Wixams Academy October Open Evening

Welcome to Wixams Academy Open Evening! 

Our Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 20 October 2021 from 5.00pm.

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To ensure we are keeping everyone as safe as possible, we are asking families to book on to one of the four sessions available. Please read through the options available and book only one session. 

We are limiting guests to 2 guests per one student (family of 3) in order to keep everyone as safe as possible and to manage the numbers expected. You will only need to book one ticket per family and please bring the confirmation along with you on the night. 

We also ask that all guests wear a face covering and would encourage all visitors to complete a lateral flow test 24 hours before visiting our sites.

Come along to our Open Evening and:

  • meet our current students 
  • explore our wonderful modern building 
  • meet our committed teaching and support staff
  • find out more about our highly aspirational and supportive ethos. 

We look forward to welcoming you at Wixams Academy! 

Please Apply for a Year 7 School Place starting September 2021 via Bedford Borough Admissions below

https://www.bedford.gov.uk/schools-education-and-childcare/schools-and-collegescadem/school-admissions/online-admissions/ 

Take our Virtual Tour now

If you'd like to watch the presentations from last year's Virtual Open Evening, below are the video replays:

 Meet the Principal

 

Meet the Students

Meet the Heads of Years

SENDCo

PE and Performing Arts 

Maths and English

 

Science, Business studies and Computing

MFL and Humanities 

  

Greetings From The Principal

If you are reading this page, you probably have a child in Year 6 and you are making that crucial decision about which secondary school to select. Having been through this process four times myself, it is so important to choose the school where your child will be happy and where they will thrive emotionally and academically.

At Wixams Academy we strive to provide a rounded educational experience that we would choose for our own children. One that is highly aspirational, but in a nurturing and supportive environment that develops the personal qualities and characteristics of every child.

It is so difficult to get the ‘feel’ of a school though a Virtual Open Evening, but I do hope the information and resources on this page help you formulate your decision and I look forward to speaking to you live at 5.30pm on Thursday 22 October.

Paul Spyropoulos
Principal

Looking After Your Child - Message from Assistant Principal

Upon arrival in September, Year 7 students have the Academy to themselves for an interactive and exciting Transfer Day. We focus primarily on ensuring all students feel familiar and happy in the new environment and that they understand our support systems, key expectations and values.

Following this, when the whole school returns, all students begin the year with a day of focused content specifically on student well-being. This provides students with an excellent grounding for the year ahead by providing good advice, practical examples of how to look after themselves and a clear picture of how to access the range of pastoral support systems that we have in place throughout the year.

Pastoral systems in place at Wixams include a dedicated non-teaching team of Heads of Year, access to ‘The Sanctuary’ throughout any given day, access to on-site counsellors/therapists, a PSHE programme of study for all cohorts and numerous activities, opportunities and situations which develop resilience and other key values which we believe will sustain an individual’s wellbeing throughout their life.

Mr O’Rourke
Assistant Principal

'Meeting the needs of your child' - how SEND are addressed

Discussions with primary schools start long before the new school year, ensuring that any students extra needs are discussed fully and the relevant support for a successful transition is put in place. Parents of students with SEND are fully involved in this process and are invited into school for a tour with the SENDco.

Extra visits can be arranged for anyone with high levels of anxiety and the Learning Support department can send home bespoke transition packs depending on your child’s needs. Students with EHCPs are allocated an LSA for their first 2 days within the academy and for the rest of that week in form time. Learning Support Assistants work hard to build bonds with all students but especially those with extra needs, and check in with them regularly.

The SENDco will keep parents updated as to how their child is settling in and works closely with the Heads of Year to ensure that students feel safe, happy and part of the community.

The SENDco and SENDco assistant are available to discuss any concerns or worries with parents and young people and monitor the wellbeing and learning needs of the students throughout the year as they are in regular contact with LSAs and teaching staff.

Strategies implemented for students are shared with all staff and weekly bulletins raise the profile of key students to ensure they are receiving the very best support that they can.

Wixams Academy Open Evening FAQs

What can I do at an Open Evening?

Whether you’ve already applied or still making your decision, our virtual Open Evenings are perfect for you! You can get a real feel of student life by exploring our virtual classrooms and talking to our teachers. Teachers will also be on hand to explain in depth about courses, extra curricular clubs and activities as well as answering your questions.

Do I have to be there for the duration of the event?

Of course not! You can drop in at any time and stay for as long or as little as you wish.

How do I apply to for a place with Wixams Academy?

To apply for a place please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/onlineadmissions

Do I have to pre-register to be able to come?

Yes, you will need to pre-register to receive your information on utilising our virtual classrooms sections. This means you will then be able to chat to our teachers who will be broadcasting live in our virtual classrooms between on our advertised dates.

Does my entire family have to pre-register?

No, only prospective students are required to register to attend our virtual Open Evening.

Got a question that’s not been covered?

No problem! Just email marketing@bedford.ac.uk with your query.

Accessibility

Wixams Academy is committed to providing an inclusive environment.