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2020 New Year 7 Induction

Here you will find information relating to your child’s transfer to Year 7 in September 2020.  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.

We pride ourselves on having an outstanding transition programme at The Dorcan Academy giving numerous opportunities for all our primary students to familiarise themselves extensively with our school, our values and vision.

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

Our main Open Evening is being held on Thursday 3rd October from 6 – 8:00pm. In addition, we are offering the opportunity for you to visit the school on any Wednesday or Friday up to 18 October at either 9:00am, 10:00am or 11:15am, or at other times, by appointment. To book a tour please contact Louise Hitchen on 01793 525231 or email enquiries@dorcan.co.uk.  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.  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.

For those who are unable to attend our main Open evening event in October we are holding an Offer day open evening on Tuesday 3rd March; we want to give everyone a flavour of what Dorcan represents and how their child will flourish here. Once again, there is another opportunity to meet our Headteacher and Senior Leadership team informally for coffee and cake on Saturday 7th March from 10:30am – 12 noon.

Throughout the summer term Year 5 and 6 students will be visited in their primary schools by Mrs Lee, the Transition Leader, and Mr Waldron, Head of Year 7. In addition, there will be several opportunities for students to visit The Dorcan Academy to experience our wonderful teaching staff delivering exciting lessons in a range of subjects.

Year 6 Induction Programme

‘WOW’ Week
‘Wow’ Week is a week of taster days showcasing the diverse and exciting curriculum which we offer all our students at the Dorcan Academy. Students attend in their primary school groups with their teachers and teaching assistants. On each day, students attend a variety of sessions delivered by the Design Technology, Performing Arts, PE and Science Departments (to name but a few) at Dorcan. This year we are particularly excited to be able to include a special visit from Cressida Cowell, the new children’s poet Laureate.

The WOW days this coming academic year will be on Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th September.

Y5 and Y6 events throughout the year

Several transition events will be held throughout the academic year, the first ones of which are in the Autumn Term. On Saturday 5th October 2019 from 9am-10.30am we are holding a science fun challenge for Y6 students and their parents. Following this, from 10:30am – 12 noon there will be a coffee morning in our fantastic library with the opportunity to chat informally to the Headteacher and members of the Senior Leadership team and enjoy a slice of cake!

On Thursday 5th December 2019 we are holding our second ‘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  mlee@dorcan.swindon.sch.uk 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.

On Thursday 12th December our Y5s and Y6s will be invited to attend a matinee performance of our spectacular Christmas Concert. This is always a magical time and allows our primary students to get even better acquainted with the opportunities at Dorcan.

Induction Days

There are two days, 25th and 26th June 2020 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 some of our most experienced tutors. 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 their own 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 enjoy a picnic style lunch and on the Friday there will be a Barbeque.  Students may 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.

On Thursday the 25th June at 6:30pm there will be a talk in the main hall for parents, by our senior leadership team, lasting around 45 minutes. This will include all the information you need to know for starting Dorcan in September.

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 19 May 2019. This event is only for students that have not come from our cluster schools in order to give them the opportunity to get to know other students and make some new friends before starting at Dorcan.  

Other dates for your Diary

Heads of House and Tutor meetings including our Uniform sizing event – 22nd June 2020 from 3:30 – 8pm. You and your child will be required to attend an individual meeting with the Head of House, Deputy 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 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.

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.

Following your meeting, there will be the opportunity to informally meet your child’s Form Tutor.

On this afternoon/evening our uniform suppliers, Price and Buckland will be on hand to assist you with all your uniform requirements. There will be sample items of uniform to try for size before ordering. You will be given a code for ordering your FREE BLAZER, which is exclusive to The Dorcan Academy. There will also be the opportunity to purchase stationery packs and scientific calculators at cost price.

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 mlee@dorcan.swindon.sch.uk

Mrs Titcombe
Admissions Officer T. 01793 525231 admissions@dorcan.co.uk

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