Year 6 Transition

Dear Year 6 and soon to be our new Year 7 students and parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The Hastings Academy family.

We know starting secondary school can be a daunting experience, so we aim to make this process as supportive and seamless as possible.

Normally every student is visited at their primary school by a member of our transition team and our senior students during Terms 5 and 6, however due to Covid-19 this has not been possible. These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in and it means we are having to do things a little differently in order to keep everyone safe.

This year we are endeavouring to deliver our transition work as much as we can through the marvel of technology! We are arranging online meet and greets, video tours and activity sheets for you to help you feel more settled before the summer holidays. At the meetings, you will be able to ask questions about your new school life and what to expect come September.

Please keep an eye on the website for added content on the website.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Yours sincerely

Miss McDonald
Drama Teacher and Transition lead

Habits Of Neuro-Ninja Heroes: Moving To Secondary School With Confidence

Hastings Academy and our primary feeder schools are excited to invite you to join an innovative project designed to support your child's transition to secondary school. We have an engaging transition programme for all of our new Y7 students joining us in September 2020.

The Habits of Neuro-Ninja Heroes Project involves 4 webinar workshops in Term 6 for Y6 children and their families.

The webinar workshops will support children and families to understand the transition process from the perspective of their brain. We'll be exploring our well-being, mental health and what anxiety is. We will also be looking at how to improve learning, concentration and memory, skills which are important for all of us to be successful in this complex 21st century world. This Habits Of Neuro-Ninja Heroes course will give you and your son and daughter the chance to;

  • Understand the neuroscience of well-being & anxiety;
  • Learn key daily strategies to support & develop your brain’s ability to learn & grow;
  • Apply strategies to manage & respond to our to anxiety and uncertainty;
  • Build their skills of memory, motivation, learning and resilience

Below are details of the 4 seminars over Terms 6. Whilst it’s great if you can join us live we know that isn’t always possible so if you sign up you will be sent a link to a recording of the webinar afterwards.

Date & Time
Webinars are 30 mins
Title What we’ll cover / What habits we’ll build
Mon 22 Jun
W1: Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain How we can use our mind to change our brain
Mon 29 Jun
W2: Well-Being Is A Skill: Feeding The Hero Inside What our brains and bodies need every day to build the best version of ourselves. How to build these habits in every day.
Mon 6 July
W3: Meeting New People / Learning New Things How our brains can find new people challenging or even threatening. How to respond differently & build positive relationships by thinking more broadly rather than closing down.
Mon 13 July
W4: The Daily Plan: Putting It Altogether Looking at a Daily Plan to keep these habits growing over the summer and beyond.

You don't need any software you just need a phone or device that can connect to the internet. They’re absolutely free. We’ve asked Action Your Potential, an innovative local company set up by ex-Uckfield College Deputy Principal, Andrew Wright, to run these seminars. If you’d like to sign up click on the link. Action Your Potential will only use your data to update you on times and dates of the seminars and share materials with you afterwards. If you can’t sign up via the form email us on

Andrew says; "In the last 10 years we’ve learnt more about the brain than we have in the last 10,000. This knowledge is new to parents and teachers alike. The science is absolutely fascinating. And it transforms what we do. As a result, you’ll never look at yourself or your children the same way again."