Our Transition Pledge

At Newton Abbot College we recognise that transitioning to another school is a big step in any young person’s life. Our Transition pledge is an agreement which sets out how we work with primary schools, parents, carers and other external agencies to ensure we successfully support our young people to move from one education setting to another.

The transition team at Newton Abbot College are dedicated to ensuring our young people have the best possible start to secondary school.

We seek to ensure that the best support is available and that needs of all young people and their families, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), can be met.

It is important that all professionals involved have a shared understanding of what transition is and means, and that a consistent approach is taken both in principle and in practice. Newton Abbot College works closely with all stakeholders to support our young people, working within a culture of professionalism and mutual respect.

The support we put in place should allow young people moving to our college to feel at ease and to be confident and successful in their new school setting.

Newton Abbot College will:

  • Provide opportunities for students to visit the college
  • Foster effective and positive relationships with families and provide clear communication on the transition process
  • Offer comprehensive induction days with enhanced transition days for students with additional needs
  • Ask young people their opinions and listen to them
  • Involve other existing students at the college in a peer support programme
  • Deliver a clear transition program, coordinating key dates and activities with other providers in the locality, including having shared common induction dates (where possible)
  • Engage with the LA’s phased transfer process for young people with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and with identified Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
  • Designate key link staff to facilitate transition
  • Gather information from primary schools and make effective use of it within the transition process
  • Identify and implement enhanced transition plans where needed for vulnerable young people
  • Refer to the SEND Code of Practice to support families and young people where appropriate
  • Provide transition welcome guides and videos to primary schools to help prepare and familiarise young people with our college before joining

Transition into Year 7

Applications for your child to start in Year 7 at Newton Abbot College in September 2023 opened on 1 September 2022 and close on 31 October 2022.

The date that all allocations of school places are announced in England is known as ‘Offer day’. For September 2023 secondary school starters this will be on 1 March 2023.​​

Transition Programme 2023
To help you to understand how we prepare to welcome your son/daughter we have provided an overview to help you to know what to expect and when;

National Offer Day: 1st March 2023
You will receive an email from your local authority with the offer of a place for your child(ren) or alternatively you can check online yourself within the application portal.

You can accept your child’s place online via the Citizen Portal. If you wish to decline your place you must do this in writing to your Local Authority, please also email.

If you applied for a place on paper, then your Local Authority are aiming for you to receive your confirmation letter on this date.

Commencing March 2023
Welcome letter and information pack from Newton Abbot College. We send letters to all parents of year 6 children who have been offered places at the college for September.

You will receive the following;

  • Welcome letter
  • Admission forms (to be returned to the college by end of March)
  • New student guide – please take time to read this information with your child to help them with the transition to secondary school.
  • Languages ‘preferences’ form – please note whilst we try to accommodate your preference it is not always possible.

March - May 2023
Transition Team meetings with primary schools

The Transition team at Newton Abbot College will meet with primary schools to discuss all students who will be joining Newton Abbot College in September. During this time, we will visit students or meet with them via zoom to answer any questions they might have. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss friendship groups. We suggest parents discuss this with their son/daughter to encourage positive choices.

We aim to accommodate one friend pairing. We always try to accommodate requests but due to other factors this isn’t always possible.

Enhanced transition days (selected students)
During the summer term we provide an enhanced transition day for students with SEND and for those students who receive free school meals. This is an opportunity for the children to meet their peers and staff and get to know the college whilst starting to discover some of their new routines. We provide the opportunity for parents/carers to meet staff with informal opportunities to chat about uniform, FSM and catering, discuss any concerns you might have.

June 2023
Invitation to transition evening and days (all students)

​A letter will be sent to all parents/carers who have accepted a place for their child at Newton Abbot College inviting them to our transition evening and providing further information about transition days. The transition evening is held the evening before their first day to allow you and your child to ask any questions you might have as well as an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and Heads of learning.

This will also include other crucial information that will be required such as:

Free School Meals Application
Uniform Policy and Ordering Process

This letter will also let you know which House and Tutor Group your child has been placed in for September.

Transport information
School transport

Free school meals application


Parent/carers information evening July 2023
Wednesday 5th July
Parents/carers information evening in the Daphne Collman Auditorium. Important information for parents/carers and students to have the opportunity to find out more about life at Newton Abbot College and meet Heads of Learning, tutor and the senior leadership team. This is a very important event which all parents/carers should attend. The event will provide you with detailed information about Newton Abbot College and an opportunity to ask any questions you have to the Headteacher directly. Transition day will be held on

Transition day Thursday 6th July 2023

We will invite your son/daughter to a transition day at Newton Abbot College to be held in July. We will also write to your child’s primary school to inform them of the transition day.

The transition day is designed to provide your child with a flavour of what Newton Abbot College life is about; our routines, systems, culture and so on. Please make sure that your child is in their current full school uniform. We hope that students will benefit from the transition day which will provide them with opportunities to ask any questions and address any queries they may have about this exciting next chapter of their lives.

September 2023
Start of term. We run a phased start in September with the first day just for Year 7 students. This is the first day of the new academic year. Students need to wear their new school uniform. They will spend their first day with their tutors where they will issue and go through students timetables and planners to ensure they have the best possible start to life at NAC.

Useful contacts
General information

Attendance -

Transition Lead – Mrs Carr, Assistant Headteacher SENDCO - Mrs Sara Chapman

Please watch our welcome video for a virtual tour of the college.

New student guide