Transition from Primary to Secondary School

At BACA we recognise that the transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time, but can also be a daunting one for both students and parents alike.

To help with the transition from primary school we have an extensive programme in place coordinated by the our designated transition lead. They ensure that all students receive a positive, informative and motivational experience before starting at BACA and works very closely with Ms Keene the Head of Year 7 supporting all students.

The comprehensive programme for new students and parents is included in our transition handbook. The handbook includes useful information like an example timetable, important contact numbers, names of teachers and staff, school policies including homework guidelines, and other essential pre-start material. You can access the handbook here by clicking the link, or we can send you a hard copy upon request.

We want to make sure this significant step in your child’s education is smooth and supported.  As a school we aim to help students:

  • Develop new friendships as they start their new school
  • Settle well into secondary life by offering many activities, after school clubs and revision groups
  • Understand and adjust to the many different routines associated with secondary school
  • Enjoy studying the variety of new subjects at secondary school and meeting new friends

Year 7 students are supported by Year 8 transition buddies, who are trained in Year 7 to support the new Year 7 students.

The Academy is offering places for up to 180 Year 7 students in September. Completed preference forms need to be received by Brighton & Hove School Admissions by 3.00 pm on 31 October 2018.

If you have accepted a place from BACA for your child to start in September, please download and fill out the Year 7 Admissions form below, and return to the main reception, or you can email the form to

Download the Yr 7 Admissions form.

We communicate any news or updates for parents and prospective Year 7 students through our website, our Facebook @BACAUK and our Twitter account @BACA_UK