Transition 2020

A warm welcome to Tudor Grange Academy! We hope that you will find the information on this page and the rest of our website useful. We will be continually updating this page so please do keep checking in.

Due to the current global situation, transition this year will look a bit different but we are doing everything we can to ensure the transition process is as easy as possible under the current circumstances.  Transition days are usually calendared for July but it is unlikely that these will be able to take place now. However, on 2nd September we have dedicated the first day of term to Year 9 transition. Only year 9 and year 12 students will be in school. This will give your child the opportunity to meet other students and our staff and familiarise them with the surroundings, our values and expectations.  In the meantime, you will find some links above to presentations from our Principal, SLT Team and subject leaders for Maths, English and Science as well as a welcome video from all of our staff and student leadership team.

It is important for you to be aware of the Year 9 curriculum and the options available to your child in September (you will also find this information under the ‘curriculum’ tab of our website). In Year 9 students must study those subjects that make up what is called “the compulsory core”.  These subjects are English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, Physical Education and four ‘standards’ pathways made up of the following:

  • Individuals and Society – a programme covering aspects of KS3 History and Geography
  • STEPS – social studies, theology, ethics, politics and sociology
  • Language Acquisition – a study of French, German and Spanish, including the culture of each country.
  • SAS (Skills Action Service) – an opportunity to participate in a range of exciting, practical-based activities

Students will also choose a combination of four ‘higher’ subjects. The subjects that students specialise in as ‘highers’ are subjects they will go on to eventually complete GCSEs in. The extra time in Year 9 enables students to be fully prepared but the GCSE content begins in Year 10. Students must study a humanity as one of their ‘higher’ subjects, either History/Geography and they are also encouraged to opt to complete a language which this year is German.

The options booklet provides more information about the choices available to your child so please read this carefully together before making choices for the ‘Higher’ options. Many of these subjects will be unfamiliar to your child as they won’t have studied them at middle school. We understand this, so please be assured that students will have the opportunity to change their options once they start the course in September.

There is an options form at the back of the options booklet. Please indicate a first and second preference in each option block A-D and return to the Academy by post by Friday 3rd July at the latest. If you prefer, you can return your choices electronically by clicking on the link below and completing the form. Options will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

You will also find links to the Academy Handbook which will give you further important information about the school, including required uniform. We have posted out the following that need to be returned but you can find links to these documents here as well:

Please complete and sign the Home/ School Agreement Permission booklet pages 26, 28 & 29 and Confidential Data Collection sheet (both sides) providing a minimum of 2 contacts (in accordance with safeguarding and emergencies), along with the Administering Medication consent slip and if applicable the Student Medication and Care Plan. These need to be returned on 2nd September when your child starts school. If you wish to complete these earlier, they can be posted to the Academy.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the transition arrangements, please contact me via email at .


DONWLOAD: Year 9 Option Booklet – June 2020

DONWLOAD: Home School Agreements and Permissions Booklet

DONWLOAD: Master Data Collection Sheet

DONWLOAD: Personal Care Plan

DONWLOAD: Student Medication

Summer Transition Project

You should now have received a copy of ‘War Horse’ and a project-based assignment that we would like students to complete over the summer. The aim of the assignment is to develop student’s skills in understanding and reading a text and this task will introduce some of the skills and ideas that will be developed during their English lessons in Year 9.

The project is made up of five tasks. The final task requires students to use their varied ideas about context, character and creativity to produce a piece of original, extended writing and we would like these to be brought in to school for their first English lesson. Below is a copy of the project-based assignment:

DONWLOAD: War Horse Transition Project

ICT and Show My Homework

In order to ensure that all students have access to our online homework system and resources, we are surveying what ICT facilities students have at home. Please can you use the link below to complete this short survey.

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

The Combined Cadet Force is a Uniformed Youth Organisation, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, that delivers valuable training and skills to young people aged 12 to 18 years old.
Their aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Training encompasses a range of different skills including:

  • Basic & Ceremonial Drill
  • Skill at Arms & Target Shooting
  • Fieldcraft & Campcraft Skills
  • Map Reading & Navigation
  • First Aid
  • Adventurous Training
  • Signals & Communications Training
  • Leadership & Instructional Techniques

The power point below has more information and contact details should your child wish to join.

DOWNLOAD: CCF Recruitment Presentation

Welcome to the Sixth Form

Hello year 11, it is looking like transitions are going to be very different this year. For those of you who have not studied with us here at TGAR before and have not seen the 6th form area, I wanted just to give you a tour and introduce myself to you as Head of 6th form.

Can’t wait to see you on Results Day!