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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

Medical Needs Co-ordinator - Mr Simon Parker


telephone 01480 375700 extension 5763


Key Dates

3rd October 2019 - Year 6 Open Evening (5.30 pm until 7.30 pm).

31st October 2019 - Application deadline for secondary school choices.

Applications can be made on line from 12th September 2019. 

1st March 2019 - Offer letters/emails sent by the LEA. If you have applied on line you will be able to view your child's school offer by using the on line facility on this date.

It is important that you accept your childs place by ringing or emailing the Lower School (telephone 01480 420522 or, or by registering on the student portal, this needs to be done within 15 days. If you do not, admissions reserve the right to withdraw the place in order to offer it to another child.

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 student portal.

Admissions Team
The Octagon
Castle Hill

Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Fax: 01223 727 941

March 2019 - A Welcome Letter and Admission and Medical Forms posted home. Please note these forms need completing and returning to the Lower School Office as final confirmation of taking up your childs place for September 2019, these must be received before the Taster Days.

March-May 2019 - The Transition and Learning Support Team visit 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 the life at Hinchingbrooke School and to answer any questions in which they may have to dispel any worries.

June (end) 2019 - Information pack posted home with detailed information regarding the taster days, including form group allocation.

25th and 26th June 2019 - Additional Pre-Taster Mornings by invitation only for children from out of catchment, or for those who find the transition process challenging. Timings 9.20 am until 10.50 am.

2nd, 3rd and 4th July 2019 - Your child will be invited to three Transition Days where 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 Days 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 8.45 am until 3.30 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.

On Wednesday 3rd July students need to bring their PE kit with them, containing trainers and if possible a House coloured T-shirt to reflect their Hinchingbrooke form group (Cromwell – green, Montagu – yellow, Pepys – blue, Vesey – red, Wylton – purple).

4th July 2019 - Parents, carers and students will be invited to a Year 7 Information Evening (6.00 pm until 8.00 pm) 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 meet key members of staff who will be there to support your child while they take this important milestone. Price and Buckland our uniform suppliers will be in attendance from 5.00 pm in the gym (entrance via the Food Court) to give students an opportunity to try on uniform for sizing and to place an order. 

Please note that we do not follow the tradition of houses within families.

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. 

You will be advised which MFL your child is studying in the September.

Year 7 Tie for 2019-2020 is a white stripe.

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.