Year 6 – Year 7 Transition 


“The Benefits of our comprehensive transition process are:

Pupils arrive at St. Mary’s Menston confident and secure

Parents are fully aware and fully informed at all stages

Pupils are allocated to a suitable form, based on pastoral and academic information from primary school

Learning is able to begin quickly in September as pupils have some prior experience of school.”
— Miss C Anderson, Assistant Headteacher who oversees the transition process

Our Feeder Schools

We have five feeder primary schools. For more information about them, please visit Our Primary Schools page.


Transition Stages (2017 Entry)

There are 4 stages of transition from Year 6 to Year 7: 

Stage 1

  • Information given out at Open Day (1 October 2016) on arrangements for admission
  • Applications to St. Mary’s made (October) 2016

Stage 2

  • Notification of place (March 2017)

Stage 3

  • Transition meetings held with all Year 6 teaching staff from feeder and non feeder schools (May, June 2017)
  • Information gained academically and pastorally about every pupil.
  • Ambassadors programme – for pupils requiring extra support

Stage 4

  • Transition Week (Week beginning 3 July 2017)
  • All pupils visit St. Mary’s Menston for a taster day.
  • Pupils receive their form allocation C, D, F, G, M, P, W
  • Transition evening with parents, pupils meet in new forms

Included in Transition

  • St. Mary's Open Day in October
  • Transition visits to every pupil – feeder and non feeder
  • SEND visits by Mrs Hings (Head of Learning Support) from Year 5 onwards
  • Ambassadors programme – for pupils requiring extra support
  • Taster day at St. Mary’s Menston with sample lessons and lunch
  • All pupils receive a welcome booklet
  • Year 6 Transition Information Evening for pupils and parents (Thursday 6 July 2017 6.45pm)
  • Welcome Mass and Induction Day in September 2017 completing the transition process

What Students Say

Some of our older pupils have written their memories of their time in Year 7:

“My first day at St. Mary’s was possibly the scariest of my life. The morning I set off I had never felt so nervous. That afternoon, I arrived home full of excitement and stories to tell. I couldn’t wait to come back the next day. It wasn’t the huge, scary place I thought it was.”
“Six years ago I was waiting excitedly to come to St. Mary’s and to learn new things. I was scared at first as the school was so big and different from my old school in Horsforth. Time went on and I settled in with the help of my teachers and the shepherds who showed me around. Now I am studying for my A-levels. I enjoy being with my friends and I have built up really good relationships with the teachers. I assure you that if you work hard but also enjoy your free time with your friends, you will really enjoy your years here at St. Mary’s.”
“When I came to St. Mary’s I knew no one. I was terrified that it would remain that way and that I wouldn’t make friends. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I am so glad that I’ve spent the last six years of my life at St. Mary’s and not at any other school. Making friends and enjoying school has been so easy. After my first day in Year 7 I knew that my parents had made the right choice. St. Mary’s is a friendly, welcoming and inclusive school and you all have so much to look forward to. Enjoy your new school and make the most of it, you’ll miss it when you leave!”