Starting your journey as an Isca Scholar

Transition from Primary to Secondary School is a key milestone in young peoples’ lives and we recognise it can be both exciting and daunting.

At Isca academy, we are committed to providing our young people and their families with a smooth and supportive transition programme so your Isca journey starts positively and ambitiously.

We are delighted that you will be joining our Isca community and can’t wait to welcome our new Isca Scholars.


2024 Summer Transition Programme – The Big Step

The Big Step Transition Programme is an Ofsted Registered Year 6-7 summer programme aimed at easing the transition for children moving from primary to secondary school. 

Programmes are delivered by passionate and inspiring teachers and take place for one week over the course of the summer holidays. The team pride themselves on providing new students with a smooth and extensive programme that enables students to arrive on their first day of school excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive about the journey ahead of them.

The programme is both educational and fun with curiosity central, to inspire students to learn. The timetable is interactive, challenging and has clear outcomes. There is a clear focus on identifying the needs of each student and then working with them to maintain their literacy and numeracy levels so that gains in primary school are not lost in transition.

Isca Academy will be hosting ‘The Big Step’ Year 6 -7 Transition Programme between 21st and 23rd August 2024 to support your child’s move from Primary school to the Isca Academy. Information will be passed on to your child via their Primary School but please do use the following links to find out more information. Places are limited so please do book your child’s place to avoid disappointment.

Isca Academy Transition Programme 2024 – The Big Step

Isca Academy – Parent Letter – The Big Step


The following links may also be useful:

The Big Step 

2021 Activity Highlight Reel

Promotional Video

Headteacher’s Feedback

Staff Feedback



Our Scholar’s Transition Pledge

We feel very proud to be part of the Ted Wragg Trust an ambitious and inclusive Trust of schools strengthening our communities through excellent education, transforming lives and making the world a better place. Our comprehensive and supportive transition process helps to ensure that the move between primary and secondary school is a positive, personal and smooth process that recognises the needs of each individual child.

Our pledge to you for transition at Isca Academy

We will do everything we can to ensure that every child has the best possible transition. We will stay in contact with all Primary schools and provide contact details so communication can be effective.

We will provide every Isca scholar with exciting opportunities including:

  • A video introducing and preparing every scholar to secondary school life.
  • Every scholar will receive a book by the time they start Isca to promote a love for reading.
  • An opportunity to complete a ‘get to know me’ writing task – introducing themselves to their new tutor, what their hobbies are, what they are looking forward to about starting at Isca and what they are worried about. 
  • An introductory Maths course via our exciting and highly successful SPARX programme. ‘SPARX Maths’ (SMVC/ Sparx Maths virtual classroom).
  • A Knowledge Organiser ‘Getting to know your school’ and guidance on how to complete home learning at Isca Academy.

Parent / Carer checklist:

  • Book onto one of our open events to experience our thriving academic environment and see our Isca scholars in action.
  • Talk to your child about the transition process. How are they feeling about moving to Isca academy? What would they like to know?

If you have any questions, please email  where we will collate your emails and create a ‘frequently asked questions’ document to share on our website.

Dates for your Diary

Wednesday, 10th July 2024: 4.30 – 6.30pm: Welcome Evening for all of our new Year 7 Parents and students

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July: Transition Days for our new Year 7 students

Contact Us

If you have any questions about starting at Isca Academy, please email them to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The following staff can be contacted if you have specific questions:

Mr James Bass, Assistant Headteacher, responsible for Transition
Mr Samuel Black, Head of Year 7,
Miss Karen Moore, SENDCo and responsible for enhanced transition,
Ms Alice Cuffley, Transition Administrator,


Please navigate to our uniform page.

Our letters and Information

We will keep copies of all the letters and information that we send out to you so you can refer to it here if you need to.