Year 7 Transition

Welcome to our Year 7 transition website. Your child will soon be joining us at Hall Cross Academy and we hope the information you find on this page will be useful in making this transition phase as seamless as possible. You can use the menu on the right to make finding the desired information much easier. Should you require further information please feel free to reach out to our transition manager Karon Briggs using the button below.

Contact Transition Team

Please complete, sign and return as soon as possible:

  • Hall Cross Academy Admissions Form – (if not already returned previously).
  • Parental Consent Form for off-site visits/sporting events.
  • Sherwood Pines visit consent form.
  • The Library Registration Form.
  • Biometric Parental Consent Form.

You can find a copy of these documents in the sections below.

All post must be sent to For the attention of the Data Office, Hall Cross Academy, Thorne Road, Doncaster DN1 2HY.

Transition Project

General Information

First Day Arrangements

  • Term starts Tuesday 1st September 2020.
  • Students should arrive at Lower School from 8.30am, and on the first day only, go through the Main Reception doors to the Main Hall. They will be taken by their Base Tutor to Form Rooms and will be issued with their timetable.
  • Please note the first bell goes at 8.40am for the school day to start at 8.45am. Students should normally go straight to registration. School finishes at 3.05pm.

Pupil Services

  • If students need to see their Year Manager, Mrs Briggs has an office within Pastoral.
  • If your child is unwell whilst at school, they should tell their teacher who will give them a note and arrange for them to go to the School Office. Students should not use their mobile phone to telephone parents, as this often results in unnecessary panic; a member of staff will contact parents if it is necessary for students to be collected from school. Please do not come to collect your child unless a member of staff has contacted you.

School Term Dates

Jul 2020

Training Day

20th July 2020

Summer Holidays

21st July 2020 until 1st September 2020

Sep 2020

Academy Re-Opens to Year 7 & 12 Students

1st September 2020

Academy Re-Opens to Year 8, 9, 10, 11 & 13 Students

3rd September 2020

Oct 2020

October Half Term

24th October 2020 until 1st November 2020

Dec 2020

Christmas Holiday

20th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021

Feb 2021

Spring Half Term

13th February 2021 until 21st February 2021

Mar 2021

Easter Holiday

27th March 2021 until 11th April 2021

May 2021

May Day

3rd May 2021

Summer Half Term

29th May 2021 until 6th June 2021

Jul 2021

Summer Holidays

17th July 2021 until 1st September 2021

See all Year 7 Events

School Uniform

  • Please put your child’s name in all items of clothing and equipment brought in to school.
  • Please read the attached uniform list and ensure your child only wears school uniform, including correct footwear to school. Students not wearing correct Academy uniform may be asked to go home and change. A full list of acceptable uniform is enclosed in this pack.
  • Jewellery should be kept to one pair of stud earrings and one watch. No facial piercings are allowed.
  • Make-up and nail polish should be minimal and discreet. False nails are not allowed.
  • Hair should be within the boundaries of natural colour.
  • A school bag large enough to carry books, PE kit and equipment should be brought to school each day.

See our latest Uniform PolicyVisit our Uniform ShopVisit our PE Kit Shop

Transport Arrangements

Walking to School:
Pupils can access the lower school site on foot from St Michael’s Road, or via a back gate which is accessed from the path running between Ellers Road, Bessacarr and Lakeside. This gate is open at the beginning and end of the school day.

Travel by Car:
To safeguard our students, there is a barrier on our school gates and cars are not permitted onto the school site to drop off or collect students at any time.
We suggest that students are dropped off in walking distance of the school, either on Bawtry Road or Lakeside, in order to avoid congestion on the local streets.

Travel by Bus:
We do not operate any private school buses – all services are provided by First buses. Pupils who travel to and from school by bus, should catch the First service buses which stop at various locations convenient to the school.
A ‘Mega Travel Pass’ can be obtained online using the following link: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/megatravelpass/
Journeys currently cost 80pence per journey. First Buses recommend that students purchase a weekly ticket on their first journey of the week, currently £7 on the app and £8 on the bus, which they can use for unlimited travel on First buses.

End of school day buses:
Two First service buses currently leave from the playground at the end of the school day at around 3.12pm.
(Please note that these services can be reviewed by First buses and the Academy cannot guarantee these will run in September).
A First bus leaves Hall Cross and goes to the Interchange in Doncaster town centre.
First service bus number 492 leaves and goes to Cantley and then Tickhill. Please be aware that this bus does not stop in Rossington.

All other service buses can be accessed from stops on Lakeside, Bessacarr or Bawtry Road. All enquiries relating to buses should be directed to First buses.

Attendance Information

Good attendance is an important part of your child’s school life.

At Hall Cross Academy we encourage our students to achieve outstanding attendance of 97% and above in the knowledge that this will contribute to them achieving their best possible outcomes. We also expect students to attend punctually in order to develop and sustain effective professional behaviours.

When your child completes their education at Hall Cross they will be moving on to the sixth form, further education or employment. Your child’s attendance and punctuality record from school is an important part of the information required to apply for any of these provisions.

In addition, employers value good attendance. Therefore, securing a good attendance discipline at school will be a valuable asset in later life.

I have enclosed the Hall Cross Academy attendance leaflet for your information. Please find time to read this and discuss it with your child.

We are happy to receive any enquiries you may have on 01302 320626, please ask for the School Attendance team.

See our latest Attendance Information

Free School Meals & Pupil Premium

Did you know that you may be entitled to support your child at Hall Cross Academy by simply registering your eligibility to claim free school meals?

How will I be helping to support my school?

Hall Cross Academy can claim funding from the government according to the number of children attending our school eligible for free school meals. This additional funding is called the Pupil Premium grant and even if your child does not want their free school meal, the additional funding it attracts can benefit them in other ways. For example, the funding can be used to subsidise school trips, provide extra resources and employ more staff.

Can anyone register for free school meals?

Your child will be eligible for free school meals if you are receiving one of the following benefits or support:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and your annual income is below £16,190 (as worked out by HM Revenues & Customs)
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Parents receiving Working Tax Credit for four weeks after their employment finishes are entitled to free school meals during that period. This also applies to parents who start working less than 16 hours per week.
  • There is no entitled for free school meals if the parent receives Working Tax Credit on a regular basis.

Apply for free school meals

If you meet the criteria, an outline request, normally by the parent or guardian of the child, has to be made before the council can provide free school meals. Please see the link below:

http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/free-school-meals

Even if you do not want your child to receive a free school meal we would ask you to apply, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.

Trips & Visits

As from September any student wishing to take part in Academy trips, Sporting fixtures, and any other activity taking place off Academy premises (including those which take place out of Academy hours/during the holidays or at weekends) will be required to complete, sign and return the attached Parental Consent form.

This form also asks you to give permission for your information to be uploaded to our Squad in Touch app. This app is for both parents and pupils. From this app you will be able to:

  • See a personalised fixtures calendar
  • See game results and match reports in real time
  • Track performance in favourite sports
  • Get notified about last minute changes
  • Send availability reports and respond to consent requests anytime, anywhere
  • Communicate with school PE staff as well as other parents and students

Separate written permission will be obtained for any residential, London, abroad and extreme activities prior to the visit taking place.

Cashless Catering & Biometrics

Hall Cross Academy operates a cashless catering system for meals taken in school. This means cash is not accepted at the till reducing the need for your child to bring cash into school.

The catering system runs alongside our e-Payment software ParentPay. Every child is automatically entered onto the catering system and ParentPay. An activation letter for ParentPay is enclosed with this pack to enable you to register.

Once registered onto ParentPay, parents can top up school meal accounts, pay for trips, and revision guides etc. Alternatively, parents can request barcode letters by contacting the Finance office which will enable you to top-up your account at any PayPoint shop such as Spar, Co-op, One Stop and the Post Office.

If you already have log in details for ParentPay you can use the Add Child function to merge your child onto this account. Please see further details on your ParentPay activation letter.

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals, their allowance is added to their account each morning and they will be able to use the catering system in the same way as everyone else. If you would like your child to be able purchase snacks at break time, these are not covered by Free School Meals and Parents are asked to make sure sufficient funds are available.

Enclosed is a Biometric Consent Form. This will provide your child with the option to have their fingerprint registered by biometric scanning. The biometric image is converted to an algorithm code and is not stored on our system as a fingerprint image. This image will be erased once the student leaves the Academy. Alternatively, your child will be given a 4 digit PIN. However, in our view this does not have the same level of security and it will be your child’s responsibility to remember the code and keep it secure at all times.

Consent & Application Forms

Please complete, sign and return as soon as possible:

Extra Documents

Hall Cross Academy
Future First Artsmark
A paper copy of the information on our website is available on request to the School.