Academy holds unique provision to introduce students to secondary education
Over the last fortnight, the academy has played host to a unique transition event, where prospective students from local primary schools have been invited in for specially crafted taster days.
The academy stands as the only secondary school to still be offering transition days for prospective students, making last minute adjustments in order to remain within the government guidelines and to ensure the safety and protection of students, staff and parents.
Over each day of the two-week period, Year 6 pupils attended in their school-specific bubbles, and staff at the academy went above and beyond to provide engaging learning experiences to all students whilst operating under current COVID-19 restrictions.
The days consisted of bespoke taster sessions, spanning across the core curriculum, as well as a special SEN session focused on the importance of emotional regulation. One of the pupils said of the session, "emotional regulation was my favourite thing to learn about because it allowed me to use a range of different expressions through acting out small role plays".
The sessions were specifically designed to engage primary school students and give them a first-hand insight into life in secondary education, and as a student at Oasis Academy, and the event was a success all round as pupils came away prepared for a new start in September.
The transition event has been a hit with primary pupils and their parents. One student who joined us from Halfway Houses Primary told us that their favourite part of the experience was "getting to meet [their] head of year who gave [them] a tour around the building and showed [them] what they can do and where they can go in September", while a parent shared with us their son "had been nervous for days, but came out a different boy".
Kara Green who describes her son who attended the event as "not a boy of many words", said "he commented on the science lesson and said he had had a good time", while Jade Morley said her daughter is now "really excited to start" at our academy and that she had a brilliant transition experience.
Thank you to all those involved for going above and beyond to provide an excellent transition experience for our incoming students, we can't wait to welcome you into our Oasis family in September. For more photos and details from each day, please check our Facebook page.