Primary Transition

We believe that pupils flourish in an environment where they are recognised and valued from the outset. For many years we have worked with our partner schools to develop a successful process of transition to ease the transition from the relative security of the primary setting to the great unknown that is Secondary School. By offering many opportunities for pupils to visit us and for our staff to deliver taster lessons in the primaries, pupils become more confident not only of the geographical environment into which they will move but also of the academic structures that they will encounter. In order to fully support this we have a dedicated transition and Year 7 leader, who has responsibility for ensuring that the move from primary to secondary school is a positive experience for all of our pupils.


We offer Saturday outreach classes at Woolmer Hill, mainly aimed at Year 5 pupils, in a variety of curriculum areas to give them an experience of the different curriculum areas; examples are "Be a Poet", "Be a Secret Agent" and "Be a Scientist" experience days - please see the dates for our outreach programme opposite.


We offer all Year 5s the chance to spend a day or morning at Woolmer Hill in small groups to experience hands-on what we have to offer. Details will be issued via our feeder schools.


In June each year we have coffee mornings specifically for Year 5 parents. Parents will be able to meet staff, pupils and tour the school. Invitations will be sent out via our linked schools nearer the time.

Alternatively we will try and accommodate tours at other times. Please contact the school office 01428 654055 or email to book your place.


In year 6 we also have a specific Induction day in July when pupils come and experience lessons with us to prepare them for the transition process. We also offer small group induction sessions for pupils with extra anxieties where they meet key staff who maintain close links for the whole of their first year with us.  There are also opportunities to participate in our creative shows and to join us in Orchestra Days and for our Performances.


Every year in March we hold an orchestra day when pupils from all our local primaries can come and take part in orchestral sessions, culminating in a concert in the evening. In 2018 this will be held on Thursday 14th March.

For any enquiries relating to transition please contact Mr David Clayton (Assistant Headteacher)


The transition day for Year 6 pupils in 2018 will be Wednesday 4th July.


The dates for our 2017-2018 Saturday experience programme will be sent out to all linked schools in the autumn term 2017. Watch this space!