Transitions in school - including Secondary School Transfer



Transition is the progression from one phase to another.  In primary school, key transitions are from home to EYFS, from EYFS to KS1, from KS1 to KS2, but there are also the transitions your child makes from one year group to the next, and then the transition from primary school to secondary school.


At St Alban's school we aim to make transitions as smooth as possible for both pupils and parents.  This is because we aim to maximise learning time by minimising the changes pupils experience.


Between year groups

We ensure that our children are well prepared for their next year group. 

Each year, staff meet to go through every child in their class in order to provide the smoothest transition possible.

Each year, in September, parents are invited in to a “Meet the teacher” meeting in order to find out about the year ahead, the expectations and how best to support pupil learning at home.

In EYFS, we host a Teddy Bears Picnic in July, where children and parents have the opportunity to meet their new teachers, see their new classrooms and familiarise themselves with the school. 


Secondary transfer

Applications for Year 7 places will open again from 1 September until the deadline of 31 October.

Each year a meeting is held for all parents of pupils in Year 6. This is led by the Deputy Headteacher. It is to ensure parents have all the information they need in order to complete secondary school choices, including the information from Camden admissions team.

We ensure that secondary schools have all the information they need for each pupil before they leave us. This might include visits to the new school in order to help children prepare.


If your child is joining us from another school, including pre-school education, staff will ensure the school is contacted in order to find out as much information as possible. We find that this helps to ensure your child settles quickly as we can then plan carefully for their needs.


Secondary School Transfer information