Y6 Transition information

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Congratulations to the 215 children who have been offered a place at King James's School from September 2023!

We are delighted you have chosen King James's School and we are really looking forward to welcoming you all to our school as our new Year 7 cohort. The transition to secondary education is a major change which brings both excitement and challenge. By working together, we can make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead in your child’s journey at King James’s School.

We understand that you'll be full of questions and apprehension about starting high school - but please try not to worry; we have a fantastic, committed pastoral team and will take excellent care of everyone. We'll be in touch regularly over the coming months, and will keep adding useful information to this page to help support each child’s transition and ensure this crucial step is positive.

This is an exciting time for our School, we are significantly oversubscribed; with 23 students being refused a place and are on our waiting list. If you no longer require the place then please let us know by emailing Joanne Hodgson staff.jhodgson@kingjames.school and Pupil Admissions pupiladmissions@kirklees.gov.uk at the Local Authority as soon as possible so that other children and families can benefit from the place.

We look forward to seeing you and your child in the summer term.

Ian Rimmer


Transition Events

Over the next four months, our Transition Team, led by Mrs Walton, will be contacting primary schools to find out more about your child and their curriculum, meeting with them and yourselves and providing opportunities for you all to come into King James’s School.

Our Transition Evening, for parents of prospective Year 7 children, will take place at school on the evening of Monday 3rd July 2023 from 5:45pm until 6:45pm.

The Transition Visit, for prospective Year 7 children, will take place at school during the day of Tuesday 4th July 2023 between 9:30am and 2:15pm. If your child attends either Grange Moor, Lepton, Kirkheaton or Rowley Lane primary school, arrangements will be made with those primary schools to transport students to and from King James’s School. If your child does not attend one of these primary schools then you will need to make your own arrangements for your child. We will contact you again prior to the above visits with more details.


Start of Term

The first day of school for all students, including the new Year 7 cohort, will be Tuesday 5th September 2023.

Further information about all of these dates will be shared nearer the time.

Virtual Tour

To conduct a virtual tour of King James's School, please click here .

Virtual Presentation

We hope that you find our Year 6 virtual transition presentation informative.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via E: office@kingjames.school or T: 01484 412990

Information Booklet for Parents 2023-24

School Buses57 seat school bus hire | Tetley's Coaches

Details about school buses can be found here



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)FAQs – For Young People – Kairos Christian Youth Camp

These are some typical questions Year 6 children ask 

  1. If we have any worries about school, who do we contact?

           Your first point of call would be your form tutor and after that the Pastoral Leader, Mrs Addy

  1. Do we have to bring our own equipment and if so, what do we need?

           Equipment is really important. Every student should have with them as a minimum: pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, scientific calculator 

  1. What time do we have to be at school on the first day

           On the first day, you must arrive by 8.35. There is a short assembly in the hall, with the Principal, your Pastoral Leader & form tutor

  1. Can we use mobile phones at school?

           Yes, but only at social times (break and lunch). Its safe-keeping is your responsibility

  1. Will we have a transition day and when do we find out about our form?

           The Transition Evening for parents is Mon 3rd July for parents, and the Transition Day for children is on Tue 4th July.

  1. How do we pay for food?

           We are a cashless school, so all money for food, as well as trips and other events, are topped up through Parentpay. Details are in the Admissions Booklet.

  1. How long do we stay in our registration groups?

           The first 20 mins of every day, are in forms or in assembly. No lessons are taught as registration groups

  1. How many lessons are there?

           Our school day is:  Registration/Assembly, 2 (hour-long) lessons, BREAK, 2 lessons, LUNCH, 1 lesson, After-school activities

Starting secondary schoolBBC Bitesize (@bbcbitesize) / Twitter

BBC Bitesize’s Starting Secondary School is aimed at helping 10 to 12 year olds (and their parents) make the transition from primary to secondary school.

There are lots of tips, advice, videos and games to support students and answer any worries they might have.

Plus there is plenty of of advice for parents too.

Fitting in at school

Young Minds is a leading mental health organisation; supporting and empowering young people to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

They have teamed up with Beano to produce several helpful videos to help teach children about how to cope with change, a skill that will not only help with the move to secondary school but will also prepare them for many other changes and challenges they will face in life. Here is one about fitting in at school.

Introduction to Operoo

Operoo is a communication platform through which we connect with parents regarding various important pieces of information. This includes basic admissions details, medical information and trip/event consents.

Free School Meals

If you are eligible, even if you don’t wish your child to have school dinners, it’s worth registering as school gets funding to support your child, which helps with things like trips and equipment.

Check if you are eligible and apply here: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/schools/free-school-meals.aspx

Please note, you may need to reapply even if you have previously received funding.

Contact free school meals

You can find further information here

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