At Orchard Mead we understand how important it is to ensure a smooth and enjoyable transition to secondary school, to support this we have developed an extensive transition program to deliver assurances to both parents and students.

Transition starts with our Open Evening, which this year is Thursday 26th September 2019. By attending this event you will be able to visit and tour our fantastic facilities, meet our amazing and dedicated team of teaching and support staff, taste some of our school meals and ask any questions that you may have.

To apply for a place at Orchard Mead you need to apply via Leicester City Council Admissions Service (see our admissions page), by the 31st October. In early March you will be notified by LCC if you have a place with us.

Once you have secured a place with Orchard Mead we will write to you with details of your child’s transition plan, you can expect this to look something like the below:

End MarchMeet the Senior Leadership Team, learn more about the Academy and its links with The Mead Educational Trust. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about your child’s transition to secondary school.
AprilLook out for your Good Luck postcard ahead of your SATS exams. All students transferring to Orchard Mead will receive a personalised message of support!
April / MayGuided tours by a member of our senior leadership team of  Orchard Mead. The tours will offer an unrivalled opportunity to see our school during the academic day and provides a further chance for you to learn more about the academy and ask any questions you may have about your child’s transition.
MayOur Transition Team, will visit Year 6 students in their primary school.
We will talk to students about their move to Orchard Mead Academy and will be on hand to answer any questions that they may have.We will also speak to Year 6 teachers to gather important information about your child as this will help us support their transition to Orchard Mead Academy.
JuneTransition School
A number of students, recommended by their primary school, will have the opportunity to try taster lessons and team building activities to support their transition, this will culminate with a Graduation Ceremony.
JuneOpen Coffee Mornings – We will have open morning and afernoons for you to pop in to ask any last minute questions.
JuneFreshers’ Disco
We will be inviting all our new students to a Freshers Disco, an opportunity not to be missed.
JuneKeep an eye out for the post man… Your child will receive a personalised post card from a student at Orchard Mead Academy welcoming them to the school.
Thursday 25th June 2020Induction Evening

Join us for a fantastic opportunity to:

  • Meet the Principal
  • Learn more about our Academy and your childs transition
  • Meet your child’s tutor, head of house and PASCO.
  • Take a tour and meet our fantastic teachers
  • Our uniform suppliers, Uniform Direct, will also be available for you to try on our school uniform.
JulyInduction Day
All Year 6 pupils across the city will attend an Induction Day at their chosen secondary school. We are planning a full day of exciting lessons and a chance to meet the teachers and make some new friends.
Summer Holiday ChallengeTake part in our ‘20 Amazing Things To Do Before Starting At Orchard Mead Academy’ so you have lots to talk about when you arrive and have things in common with the new friends you make in September.
AugustTo ensure our new students get the very best start, we  only open for Year 7s on the first day of the new academic year.