Transition from Primary School

If your child is in receipt of free school meals, please read the information below. 

Some of the primary schools whose students will be attending King Edwards in September are not under Staffordshire Authority, and some are now Academies who have opted out of this Authority’s Free School Meal Service and instead operate their own.

  • If your child is entitled to Free School Meals through Staffordshire Authority it will transfer in September
  • If your primary school has opted out of Staffordshire Authority’s scheme and ran their own you will have to reapply to Staffordshire
  • If your child’s entitlement is through another Authority, i.e. Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall you will have to apply to Staffordshire

Staffordshire online application form

During the summer term we will be updating the information below for students joining us in September 2024.  However you may still find a lot of the information useful.  Mrs Ridgway is the Transition Coordinator, Miss Thomas is the Year 7 Achievement Leader in September 2024.  Please see the links at the bottom of this page to the Information Pack for 2024-2025 and associated documents.

More Support

If you are looking for a little extra support during the Summer holiday to aid with your transition the link below from young minds has support for parents and students.

Young Minds

Headteacher’s welcome

A virtual tour of the school


Welcome to King Edward VI School in Lichfield. Going from a small primary school to a large secondary school like ours is a big change. Pupils are expected to be more independent, self-reliant and self-organised. Most pupils welcome this but some can find this difficult to cope with. We aim to make the transition from primary school into secondary as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. This process starts in Year 6.twitter-icon@keslichfield_lower

Our pupils are smart, polite and respectful towards others. We ask all pupils follow our simple code of conduct of:

Ready respect strive inc rules

Children’s top ten worries about starting King Edward VI School Lichfield

  1. Being bullied. At King Edward VI, we do not tolerate bullying and actively promote our RESPECT code of conduct between pupils. If bullying does take place, then we are very quick to act upon it. We encourage pupils to tell a member of staff and issues will be dealt with quickly and effectively. Furthermore, there is an anti-bullying group run by some of our sixth formers at lunchtime which acts as a safe place for pupils to go to, talk to others and have fun.
  2. Not making friends. We have a large number of catchment schools so there are many pupils who come to us not knowing anybody else. At King Edward VI we are quick to recognise this and dedicate parts of the transition days and the first day in September to group work and getting to know each other. There are several lunchtime clubs that encourage pupils to make new friends and there is a nurture group set up if pupils really are struggling to make new friends.
  3. Getting lost. King Edward VI is a big school and all pupils (and teachers) sometimes get lost. This is all part of transition. Pupils will have a map of the school on their first day and will be taken on a tour of the school. Furthermore, our pupils and staff are very polite and will always help you find the place you are trying to find.
  4. Homework. At first it will seem like there is a lot of homework from a number of subjects. Some weeks there may be a lot, and other weeks there may be less. It’s important that you find time at home to do your homework well and on time. All homework will be found in the Show My Homework App.
  5. Not being able to do the work. Not all pupils will find the work easy and there may be subjects you have never done before, but this is normal and to be expected. Teachers are always willing to offer support if you do not understand it. Many subjects offer intervention to support those pupils who struggle.
  6. Travelling to school and back. Most pupils have to travel further to get to King Edward VI. Some will be making their own way to and from school independently and others will be travelling by bus or train.
  7. Not having the right books and equipment. Being organised is crucial for secondary school, but is something that pupils do not find easy or may take a while to develop. There are consequences for forgetting books and equipment but making sure that your school bag is packed correctly every evening will help.
  8. Not knowing what to do if there’s a problem. Tutors play a vital role in transition and are normally the first port of call with any problem. They will know what to do!
  9. Not getting on with the teachers. There may be some teachers that you do not get along with. However, we are unable to change which teachers you get and it’s an important life skill to find ways of getting on with teachers and still following the rules.
  10. Getting into trouble. Most of our pupils are very well behaved and well mannered. However, some will find themselves in trouble.  For behaviour there are various sanctions depending upon the severity of the behaviour.

Information Pack for Parents & Students – Academic year 2024 – 2025

Headteacher Letter

Transition Tasks

Attendance Matters Leaflet

Absence Due to Illness Leaflet

Music Tuition Information Leaflet

Student Information Booklet 2024

Summer Reading Challenge

Locker Letter

School life

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Find out more about our extra curricular clubs and activities

The Library Resource Centre Also follow our Twitter @KingEddiesLRC

The YR 7 twitter page for other information is available on @keslichfield_lower

Starting Secondary School – A Parent’s Guide