Head of Transition: Mr R. Crimmins

Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for Year 6 pupils. To help reduce the anxiety and maintain the achievements of primary school, Mary Immaculate have developed a comprehensive transition plan. We aim to ensure all pupils moving through the key stages have the relevant information and experiences for them successfully move from primary school, through high school and on to furt
her education or employment.

The programme begins in Year 5 with our staff working closely with our partner primary schools on a range of activities designed to help pupils get to know us and the school better. We also hold an Open Evening which aims to provide a detailed introduction to the school for potential pupils and their families. Parents and carers are welcome to come and ask questions and there will be current Year 7 students helping to show them round to talk about their experiences of moving to secondary education.


At Mary Immaculate we provide a thorough transition programme for pupils moving from primary school in to high school. This includes a range of activities and experiences which aim to ensure that all pupils coming to us have a seamless transition process.

Open Evening

Invites to all Year 5 and 6 pupils and families. Open Evening showcases Mary Immaculate and the opportunities it will provide pupils with. Interactive lessons are held as well as tours of school with current pupils and presentations from our head teacher Huw Powell and Head Boy and Head Girl.

Visits to Primaries

The head teacher and high school transition team visit primary schools to meet potential pupils and outline the success of Mary Immaculate an
d the opportunities it can provide young people with.

Department Visits

A number of department areas visit each feeder primary school and teach an interactive lesson with groups of Year 5 and 6 pupils. The departments involved include Science and PE and deliver lessons each and showcase the themes that will be covered when they arrive at Mary Immaculate.

Literacy and Numeracy

Our literacy and numeracy coordinators, along with our literacy and numeracy leaders, deliver lessons to Year 5 and 6 pupils in each of our feeder primary schools. The aim of these is to allow potential pupils to experience the teaching methods used at Mary Immaculate to develop their literacy and numeracy.

Transition Days

Transition Days held for Year 6 as per previous years with each group following a specific timetable for the day and experiencing Mary Immaculate.

Science Day – Year 5 pupils attend and spend the day with the science department.

Sports Days – Year 5 and 6 pupils from feeder and non-feeder primaries attend and compete across a variety of sports and activities.

Enhanced Transition week

The aim of our ETW is to offer more able and talented pupils from our feeder primaries the opportunity to experience stretch and challenge in a high school environment. Eight Year 6 pupils from each feeder primary attend a morning where they follow a Year 7 class timetable and participate in the relevant lessons. These lessons to focus on the core subjects and provide the more able pupils with an experience of the level of challenge they can expect.

Transition Team

This is made up of current Mary Immaculate pupils and will involve them putting together a trailer of life at Mary Immaculate for pupils/families/carers to access via the school website. This will also be sent out to primaries to share with pupils. Transition Team will also visit primaries to share experiences with current primary pupils.

Summer Camp

The school Summer Camp is held for three days in the summer holidays at Mary Immaculate for primary pupils to attend and participate in a range of activities coordinated by staff. The camp centres on the theme of space and lessons are held across a number of subjects with this being the main focus. Off-site activities are also held including trekking, camp skills and time at Cardiff University.