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Year 6 to 7 Transition


The transition from primary to secondary school is an important milestone in the lives of children and their families. At Hinchingbrooke School we pride ourselves on providing our new students, parents and carers with a smooth and extensive transition program where students arrive on their first day in September excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive.

We want all students who choose Hinchingbrooke school to develop new friendships, improve their confidence and get used to their new routines, new timetable and school organisation with great ease. We aim to enrich students’ learning experience by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident well qualified individuals, ready for employment, training, or the next steps in their education.


The Transition Team

Transition Manager and Head of Year 7 - Mr Dan Milner 


telephone 01480 375700 extension 5818

Transition and Year 7 Student Support Officer - Mrs Caroline Pittock 


telephone 01480 375700 extension 5826

Transition and Lower School Administrator - Mrs Nicola Darbyshire


telephone 01480 375700 extension 5766 or direct dial 01480 420522

Director of SEND - Mrs Rebecca Bierton


telephone (direct dial) 01480 420548 

Medical Needs Co-ordinator - Mr Simon Parker


telephone 01480 375700 extension 5763


Key Dates

Please be aware that due to the current constraints the Year 6 Open day will not be taking place  this October 2020, instead we have a virtual tour for your viewing, please click below

If you have any questions please email or telephone 01480 420522 and leave a message, you will receive a response within 24 hours.

14th October 2021 - Year 6 Open Evening

31st October 2021 - Application deadline for secondary school choices.

Applications can be made online from 14th September 2020. 

1st March 2022 - Offer letters/emails sent by the LEA. If you have applied online you will be able to view your child's school offer by using the online facility on this date.

It is important that you accept your childs place by loggong onto the citizen portal, this needs to be done within 15 days.

Alternatively you can email or telephone the Lower School Office to accept email or telephone 01480 420522

If you do not wish to accept the school place offered, you must ensure you inform the local authority. This can be done by completing the refusal slip attached to the offer letter and returning it to the Admissions Team, or via the citizen portal, they will need to know the school that your child will be going to instead.

Admissions Team
The Octagon
Castle Hill

Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941

April 2021 - A Welcome Letter and Admission Form is emailed home. Please note this form needs completing and returning to the Lower School Office as a final confirmation of taking up your child's place for September 2021, these must be received before the Taster Days.

March-May 2021 - The Transition and Learning Support Team visits your child’s primary school as we work very closely with your child's Year 6 teacher to ensure that we receive all the required information to support your child’s academic progress and pastoral needs. During these visits, we give your child the opportunity to hear more about life at Hinchingbrooke School and to answer any questions in which they may have to dispel any worries.

June 2021 - Email to parent/carer with detailed information regarding the taster day, including form group allocation.

22nd June 2021 - Two Pre-Taster sessions by invitation only for children from out of catchment, or for those who find the transition process challenging. Timings 9.00 am - 11.00 am and 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm. Please note it is the parent/carers' responsibility to ferry them to and from school for this.

29th June 2021 - Your child will be invited to a Transition Day when they will have the opportunity to make new friends, attend new and exciting lessons, and meet members of staff and students. Your child will often feel much more confident and reassured about the move after their Transition Day have taken place where they are eager to return!

Students will make their way to and from school using the method that they will be using in September. Please note if your child is going to be using a school bus there is no need for a bus pass, the drivers are aware of the arrangement. Timings of the school day 8.35 am until 3.15 pm. Children need to wear their primary school uniform, bring a pencil case, water bottle, and packed lunch or money to buy food. For those in receipt of FSM they will receive their entitlement as normal on these days.

29th June 2021 - Parents, carers, and students will be invited to watch a Year 7 Information Evening Video, where you will view a presentation about the transition process and hear how your child will be taught at Hinchingbrooke School. It is also an opportunity to see key members of staff who will be there to support your child while they take this important milestone. 

If you would like your child to be placed in the same house as their other siblings, please make us aware of this in writing no later than the beginning of May. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee this matter.

If your child will be travelling on a school bus next year, you must apply for transport to get their pass. You can apply at

Education Transport Team
Box No. SH1013
Shire Hall

Telephone: 0345 045 5208

Parent Mail is set up in September, you will be sent a letter with a code to verify your account by our Communications team. You will then be sent locker information to apply for a locker. 

Your child will be advised in September which language they are studying.

Year 7 Tie for September 2021 is a silver stripe

Friday 3rd September is the first day for Year 7 pupils.

On the first few days of term please send your child with cash if they are accessing school meals, as their cashless catering account will not have been set up in time. 

They will need to bring to school with them a pencil case and reading book.

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YouTube launches a new logo design | Creative BloqPlease see below a timeline for the release of various transition videos. We have staggered these to build interest and avoid overwhelming everyone with too many things at once which would risk important information being missed. So please subscribe to our YouTube channel and you will receive notifications of the releases.

The YouTube channel is called Hinchingbrooke School Transition and the link is 


Transition Video Title

Release Date

Mr Milners Transition Talk


Subject Transition Tutorials Episode 1 – Core faculty


Subject Transition Tutorials Episode 2 – Creative Faculty


Tutor Introductions


House Leader Introduction


Subject Transition Tutorial Episode 3 – Global Faculty


School Tour


Y7 Student Top Tips & Y6 Questions Answered


Key Staff Introductions


School Clubs


Principal and Head of Year message