Transition to the Senior School

Abbot’s Hill is an all-through school, providing consistent, high-quality education from the nursery to GCSE years. Most of our pupils continue their journey from Prep to Senior School, moving on with confidence in a familiar environment.

The move up from Prep to Senior School should be exciting, so we hold transition events including senior school tours, Y7 Q&As and taster sessions and even a ‘Move Up Day’ to make sure everyone is ready for the next chapter in their story.

The final two years at Prep are seen as a period of preparation for the move to Senior School; the aim is for all pupils to enter Year 7 with confidence, well-equipped to embrace the opportunities and challenges of this next phase in their academic life. With a strong focus on teamwork, independence, friendship and kindness in Year 6, pupils take on increasing responsibilities and leadership roles, leaving Abbot’s Hill Prep School prepared, academically and emotionally, to take the next step of their educational journey.

Admissions and Transition

All pupils are automatically entered for a Senior School place. The transition to Senior School begins in the Spring Term of Year 5 when the pupils spend a day in the Senior School, trying out subjects and meeting pupils and teachers. In the summer term, parents are invited to discuss the next stage in their child’s education with the Head of Prep. Pupil and parent interviews take place in the Autumn Term. 

We offer a seamless transition from Year 6 to Year 7. A formal Induction Day and a Welcome Evening for parents are followed by a family picnic in July and a programme of events just prior to the start of term in September, including an overnight camp-out in the school grounds.  .