Transition Information

We are very excited to welcome you and your child to the Cockburn community.

This page contains links to all of the relevant information needed to begin life at Cockburn John Charles Academy.

New Intake Executive Headteacher’s message:

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Cockburn John Charles Academy. The multi-academy trust’s popularity is based upon good academic success and a disciplined, positive and engaging learning environment. Our Values and Expectations are the foundations of our school. Our sense of purpose and drive is reflected in our Values and Expectations which mirrors the continuous improvement in standards and improving outcomes for all students in the south Leeds area.

The school experience should be more than the teaching of academic subjects, therefore we encourage and support students to take advantage of a much wider offer. The strong academic side is well balanced by a rich variety of extra-curricular activities and a wealth of arts and sporting opportunities for all. The personal development of students centres around the Form Tutor, with support from our Care, Support and Guidance Team where required. Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentors are available for close support and those with a Gifted and Talented/Special Educational Needs profile are carefully nurtured to realise their full potential.

Our vision for Cockburn John Charles academy is ‘Transformation to Excellence’,  characterised by the relentless pursuit of securing an outstanding education and outcomes for all.  The achievements of the past are something to be very proud of, but the present and the future are more important. The whole team at Cockburn John Charles Academy is committed to raising achievement and standards even further and to creating a truly excellent school.

Mr D Gurney
Executive Headteacher

Our second Transition Letter from the Head of School June 2024

Our first Transition Letter from the Head of School March 2024

Key Staff:

  • Mr G Mulcahy – Assistant Headteacher responsible for Transition between KS2 and KS3
  • TBC - Director of Year 7
  • TBC - Head of Year 7
  • Miss S Danskin-Lewis - SENDCO

Key Dates:

New Intake Parent/Carer Evening for parents/carers of new Year 7 (2024-25):
Tuesday 9th July – 5.30 - 7.30pm.  Please arrive at 5.30pm

Year 7 start date in September at Cockburn John Charles Academy:

Monday 2nd September: Closed to all students

Tuesday 3rd September: Closed to all students – Professional Development Day.

Wednesday 4th September:
School will start for Year 7 only at 8:25am, students can access the building from 8:00am


All of the specific information you need to prepare for life at Cockburn John Charles Academy can be found on the links below.

Transition BookletClick the button above to download a copy of the transition booklet which includes useful information and activities.

E-Safety Advice

Click the button above for advice on how to keep your child safe online.

Uniform Information

Uniform Sizing Guides

Uniform Expectations Video

Online Uniform Shop

Click the button above to reach our online uniform shop. All purchases should be made through this process and ‘click and collect’ slots will be emailed to parents for collection.

If your uniform does not fit please contact the school via and we can arrange an exchange. 

PDFL Policy

Click the button above to read our Positive Discipline For Learning policy.


Click the button above for information regarding lockers within the academy.

Catering Information

Click the button above for information regarding meals served within the academy, including sample menus.

Home/School Agreement

Click the button above for a copy of our home/school agreement – this is for information only as the agreement will be completed as part of the transition process.