We understand that any transition period requires careful management and that it should be as free of worries as possible for all those involved.

Our successful Year 7 settling-in programme ensures that pupils make the transition from primary to secondary education with little effort. We work closely with our primary colleagues to ensure that we understand the needs of each pupil in order to assist with the settling in process.

Transition activities begin early with our fun activity days for Yrs 4, 5 and 6 pupils. We also:

  • Meet with Year 6 pupils in their primary school prior to transition
  • Organise a three day Induction Programme followed by a new intake parents’ evening in the summer term of Year 6
  • Arrange specific ALNCo visits to the primary school and organise additional induction days for SEN pupils
  • Hold a Year 7 Parents’ Evening in the first term following transition to discuss the settling in period

Mrs. Debbie Howlett, Associate Assistant Headteacher, is responsible for the transition from primary school alongside Mr George Ryan, Progress Manager for KS3. In the case of older students, the school always contacts the previous secondary school prior to their enrolment. This ensures a smooth transfer of the pupil’s details and if necessary, coursework for examinations. It also allows us to place the pupil into the appropriate group for their subjects.

Transition from KS4 to KS5 is handled personally by our Y12/13 Progress Leader and induction days are arranged to enable students to transfer seamlessly.

Transition Programme 2020

This year, we are beginning our transition arrangements remotely.  Your child will have received a first contact from us via their primary school home learning platform.  We have made a short welcome video (more to follow) and issued a grid filled with fun challenges to start them in the process of engaging with staff and the types of activities that we do in Denbigh High.  

Pictures of the products of the challenges can be emailed to and, each week, one of the learners who send their pictures will be drawn at random to receive an Amazon voucher!  All entrants will receive an early lunch pass to use when they arrive at DHS.  Please see below for a copy of the challenge grid and the welcome video.

Your child will also receive a pack of information from school.  Included in this pack is a booklet of preparation activities entitled “Be Awesome, Go Big”.  

Be Awesome, Go Big is a package to support Year 6 students to transition into high school.  It is designed to be motivational, helpful and reassuring and to help young people feel valued, loved, encouraged and equipped for the journey ahead.

The resources are based on the best-selling children’s books You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed and Go Big: The secondary school survival guide by Matthew Burton.

The booklet is divided into 9 sessions.  It would be great if you could support your child to attempt as many of the sessions as you both find manageable.  An electronic copy of the booklet and the resources needed to support these are below.  If you need these printed, please email

Session 1 Being awesome
Session 2 Unlocking your mind
Session 3 Dare to take risks
Session 4 Making the change
Session 5 Lost but not lost
Session 6 Bouncebackability
Session 7 What is normal anyway
Session 8 Friendships and fallouts
Session 9 Living well
Links for Be Awesome Go Big Session videos