Transition

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Transition

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Welcome to the class of 2025!

We look forward to welcoming you all in September. We will use this page to update parents/carers and students on key information, keep in touch and get you used to all things Walbottle, so please keep checking back!

In the meantime, please see the letters/booklets below, which is information that all year 6 students have received over the last few weeks. This will be updated over the course of the next half term.

If you have any questions please contact us: [email protected] | 0191 267 8221 (reduced availability due to school closure), and make sure you keep checking our Twitter.

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Letters to Parents/Carers

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Transition – Video Tour of the Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tutor group and do we have it throughout our school years?

At Walbottle tutor groups are called VMGs which stands for Vertical Mentoring Groups. This means that you will be in a VMG with students from year 7-10. Each VMG is given a country and is part of a larger continent. There are lots of competitions and challenges to get involved in as part of your VMG and continent across the year. You will stay with this group as you move through the school. This is a really good way of getting to know lots of other students from different year groups and build a strong VMG identity. Don’t worry, we’ve made sure that you are in a VMG with at least two other people from your primary school, so there will be familiar faces to help you settle in.

I haven’t received my VMG postcard – when will it arrive?

VMG postcards were sent out on Monday 29th July. These tell you which continent your VMG is part of. You will find out your VMG country in September If you haven’t received yours, please get in touch with Miss morrison via the following email address: [email protected]

Where can I find information on buses and term dates?

Information on buses and term dates can be found on the school website under the Information section. You will find comprehensive information here ranging from uniform to whole school policies. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please get in touch via the following email: [email protected]

How much homework do we usually get?

Homework amounts will vary form subject to subject, but you should expect to have regular homework from each of your classes. It is a good idea to get into the habit of completing your homework as soon as it is set so that you can seek support from staff should you need it. There will also be a homework club running as part of the enrichment programme where you have access to computers and support from staff if you need it.

Where can I find the transition lessons?

The transition lessons are sent out weekly as part of the newsletter. These can be found further up this page. Copies of all correspondence that we have sent out can also be found above.

What clubs can I get involved in when I come to Walbottle?

Miss Morrison is currently putting together an enrichment booklet that will tell you about all of the clubs that we’ll be offering in September. You should receive this over the summer.

Where can I find information on Free School Meals?

Information on free school meals can be found under the information tab. To apply for free school meals, or to check whether your child is eligible, please follow this link to the Newcastle City Council’s free school meals page .

Walbottle Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.