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2019 New Year 7 Induction

Here you will find information relating to your child’s transfer to Year 7 in September 2019.  This page will be updated periodically between now and then.

At the bottom of the page you will find links to useful information such as the school calendar, uniform and equipment lists and a transitions newsletter.

At the start of the year, there are several events which prospective parents and students are invited to attend:

Following our Open Evening, we are also offering the opportunity for you to visit the school on any Tuesday or Thursday throughout October at either 9:15am, 10:15am and 11:30am, or by appointment.

To book a tour please contact Louise Hitchen on 01793 525231 or email  We strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to see our school in action in order to be able to make an informed decision about your choice of school. Come and see first- hand the high quality of teaching and learning, the excellent relationships between staff and students, the high standards of uniform and behaviour and the array of opportunities provided. External reports and public perceptions do not always tell the whole story or give an accurate reflection of The Dorcan Academy.  Come and see us for yourself!

At The Dorcan Academy, we are proud of our comprehensive Transition Programme. Year 5 and Year 6 students will be visited in their primary schools by Mrs Lee, the Transition Leader, and Mr Cannon, Head of Year 7, as well as a range of our wonderful teaching staff who will deliver exciting lessons in subjects such as Science and Drama.

Year 6 Induction Programme

Wow Week
Wow Week is a week of taster days showcasing the excellent teaching and exciting curriculum we offer all our students at the Dorcan Academy. Students attended in their primary school groups with their teachers and support staff, and were brought to the academy by them. On the day, they attended a variety of sessions delivered by the Design Technology, PE and Science Departments (to name but a few) at Dorcan.  Schools that attended were:

Wednesday 19 September                - Eldene Primary, Covingham Park Primary and Nythe Primary
Thursday 20 September                    - Goddard Park Primary
Friday 21 September                          -  Liden Primary

Tuesday 2 October                              -  Colebrook Primary

Y5 and Y6 events throughout the year

Several transition events will be held throughout the academic year, the first ones of which are coming up this term. On Saturday 6th October 2018 from 9am-10.30am  a science fun challenge for Y6 students and their parents was held and there was also a coffee and cake morning and opportunity to chat to the Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership team.

On Thursday 13th December 2018 we are holding our first ‘Stargazers’ event at The Dorcan Academy for Y5 and Y6 students and their parents. These are both opportunities for you to learn and have fun together with your child. Please email if you and your child would like to attend either of these events. There will also be several clubs running for Y5 and Y6 students throughout the year.

Induction Days

There are then two induction days on 27 and 28 June 2019 when all new Year 7 students visit us to familiarise themselves with the academy, its teachers, and of course get to know their new specialist Year 7 form tutor. The Year 7 tutor team are our most experienced tutors and are always on hand to make transition as smooth as possible, for both students and parents!

Due to these two days clashing with the Colebrook residential trip, we will also be holding a transition day just for Colebrook students on 2nd July.  Letters will be coming home via your child’s primary school teacher about this transition event.

Tutor groups are carefully selected taking into consideration levels of ability, friendships and primary information. Once primary school transition visits have been completed, you will be advised of the group your child has been placed in.

For their induction visits your child should wear their primary school uniform, bring a drink and bring writing equipment.  We are delighted to be able to announce that The Dorcan Academy will be providing a free lunch for all new students on both of these transition days.  On the Thursday, students will be able to enjoy a picnic style lunch and on the Friday there will be a Barbeque.  Students can still bring their own lunch should they prefer.

Students should arrive between 9.15 – 9.30am and wait outside The Dorcan Academy main reception. Students will be dismissed at 2.45pm.

Students are expected to make their own way to and from The Dorcan Academy so please ensure that arrangements for any transport have been made.

In addition to the main Induction Days, all students from non-cluster primary schools will be invited to attend a picnic and fun afternoon on Tuesday 21 May 2019. This event is only for students that have not come from our cluster schools as they will all be in the same position of having only one or two other students that they already know. This event gives them the opportunity to get to know other students they will begin their Dorcan Academy journey with.

Other dates for your Diary

Heads of House meetings and Uniform sizing event – Tuesday 11 June 2019
You and your child will be required to attend an individual meeting with the Head of House or Senior House link in order to discuss your child’s specific interests, needs and any concerns you or they may have about coming to Dorcan.

We will also clarify our expectations in terms of our working relationship with parents in order that we get off to a flying start in September and enable your child to have the best chance of success. A specific time slot will be given between 3pm and 8pm.

There will also be a display of the school uniform and your child will have the opportunity to try on the various items of uniform for size before ordering. There will also be the opportunity to purchase stationery packs and scientific calculators at cost price.

We consider the individual meetings extremely important and therefore, if we are unable to arrange a meeting on this particular date, we will contact you with an alternative meeting date or at your preference.

We hope that we have been able to answer any queries that you may have, however if you require clarification on any issues relating to the transfer to Dorcan Mrs Lee will be attending selected Year 6 Parents Evenings at the cluster primary schools; please see your primary school for dates and times. Alternatively, please contact:

Mrs Lee
Transition Leader 01793 525231

Mrs Titcombe
Admissions Officer T. 01793 525231

Click here for the school term dates

Click here for uniform lists

Available Downloads For This Page Upload Date
Transition Dates 2019 Save the dates poster 2019.pdf 22-Jan-2019
Parent guide to using online admission process via Citizen portal.pdf 04-Oct-2018