Prospective Parents

Year 6 Transition for September 2020


Any questions regarding your child starting BBA in September, contact us on 0115 913 5211 or email

Welcome from our Principal

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer our usual transition arrangements this year.  I am very aware that moving to secondary school is an exciting, but anxious time for both young people and their families, so we have compiled a range of experiences for Year 6 students and parents/carers on this page, to give you a flavour of life at BBA, and to prepare our new students who will be joining us in September.

Please explore the area below, and if you have any questions or concerns, click HERE and complete the form, and your query will be directed to the most appropriate staff member.

Live Stream Q&A

On Tuesday 9th June 2020 at 6pm, I hosted a live virtual Q&A. This event enabled me to address all parent(s)/ carer(s) and explained a little about starting school with us.

This included a “Question and Answer” session, parent(s)/ carer(s) were given the opportunity to type questions for myself to respond to. This therefore replaced the ‘normal’ evening for this in July.

Unfortunately, we are also unable to complete the two transition days that were planned for July – due to the current restrictions on schools.

If you missed out on the live stream that took place on Tuesday 9th June 2020, then please click this link to access the video of the live stream:

Explore the live stream and area below, if you have any questions or concerns, please click HERE to complete the form and your query will be directed to the most appropriate staff member.


S Bailey Signature

Principal of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy

Virtual Transition Booklet:

You should have received a Virtual Transition Booklet. This outlines the following modes of

  1. Preparing for secondary school live stream and Q&A.
  2. School virtual tour.
  3. Meet the staff online presentations.
  4. Individual Family Contact.
  5. Remote Primary School Liaison.
  6. Online / Telephone SENCO meetings.
  7. Pastoral information.
  8. Digital letters from current students.

A copy of the Virtual Transition booklet can be found here if you need it again:

Year 7 Transition Brochure

Transition Letter:

You should have received the below letter regarding your child’s transition from Year 6 to Year 7. If you have not received this letter, please click the link below to access this information or click HERE and complete the form, we will answer any questions or queries you have and get back to you as soon as possible.

Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Letter

Virtual Tour:

Should you wish to hear from some of our subject leaders than you can also use this page to watch videos from every subject and other key staff by following the link to the Tours page of our website or by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to use the map below to navigate around our site and become familiar with the setting.

Key Staff:

Meet Your Year Leader – Mrs Bromley

Hello and Welcome,

I will be your Head of Year as you go through Bluecoat Beechdale Academy. My name is Mrs Bromley and I have already spoken to many of you over the phone. I am looking forward to welcoming a whole new year group to the Academy and getting to know each one of you. I will be here to help you as you start at your new Academy, and to support you as you enjoy life around the School.

A little bit about me

I am a very active person; I enjoy cycling, running, swimming and sometimes I will do each event competitivley. I also play both hockey and basketball for clubs which play competitivley in local ‘County Leagues’.

What is your favourite book and why? 

I enjoy reading and I have lost myself in a variety of books. I have always enjoyed autobiograhical books, as I am very interested in the lives of other people and what motivates them. I also adore fictional books as they have the ability to take me to a different time or place.

How long have you worked at BBA?

I have been at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy for five years. I have spent the last four years working with Year 11 Students, it is going to be a real pleasure to start with a new fresh group of students who I will hopefully watch slowly grow and develop into strong young adults.

What subject do you teach? 

I no longer teach, but I used to be a Physical Education teacher. I have always enjoyed the pastoral side of teaching, so now love having the time to be a Year Leader – helping young people to get the best out of themselves.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

I have always lived by the advice of “have fun and enjoy every day”.

I firmly believe that there is fun to be had in everything you do, and if you enjoy what you are doing, you will always complete it to the best of your ability – nobody can ever ask or expect more than that.

I look forward to meeting with each and everyone of you, and starting your journey here at BBA. Have a fantastic Summer – I hope you are all excited to begin here at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.

Meet Our Transition Lead – Miss Grange

My name is Miss Grange and I am the Transition Lead at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy. I have been responsible for transition for a number of years and have lots of experience in supporting students to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. My role includes liaising with local primary schools to gather information about the students that will be joining in September and coordinating our plans to ensure students have a successful start to their time at Bluecoat Beechdale. I hope that you all have a lovely Summer and I am looking forward to meeting you all in the next academic year.

Form Tutors:

As well as the videos referred to above, you can always click on the ‘Who’s Who’ Section of our website for some names and pictures of both SLT, pastoral staff and subject leaders. The page can be found by clicking HERE.

The Form Tutors for your child are listed below

7BBA1 – Mr Jayia and Ms George

7BBA2 – Mr Eve

7BBA3- Mr Knox

7BBA4- Mr Molloson

7BBA5- Miss List

7BBA6- Miss Kaur

7BBA7 – Ms Yates, Mr Mudd


Students are assigned to a specific ‘House’ when they first join the Academy, and they remain in that ‘House’ for the whole time at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.

Each Year every ‘House’ is appointed a ‘Student Head of House’ and a ‘Staff Head of House’.

Throughout each year at BBA, every department will run ‘House competitions’.

On the last day of the Summer Term BBA finishes off with a whole school ‘Sports Day’ at Harvey Hadden Stadium where all four ‘Houses’ compete against each other for the ‘Sports Day Cup’. – This is fun, as you get to see your Teachers and Tutors run, everyone gets involved.

List of Houses:

The ‘House’ System is split into four categories as below;





BBA Transition Materials:

1. Booklet:

We have prepared a number of materials for your child to complete before they join us in September.
You can find a copy of this material here:

This booklet will give you an insight to BBA, if you have any questions or queries about the BBA transition booklet – please contact our team by clicking HERE and submitting the form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Transition Booklet

Transition Project

2. Letters from our Year 7’s

Our current Year 7 students, who transitioned in September 2019, have written letters to the Year 6 students to describe their start at Bluecoat Beechdale.

Please view the flipbook below to see what the Year 7’s at BBA have to say about the Academy.   

Uniform Updates


The final cut off date to order uniform will be the 7th August 2020, in order to gurantee your child will receive their uniform in time for their start date in September 2020. Please ensure you leave plently of time to organise suitable uniform for your child.

BBA Uniform Expectations:

Please click HERE to view our uniform expectations, so you know exactly how to prepare for September 2020.


If you missed the previous uniform sizing event, please check out the Just School Wear website by clicking HERE to view the size guidelines.

Help and support:

If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office: OR call us on: 0115 913 5211.

For further information please click the links below to view: 

Just-School-Wear Index

Just-School-Wear Size Guide

Be ready for September 2020

All parents should have received a first day back pack, including information about the first day back in September 2020.

If you have not received one of these, please contact us on 0115 913 5211 or email our admin team

Click the links below to access all the information you need for September 2020.


Back to School Checklist

Outline of school day

Sept Reopening Y7

Parentmail – pay letter

Contact Us

Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
Harvey Rd
NG8 3GP (for Sat Nav purposes please use: NG8 3BB)

Tel: 0115 913 5211

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