Transition – Moving to Secondary School

Welcome to Parrs Wood High School

The opportunity to experience new subjects, new activities and make new friends at a bigger school is often met with great enthusiasm. At Parrs Wood High School, we also understand that whilst some students feel this way, some may feel nervous and anxious at the thought of starting at a new school. For most, it’s normally a little bit of both!

To ensure that our new Year 7 students’ transition from primary school is as seamless and stress-free as possible, Parrs Wood High School has a very effective and highly-regarded transition programme in place.

Please explore the information here on our Transition page, and follow us on social media to learn more about our school.

If you have any questions you can reach us by email:

Secondary School Admissions

Student places at Parrs Wood High School are allocated by Manchester City Council. If you have accepted a place, but have not yet spoken to us at school, then please contact our main office to speak to one of the team. Further details can also be found on our admissions page.

Transition Day

In the summer term we will arrange with your primary school for you to come and spend a full day with us. You will be divided up into groups and will follow an exciting and interesting programme of lessons led by some of our amazing teachers.

Tutor Groups – Our Pledge

When you apply for your place at Parrs Wood we will ask you some information about yourself, including who your friends are. If any of them are also joining us in September, we will make sure that at least one of your friends is in your new tutor group to help you find your feet.

Parrs Wood Summer School

During the summer holidays we run a really successful holiday school just for our new year 7 students. You will have plenty of time to get to know your new school friends, meet our staff and find your way around your new school. We will be running loads of fun learning activities, all for free!

Transition Booklet

All students will receive a Transition Booklet on transition evening. The booklet will enable you to discuss moving to secondary school as a family. It will enable you to plan your journey to school, discuss worries and set targets for yourself, along with some other wellbeing activities. Your new teachers have also set you a task to complete within each of their subject areas. Please choose which activities you would like to complete over the summer as best you can. There is no pressure to complete all the activities. Those that you do complete, please do so on separate paper so that they can be distributed to your different teachers in September! Remember to bring these along with you on your first day at Parrs Wood.

Manchester Big Read

The Lion Above the Door book cover

Manchester Big Read have launched a ‘Transition Read’ project for Year 6-7 students. Each primary school in Manchester should have received copies of ‘The Lion Above the Door’ by Onjali Q. Raúf, for their Year 6 students.

We think this is great and cannot wait to hear what you think of it!

Further Information

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Discover additional information about attendance, punctuality, the school day, and extra curricular activities at Parrs Wood High School, through our dedicated section of frequently asked questions tailored for parents and carers.
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Our Inclusion team work with our young people to support their individual learning needs through a holistic approach. We are proud to be an inclusive school. All young people have an equal right to learn and succeed in our school.
Music Tuition at Parrs Wood High School

Music Tuition

Music at Parrs Wood continues to go from strength to strength. Our aim is to bring together students and staff from all parts of our school community to engage with the Music, and raise their achievements, whilst providing numerous opportunities to strengthen positive character traits and experie...
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Our prospectus gives a detailed insight into our facilities, philosophies, and general life at the school.
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School Facilities

Parrs Wood boasts a state-of-the-art new building that has been specifically designed to facilitate students’ learning, support extra-curricular activities and ultimately provide an innovative educational experience for our young people.
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School Lockers

Information about school lockers including pricing, guidance on usage and the allocation process.
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Student Testimonials

What some of our students have had to say about their experiences as a member of the Parrs Wood High School community.
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The School Day

Details of the Parrs Wood High School day, including timings.
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Uniform and Equipment

We aim for our students to take pride in their achievements and their school. Dressing smartly and being properly equipped, prepares them for the professional world beyond their time at school.
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Why Join Parrs Wood?

We regularly ask for student, staff and parents’ opinions about the school to find out what they think.

Quality Marks, Awards and Affiliations

We strive for excellence and are very proud of our achievements and affiliations.

If you believe something is missing or should be removed from the list below, please let us know.

Greater Manchester Education Trust logo Chartered College of Teaching Institutional Member 2023/24 badge Cyber Essentials Certified logo
Ofsted Good Provider logo Leading Parent Partnership Award logo Music Mark logo The FA Charter Standard Schools logo Inspiring IAG logo School Games Gold logo Healthy Schools Manchester logo Speaker's Schools Council Awards logo Artsmark Gold Award logo