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New Year 7 2019



Friendship Afternoon 3

Thursday 4th July 2019 from 4:00pm to 5.15pm


Families should arrive no later than 4.10pm.  When you arrive please make your way to the school canteen (staff guides will be there to direct you) where you will be able to pick up your information pack. You will then be directed to the main hall.

School uniform suppliers will be in attendance from 4:00pm onwards in the school canteen to display the different items of uniform. You will be able to order and purchase uniform items. We will also be selling key stationery needed by your child from September.

At this meeting you will receive a welcome pack giving you information about the school, including uniform requirements, which will help to ensure that your child has a successful start at Atam Academy. In addition, you will hear talks about the Curriculum and the Pastoral System. You will also get to meet key teachers and representatives from the Parent, Teacher and Friends’ Association.


Induction Day

Friday 5th July 2019 from 9.00am to 3:30pm


The new Year 7 students will spend the day at Atam to familiarise themselves with the school, enjoy “taster” lessons and meet with their tutor group.  Your child should report to the canteen no later than 8:50am and will be dismissed from school at 3:30pm from the gates.

For the induction day, students should wear sportswear, including trainers and will need to bring something with which to write and some money for lunch. The school operates a Café system and £1.00 should cover the cost of refreshments at breaktime and £2.50 for lunchtime.


Transition Meetings

The next few weeks


This is when a member of staff will go into your child’s primary school and speak with his /her teacher and Head of Year to find out a bit more about your child.


First day of school

Wednesday 4th September 2019


Students please arrive promptly by 8.10am at the Secondary entrance where you will be met by the Year 7 Pastoral team. You will have a full day of lessons, learning about our expectations and how to be a successful student at Atam Academy.


Cognitive Ability Testing

Thursday 5th September 2019


Students please arrive promptly at 8:10am at the secondary entrance where you will be met by the Year 7 pastoral team. The day will be taken up with SEN testing and Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs). CATs tests fall into four categories; Verbal, Non-verbal, Spatial and Quantitative. Students cannot and do not need to revise for them.

Students will be given regular breaks. They will be dismissed from the gates at 2.45pm.


There will be no enrichment activities in the first week so all students will be dismissed at 2.45pm.



Each student is expected to bring a learning kit to school every day. The list of items that should be in this kit are included in the Welcome Evening pack and can be collected.


Welfare Notice

Regardless of the severity of your child’s condition or medical needs, we require your child’s medicine on-site on the first day of school on Wednesday 4th September 2019. All medicine must be clearly marked with the chemical labelling of the prescription including a valid expiry date. If your child suffers from asthma, we require an inhaler on-site as well as a spacer (even if your child does not usually use one). I should like to mention that we are unable to provide your child with common pain medication (i.e. Paracetamol and/or Nurofen) – the School is only able to supervise the administering of prescribed medication from your child’s GP.


Additional Needs

If your son/daughter has any additional needs, please advise us of this beforehand so we can be as prepared as possible to meet their needs before their start date. Please ensure that you bring to the interview a photocopy of any recent, relevant professional reports concerning your son/daughter, such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, educational psychology, specialist teacher, CAHMS etc. to be discussed with the leadership team.



At the Friendship Afternoon on Thursday 4th July 2019, you will receive the following resources:

  • Handbook for Parents & Students
  • Home-School Agreement
  • Computer Use Agreement
  • Mobile Phone Agreement
  • Uniform Requirements & Stockist details
  • Learning Kit List
  • Enrichment Programme
  • Pupil Premium Funding Leaflet


Although parents & carers receive a copy of the school calendar, we strongly encourage parents & carers to access and review the school's electronic calendar, which will reflect the most up-to-date amendments throughout the year.

Key Contacts

School Office & Reception –  to report school absences, for all general queries; to report change in personal/contact details, residential address or updates regarding health and welfare and for information on ParentPay setup, user/login data, instructions regarding usage and school locker rentals.