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Transition - New Year 7 students

Students joining the school in Year 7 can expect to receive all the support they need to adjust to their new surroundings and to set them up for getting the best out of their education. The information included in the Starter Pack, which is sent out in March after secondary school places have been allocated by the Local Authority, provides lots of useful information about Allerton Grange School.

Making the move from primary school into secondary school can be a daunting time for students and their families. However, we have a thorough and extended transition programme in place to ensure that students feel welcomed and confident on their first day.

Usually, our Transition team visit primary schools once places have been allocated to meet with teachers and students. We also have an extended programme of three taster days in the summer term; we have found students starting in September are more confident and have had further opportunities to forge friendships as a result.

For 2020, our Transition team are working hard to keep in touch with Year 6 students and primary schools to help make the transition to high school as easy as possible, despite the unusual circumstances.

Allerton Grange Transition booklets have been sent out in the post to new Year 7 students. You can download a copy here.

On Tuesday 8 September, our new Year 7 students will have the chance to settle in without any other year groups in school. Although they have been unable to attend their three transition days during Year 6, they will, at least, have the school building to themselves for their first full day at secondary school! We will help to ease them into life at Allerton Grange in our usual welcoming and supportive way. Full details of arrangements for the first day are in our end-of-term letter (click to open letter). 

Year 7 Preparing for September letter (click to open letter)

360 Tour of Allerton Grange School 

Parents Presentation Video

Student Welcome Video

Student Tour

Familiarise yourself with the
different areas of school. Click
onto the area you would like to
see, then use your mouse to
move the photo of each area
to see all around the space.
Click to view the 360 Tour of Allerton

As we are unable to host a
Transition Information
Evening for parents, a video 
of the presentation is
available to view. 
Click to view the
Presentation video.


Ms Hosty, our Transition Lead,
introduces herself and hopefully
answers some of your questions.

Click to view the Student Welcome

Join Charlotte who will take
you on a tour of Allerton Grange School
starting at the main student entrance.
Click to view the Virtual Tour video.


Frequently Asked Questions - This includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions from parents and students. If there is anything we haven't covered, please get in touch.

Before students start at the school, our transition process involves bringing together information from the admissions form required to be filled out for each student, as well as thorough consultation with primary school teachers. Placing students in form groups and allocating which language they will be studying is carefully thought through. We do our best to liaise with primary schools to place students in forms with a familiar face, however it is not always possible for students to be matched exactly with their friends. 

Students are placed into sets in maths, science and PE shortly after starting in September. This is determined through baseline assessments as well as attainment information from primary school. In languages, setting takes place in January of Year 7. In all other subjects, students remain in mixed-ability groups throughout Key Stage 3. They can move up and down sets based on assessment results, however every effort is made to provide intervention support before moving students down. At Allerton Grange, we pride ourselves on teaching and learning, including providing the right support to challenge and stretch our students, helping them to achieve their full potential.

Students interested in music can choose from a diverse range of instruments to learn through our tuition programme

Year 7 assemblies take place on Monday mornings 8.50am – 9.10am in place of normal registration with form tutors. Every half term Rewards Assemblies take place to recognise achievements from individuals and groups.

We follow the school’s Policy for Positive Discipline which allocates achievement and behaviour points to students. Points can lead to prizes or special trips whereas behaviour points issued for breaking school rules can lead to detentions or more serious sanctions.

For further information, please contact Mrs Leanne Hosty – Progress and Welfare Leader for Key Stage 3 and Transition Manager

For more detailed information about admissions, uniform, how the school day is structured, catering and what equipment they will need, please see other pages on the website:

Admissions School Uniform                     School Gateway Parent App    Catering 
Open Evenings and Open Mornings   School Day Show My Homework Free School Meals             
Home/School Agreement Equipment Parent Pay  
Positive Discipline Policy Policies Music Tuition  





Taster Day Workbook Letter - June 2020
Transition Introduction Letter - April 2020
Allerton Grange Transition Booklet
Parental Letter September 2020 Reopening
Coronavirus update Face Coverings
September 2020 Risk Assessment (updated 27 August
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
“Excellent facilities, improving school”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Very impressed with the sports facilities"
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
“I especially liked the Science and Maths departments”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Driven leadership, confident pupils. Staff friendly and open to discussing subjects and needs of my child”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
“Welcoming staff, friendly, confident students and excellent facilities”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
“Great facilities. Dedicated and enthusiastic staff”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"Thank you for making my daughter's first year with you such a good one. We are impressed with how she has settled in and grown as a person throughout the year"
- Year 7 Parent
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
“Great opportunity to meet staff and gain greater depth of my child’s achievement”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
“Clean, bright, vibrant learning space”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
“It was good to speak to his form tutor and hear about what is happening in class”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018