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New to QKS

Transition Lead: Mrs Holliday laura.holliday@queenkatherine.org

Head of Year 7: Miss Kerr laura.kerr@queenkatherine.org

   Mrs Holliday                                                                    Miss Kerr


A very warm welcome to The Queen Katherine School.

Your child’s transition to secondary school should be a positive and exciting experience and it is our job to make the process as smooth as possible.

Moving to secondary school is an important milestone in your child’s life and it is important to get it right.  At QKS, we will support your child to become more independent and provide the opportunities for them to discover what kind of person they are and who they want to be.

It is normal to feel a bit anxious about the transition to secondary school – anything unfamiliar can cause worry. From March, we begin our comprehensive Transition Programme, please click on the links below for more details. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Holliday using the email link above or call 01539 743900


First Day

Year 7 students begin the Autumn Term a day earlier than other students to allow time for them to settle in.

Students spend most of the first day with their Form Tutor getting organised with lockers and logins as well as practising reading their timetable etc. However, there will be lessons in the afternoon so students need to bring appropriate equipment and their PE kit.

Parents will be sent ParentMail login details in the first week, therefore students will need to bring money to school if they wish to purchase lunch in the first few days.


Most clubs begin in the first 2-3 weeks.

A list of clubs will be sent out to all parents in the second week of the Autumn Term. An updated copy will also be published on our website.


In September, only Maths, English and Science homework will be set to support students’ adjustment to secondary school life and learn how to use the ‘Show My Homework’ app.

From October, all subjects can set homework if it is meaningful and manageable.

Year 7 Team Building Day

Early in the Autumn Term, our new students have a day away from lessons and classrooms to get to know their new form members and form tutor.

Student have lots of fun working in teams to complete challenges before going on an adventure walk in the afternoon. Making friends is very important and this is just one of the ways we help our new students settle in to life at QKS.

Year 7 Residential Trip to Conway

Our Conway residential trip is a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop their problem-solving and team building skills whilst having an enormous amount of fun!

The trip takes place in the Spring Term; students have the opportunity to go gorge walking (don’t forget to soak your form tutor and Mr Griffin!), abseiling, climbing, canoeing and much more.