Transition into Secondary


Welcome to Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Welcome to BSCA

We are delighted that your child has been offered a place at BSCA. We have a team of staff in place to help and support you and your child through this exciting time as they transition into the next stage of their education.

Our Academy values are ‘Believe, Strive, Care and Achieve’ - we want each student to believe in themselves, to strive to be the very best they can, to care for our community and to achieve the very best academic results possible. These values will drive all that we do together at BSCA and help to shape each student and who they become.

Included in your Welcome Pack:

  1. Welcome letter (this letter) - we have provided some important information and key dates for you and your child to help make the transition process as productive and supportive as possible.
  2. Welcome Booklet - you can read this booklet now - click here to read now, but we have also included with your email a link to our electronic version, which provides you and your child with lots of information about our school and how we manage the school day. We will send a hard copy of this after Easter.
  3. Data Collection Form - you can complete this now - click here to complete, but we have also included with your email a link to our electronic version of this form, which asks you for information that we need from you as soon as possible
  • Personal details
  • Contact details
  • Healthcare/Medical details
  • School agreements and permissions
  • Senior Leadership Meeting – request for your preference of date and time.

Should you have any questions or concerns with regards to transition, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01204 332533 or via our transition into secondary form further down this page.


Key contacts

01204 332533 or

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                               Mr Whittaker                               Mrs Fairclough                            Mrs Williams

                Deputy Head of Pastoral care             Year 7 Leader and                Administration Manager

                                                                                    Transition Lead


Key Dates



Senior Leadership Meetings – 28th June – 1st July

With the current Covid-19 situation, please be rest assured that we will put any necessary measures in place to ensure the area is clean and social distancing is applied. There will be:

  • a separate entrance – Newby Road entrance
  • separate room for each meeting
  • each space will be cleaned before each meeting.

In addition to this you will be required to:

  1. Your child's ID – birth certificate, passport or identity card.
  2. If applicable, you will be able to complete a Health Care Plan for your child if they have any medical conditions that may affect them in school.

We will be contacting you by email and phone to arrange the day and time of your meeting based on your preference.


Induction Day Image.pngInduction Day – Friday 2nd  July – CANCELLED

Following an update from the Department of Education, and further advice from Bolton Public Health, we have been advised that we will unfortunately not be able to run transition days for Year 6 this year.

“You should complete thorough risk assessments before running transitional, taster and open days in your setting, to ensure that they are run in line with your system of controls and align with the advice contained within the guidance for your setting and the roadmap out of lockdown. This means that traditional transitional and open days are unlikely to be feasible this academic year but we are keen not to restrict individual settings from designing events which maintain the integrity of bubbles or consistent groups, and adhere to the system of controls in place.” DfE


We were really looking forward to meeting all our new intake and I am sure that our new Year 7 students were equally excited to be meeting us as well. However, we have a range of videos from staff that will be sent to you over the course of the rest of the Summer term for you to meet our staff virtually. Many of you have signed up for our exciting BSCA Summer School, so we will be able to meet some of our new young people before September.

We recognise that transition is a really important step to a successful start to Secondary school. We are therefore having two days in September when Year 7 will have the building, and the staff, mostly to themselves.

Tuesday 7th September – Year 7 only

Wednesday 8th September – Year 7 and Year 11

Normal Year 6 transition arrangements are especially important for vulnerable children. We will be inviting students with additional needs into school at a specific time. These visits will follow a strict risk assessment guidance and we will be adhering to our own risk assessments. If this applies to your child(ren), you will have already received an appointment. Please ensure you arrive at the time requested, this will help us to ensure we can safely manage numbers of visitors.  


Please look out for the videos landing in your inboxes during the next four weeks.


 Transition Day - 2nd July - CANCELLED - Parent Letter - 22nd June 2021


Summer School – Tuesday 31st August to Friday 3rd September

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All being well, we will be holding a Summer School for our new Year 7 group where students will be taking part in fun activities aimed at helping them to get to know their new year group before they begin on Tuesday 7th September.

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What happens next?

  • Make a note of these dates in your diary/calendar.
  • Complete the Data Collection Form
  • Read our Welcome Booklet with your child to find out more about us.
  • Keep an eye out for emails/messages from us via our Administration Manager or our Schoolcomms/School Gateway communication system as we will keep you up to date throughout this transition period. This is also another way for you to contact us.


Students and parents can keep connected to BSCA using our website and social media:

Website -
This gives you a wealth of information about BSCA from our contact details, news updates, our values and vision, welfare and Christian support, expectations and values, curriculum information, and much much more, please use it to get to know BSCA better.

Facebook - /OfficialBSCA/
We use Facebook to update you with events that will be happening in school, celebrating students, trips student have gone on and sharing what is happening in the community.

Twitter - @official_BSCA
We use Twitter to celebrate our students, share with you trips students have gone on and what is happening in the community.

Our Christian Youth Support team have taken over our Instagram account, and share with you messages of support, celebrations throughout the year, all about the fundraising we do and how well we do it.

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Contact Form

Please complete the form below if you wish to contact the Year 7 Leader, Mrs Fairclough and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

N.B. Please be aware that response times will be longer during school holidays.