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Transition - New Year 7 students

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

Joining Us in September 2021

Due to current Covid restrictions we are unable to hold our usual Transition Days in school during the summer term.

Students joining our school in Year 7 will receive lots of support to adjust to their new surroundings and to set them up for getting the best out of their education.

Important Dates for your diary:

Monday 6th September 2021: INSET Training Day and school is closed to all students.
Tuesday 7th September 2021: New Year 7 students will have their Transition Day in school on Tuesday 7th September 2021 before other year groups return on Wednesday 8th September 2021.

Transition Letters:

Year 7 Transition Letter, June 2021

Year 7 Transition Letter, July 2021

Transition Videos: click on the links below to open the videos

Transition Welcome Video from Mr Roper (Headteacher) and the Transition/Key Stage 3 Team 

Meet your Form Tutor:   7ag1 part 1 & 7ag1 part 2        7ag2       7ag3       7ag4      7ag5      7ag6      7ag7       7ag8      7ag9

Virtual Tour of the School with Charlotte


Secondary School Offer Day
In March, after secondary school places have been allocated by the Local Authority, new Year 7 students will receive an information pack through the post. This has lots of useful information about Allerton Grange School.

Transition from Primary School 
Our Transition Team of Ms Hosty (KS3 Leader), Ms Altaf (Head of Year 7) and Mr Howarth (Assistant Head of Year 7) are experienced in supporting students adapt to life at secondary school. They are also non-teaching and are dedicated to supporting students’ welfare.

The Transition Team visits primary schools, once places have been allocated, to meet with teachers and students (Covid-restrictions permitting). We also usually hold taster days in the summer term.

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 liaise with primary schools to place students in forms with a familiar face, wherever possible. There are ten form groups in Year 7 and each will be a mix of students from different primary schools. This is because some students join Allerton Grange with 30 others from their primary school, whilst other students are the only student from their primary school. We believe that Year 7 is an exciting opportunity to meet lots of new people and make friends, and we support our students to do this.

During the first term, students have a Getting to Know You meeting with the Year Team. The Year Team actively support Year 7 students to adjust to life at secondary school and, for example, help them to use the cash loaders for lunch.

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.

Have questions?

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                       Catering 
Virtual Open Day School Day   Free School Meals             
Home/School Agreement Equipment Parent Pay  
Positive Discipline Policy Policies Music Tuition  





“Impressed with the consistent enthusiasm of the teaching staff when discussing feedback”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent
"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
"So pleased that both my children are at a school, where the performing arts (and other arts) are such a priority."
- Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective 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
"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
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"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 have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"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
"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
“Friendly staff, well-behaved kids”
- Prospective Parent, September 2018
"I have observed behaviour that illustrates strong team bonds between teams within the school; again another positive feature about the school culture engendered"
- Parent
"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
“Excellent feedback, we’re very happy with progress so far”
- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
"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