My name is Mr Gummery and I am the Principal of your new school, Ercall Wood Academy.
Over the last few weeks, the world around us has changed so much and we have all been forced to live our lives very differently. I am sure that you are missing your friends and being at school, likewise, I am sure that your teacher is missing you.
At this time of the year, we would normally be coming to visit you in your primary school and holding parent meetings to tell you what life at Ercall Wood is like. Due to the coronavirus we can’t do that, so I am writing to you to say please don’t worry about September, everything will be fine.
If schools open again this academic year, we will do everything we can to make sure we come and see you at your primary school to talk about your new school, Ercall Wood Academy. We will hold open days where you and your family can meet your new teachers and get to know the building. Above all, we will still run transition days when you can be an Ercall Wood student in a fully working school.
However, if that doesn’t happen because we are all still isolating, please do not worry as this situation will be the same for every year 6 in the country. When we are told that we can return to school we can organise lots of events so that you feel happy to start at Ercall Wood Academy. In the coming weeks, you will receive a pack of information that will tell you more!
All you need to know for now is that we are looking forward to having you as one of our pupils and we are desperate to meet you and make sure you love life at your new school.
Should you have any concerns over the coming days and weeks please contact our Transition Coordinator:
This section of our website is for you to gain an understanding of your new year 7 life at EWA. You will be able to virtually meet the staff that will be working with you and even have the opportunity to impress us with some project work before you start!
I can’t wait to meet you all.
Mr R Gummery
Ercall Wood Academy
Mrs Rutter - Student Support Manager
Hi to all the current year 6s.
My name is Mrs Rutter and I am going to be your student support manager when you start at Ercall Wood Academy in September.
I suspect you are all feeling a little unsettled, nervous and probably a bit excited about the transition to secondary school. My job is to support you during your time here at Ercall Wood. So if you have any worries or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Currently we are working on some new and exciting ways to help you settle into school in September and will be in touch soon to tell you a bit more about that. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all.
So for now goodbye, keep safe and well.
Miss Brodie - Key Stage 3 Pastoral Leader
Hi Year 6!
My name is Miss Brodie and I will be your Key Stage 3 Pastoral Leader here at Ercall Wood Academy. I will be working alongside Mrs Rutter, your Student Support Manager throughout Key Stage 3 to ensure that your time with us is successful and rewarding and that you are happy and healthy. I am sorry I’m not able to meet you all face-to-face but I hope we’ll get that opportunity very soon.
Mrs Warrington - Transition co-ordinator
Hello, my name is Miss Warrington and my role is Transition Coordinator and Learning Mentor. I will be able to support you with any worries you may have, or I am here if you just need a chat. I am a very kind and patient person and I love helping others. I love family time, love sunshine and love smiling 😊 I have been chatting to your teachers from your primary school and now I cannot wait to meet you all.
Meet your form tutors
|Form tutor||Mr Smithson||Miss Hayman||Mr Torr||Mrs Dymond|
|Form Room||PE Class Room||A2||HUMS -7||HUMS-4|
|Message from you form tutor||My name is Mr Smithson and I’ve been at Ercall Wood Academy nearly 11 years. I’m the Head of PE and have been in this position for the last 8 years which I thoroughly enjoy. Outside of school I’m the U15 Football Manager for Shropshire and a keen sports fan. For my sins I’m a Newcastle United fan and also follow Shrewsbury Town. I really look forward to seeing you all in September.||Hi, I am Miss Hayman, I am Head of Arts at Ercall Wood Academy. I have been teaching Art at Ercall Wood for 10 years! I love drawing, painting and creating things. I also enjoy PE and trying to keep fit. I have three tortoises and a kitten from the RSPCA. like lots of colour and I am usually wearing something colourful. I look forward to meeting you all, as soon as we can, especially the best form 7Orange 😊||My name is Mr Torr and I am PE teacher at Ercall Wood Academy. I specialize in Rugby and Football. Outside of school I represent Bridgnorth Rugby Club and I also coach U15 Shropshire Football County Squad. I am really looking forward to meeting you all. Stay safe.||Mrs Dymond was born and raised in Shropshire. She left the area for some time to explore the world and to pursue a career using foreign languages within the legal profession. In 2009 Mrs Dymond returned to the home county that she loved to teach German and French, a job which Mrs Dymond loves very much! In her spare time, Mrs Dymond likes to play the flute and recorder and to spend time in the outdoors with her family. She has two cats who are also important members of the family!|
|Form tutor||Mrs Bastow||Mrs Jones||Miss Rickerby|
|Form Room||HUMS-5||DTPD||HUMS -2|
|Message from you form tutor||Mrs Bastow was born and raised in Slovakia (a small country in Central Europe bordering with Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary). She left her country for some time to firstly explore the world; she has lived for about 4 years in Germany and started her career using foreign languages as an interpreter/translator in the fashion industry. In her spare time, Mrs Bastow (or Frau Bastow as her students call her) likes to read and to spend time travelling, exploring different cultures and countries with her family and her friends from around Europe! She has also an 11 year old son who is also staring year 7 in September!||My name is Mrs Jones and I am a design and technology teacher. I love anything practical and being outdoors. I grew up on a family farm and I still have my own animals including pigs and chickens. I also enjoy baking at home.I look forward to meeting you all soon.||I am a Geography teacher and love anything to do with nature and the world. Some of my favourite things to do are hiking up mountains, exploring new places and spending time with my friends and family. I am really excited to meet you all soon! 😊|
We are proud of our curriculum, which is broad, balanced and ensures that every student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for children and for their parents! Excellent links with our partner primary schools and our enhanced transition and pastoral care programme ensure this journey is smooth and stress-free. Many of your children will already know many of us. There are many opportunities for year 5 and year 6 students to visit us for taster sessions, lessons and extracurricular activities. In year 7, all our students are assigned a Form Tutor who will very quickly get to know your child as an individual.
Here at Ercall Wood Academy we are committed to supporting your children through the transition process right from year 5 through to year 7. Our Transition Coordinator provides ‘in school’ support helping children to overcome anxieties and other concerns that they have during their transition. Taster lessons provide the opportunity to develop an awareness of different surroundings, adults, routines and equipment.
We offer intake days which have been very successful as the children are able to experience a more varied timetable which is heavily supported by our Peer Mentors. Ercall Wood Academy has a nationally recognised Peer Mentoring Programme which provides students in older year groups as mentors and friends to year 7 pupils. We understand that there are large differences between the Primary and Secondary phases and we pride ourselves in reaching out to all the needs of our young people.
|Mr Smithson||Mrs Morris|
|Boys Football, Badminton, Swimming and Softball||Netball, Trampolining, Rounders and Girls Football|
|Mr Torr||Mrs Hasenauer||Mr Hickman|
|Boys and Girls Rugby, Cricket, Dodgeball||Netball, Handball, Athletics||Boys and Girls Football, Athletics|
|Mrs Bowater||Miss Edwards||Mr Sayce|
|Mr Newton||Mrs Newton|
|Introduction D&T||Introduction ICT|
The change from Year 6 to Year 7 can be huge and is a big jump for many children.
Here are some questions and answers that we feel will make the move easier for you.
We hope that these questions and answers have helped you. Always remember, it is ok to ask any staff member or Peer Mentor at Ercall Wood Academy for help.
We have put together the workbook below for you to complete alongside your parent/carers. You will need to download the file and save it onto your computer to be able to fill in the text boxes and upload images to it. Once completed be sure to save it ready to send to us.
We have also created a Google Form in order for you to be able to upload the completed workbook so we can review it at Ercall Wood. Please use the link below to access the form (Please note - you will need a Google Account in order to use the form)