Transition Process

Transition from Primary to Secondary school is characterised by a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Most children will find ways to adapt very quickly, but a minority will find change much harder to cope with.

Here at The Holy Family Catholic School and Sixth Form, we have a dedicated transition team comprising of senior leaders, special needs’ staff and the year 7 pastoral care team to support every child at every step of the way and to ensure that they settle in to Secondary school life as smoothly and easily as possible.

We employ a range of practices to help support children’s transition including: Open Evenings, the sharing of information between schools, visits to primary schools, parents and carers’ induction evenings, distribution of information booklets, and the shoe box project, just to name a few.

Our induction process starts a year in advance with an Open Evening. Towards the end of September we invite all interested pupils and parents to attend our annual Open Evening. Following presentations from the Headteacher Dr Stone, key members of staff and head boy and head girl, families have the opportunity to tour the school and visit each department. Holy Family prides itself on the displays and interactive experiences on offer during the evening. Alternative times can be arranged for people who are unable to attend the Open Evening. To arrange a visit please call the school on 0208 520 0482.

Once places have been confirmed, our transition team will visit pupils in each of the primary schools, including non- catchment primary schools. The aim of the visits is to set aside any worries Year 6 pupils may have by talking about what to expect, when they join our school in September. The year 6 pupils have the opportunity to ask questions and find out about their exciting new school.

Mrs M. Murray (Transition Coordinator) 

Transition 2021

A message from Mr Graefe

Welcome Year 7. Myself and Miss Pearce, your Year Leaders, have been very fortunate this year to have been able to meet a significant number of you already, either in your school or via video link.

We feel, and your current teachers have told us, that the calibre of student coming into year 7 is very high and you are going to be part of an excellent year group.

As we have already mentioned to those we have met, kindness to everyone is going to be one of our key focusses as we come together for the first time. It is natural to feel slightly anxious but please try not to worry as we are all going to be as supportive and encouraging of one another as we can be.

We will also be putting a great deal of emphasis on encouraging and rewarding the inquisitive learners amongst you. Students who ask questions show bravery, confidence and maturity, not to mention a hunger to learn which is essential if you are to achieve your potential.

A fantastic opportunity for you to try out your questioning, and to start building new friendships by being exceedingly kind to everyone, is at summer school. We are very happy so many of you have chosen to take the opportunity to attend.

For those of you that cannot attend for whatever reason, please make sure you have read all the guidance regarding equipment and uniform, and we very much look forward to seeing you in September for the start of a new chapter.

Our contact details are as follows:

Enjoy your summer.

Mr E Graefe

Head of Yr 7




Dear Parents/Carers and new students to Holy Family,

Firstly I wanted to thank you for choosing Holy Family as your son/daughter’s preferred secondary school. Transition to any secondary school can be very stressful and worrying for both students and their families and my role at Holy Family is to make this process more manageable and to be a point of contact for you.

This has never been more important than during this time but I want to reassure you that even though we are not in school at the moment I am going to do what I can to make the process manageable for everyone concerned. To help with this, I will be available by email/telephone to answer any questions or queries you may have.

One very important part of my role would have been to visit each child in their primary school to talk to them and their teachers about life at Holy Family, their strengths and weaknesses and any information the primary school think I should know. I will still be contacting all the primary schools but if you feel there is any extra information that I should know please feel free to forward it on to me. Any information we can gather helps the children have a smooth transition and if there are any interventions that we can put in place that will help them with this, then we can plan for them for when we are all back in school for the start of Year 7.

Please let me know also if your child is on the Special Needs Register, sees a Learning Mentor or has any contact with outside agencies, again this helps us to help your child.

To help you I am going to put some frequently asked questions with answers on this web page which might answer some of your general queries but I will answer any other questions that you may have, that hasn’t been covered.

If you would like to have a conversation with me about your child, then leave your contact details and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

My contact details are as follows:

Email address:

I look forward to working together with you to alleviate some of the stress and worry that this time in a child’s life can bring especially now and to make the transition to Holy Family a good experience for everyone.

Maureen Murray

Transition Coordinator


Shoebox Project Details 
RE Transition Booklet
Maths Transition Work 

Numerise have made their Secondary Ready Online Course in maths freely available until September 1. It is designed to help prepare year 6 students starting in September as year 7 - click the image below to visit this great resource!




Frequently Asked Questions

Question Response 

Will I get lost around the school?

Holy Family is probably a much larger school than your primary school however we do everything we can to make sure that you don’t get lost. In the first week of Year 7 you are brought to and from every lesson by your subject teacher. By the end of the first week you will have a good idea where everything is. If you still get lost there is always someone around that you can ask.

I am the only child coming to Holy Family from my primary school, will I make friends?

Holy Family is a very friendly school and there will be lots of other children that will be in the same position, so please don’t be worried. We will make sure that everyone has someone that they can be friends with and from my experience the majority of children have friends by the end of the first week. If this does not happen and you are feeling alone please let us know and we can help you.

Will I be put in a class with my friends?

At Holy Family we try and mix all the Year 7s together so you may be in the same class as your friends but you may not. This however has never proved to be a problem as making new friends is one of the best things about starting a new school.

Are the teachers strict at Holy Family and do they shout?

All secondary schools teachers can be strict but if students follow the rules you should not see any difference. Some teachers do shout but that might be because there are a lot more children and bigger spaces so to get a group of children’s attention in the playground, for instance, they may shout.

What subjects do you do at Holy Family?

At Holy Family we do many more subjects than you are probably used to at primary school. Here are the subjects that you will be studying: 

  • Religious Education
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French/Spanish
  • PE
  • Product Design – Food Technology, Textiles & Resistant Materials
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Music

As you can see we have a lot of subjects to get through so for this reason we have a 2 week timetable, this will be explained more at a later date.


What is a typical day like at Holy Family?

A day at Holy Family consists of 5 lessons that last 1 hour. We start school at 8:40am and finish at 3:10pm except for Fridays where students finish school at 2:20pm. There is a morning break at 11am for 20 minutes and lunch which is 50 minutes starts at 1:20. Lunch at Holy Family is probably an hour later than you are used to at your primary school so you should make sure you have some breakfast or you can buy snacks at break time from the canteen. We also have a breakfast club each morning from 8.10am, where you can pick up your free bagel! 

Do you get any rewards for doing good work at Holy Family?

We love when students do good work at Holy Family and we will always reward our students. Our system is to award STARS and the more stars you collect the better the reward which is usually a trip such as bowling. One of the other rewards is Afternoon Tea with Dr Stone where you can sit and have cakes and soft drinks with Dr Stone and other students who have produced excellent work.

Is there bullying at Holy Family?

Holy Family is like every school in the country; there will always be some kind of bullying. BUT, what we at Holy Family do, and what we do well, is when we know about the bullying we act straight away and deal with it appropriately. WE DO NOT tolerate bullies and they will be dealt with and punished according to the rules of Holy Family.