St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy has very strong links with each of our feeder Primary Schools in the Newman Catholic Collegiate. A range of cross-phase activities and projects take place throughout the Academic Year for both students and staff.

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All 210 students beginning their studies at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in September 2019 were invited to an intensive 7 week Transition Programme during June and July of 2019. During this time students were introduced to Catholic Life and were taught a range of subjects including Mathematics, English and Science. Students also had the opportunity to study subjects that they had not previously studied before, for example, Food and Design Technology. One student said that the highlight of the transition for him, was making a volcano erupt during a Science Practical in one of our 7 Laboratories. All students were also invited to a Friendship Day where they spent the morning with their form tutors and the rest of their form group, getting involved in teamwork activities.

During the first week of the summer holidays students were invited to the St Margaret Ward Summer School. Activities included Engineering with KMF, Cook & Eat sessions with Nutribox and the History of Gaming where students could play on a range of over 25 games consoles dating back from 1980. Students were also given the chance to go cycling at Manifold Valley and Fishing at Blakehall Fisheries, where fully qualified instructors carefully guided students on the correct technique. Free lunches were very kindly provided by The Hubb for all students.

Mathematics and English teachers from St Margaret Ward and each of our feeder Primary Schools have been involved in Cross Phase Observations. These are ongoing and involve Primary teachers observing Secondary lessons and vice versa. Teachers have commented on how valuable this has been on giving them an insight into life in a Primary/Secondary school and most importantly, sharing of pedagogy. The observations are taking place alongside termly cross phase moderation in all core subjects.