We appreciate that choosing a secondary for your child is an encompassing task and that your school of choice will have many variable factors.
At Erasmus Darwin Academy, we take the matter of transition very seriously and begin this process as early as Year 5, where students from our local feeder schools have the opportunity to visit the Academy to watch our annual school production. This often follows with ‘Masterclass’ opportunities, where selected students who have a particular interest in certain academic subjects can participate in afterschool sessions with specialist teachers from EDA.
Parents have the opportunity to visit the Academy with their child in the Summer of Year 5 or the Autumn Term of Year 6. This is an opportunity to visit the Academy during the working day, where you will have an opportunity to interact with our current students as well as speak to members of the Senior Leadership Team. This is in conjunction with our annual Open Evening, held in the first half term of the year, where our Academy opens its doors to any prospective Year 6 and their family. This is an evening event and details are shared well in advance with prospective parents.
Should you place us as a preferred school, the local authority will inform us of this and we will allocate 185 places, based on our attendance policy. It is important to note that we have been continually oversubscribed for a number of years and not all first choice applicants are successful. Once the local authority has informed us that your child has been allocated a place, we begin to liaise with the primary school regarding the most suitable transition for your child. In nearly all cases, a member of the Senior Leadership Team will visit your child in their primary school setting and speak to the teacher. For students who would benefit from additional support at transition, we have a range of activities that take place prior to our main Induction Days, held in July. Prior to this, there is a parents information evening for new parents and students where they can find key information regarding starting at EDA the following September.