Transferring from primary to secondary school is an important step and we want to help parents by giving them clear information about the transfer process and about local schools.
All local secondary schools have open evenings for parents and details of these are published on their website.
We encourage all parents to visit as many schools as possible to take a closer look at the school, meet the staff and ask questions in order to help them make up their minds about which schools they prefer. Each secondary school produces its own prospectus which contains detailed information about the school, how it is run and what subjects are taught. These will be available at the school and can also be downloaded from the school’s website.
It is very important that you read the admissions criteria for each school so that you have a good idea of your chances of being offered a place.
You will receive further information from your child’s primary school in September of your child’s final year, when the online application facility opens and the secondary transfer booklet can be downloaded.
If your child has an Education Heath and Care Plan of Special Educational Needs, you will follow a different process and any queries you have about your child’s transfer to secondary school should be addressed to the SEN Team.
If you have any queries about the process that your child’s primary school is unable to answer, please contact your home local authority.
Ways to support your child:
The Charity Place2Be has produced excellent guidance for parents that have pupils transferring to secondary school.