Transition from Primary School to Cnoc Mhuire


In order to facilitate the smooth transition of pupils from primary to secondary school,

Cnoc Mhuire, aims

• To provide prospective students and their parents with accessible information

on the school.

• To maintain on going contact with feeder primary schools, especially in

relation to pupils’ achievements, learning strengths and materials covered at

primary level.

• To create a positive school climate that encourages good relationships between

students, and between students and teachers

• To establish from the outset a good relationship between school and home

• To carefully monitor students’ academic and personal progress in first year in

order to identify problems at an early stage

• To encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities with the aim

of helping them develop new friendships and maintain a positive attitude

towards the school.

Preparing for Secondary School


School Prospectus

The school prospectus is an important source of information for prospective students

and their parents. It describes the facilities available in the school; it outlines the

school curriculum; and describes the provision of extracurricular activities.


Open Night and Information Evening

An Open Day is organised each year for sixth classes from the feeder primary schools. This provides the pupils with an opportunity to visit the school with their teachers and experience at first hand the facilities available in the school. They also receive information on the curriculum and learn about the school’s extracurricular activities. It is also an opportunity for the pupils and their teachers to meet the staff of the secondary school and some currrent students.

An information evening is held for parents/guardians and students. At this meeting the Principal addresses parents on the issues relating to the transition from primary to secondary school. In the course of this talk she outlines some of the potential difficulties and challenges facing pupils as they enter secondary school. She also highlights strategies used by the school to facilitate the smooth transition of pupils. Parents are also given an opportunity to observe the facilities available in the school and to talk to teachers and current pupils.


 Procedures for Incoming Pupils


Along with their parents/guardians incoming pupils complete an enrolment form. There are two designated days for this to accommodate everyone needs Cnoc Mhuire offers an evening and day option for enrolment. This is a further opportunity to meet with the school principle, deputy principle and teachers of Cnoc Mhuire.

The Assessment Test

An Assessment Test for incoming pupils is held in March of the year of entry.

This is organised by the Guidance Counsellor and Learning Support Teacher.

Its aim is to provide an academic profile of each cohort and to identify any

learning difficulties experienced by individual pupils. As pupils are divided in

First Year into Mixed Ability Classes, this test is also used to spread the

ability range evenly between all classes.


Contact with Primary School by Learning Support Teacher

The Learning Support Teacher contacts each feeder primary school with a

view to receiving all relevant information relating to pupils with learning

difficulites. The purpose of this is to ensure a continuum of support when the

pupils commences secondary level.


 Organisation of Primary School/Secondary Activities

Additional activities are held in the secondary school which facilitate contact

between current first year pupils and incoming first year pupils. These include

sporting activities and science demonstrations.


Assignment of Class Groups

Before the commencement of the school year, the incoming first year pupils

are assigned to Mixed-Ability Class Groups.

Support Structures for First Year Pupils

Induction Day

New First Year Pupils attend an Induction Day on the first day of the term. They

receive their timetable and are brought on a tour of the school. They also meet the

Pastoral Care Coordinator and are introduced to the school’s Mentoring Programme.

Each student also purchases a copy of the School Journal which contains important

information on the school and is a vital link in the communication between school and


Class Teacher

A Class Teacher is assigned to each class. The role of the Class Teacher is to monitor the personal progress of their students and report to the year head/guidance counsellor any concerns they may have about any individual student.

Mentoring Programme

The aim of the Mentoring Programme is to involve senior students in assisting First

Year pupils to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. The

mentors meet regularly with their assigned groups and play a vital role in helping to

resolve any problems experienced by the pupils in settling in to their new school.

Personal, Social and Health Education

As part of the school’s SPHE Programme, the transition from Primary to Secondary

School is discussed with the pupils. In particular, the area of bullying is explored

with the pupils.

Role of Guidance Counsellor

The Guidance Counsellor meets each First Year pupil on an individual basis in the

course of the year. The purpose of this meeting is to monitor individual progress and

to identify any problems which a pupil may  in first year in secondary school.

Learning Support and Resource Teaching

The Learning Support and Resource teachers use the available information to identify

pupils with learning difficulties and put in place appropriate additional learning

supports for these pupils.

Transition from primary to Cnoc Mhuire