Year 6  Transition 

Welcome to the Year 6 Transition page. Whether you are a parent/carer or student, you can access information and useful resources about transition from primary to secondary school from this page. Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy will begin with Year 7 and is uniquely placed to ensure a supportive transition for every student that joins us.

Message from the Executive Headteacher David Gurney   

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy as we prepare to open our doors for the very first time. Our vision for the academy is ‘Transformation to Excellence’, characterised by the relentless pursuit of securing an outstanding education and outcomes for all. This is the beginning of the journey for Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy and we are committed to creating a truly excellent school for the community it serves.

The Multi-academy Trust’s popularity and reputation is based upon academic success and a disciplined, positive and engaging learning environment. Our Values and Expectations are the foundations of all our schools and Cockburn Laurence Calvert will be the third  secondary school to drive these forward in the south Leeds area.

The school experience should be more than the teaching of academic subjects, therefore we encourage and support students to take advantage of a much wider offer. The strong academic side is well balanced by a rich variety of extra-curricular activities and a wealth of arts and sporting opportunities for all. The personal development of students centres around the Form Tutor, with support from our Care, Support and Guidance Team where required. 

We are aware that the past 18 months have been a time of uncertainty and disruption, but please be assured that our transition team will support your child’s transition to secondary school so that it is as smooth and as enjoyable as possible to enable them to begin their secondary education with purpose and clarity. 

Mr D Gurney
Executive Headteacher

Message from Head of School Victoria Smith    

I’m delighted to welcome you to Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy.  I’m really proud of the journey that we have started here, establishing the academy right from the very beginning is a unique opportunity to really shape the future. 

Our Values and Expectations define us and we demand excellence from staff and students in everything we do. We will ensure all our new students transitioning from primary school to secondary school receive a high quality education to support them in achieving their future goals; to university and beyond. In return, I ask that students try really hard from the very first day that they join us.

I look forward to meeting all our new students, parents and carers.

Mrs Victoria Smith 
Head of School 

Meet Cockburn Laurence Calvert’s Transition Team

Mrs N Menzer – Assistant Headteacher Attendance, Behaviour, Inclusion

My role at Laurence Calvert will be Assistant Headteacher and teacher of PE. I have been a teacher for 16 years.  Throughout these 16 years, I have taught PE at both other Cockburn schools alongside working with the pastoral teams. I am currently Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for behaviour and attendance at Cockburn John Charles Academy. I have always loved PE and sports, from playing rugby, netball, and football to competing in athletics. I enjoy passing on this love of physical activities to all the young people at school. It is always great to see school sports teams succeeding and the pride of the students to represent their school. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, again spending time taking part in physical activities such as mountain biking or walking but also watching them play football or dancing. I’m really excited to be part of setting up the new school and develop outstanding students.

 Miss R Jones – SENDCO

My role is SENDCO at Laurence Calvert, which means I will be ensuring that students with special educational needs get the provision they need to help and support them at school. I am very excited to be joining CLCA as SENDCO and one of my aims is to ensure that students can access the learning in all their lessons. In addition to this, I will also be teaching English. English is a subject I am very passionate about as I believe that reading is one of the most powerful tools that can help students become creative, articulate and successful citizens. This means that in my spare time you will find me in a quiet place getting lost in my imagination as I read!


Miss J Tunstall – Head of Year

My role is at Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy is your Head of Year. My first job is to help you to adjust to secondary school life. I am delighted to have the opportunity to get to know you all and support you in becoming outstanding founding members of our academy. I am the main member of staff that you can go to if you need to ask for support in the academy or if you have any worries or concerns. Your parents/carers can contact me if they need to contact the academy. As a Head of Year, I also focus on behaviour of students to ensure that all students understand and follow the rules. It is important that we demonstrate the academy’s Values and Expectations so I look forward to giving out lots of rewards for those students who can demonstrate these. I am very excited about being part of the CLCA team and am looking forward to meeting you all in September. 

Cockburn Laurence Calvert’s Transition Team are responsible for supporting all of our founding students make the step from primary to secondary school and ensure that the change is as smooth, successful and enjoyable as possible.

Applicaa Online Admissions 

Below is the link to applicaa online admissions which all parents/carers will need to complete in order for your child to be enrolled at the academy. All parents/carers should have received their logon details for applicaa, please email if you are experiencing any difficulty with this process. 

Transition Events 2022

Transition Evening – Date to be confirmed
This event is for parents/carers and their children to attend a presentation with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and other key staff. The Transition Evening will contain information on how to purchase uniform, the reward and behaviour system, the curriculum and extra activities students can access such as music lessons and sports.  


Transition Booklet

Moving from Primary to Secondary school is an exciting time – a new building, new rules, new teachers, new routines and new friends are just some of the changes students will experience. This booklet will help your child get used to some of the routines and features of the new academy. It will also help us to get to know your child quickly too. 

Transition booklets will be given to your child by a member of the Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy’s Transition Team during our visits to primary schools across the months of June and July. If your child was absent on that day of the visit, a copy will either be given to your child on their return or sent in the post to the primary school. Additionally you can download a copy here.  


Key information

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum provides students with exciting learning experiences that are designed to fit the needs of all. The curriculum is broad and balanced giving students a wide range of subjects to study in depth to ensure they are in a strong position to make informed choices for the next stage of their education. Students study; maths, English, science, Spanish, geography, history, RE, PSE, art, drama, dance, music, technology, computing and PE.

Click here to go to our Curriculum Page

Curriculum Videos 

Click on the link below to view a series of short videos about some of subjects that Year 7 students will be studying at Cockburn Laurence Calvert.

Academy Site

Seeing Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy become a reality so quickly is really inspiring. The Academy is being built in 2 Phases: The Phase 1 Academy building will be ready for students joining the academy in September 2021. Watch the process from the architect’s initial designs to a fully functioning building on this page. We can’t wait to see the finished result and start inspiring our students in 2021.

Click here to go to our Academy site Phase 1 page

Timing of the Academy Day  & Term Dates

Click here to go to our Timing of the School Day page

Click here to go our  Term Dates page

Uniform & Equipment

Click here to go to our Uniform page

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child buy breakfast at school?

Yes, breakfast will be available to buy from 8:10-8:25am, as well as at morning break.

How does my child buy food at school?

Parents/Carers will be given an online account to top up students’ accounts. This means that instead of cash, biometric identification is used. This helps to keep queues moving faster, allowing students more time to eat.

Can my child use their phone at school?

Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy operates a no phone policy, if a phone is visible i.e. seen through a pocket, is out on school grounds (in the building/playground) the phone will be confiscated. Arrangements will have to be made for a Parent/Carer to collect the phone. We understand that students may wish to have their phone with them to and from school, their phone should be switched off and placed at the bottom of the student’s school bag as soon as they arrive to school.

Where can I buy uniform and PE kit?

Uniform can be purchased using the following link  uniform page

Will my child be in a form with their friends from primary school?

We will do our best to liaise with primary schools to place students in forms, however it is not always possible for students to be matched. However, where there are numerous students joining Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy from a primary school, we try to ensure students are in a form with a familiar face. Our Form Time activities will support students make friendships and settle in quickly.

Who can my child go to for support when they start in Year 7?

Your child’s Form Tutor will be the main point of contact as they will see them every day. There will also be a Head of Year who will deal with any issues including any behaviour incidents. The Head of Year will reward those with the best attendance, track attendance and place intervention for students with poor attendance. The SENDCO will work with students who require extra support and provide interventions where necessary.

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize

This link will provide you with some useful hints about starting secondary school.

Young Minds

Young Minds have created a resource that reassures children that they’re not alone when it comes to their worries about secondary school, that there are ways to cope with change and there are people to talk to when things get difficult.