offered to students?
Duke of Edinburgh Award is available for year 9 students as part of our extensive enrichment programme and they will receive all information at the start of year 9.

What extracurricular opportunities are available for students at South Bank UA?
There are many fantastic opportunities available to students. The enrichment schedule is emailed to all parents at the beginning of the term and you can access it through My School Portal at any time. Enrichments include Cookery, Science, Debate Mate, Football, Basketball and sewing club. Students are told about opportunities in a variety of forms, in tutor time, assemblies and from subject teachers.

Are parents allowed to use the car park?
The car park is for staff use only.

How can I help my child to be organised?
Encourage your child to pack their school bag the night before. Ask them about the homework they have regularly to provide a reminder, help them get into a routine of spending a little bit of time at home consolidating their learning. 

How can I help monitor my child’s home learning?
All parents have access to your child’s Google Classroom which allows you to monitor Home Learning.  

How do I pay for a lunch?
All payments made to the school are made via ParentPay. Parents will receive a login in August. Parents will also be able to use My School Portal to make payments.

How can I make sure my child is eating healthily whilst at school?
We do not sell unhealthy snacks or drinks on site. We provide a free breakfast club every morning with healthy options and offer students fruit at break time. Our lunches are always well-balanced providing hot meals with a dessert. There are water fountains placed across the school to encourage students to keep hydrated.

If you have any further questions not answered here, please feel free to email Ms Lisa Wellington (SLT link for Year 7)

Please note that the Southwark Clothing Allowance should be sent to Southwark as advised on the form. 

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