The Magna Carta School has always had a strong transition programme and invests a huge amount of time to ensuring that your child has a smooth transition to secondary school. Once your child has been allocated a place at The Magna Carta School, the Transition programme begins. It is important that we know as much about your child as possible before they start in September. We also talk to the students and tell about what we do at the school including sports, plays, music and things like our reward systems. It is a good opportunity for the students to ask questions and get to know more about the school.

Every child who is given a place will have their Year 6 class teacher visited or contacted prior to joining The Magna Carta School. They will tell us key assessment information as well as the strengths of your child, their interests and what motivates them. We use this information to then put children into their tutor groups.

How do we decide which tutor groups students go into?
The Magna Carta School collects as much information and data about students before they join, relating to their academic history and hobbies. We also check who their friends are and possibly who it might be beneficial to distance them from. This information helps us choose the best tutor group for each new student.

Ability groups
At The Magna Carta School we assign students into ability groups with other children of a similar ability for specific subjects (e.g. Maths and English). We believe it enables our teachers to offer a more tailored approach to suit the needs of each individual class. In the first weeks of Year 7 all students take ‘baseline’ tests which provide us with our own evidence and data of a student’s knowledge and ability of subjects as well as the level of prior knowledge when arriving at the school. This then allows us to adjust ability groups usually by October half-term.

Attendance targets
At The Magna Carta School we aim for a minimum of 96%; we monitor attendance closely at all times and should there be any concerns, you will be invited to come in to discuss what support we can offer to improve your child’s attendance. 90% attendance over one year is 20 days of missed lessons; research shows that missing seventeen days means that achievement drops by one GCSE grade and is considered as persistent absence.

Induction Day (taster days)
Many children will have already visited us on open evening and through our work with local primary schools, but all Year 6 students who are allocated a place at the school attend our Induction Day in late June/early July.  This taster day gives the students an opportunity to spend a day with their new tutor group, meet new friends and some of the teachers who they will be spending the next five years with.

Information evenings (for parents and carers)
There is also an information evening for all Year 6 parents to give them key information about their child starting in September. This will also include information on uniform, attendance and other relevant policies. Information will be made available for download on this website after the evening itself to remind parents of our expectations.

What happens on the first day?
New Year 7 students will spend the first day with their new tutor group and prefects on an alternative timetable. They will get to know their fellow tutees, have a tour of the school and have a welcome assembly with our Lead on Transition.

Getting it right
We invest heavily in the transition programme because we recognise how important it is to get it right for each child. By spending time getting to know your children as individuals, the vast majority of our students start Year 7 in September positively.

If you would like further information about the school’s transition process, please email Dr Kathy Janzan, Head of School at