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 remote, though we are confident we can support our Year 6 children and their families through remote transition activities.

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 to Shuttleworth, we are planning a remote series of activities and challenges.

You can read Mrs England’s letter to Year 6 families here and you can download the guide to our Virtual Open Evening here.

This half term we will release our Open Evening 2020 video on our dedicated Shuttleworth Transition channel on YouTube. Here you will see and hear from Mrs. England, our headteacher, Mr. Turner, our Pastoral Leader responsible for transition and some of our Year 7 students. These videos will be shared on YouTube with the links on this page, and also on our social media channels (Twitter and Instagram @Shuttle_College). We will also be sending the videos to all of our feeder primary schools.

After October half term, Mr Turner will record a video each fortnight, 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 your work and we will share certificates online. The topics are:

  • Half Term 2: Humanities / Modern Foreign Languages
  • Half Term 3: Maths
  • Half Term 4: Science
  • Half Term 5: Creative Arts & Technology
  • Half Term 6: Performance Arts

During the summer term, our transition team usually visit 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. In summer 2020 the information we collected was exactly the same but we met all of our primary colleagues remotely. This year we will follow guidance, but we are confident that whether we work remotely or not, the needs of all students will be met.

Under normal circumstances new entrants join us for a highly engaging and successful transition week and summer school. If this cannot run, then in their place we will share varied information and activities to ensure new Year 6 students soon feel like the Shuttleworth family. We also will offer tours during the summer holidays for those 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. Southern – 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.

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 & Miss Roach, Shuttleworth’s transition team. As a Pastoral Leader 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. Southern as their pastoral leader, and Mr. Al-Khatab (Head of Science & 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