Primary transition

We know that the prospect of starting at a new school can be daunting for young people and parents alike, so we make sure we do whatever we can to make the process as smooth as possible for pupils and their parents or carers. Everyone whose child is offered a place at Carleton High is invited to a special transition evening, where the Head of School will give a welcome presentation. Other members of staff - including form teachers, senior leaders and the non-teaching pastoral team – will be on hand to meet parents and answer any questions they may have, outlining what we offer to our pupils and the commitment to learning we expect in return. This also lays the ground for the partnership approach we build with all parents: parental support is crucial for a child’s academic success.

In addition to the transition evening, Year 6 students join us over several days in the summer term to experience a carefully tailored and exciting timetable, allowing them to gain a real insight into being a Carleton High School student. Our positive links with primary schools in the local community and beyond, allow us to create a seamless transition for your child – students entering Year 7 settle in quickly and with ease.

Pupils who transfer to Carleton High mid-term are also well supported. Parents meet with the relevant Student Liaison Officer, who will oversee the transition and help their child settle. New pupils are assigned a from, along with a ‘buddy’ from their year group who’ll be there to guide and support them through their first few weeks as a member of our school community.

"I was quite worried about moving up to a much bigger school when I was year 6, but the transition days really helped, by showing us that it’s a friendly place here. My SLO and form tutor were both really kind to me while I settle in too".

Year 7 student

In-year admissions

When students transfer to Carleton High School mid-term, they’re offered a similar support plan to those coming from primary school. Each year group has a Progress Leader who focuses on academic achievement, and a Student Liaison Officer (SLO) who is a non-teaching member of staff who oversees all students' pastoral needs. Parents and carers will meet with an SLO and Progress Leader, and students will be assigned a house and a form. They’ll be issued with a planner and equipment pack, and the Progress Leader will be on hand to alleviate any concerns they may have while settling in. New students will also be assigned a buddy from their year group who’ll guide and support them through their first few weeks.

If you have any questions about in-year admissions, please contact the Progress Leader in the first instance.