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Transition - Primary to Secondary

Transition simply means moving from Year 6 to Year 7. 

Starting a new school is an exciting time. At Calday Grange Grammar School we pride ourselves on our smooth and extensive transition process. Once your application has been accepted we will start to work with you and your child to ensure the journey to Calday is as smooth as possible.

Most of us can recall some memory from our first day(s) at 'big school'. Some are filled with the joy of more independence and becoming a grown-up, others bring out chills and cold sweats. Either way, it was (and still is) an emotional time with a lot of upheaval and change which can have long lasting effects on a student's life at school. We acknowledge this fact and place great importance upon ensuring that a student's move here is as successful and positive as possible for all concerned.

At Calday we operate an open door policy for information sharing between all the key parties surrounding our students, with a drive for complete transparency. This system has lead to proven success allowing us all to have an input into the students wellbeing and deal with any concerns effectively. We value the whole support team and recognise that every student has differing individual needs and circumstances. 

The move to 'big school' will be here before you know it and we are here to work with you throughout the process and into Year 7.

What happens next? 

Primary School Contact

Members of staff visit primary schools to meet with Year 6 teachers to ensure that we receive all the required information to support students academic progress. They also meet with our new students to answer any questions that they might have and let them know what will be happening over the next few months.

Uniform Evening

We hold a school uniform evening, which is a great opportunity for students to try on samples sizes of the blazer and PE kit prior to ordering. Further details are sent to parents closer to the date.

New Parents Evening

This is an opportunity to meet with the staff involved in the transition of students from Year 6 into Year 7.  Parents meet in smaller groups and have the opportunity to speak to teaching and support staff. Further details are sent to parents closer to the date.

Transition Day

Year 6 students who have accepted their place at Calday will come and spend the full day in school. This is a great opportunity for students to make new friends and attend new and exciting lessons. They'll meet their form tutor, other members of staff and current students. Students should wear their primary school uniform. Students often feel more confident and reassured about the move after their transition day has taken place.

Sports Camp

This private sports venture is held at the school during the summer holiday from the 25th-26th August and is run by Mr Phillips and Mr Broadhurst. New Year 7 students are grouped together, giving them a chance to make new friends, whilst familiarising themselves with members of staff and the facilities before they arrive in September. This has proved to be an excellent introduction to their new school. More details can be found at or you can contact -

The first day at school

It’s a quieter day as just Year 7 and Year 12 students are in school. Students will spend the day with their form tutors where they will receive their timetable and other information before normal lessons start with the rest of the school, who return to school the following day. School buses and coaches will be operating on this day.


Transition September 2021


Message for students

Your transition to Calday Grange Grammar School is very important to us and we will do everything possible to ensure a smooth move from your primary school.

Y7 Transition Induction Series
The Year 7 Induction Series of videos includes a welcome message from Mr Gray, the Headteacher and Mrs Storey, the Director of Student Services.  You can also listen to messages from the Pastoral Leaders of your new House.


You might want to have a look at the ‘BBC Bitesize - Starting Secondary School’ website, which has lots of tips, clips and resources all about transition to secondary school

We are really looking forward to seeing you all. 

For parents

To find out everything you need to know about life at Calday Grange Grammar School, take a look at our New Starters page.

Please find below links to the communications we have sent to all parents so far. If you have not received these emails and you will be the Priority 1 contact please email 

If you have any more questions about starting at Calday or the transition process please get in touch. But you may find the answer to your question in our our New Starters page.

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