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Dixons Croxteth Academy

Year 6 Transition

Welcome to Dixons Croxteth Academy

We are delighted that you have been offered a place at Dixons Croxteth Academy and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2030 (current Year 6 students) and their families into our academy. Over the coming weeks, we will get to know students and their families so we discover what will help each and every student be successful during their time at Dixons Croxteth. Before we break for summer the Year 7 pastoral team and the Principal will make contact with each family to answer any questions and provide any necessary support.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I get in touch if I have any concerns regarding transition?

Email info@dixonscr.com or telephone:0151 546 3134 and a member of our team will be in touch.

What are the core values at DCR?

At DCR we have three key values: hard work, integrity and fairness. These values underpin everything we do at the academy and are the key principles we make decisions based upon.

Will I have homework?

Every student at DCR hands in core homework each morning. In addition, other homework will be set in lessons to support learning.

Will I get a correction if I do not hand in my homework?

Starting a new school will mean Year 7 student will have a lot of new things to remember. Your advisor (tutor) will help you be organised so you know exactly what you have to hand in and when. You will be given a short period of time before corrections are issued for not handing in your homework. Your Advisor and Head Of Year will always remind you of our routines and expectations.

What time can I arrive at school?

Students can arrive at school from 7:45am.

Are there after school activities I can do?

There will be clubs and activities on most nights after school. You, as a student, are responsible for arranging with home if you are staying after school, including arranging how you are to get home. If you stay after the end of school you must be either in an activity where a register will be taken, or in the Library where you will be asked to sign in. If you leave the school building/site you are not allowed to return.

Do I carry my coat and bag around school?

There is a cloakroom available, all coats and outdoor attire should be in bags or left in the cloakroom during the school day. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a locker.

What happens if I am the only person from my primary school and I don’t know anyone?

During the first week at DCR you will be involved in a range of activities to practice the DCR routines. There will be many opportunities to get to know other students in your tutor group and year group. Staff at DCR will always support you and answer any of your questions to help you feel confident and secure.

What equipment will I need on my first day?

On your first day at DCR you will be given your equipment including: a clear pencil case, pen (black, red, purple), pencil, ruler, eraser, highlighter, mini whiteboard, whiteboard eraser and pen, protractor, dictionary and your knowledge organiser. You will need to be in your full school uniform and will not need to bring your PE kit on your first day.

What do I do if I forget something?

Being organised is one of our 6 learning habits – find a space at home to display your timetable and pack your bag the night before. Your Head of Year and the Senior Leadership Team will be on duty, in the Heart Space, at the start of the school day as well as many other staff members If you forget something, see them straight away and they will help you find what you need. Student Services will be open before 8:00am and during break and lunch where you can buy equipment. If you cannot buy or find what you need you will receive a correction. If you are missing homework expected that day or do not have the correct books or equipment you will also receive a correction.

What is a Advisor / Tutor?

Your advisor / Tutor will support you to achieve exceptional outcomes. They will see you every morning in line-up, check your planner, communicate with your parents and carers about your progress and wellbeing and be a source of encouragement and advice during your time at DCR. If you have any questions about the academy, your advisor / Tutor can often answer them and help you to be a bit better tomorrow than you are today.

What is DEAR?

DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. DEAR is one of our three main literacy strategies. DEAR involves ensuring you are always carrying a DEAR book which can be selected from Academy Library. DEAR sessions can involve whole class reading, independent silent reading, peer reading, book presentations and comprehension activities. Reading and literacy is enjoyable and essential to being successful in exams, gaining employment and leading healthier, happier lives

What is collective learning?

Each morning, the DCR day starts with collective learning. This is a lecture-style learning session with the rest of your year group. You will get updates on your year group’s successes and attendance, spend some time revising and quizzing in different subjects.

Why do we have silent transitions?

Silent corridors are vital in supporting other students who are learning in the academy. We have some open classrooms and some small corridors and stairwells. Therefore, we ensure transitions are as quick as possible and no learning time is lost. We also ensure that students are always safe in the building.

What shoes can I wear?

Students can wear black, leather look shoes that are either slip-on or have laces. Ballet pump style shoes are not allowed. If you are unsure whether the shoes you want to purchase, please get in touch with a picture via email.

Can I wear earrings and makeup?

Earrings and makeup are not allowed at the academy.

What trainers do I need for PE?

Students can wear any supportive sports trainers for PE.