Primary Transition

We believe that students 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 students to visit us and for our staff to deliver taster lessons in the primaries, students 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 students.


We offer Saturday outreach classes at Woolmer Hill, mainly aimed at Year 5 students, 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, students 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 students come and experience lessons with us to prepare them for the transition process. We also offer small group induction sessions for students 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 students from all our local primaries can come and take part in orchestral sessions, culminating in a concert in the evening. In 2020 this will be held on Thursday 2nd April.

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


The transition day for Year 6 students in 2020 will be Wednesday 1st July.


The dates for our 2019-2020 Saturday experience programme will be sent out to all linked schools in the Autumn term 2019. Watch this space!