Transition from Primary to Secondary school

Transition from Primary to Secondary school

This area provides information and resources to help create a smooth transition process.

This is based on both pupils’ academic and pastoral needs, enabling all pupils to make the best possible start to secondary school.



Buckinghamshire Guidance for Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

The Buckinghamshire Guidance for Transition from Year 6 to Year 7 contains recommendations for good transitions practice.  It has been developed by a Task and Finish group of Primary and Secondary Headteachers with Officers from Buckinghamshire County Council and has been approved by both BASH (Buckinghamshire Association of Secondary Headteachers) and PEB (Primary Executive Board).

Case Studies of good practice Examples of good practice by key area, collected from both in Buckinghamshire and from national examples

The Buckingham school case study

John Colet case study


Collecting information for a smooth transition

This form has been developed to enable secondary schools to collect the essential information from primary schools.

Please read the guidance notes that accompany the document regarding data protection requirements and to see the level of transition support recommended 

The form is available in two formats:

Transition form and guidance notes 2019 (Word version) Paper transition form and guidance notes

Transition form and guidance notes 2019 (PDF version) Paper transition form and guidance notes

SIMs download: Transition report Data that is already on your SIMs system is automatically uploaded onto the form. Ensure you edit the report output to contain your own school details (available under the 'Pupil' header)

It is recommended that this form should be used in conjunction with the established practice of face-to-face meetings between secondary and primary schools to discuss students’ needs in more detail. It is recommended that completion of the form is requested by secondary schools from primary schools once a student’s place has been accepted, to allow the transition planning process to begin early.

This form does not replace the formal transfer of pupil data through any current practices, such as the CTF (Common Transfer File) or the parent’s admission form which are available in the Admission section of SchoolsWeb.

Buckinghamshire Threshold Document (BCSB website)

Transfer of Safeguarding Information – Signature Form


Support for pupils

This evidence-based resilience programme has been commissioned by the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Team for delivery in schools across Buckinghamshire. The Friends for Life programme is for primary aged children with a focus on years 4 or 5/6, and can help to build resilience before transition.

Buckinghamshire Resilience Programme


‘My Passport’ Information

A fun new way of supporting pupils moving in or out of primary school outside of the normal transfer times, developed by the Education Psychology Service.

My Passport


Other useful information

Ofsted – KS3 report

Ofsted – KS3 good practice case studies (includes transition process)


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