Year 6 Transition to St Patrick’s

The shift from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time for families. At St. Patrick’s, we are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible by implementing a comprehensive programme designed to support our new pupils as they become part of our school community. Here is an overview of some key components of our transition programme. 

Tuesday 26th September 5-7pm– Year 6 Open Evening at St Patrick’s Catholic College

Tuesday 10th October 5.30-6.30pm– Year 7 Welcome Mass

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, they will start secondary school in September 2024.

Letters will be sent from the local authority informing you how to apply for a secondary place for September 2024. If you have not received a letter by 15 September 2023 please contact the School Admissions Team.

Applications must be made on the local authority common application form. The deadline for this is Tuesday 31st October.

Autumn and Winter Term– Our transition lead and pupil engagement officer visit our primary feeder schools for an introduction session with staff and pupils.

Spring Term-  On 1st March 2024, Year 6 pupils will be notified by the local authority about the school they have a place for. 

Summer Term– Our transition lead and pastoral team who will be responsible for Year 7 will visit primary schools to meet the pupils and Year 6 teachers.  We will discuss the upcoming taster days. Former pupils also come to visit to share with pupils their experiences of school so far.

On Tuesday 25th June, 5.30-6.30pm, a welcome evening for parents is held at St Patrick’s prior to the taster days. An information pack is distributed to all parents to help a smooth transition from Year 6 into Year 7. Details will follow.

Our taster days will be held on Monday 1st July and Tuesday 2nd July 2024. On these days pupils experience a variety of lessons, meet staff and pupils and understand the school even further. 

Some families will be offered an enhanced transition package, we will be in touch about these. 

Further updates for the 2024 transition experience will be added in due course but in the meantime please contact Mrs Dixon should you have any questions. 


Access the Year 6 welcome evening presentation here

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