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    Admissions and Y6 to Y7 Transition

    September 2020 Admissions

    We have provided our Y6 students joining us in September with a range of subject preparation packs available to download below. The aim of these packs is to give them a taster of all the different subjects they will be studying at Wath Academy in September.

    The activities in each pack will help them to practise their skills and develop their subject knowledge in each subject. 

    If you would like to share your work with us you can send it to, bring what you have done to the transition day or bring it along with you in September.


    The School’s Standard Number (the maximum intake figure each year) is 330. The school has a defined ‘catchment area’, and students living within it have priority for admissions. Parents of students attending schools beyond this 'catchment area' and beyond the Local Authority boundary can choose this school; the Local Authority allocates places usually on the  proximity of home to the school, though other reasons are considered such as having siblings at the same school.

    Academic ability is not a criterion for admission. Parents whose choice of the school for their child is rejected can appeal to the Local Authority. Allocation of places are the responsibility of the Local Authority and not the school. 

    Rotherham Council's school application information can be found on their website by searching for 'secondary application' or by following this link.

    Sixth Form Admissions

    The school has a fair and open access Sixth Form, and students select an appropriate pathway in consultation with the Head of Sixth Form. Current Wath Academy students are not given priority. More information can be found in the Sixth Form section of our website.

    Y6 to Y7 Transition

    The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families. At Wath Academy we have a robust system to ensure all students will have a successful transition and to help students and parents minimise anxiety about the change.

    We want all students who choose Wath Academy to get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease; develop new friendships and improve their self-esteem and confidence. By providing a wider choice of subjects, we intend to extend their interest in school and school work. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience in secondary education by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident in fully accessing these post-transition. We will ensure that students will have the tools and emotional resilience to manage this transition. We will make sure all students will continue to make academic progress, to achieve and to enjoy learning. As a result, students’ motivation, positive attitudes and self-image as learners are maintained and developed.

    The staff involved are;

    Mrs Sharkey: Assistant Vice Principal, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Y6 -7 Transition
    Mrs Stone-Riley: Assistant SENCO
    Miss Roebuck: Behaviour Support Manager
    Mr Senior: Key Stage 3 Manager

    and our Pastoral Team

    Transition Period & Welcome Evening for September 2020 Entry Students

    A transition period for children who have been allocated a place at Wath Academy for September 2020 entry students will take place in the Summer Term of 2020. The dates for this transition period are set out below.

    As part of our Year 6 induction programme we would normally invite your child to a series of transition days at Wath Academy over the summer term. However, despite current difficulties, we are still hoping to be able to offer a day to each child from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July. Our large building and site will enable us to meet social distancing guidance with 50 - 60 Year 6 students visiting each day, working in small groups. The Key Dates table below shows which primary schools will visit on which day. More information can be found in the Y6 induction letters at the bottom of this page.

    The transition period is an opportunity for the Y6 students to make new friends, meet our staff, and become familiar with the workings of the school day. Staff from school will make arrangements with your child’s primary school to visit and meet students in person before the transition period begins. This will include a transferral of academic and pastoral information from the primary schools. Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator will also work closely with your primary schools to obtain relevant information to support your child's learning. In addition, we host a Welcome Meeting each year for parents and carers where they can meet the Principal, the Academic Year Leader, Pastoral Year Leader and their child’s form tutor.

    Key Dates

    Y6 Transition Day
    Sept 2020 Entry
    Mon 29th June 2020
    8.20am to 2.30pm

     Wath C of E, The Ellis C of E (Hemingfield), Wentworth.

    Y6 Transition Day
    Sept 2020 Entry
    Tues 30th June 2020
    8.20am to 2.30pm

    Swinton Brookfield, Conisbrough Ivanhoe, Copley, Greasbrough, East Dene, Heather Garth, High View, Hooton Pagnell, Hoyland, Kilnhurst, Kings Oak, Mexborough Highwoods, Mexborough St John the Baptist, Monkwood, Oakhill, Sacred Heart, Sandhill, St Helen’s, St Joseph’s Rawmarsh, St Michael and All Angels, St Thomas’s, The Hill, West Melton, Worsbrough, Wombwell Park Street.

    Y6 Transition Day
    Sept 2020 Entry
    Weds 1st July 2020
    8.20am to 2.30pm

    Wath Victoria, Thorpe Hesley, Windhill, Swinton Fitzwilliam, Swinton Queen, Dearne Carrfield, Upperwood, All Saints.

    Y6 Transition Day
    Sept 2020 Entry
    Thurs 2ndJuly 2020
    8.20am to 2.30pm

    Wath Central, Our Lady and St Joseph’s

    Y6 Transition Day
    Sept 2020 Entry
    Fri 2nd July 2020
    8.20am to 2.30pm

    Brampton The Ellis

    Y6 Welcome Meeting
    September 2021 Entry
    Thurs 1st Oct 2020

    6.30pm to 9.00pm

    Parents of 2021 entry students

    Information about bus services to and from our school can be found in the Contact Us section of our website.


    Message for Parents of Current Year 5 Children Starting Wath Academy September 2021

    You will have recently received information, from Rotherham Council, regarding secondary school applications for September 2021.

    At Wath Academy, for current Year 5 students, our extensive transition programme will start in September 2020. In September, you and your child will receive:

    • an official letter from our Principal inviting you to our Open Evening on Thursday 1st October 18:30 - 21:00
    • a visit from our Principal and Transition team to all local Primary Schools
    • Golden Ticket tours of Wath Academy. These will be arranged at a time and date that is convenient to you.

    If you and your child would like a tour of the Academy, with our senior team, prior to the Summer Holidays please email us at: These tours will take place at a time convenient to you during the w/c 13th July 2020. When you email us please include your name, contact number and preferred date/time. During the tour you will be able to:

    • have a full tour of our building and see our excellent facilities
    • ask any questions you have about Wath Academy
    • find out more information about our Autumn open evening
    • meet some of our staff.

    Social distancing guidelines will be followed during all tours.

    You have plenty of time to submit your online application for a school place. For students starting secondary school in September 2021, the application deadline is 31st October 2020.

    Please share this post with any friends and family who have children in current Year 5 and would like to find out more about Wath Academy.