Primary Transition 2021

Welcome to our Co-op Academy Swinton family and the start of your five-year journey with us. We’re here for you and your child every step of the way!

We hope this page provides you with all the information you will need ahead of the start of the new term in September but if there is anything we can help you with along the way before then, please get in touch with our Year 7 team at: transition@swinton.coopacademies.co.uk or call us on: 0161 794 6215

Although an exciting challenge, we recognise it can be a daunting experience for some. We fully understand the needs of our new students and do everything we can to ensure that this transition is both smooth and relaxed.

Much of our communication with you ahead of September will be online so please check your emails regularly for any correspondence from us. Please also keep an eye on our website and social media channels Facebook and Twitter too for updates. We look forward to welcoming you and your child soon!


Year 6 Transition Guide 2021

Take a look through our ‘Year 6 Transition Guide’. It’s full of welcome introductions from the Year 7 Team and Form Tutors, the schedule for students’ first few Induction Days and some exciting subject challenges for you get involved with.


Subject Challenges 2021

Because, sadly, we won’t get to meet you all until September we wanted to set you some exciting challenges from the teachers you’ll meet in September. Why not have a go and see how creative you can be before you even join us?


Language Option Choices

Our MFL faculty at Co-op Academy Swinton offers students the exciting opportunity to learn a foreign language. The three languages we offer are French, Spanish and Mandarin.

Please can we ask you to complete the online form below to indicate which would be your child’s preferred choice of language. We will make every effort not to place you in your third choice.

Students will be able to attend taster sessions in other languages during the week of Monday 13 – Thursday 16 September after school.


Important next steps

Once you have received a formal offer from Salford Local Authority for a place at Co-op Academy Swinton you must complete our Admissions Data Collection Form 2021 below and return it to us no later than Friday 25 June 2021. The online link to this form is below.

Please view our Privacy Policy for details on how we use and store your data. If you are unable to complete the form online, please contact us to arrange a paper copy, but please note we are trying to avoid this if at all possible due to social distancing measures.


Meet our Year 7 Team

Welcome to Co-op Academy Swinton, we’re really excited to meet you! We are here to support you through every aspect of school life for the next five years.

Mr Sloan, Pupil Progress Coordinator

Hi everyone, my name is Mr Sloan and I will be your Pupil Progress Coordinator when you join our academy in September. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you, and giving you the support you will need as you make the transition to high school. We know some of you will be a little nervous at first, but this is a fantastic academy and we’re confident that you’ll really enjoy it when you get here. It’s my job to ensure that you are working to a high standard and ensuring that you achieve your potential.

Mr Bowcott, Year 7 Manager

Hi, I’m Mr Bowcott and and I am the new Year 6/7 Manager here at Co-op Academy Swinton. I am a non-teaching member of staff, here to work in partnership with primary schools to ensure the process of transition to high school is as smooth as possible. During the school year I work closely with classroom based teachers, parents, students and other professionals, to address any barriers to learning and ensure that all students are able to engage with their education. I am here to ensure your child is safe, happy, involved and able to perform to their full potential. I’m really looking forward to meeting you all!


Calendar of Key Dates

w/c 10 MayIn-School Visits:
Beginning week commencing 10 May 2021, our staff from Co-op Academy Swinton will begin to visit the children in their primary school settings, speaking to all Year 6 students
19 MayTeacher Meetings:
Year 6 primary teachers will meet with our Year 7 Manager, Year 7 Pupil ProgressCoordinator, Senior Leadership Team, SENDCo and LAC Officer
25 JuneDeadline for completing online forms:
By Friday 25 June you must have completed and submitted the following forms (links to all of these are on this page): Admissions Data Collection Form, Locker Hire Request Form and Summer Transition Day RSVP
8 July & 9 JulyPrimary Intake Days:
IMPORTANT UPDATE, CANCELLED: After careful consideration and collaboration with our Trust, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Primary Transition Intake Days which had been scheduled for Thursday 8 July and Friday 9 July
8 JulyPrimary Intake Parents’ Evening:
IMPORTANT UPDATE, CANCELLED: After careful consideration and collaboration with our Trust, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Primary Transition Intake Days which had been scheduled for the evening of Thursday 8 July
w/c 12 JulyNurture Taster Sessions:
IMPORTANT UPDATE, CANCELLED: After careful consideration and collaboration with our Trust, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Nurture Taster Sessions which had been scheduled for week commencing 12 July 2021
3 SeptemberSummer Transition Day:
IMPORTANT UPDATE, CANCELLED: After careful consideration and collaboration with our Trust, we made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Transition Day which had been scheduled for Friday 3 September
8 SeptemberInduction Day 1 – First Day!
Your child’s first day at Co-op Academy Swinton is Wednesday 8 September. Children should arrive at school for 8:30am and be wearing their full Co-op Academy Swinton PE Kit
9 SeptemberInduction Day 2 – Form Group Time
Your child should arrive in school for 8:30am and be wearing their full Co-op Academy Swinton school uniform
10 SeptemberInduction Day 3 – Timetabled Lessons and Assembly
Your child should arrive in school for 8:30am and be wearing their full Co-op Academy Swinton school uniform

Welcome to Co-op Academy Swinton

Take a look at our welcome video with introductions from Head of Academy-Mrs Ali, Deputy Headteacher-Miss Withers and your Pupil Progress Coordinator-Mr Cavanah. You’ll also hear from some of our students already enjoying life here. They talk about their experiences in making the move from primary to secondary and what they enjoy about school and their studies.


Locker Hire

There is an is an extremely high demand for lockers in school and we cannot guarantee availability.

If you would like your child to hire a locker for the academic year, September 2021-July 2022 please complete the request form below.

Lockers are allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis on the replies we receive. Your child will be notified during their first week in school if they have been successful. Please note, this form is purely a request for your interest in a locker.

The cost to hire a locker for the full academic year is £7 which must be paid via our online payment system, Scopay. Should a student lose their key, a charge of £3.50 will be made for a replacement. Please note, if there is no spare key for your child’s locker available, it will have to be ordered which will take time.

Students are not permitted to share lockers. If your child chooses to allow another student to store their belongings in their locker then your child is solely responsible for all the items left in the locker. If your child is absent from school we will not open the locker for another student until your child returns.


Useful Information

Our website is packed with all the information you will need, whether that’s the timings for our school day and the correct uniform or our term dates and curriculum. To help you find everything you need in place, we have also put together our annual School Handbook, with all the key information in one place, see the download below:


Purchasing uniform

For the past year, during the pandemic, purchasing uniform from Whittakers shop has remained strictly by appointment only.

This year, their shops are now open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Their website also continues to be operational, where you can also place orders for uniform: www.whittakersschoolwear.co.uk

Please see the information sheet below, detailing the two ways in which you can purchase your uniform this summer – in person or online.

Whittakers are based at: 123-125 Chorley Road, Swinton M27 4AA and their website is: www.whittakersschoolwear.co.uk