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Year 6 Transition


*Transition 2020 - impact of Covid-19  - please see section below for most up to date information.

Hello and Welcome to the New Year 7 Students


At Hadleigh High School, we believe the transition from Primary to Secondary school is one of the most important events in a child’s education, and as such we endeavour to ensure that children feel completely supported throughout this process. By investing the time that we do, the vast majority of our students start Year 7 in September without any concerns and quickly become settled and engaged members of our school community.

Whilst we work closely with students from many year groups within our local primary schools, the more formal process of transition begins in October of Year 6 with our Open Days and Open Evening. Students and parents/carers are invited to visit us to hear about why Hadleigh High School is the first choice for a successful future.  These occasions allow all of our visitors to meet staff and students and to see some of the activities that go on in the school.

When families have made their choices and we receive, from the admissions team at Suffolk County Council, the allocations for September, we contact all families to make an initial introduction.

During April, May and June, members of the pastoral and support teams visit the primary schools to meet with the class teachers and to share information about the children coming to us in September*.  This ensures that any relevant information is passed on and helps us to get to know our new students and plan ahead.  

In July there is a transition day where all Year 6 students visit Hadleigh High School*.  This is a great opportunity for our new students to get to know more about us and for them to meet their new teachers and friends.  This is followed by a meeting with parents/carers in early July to allow them to get to know the staff who will be taking care of their child for the next 5 years*.

For students who may find the transition to secondary school particularly difficult, we liaise with the primary schools to arrange additional induction days*. For some students, we allocate a member of the Student Management Team who will meet with them in their primary school to get to know them and help them to gain more confidence about this important time in their life*.


*Transition 2020 - Covid-19 update


We fully appreciate that it is a worrying time for you and your family. Your child’s Year 6 journey has been disrupted, with students not being able to share many opportunities and experiences with their classmates and friends.  However, please rest assured as we are working incredibly hard with our feeder primary schools to ensure that your child’s transition to Hadleigh High School is as smooth and positive as possible.


We knew it was likely that our usual transition programme would need to be adjusted.  As a result, in line with guidance and support from our feeder primary schools, we will not be visiting primary schools to meet Year 6 students, we will not be holding our Transition day here at Hadleigh High on Thursday 9th July, nor will we be hosting our New Parent/Carer evening on Tuesday 7th July.  To make up for this, we will be bringing Hadleigh High School to you!



Please click here for our HHS parent/carer handbook but also refer to the valuable information within the Transition 2020 tab at the top of the page which is designed for both students and parents/carers.  


If you would like any further information regarding our Transition Programme please contact:

Mrs Perry, Head of Year 7 & Transition, eperry@hadleighhigh.net



Nicola Shingleton