Year 6 into 7 transition

‘Moving Up & Moving On’

My name is Natalie Oddie and I am the Primary Liaison Manager here at Kirkbie Kendal School (KKS). My job is to make the transfer to KKS smooth and enjoyable.

Here at KKS we pride ourselves in delivering a well-structured transition programme to help make the move from Primary school to Secondary school a great success. Parents and Year 7 students tell us that it works really well, although we are always aiming to make it even better!

The process begins in March of Year 5 for most students when they are invited to a ‘Moving Up’ evening at KKS for both students and parents of all Primary schools. The evening is both informative and informal and provides a valuable starting point to the whole transition process. 

During the summer term of Year 5 classes are invited to attend an Enhancement Activity at KKS. This could be based around English, Maths, History, Technology, Science and many other subject areas and gives students a fun and exciting secondary school experience.  

As your child moves into Year 6 you will be invited to attend our Year 6 Open Evening. This event is held in September every year and gives both parents and students a chance to see the whole school in one evening. Parents will get the opportunity to tour the school, meet with the staff, students and Headteacher Mr Harris. Mr Harris will also give a presentation to parents, providing an overview of the school. Mr Harris also encourages parents and students to arrange a personal tour of the school on a normal working day so that you can see how our four core values of Care, Hard Work, Resilience and Curiosity underpin everything we do here at KKS.

By the end of October your family will have made a decision about which secondary school you would like your child to attend and we hope that it will be the start of a great partnership with Kirkbie Kendal School.

At the beginning of March when your child is in Year 6 you will receive a letter confirming your place at Kirkbie Kendal School and you will also receive information about uniform, prices and ordering so that you have plenty of time to prepare fully for the new start in September.

In May your child will receive a visit in their current primary school from their new Head of Year (HOY) accompanied by me, to deliver information, run a session on FAQ and reassure students about transition. They will also receive an ‘Induction Pack’ with further information for both students and parents including invitations to further transition sessions including Year 6 Parents’ & Students’ Evening and Year 6 Induction Day.

Most invitations to events mentioned above will be sent via your child’s current primary school, however if you do not receive information or require further information please do not hesitate to contact me on

We’re looking forward to meeting you and working with you to ensure the best for your son or daughter. 

Mrs Oddie
Primary Liaison Manager