Transition 2021

Welcome to Cardinal Allen Catholic High School. Transition from primary to secondary school is an extremely important and exciting moment in the life of any child. I am afraid that this year, the continuing Covid situation means that we have had to approach the transition a little differently. I would like to assure you that we are determined to ensure that your child receives the best welcome and start to their life in the Cardinal Allen family.

Despite Covid, we have been in contact with colleagues at all of the primary schools from which pupils are joining us, and we are currently gathering lots of information about our new pupils to ensure the move to high school is as smooth as possible.

We will be delivering Welcome Packs to families, normally via the primary schools, during week beginning 5th July 2021.

You will find links below to a range of information about our School, but can I highlight four items to start with:

Welcome to Your School 2021:

Welcome to Your School 2021 Booklet

  • containing the essential information in preparation for our new pupils joining us in September.


Parent Transition Evening Video:

  • Due to the current restrictions due to COVID 19 the Transition Evening unfortunately did not proceed however, the Headteacher's presentation scheduled for the evening is available as an online video. Please click on the image below. Alternatively, the presentation can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

Pupil Transition Evening Video:

  • Mrs Olver-Duffy, our Head of Lower School, presents what Form Tutors would have shared with pupils at our Transition Evening below.
  • A short video from each Form Tutor - the Form you will be in, will be on the front of your Welcome Pack.

Mrs Olver-Duffy - Head of Lower School

Mr Bradley - 7 Aidan Form Tutor

Mr Walker - 7 Ambrose Form Tutor

Miss Holland - 7 Augustine Form Tutor

Miss Roberts - 7 Bede Form Tutor

Mr Horvath - 7 Columba Form Tutor

Mrs Pounds - 7 Gregory Form Tutor

Mrs Carey - Pastoral Assistant

The most important next step is to complete our Admission Form, and our Pupil and Parent/Carer Privacy Notice Declaration Form, both of which this year are online. The information that you provide on this form is essential for us to provide effective care for your child. Can we please ask that you complete the form by 12th July at the latest. 

Please click on the links below to access the forms:

Pupil Admission Form

Pupil and Parent/Carer Privacy Notice Declaration Form

Thank you for choosing our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

This Welcome Video was actually recorded for last year when school was in lockdown, but we have decided to leave it on the website for this year as most of it remains relevant.

Welcome to Cardinal Allen Video

Useful Information

Click on the links below for more information

Your Transition Team
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Wellbeing support
Finding your way around
What you will study in Year 7
Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

What our pupils say

Important Information

The following section contains important information including a list of forms that are required to be completed and returned to school. Click on the links below for more information

Developing your child's reading potential
Chaplaincy at Cardinal Allen
Operation Encompass
CAFCA Invite Form
Pupil privacy notice - How we use pupil information