Year 6 Transition


Co-Principals’ Welcome

Transitioning into secondary school can be exciting, scary, daunting and inspiring. This page is here to help you out as you prepare for coming to join us in your new school. We will be working hard to meet you all and be in touch with plenty of information and guidance. Any questions at all, do get in touch with us. In the meantime, we cannot wait to meet you all very soon.

Robin Street – Co-Principal


Important dates/information

Transition Day
Wednesday 6th July 2022, 9am – 3pm
From the very start of their Academy journey, our students are asked to work on explicit projects and challenges to support deep and broad knowledge, and to connect and reflect on the big ideas they have been learning about. Our curriculum is designed to develop interdisciplinary thinking by staff and students from day one. The programme for Transition Day will include a range of activities to reflect some of the subjects your child will study at the UCL Academy (further details will be available here in due course).


Watch our subject introductions…

In these videos, some of our departments and faculties explain what you can expect to learn when you join in September.


Preparing to Go Big!

Be Awesome, Go Big are activities to help students transition into Year 7. It can be used by students and parents at home and in school with teachers in class. It is designed to be motivational, helpful and reassuring and to help young people feel valued, loved, encouraged and equipped for the journey ahead.

Resources for Students
Each session has a corresponding section in the workbook, so make sure you have it ready before beginning your work.

Be Awesome Go Big Workbook
Session 1: Being awesome
Session 2: Unlocking your mind
Session 3: Dare to take risks
Session 4: Making the change
Session 5: Lost but not lost
Session 6: Bouncebackability
Session 7: What is normal anyway?
Session 8: Friendships and fallouts
Session 9: Living well

If you have time, try completing some of the additional activities in Getting ready to Go Big

Resources for Parents and Carers
These resources provide information, tips and questions to help you open up discussion with your child about the transition and help prepare them for starting secondary school.

Building Resilience
Growth Mindset
Helping Your Child Get Into Good Habits
Making the Change
Transition into Secondary School


Getting the support you need

Here at the Academy, you will receive excellent academic and pastoral support from staff who are dedicated to ensuring you feel comfortable and safe in your new environment.

We have five houses (Cygnus, Equuleus, Lyra, Orien and Vela) and you will be assigned one of these houses for the duration of your time at the Academy. You will belong to the same household for the duration of your time at the Academy, enabling you to draw on support from those that know you best: your tutors, Learning Sets and Heads of House.

Meet our Vice-Principal – Mr Molloy, Head of Pastoral and Operations


Finding your way around the Academy

We know it can be daunting trying to navigate your way around a new building, especially when you are having to manage a new timetable. If you find yourself struggling to find a classroom or space in the building when you first arrive, just ask another student or member of staff for help.


Extra Curricular Opportunities (we call it SDL – Self Directed Learning) & Trips

Much like everything else, our extensive SDL timetable has been affected by the pandemic and for the past year has been running online. However, this term marked our return to onsite activities and students once again had full access to a full and diverse programme of activities. Click here to be directed to our curriculum plans page, where you will find the SDL timetables.



Students at the UCL Academy are required to wear a uniform which is designed to foster pride in the Academy and promote good self-presentation skills important in future life. All items of uniform are affordable and easily available.

For details of uniform requirements for students from Foundation through to the end of Level 2+, please click here. The uniform can be bought via Stevensons


More information can be found in our prospectus:

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Send an email to [email protected]