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The Bishop of Winchester Academy

The Bishop
of Winchester


Covid 19 Statement:

Due to changing circumstances during the COVID-19 outbreak and government guidance, our transition page takes you through the steps of a ‘normal’ transition into Secondary School. Please be aware that this is an ongoing process and may change on a daily basis. We are unable to inform you about what September will hold but the academy will keep you regularly updated with any information you need to know before September. 

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

We warmly welcome you to The Bishop of Winchester Academy and are looking forward to working with you to support the education, personal development and well-being of your child as they go on to achieve their full potential.

Our ultimate aim as an academy is to enable our students to be the very best that they can be and ‘live life to the full’ to help them grow and mature into amazing, well rounded young adults who are provided with the best life chances to set them up for their future.

The transition from primary to secondary school is a very exciting time; however, we do understand that it can also be a time of worry, anxiety and uncertainty for children and parents. We want to ensure that the process is a happy and calm one.  Therefore, we will be working closely with you to ensure a positive start to your child's education here at The Bishop of Winchester Academy.

We currently find ourselves in unprecedented times, so it is difficult for us to predict what the coming months will involve. Usually, we would visit all students in their current schools so that we can find out about them and answer any questions or address any concerns that they have. However, as things stand we are unclear of whether we will be able to do any visits. Therefore, during the summer term we will endeavour to keep you regularly updated with information about the school and expectations for September.

All parents/carers will receive an information pack from us in due course. This will include a transition booklet covering all the key information you and your child will need for their transition to 'The Bishop', including catering, academy timetable, communication, uniform/equipment and key academy staff. We use this as an opportunity to offer you a chance to share useful information with us about your child so that we are able to best support them from the moment they join us.

Our academy website has a dedicated transition page, which will provide you with introductions and regular updates about transition to 'The Bishop'. Please ensure that you visit this page regularly to prepare yourself and your child for a September start at 'The Bishop'. There will be a range of information about academy life and what to expect. This will be useful in easing any anxiety about starting secondary school. Our aim is to provide you with as much information as possible so that you know 'The Bishop' before stepping foot through our gates in September.

The Bishop of Winchester Academy endeavours to be recognised as inspirational, aspiring to excellence in all that we do. We strive to cherish and nurture each individual young person as they seek to establish their own identity in a rapidly changing and challenging world. We aim to encourage in the young people we serve a sense of self-worth, pride in achievement and a self-confidence to make their own decisions. We do this within a distinctly Christian context, welcoming young people of all faiths and no faith. Young people need support to find their rightful place in the world. They will face many decisions as they come to a full understanding of who they are and what their purpose might be. We want all students to believe in themselves. We want all students to have high expectations of themselves and offer no excuses. We reinforce this mantra frequently, insisting on a culture of “High Expectations and No Excuses”. We aim for all our young people to live out our mission statement ‘Sapere Aude’ – Have the Courage to be Wise. It is our mission to ensure that all young people do have the courage of their own well-founded convictions, to make wise decisions that will allow them to celebrate their talents, fulfil their God- given potential and love life to the full.

Finally, please be assured that your child and their transition to secondary school is at the forefront of our minds and please do not hesitate in contacting

We wish your child the very best over the coming months and look forward to them joining us as Year 7 students in September.

Best Wishes,

Mr McKeown

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