Year 6 Transition

Choosing a secondary is an important decision and when the time arrives, we often receive the FAQ’s listed below:

Do we have a choice?

It is important that you take the time to make an informed decision about choosing a secondary school. We recommend that you go and visit schools you are considering to see how they work and get a feel for their ethos and whether it is the right choice for all parties.

Are all secondary schools the same?

No, every school will aim to ensure that all pupils make and exceed the necessary progress, but outcomes vary from school to school.

At The Hart School, we work hard to ensure that every young person has the right tools and foundations to be successful. We believe strongly in our key terms of progress;

Curriculums may also vary from school to school; The Hart school curriculum is rich, varied and creative.

What should I look out for when visiting the schools? What should I ask during open evenings?

During a school’s open evening, you will be greeted by the principal with an introductory speech. In this presentation, you will hear all about the school’s ethos and beleifs. You hear more about the curriculum and extra curricular opportunities. Aklso, as part of this event, you will generally be offered a tour f the school in which you will see the surroundings and meet the staff and pupils.

At this time, you will have opportunities to ask questions to staff. You may want to find out more about the courses on offer, how often they will take part in a subject, trips or other extra curricular opportunities. You may also want to learn more about past successes and pass rates within the subject areas.

This is a chance to really get a feel for the school you are visiting.

Is there any other information I need to know? What should I look out for?

Obviously, there is so much to find out about the school. The school website is an excellent source of information to help learn more about the finer details of a school. You may want to look into SEN support, uniform, Transport, facilities, anti-bullying support and pastoral teams, homework, the school canteen and so much more.

Will I get a place for my first choice?

It is not guaranteed that your child will secure their first place of school. This can be dependant of student places and whether you are applying from within catchment area.

There is however, an appeals procedure if you did find yourself in a position where you did not secure your first choice school. The Hart School staff will happily support where possible with this.

How do I apply for a place at the Hart School?

Applications open on the 1st November 2020 to secure your year 7 place for September 2021.

Please see admission policy below outlining our school admission arrangements and you can apply through the council website or by clicking the link below.

Please e-mail enquiries@hartschool.org.uk if you would like somebody to contact you regarding your child joining The Hart School.


Consultation for Proposed Admission Arrangements 2021/22

Between 21st October 2019 and Friday 6th December 2019, we consulted with the statutory consultees on the following changes to be in effect from September 2021:

  • Reducing the Published Admissions Number (PAN) from 360 to 220
  • Reducing the size of the Sixth Form from 310 to 138

All the consultation feedback was submitted to the Department for Education, who subsequently approved the proposed changes on 27 January 2020.