Taking the step from primary to secondary school

Transferring to secondary school can be a time of mixed emotions.

Everything is so different – pupils go from being ‘the big ones’ to one of the little ones in a much bigger environment. They are surrounded by many new faces, new buildings and instead of having one teacher, they have lots of new ones. There is a great deal to take in, all at once.

Pupils usually move from primary to secondary school between the ages of 11 and 12. If your child is due to make the big move, your primary school will supply you with a secondary school handbook with details of parents’ meetings.

The primary schools in your area will be linked to one or more secondary schools – their catchment area.

Children’s Services can tell you the name of the secondary school that your child should normally transfer to.


Renfrewshire Council
Children’s Services
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
Paisley PA1 1LQ

0300 300 0170

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Renfrewshire Council is committed to providing the best teaching environment possible. We want to fulfil our ambition of having the best education and children’s services workforce in Scotland.

Peter Macleod
Director of Children's Services
Renfrewshire Council

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