We understand that moving from primary to secondary school is a significant change in your child’s life, which is why we have a dedicated team, focusing on both pastoral and academic aspects of transition, to support your child during this time. Currently, this year’s transition plans are a combination of virtual and face-to-face experiences.

We are proud to have strong links with local primary schools as we can begin the transition process at the start of the academic year. Whilst we would love to invite our prospective students and their families to Shuttleworth to an open evening, we are planning a virtual open evening which will be live on our website from Monday 4th October.

You will be able to see our open evening videos on our website and they will also be shared on our dedicated transition channel on YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb3PRSYGcw_3QFisSVwqAKA/videos and also on our social media channels (Twitter and Instagram @Shuttle_College). Additionally we will send the videos to all of our feeder primary schools.

After October half term, Mr Turner will record two videos per half term, and our faculties will take it in turns to set challenges for our Year 6 students. They can send in their responses to transition@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk which is also where any transition queries can be sent. We’d love to see their work and we will share certificates online. The topics are:

    • Half Term 2: Music & drama
    • Half Term 3: Maths
    • Half Term 4: Science
    • Half Term 5: Creative Arts & Technology
    • Half Term 6: PE

During the summer term, our transition team liaise carefully with each feeder primary to meet our new students officially and build a pen portrait of each child. We take pride in getting to know each student before they start in September, which enables us to both support and enhance their Shuttleworth journey from the start.

It is our intention that this year we can return to our traditional transition week and we are very excited! This is when new entrants join us for a highly engaging and successful transition week in the summer term with our specialist staff and using our excellent resources. We also offer a summer school to all new students at the start of the summer holidays. In the summer term we also facilitate additional tours for those students and families who will need some extra support for a smooth transition.

The transition process does not end in September, as they will be supported throughout Year 7 by Miss Grice – and Mr. Turner will be there too! Our new Year 7 students will be in forms with fellow students from their primaries where possible to help them settle quickly, but also giving them chance to make new friends. We work closely with primaries to group our new students effectively.

At Shuttleworth we’re proud of our transition process, and how quickly our year 7 students settle in; this year will be no different.

Faculty introduction:

Hello, we’re Mr. Turner & Mrs Turner, Shuttleworth’s transition team. As a Head of Year responsible for transition and Transition Lead respectively, we work closely with feeder primaries to get to know your child before they even start in Year 7. We liaise directly with your child’s class teacher and will share a range of key information and activities with you.

When your child starts in Year 7 they will have Miss Grice as their pastoral leader, and Mrs Turner (Head of English & Senior Assistant Headteacher) will be their SLT (Senior Leadership Team) link.

Questions or concerns? Contact us:

“Increasing numbers of parents are choosing the school for their children. Leaders ensure that pupils in Year 6 benefit from an extremely effective programme to support their transition from primary school. Pupils in other year groups can develop their leadership skills through their involvement in this well-planned programme of activities.”

Ofsted 2018

“My name is Charlie and I am a Year 8 student here at Shuttleworth College. I live in Bacup and I came here from Thorn Primary School. The first time I saw Shuttleworth College was during enrichment where we did fun one-hour sessions of activities or sports on a Wednesday after school.

I first met Mr. Turner at the start of Year 6 and I sensed a connection to the school straight away. As I come from a little further away, I’m actually the only person to come here from my primary school, Mr Turner liaised with my parents in order to give me the best possible start to life at secondary school. I immediately felt a part of the Shuttleworth family!”

Charlie Harding-BannonYear 8