Starting Nursery  

Children will start Nursery, during the term after their third birthday. We will contact parents/carers in advance and notify you that there is a place available for your child. Usually, before the term starts we will visit you and your child at home to talk to you about your child and how you think we can best help them to feel happy when they begin to attend Nursery. We will contact parents over the phone and arrange a meet the teacher consultation. Here we will complete necessary paperwork and discuss a settling in session and a start date. 

Once the term begins, we will admit children into Nursery gradually to allow them to settle. During your child’s first week at Nursery, you are welcome to stay and play with them depending on how they react, we may ask you to leave them, stay a little longer, or take them back home with you so that starting Nursery is an enjoyable experience. However, if a child does not settle when you leave, we will always ring parents to collect them sooner and for this reason please ensure that we have up to date phone numbers.  

Transition to Reception Class

The majority of Nursery pupils will then transition into Reception. Opportunities are planned where pupils go and spend time in Reception class with staff on afternoons in Summer 2. 

The families who do not attend our nursery will be contacted by the EYFS Leader and will be asked to share the name of Nursery that their child attends. The EYFS Leader will contact the nurseries and arrange to visit them. Children are encouraged to come and spend time in their new classroom during this time. At this meeting they will be handed information about preparing their child and themselves for starting school. Meet the teacher consultations are held in September in school for all Reception parents/ pupils. They will each be given a time slot where necessary paperwork will be completed, and information shared about the year ahead.  

In September, pupils have staggered start dates with new to school pupils attending first. Staff dedicate their time to settling these pupils into school smoothly. We plan for pupils to start on the day of their friends to allow for an enjoyable process. Observations are taking by staff and placed on Tapestry for parents to see how they are getting on and settling at school. 

Transition to Secondary School

Moving from primary school to secondary school is an exciting time of life, but for many children it can also be a daunting prospect. At Whetley Academy we do everything we can to support children through this time.

High schools are invited to introduce themselves to children and special days are arranged in which our pupils can experience life in Year 7. They also have the opportunity to meet their teachers and even take part in lessons.

Here is a list of the secondary schools that most of our students transition to from Whetley Academy:

Belle Vue Girls –

Beckfoot Upper Heaton

Samuel Lister – /

Dixons Cottingley Academy – /

Dixons Kings – /

Bradford Girls Grammar School – /

Dixons Allerton Academy – /

St Bedes and St Josephs Catholic College – /

Beckfoot Thornton – /