Starting Secondary School

It is extremely important to us that new pupils start Year 7 feeling safe, secure, happy and enthused to be part of their new school. This not only applies to students; we would also like parents and carers to be happy and well-informed about the move their child will make from primary to secondary school.

At King Edward VI School we have measures in place to make sure that this important change is handled in a friendly, caring, organised and effective way, minimising the worry for students, parents and carers. We see the transition between primary and secondary as a crucial period in a child’s education and we will implement a number of procedures to ensure every child is catered for.

Transition from primary to secondary school does not begin in Year 6 and end in Year 7. We ensure that our primary liaison and transition work begins as early as Year 4 and continues into Years 5 and 6, through a range of activities and opportunities.

Our aim is to create a smooth transition from primary to secondary school for children within the Bury Schools Partnership and beyond. We are committed to working together to achieve this. Some of the main activities we offer and important dates for your diary are listed below.


Important Dates 2017-2018

  • 12 October:  Open Evening
  • 31 October:  School Admissions Deadline
  • 15, 22 & 29 January:  Move Up Mondays at King Edward VI School
  • 1 March:  National Offer Day
  • 24 April:  Year 7 Welcome Evening for parents and students
  • 26 April:  Year 7 Welcome Evening for parents and students
  • 19,20,23 and 24 July – Transition Days at King Edward VI School for Year 6 pupils

Move Up Mondays

Our ‘Move Up Mondays’ activities provide further opportunities for Year 6 pupils to become familiar with our school, as part of our commitment to ensuring the transition from primary to secondary school is as smooth as possible.

We have a programme of six after-school activities, free for pupils in Year 6 across the Bury Schools Partnership. These will run for three weeks beginning 15 January 2018.

More information about this will be sent out via primary schools in the Autumn term.

Come for a tour

To arrange a tour please telephone Debbie Dunning on 01284 761393 (Ext 252), or email