Welcome, our new Year 7 cohort and their families, to Ark Burlington Danes Academy!

We are really sad that we are not able to greet you in the usual way through visits to your primary schools and lots of fun on-site activities to keep you busy through the summer term, but on this webpage you will find all of the information that you will need to help make your transition as easy as possible.

Your families should already have had a phone call with a member of Ark BDA staff to welcome you to our school and answer any questions that you may have. (If you have not received this phone call, please email transition@burlingtondanes.org with your name and number and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.)

Online resources and activities

We are also planning a whole host of online resources and activities to help ease your transition further, including:

  • Taster lessons from a range of subjects for you to try out, which are available here.
  • The chance to submit questions here about the new school year
  • A BDA parent handbook (click here) to help introduce you to our vision, values, and expectations to help you prepare for a successful September
  • A summer holiday homework pack which will be published on this website on Monday 6th July to ensure that you have all the information that you need to be ready for secondary and that purposeful learning continues during the holidays

Getting to know BDA

In addition to this, we are also running a virtual parent forum and hsoting some online assemblies specifically for new parents and students to welcome you more fully to Ark Burlington Danes Academy, giving you and your families the opportunity to 'meet' key members of staff.

The programme for assemblies is below. You will receive a link to the parent forum, and the assemblies will be posted here.

Event Date/Time
New Parent Forum Tuesday 14th July 

5:00pm-5:30pm

Assembly 1: Pastoral Care Friday 10th July
Assembly 2: Curriculum and Enrichment Friday 17th July

We can promise you that we will be providing a comprehensive induction programme in September that takes into consideration the needs of every child to support a smooth transition as a member of our BDA family.

In the meantime, you can familiarise yourself with Ark Burlington Danes by watching the following welcome video, put together by our Principal, to welcome you as our newest members of the BDA family:

 

Parent Handbook

We also encourage you and your families to read the attached Parent Handbook to give you more information about the history, vision, values and expectations here at Ark Burlington Danes Academy. This handbook will be updated as the term goes on with more information about the following:

  • The structure of the Academy Day
  • The tutor system
  • Important term dates for your diary
  • Our Home/School Agreement

We will let you know via email when these updates go live and when more information becomes available about our plans for face-to-face induction if such a thing becomes possible (and we really hope that it will!).

Uniform:

You can find information on how to purchase your new school uniform in this document. You are able to order school uniform online and the school will also be hosting a socially-distanced school uniform pop up shop on Tuesday 7th July between 12pm and 8:30pm. If you choose to use our pop up shop you will be given a strict time slot based on your child’s surname to allow us to ensure that social distancing is upheld and everyone is able to purchase their child’s uniform successfully. However, if you know your child’s size we do encourage all parents to purchase uniform online if possible to allow us to support your safety, health and wellbeing during this difficult time.

We want to hear from you!

We also really want to hear from you! Even though lockdown is keeping us apart right now, we would love to receive a short video from you telling us about who you are, what you like and what you are most looking forward to (and maybe even what you are a little bit worried about) about coming to secondary school!

Please send us your videos at transition@burlingtondanes.org so we can start to get to know you, just like you are getting to know us!

If you have any further questions about anything at all, please do not hesitate to email us at transition@burlingtondanes.org, remembering to include your child’s name and a return telephone number and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our BDA family in September!

Kind regards,

 

Ms Rhodes

Assistant Principal – Inclusion (Safeguarding, Transition and SENDCo)

Ark Burlington Danes Academy