Transition: KS2 to KS3

General Information

At Sharples School we aim to provide a structured and planned transition in order to ease pupils through what can be a worrying phase of their lives.  A successful transition is an important first step in helping your child to achieve their full potential.

Aims of Transition from Primary to Secondary

  • To make sure each child is happy when they move from their primary school to Sharples.
  • To support the parents in preparing for the move from primary to secondary school.
  • To encourage each child to become more independent.
  • To ensure that any relevant information from the primary school or outside agencies is acknowledged and acted upon.
  • To ensure smooth academic transition from Year 6 to Year 7.

Primary/Secondary Transition

Year 5

  • Primary STEM clubs held weekly for Year 5 and Year 6 in local primary schools
  • Various visits to Sharples School to participate in lessons
  • Creative Arts Days for invited primaries
  • Invitation to watch Sharples School productions
  • Year 6 to 7 Summer School – a week long programme of events to aid settling in and making friends

Year 6

  • Open mornings
  • Open evening
  • Open Evening – parents have a chance to tour school with their child.  There is an opportunity to meet with staff
  • Tours of school can be arranged with the Year Co-ordinator
  • Deadline for submission of secondary school transfer forms
  • LA will inform whether a place has been given
  • Welcome letter and information sent out
  • Year 7 Co-ordinator to visit all pupils in their primary school to introduce herself to them
  • Taster Day.  Pupils will come into school for the day to sample “a day at Sharples.”  This is to ensure their first day is less daunting. New Intake Evening.  Parents and child to attend.  Parents will be invited to listen to our senior staff whilst the pupils meet their new form tutors and members of their form
  • First day – Year 7s only and Tie Ceremony

What else happens during Transition to Secondary for Year 6 pupils?

  • We have two dedicated Transition Teachers who work with Year 6-8 across the phases to ensure a smooth transition for all.
  • Experienced Form Tutors with experience in Years 6/7.
  • Access to Year 7 Co-ordinator, a non-teaching member of staff with vast experience in dealing with transition.
  • Staff from Sharples – Masterclasses in primaries.
  • Visits/tours available on request.
  • Extra transition visits for pupils on request.
  • Nurture Room sessions for identified pupils.
  • Literacy and numeracy intervention for identified pupils.

What makes a successful transition?

  • Developing new friendships and improving their self-esteem and confidence.
  • Having settle so well into school life that they cause no concerns to their parents.
  • Showing an increased interest in school and school work.
  • Getting used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease.
  • Experiencing curriculum continuity.


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