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!


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 Cavanah, Pupil Progress Coordinator

Hi everyone, my name is Mr Cavanah 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.

Mrs Mooney, Year 7 Manager

Hi, I’m Mrs Mooney and and I am the 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:
Two fun days for the children, spent with us here at Co-op Academy Swinton on Thursday 8 July and Friday 9 July.
During the day the children follow a typical timetable to experience our academy routine. They’ll have the opportunity to look around the school and learn all about our Co-op values, procedures and expectations. In the afternoon children will take part in a mini ‘Sports Action Challenge’ where they’ll compete in a series of team events and make new friends.
Please arrive at the academy by 8:30am on both days. All children will stay on the premises during lunchtime. Please ensure they have either money for a school meal or sandwiches. Children who receive free school meals will receive their entitlement as normal. Travel for your child to and from Co-op Academy Swinton must be organised by parents/carers.
Time: 8:30am-2:45pm (Your child must wear their full primary school uniform)
8 JulyPrimary Intake Parents’ Evening:
Parents/carers of Year 6 students are invited into school on the evening of Thursday 8 Julyto meet our Head of Academy, Deputy Headteachers, Year 7 Pupil Progress Coordinator, Year 7 Manager and Form Tutors with the opportunity to ask any questions and meet other parents/carers. Time: 6pm-8pm (doors open from 5:45pm)
w/c 12 JulyNurture Taster Sessions:
Beginning week commencing 12 July 2021 these sessions are arranged for specific children, agreed between the primary school and ourselves. Travel for your child to and fromCo-op Academy Swinton will be organised with their primary school. Time: 9am-10am (Full primary school uniform must be worn)
3 SeptemberSummer Transition Day:
Why not join us on Friday 3 September for a fun afternoon, filled with activities to help you feel confident about starting at high school? Children are invited to bring a parent/carer (or other important adult) to the afternoon with us at the end of the summer holidays.Travel to and from Co-op Academy Swinton for this event must be organised by parents/carers.Time: 12pm-3pm
8 SeptemberFirst Day!
Your child’s first day at Co-op Academy Swinton is Wednesday 8 September. Children should arrive at school for 8:30am

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.


Summer Transition Day

We would like to invite you to a fun family afternoon at Co-op Academy Swinton, just for the students joining us in Year 7 in September and their parents/carers.

As the long summer holidays come to an end, some students may become anxious about the big day and starting at high school. We know it can be quite daunting for some children and their families. Don’t worry! We have arranged a fun afternoon of activities designed to help you and your child feel happy and confident about starting at high school. There is no pressure – just fun – and the opportunity to get to know other new students and parents.

  • Date: Friday 3 September 2021
  • Time: 12pm-3pm Registration and refreshments at 12 noon, Activities start at 12:30pm and will finish approximately at 3pm
  • Activities: A fun knowledge treasure trail, Creating your face on a cookie, Fun PE and Food Technology challenges

We will also be offering advice to parents on how to support their child at the start of their high school education. We know that parents can be anxious about this time too.
Please let us know if you’ll be joining us on the day by confirming on the online RSVP link below:

There will be lots of fun and laughter and lovely refreshments! We look forward to seeing you there. Enjoy your summer holiday…don’t forget to put the date on your calendar!


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:

Link to School Handbook to follow shortly!


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

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