Stepping Up (Transition)

We take great pride in our Stepping Up programme which begins in Year 5 in our local primary schools and continues into year 7. This programme is overseen by the Pastoral Team and is managed and delivered by Mrs Whittleton. This programme is unmatched in other Norfolk Schools and highlights our commitment to pastoral care and the wellbeing of your child. Mrs Whittleton and the Pastoral Team deliver the ‘Stepping Up’ programme every term to all Year 6 children organising a number of additional events over the year. As a school we work closely with the Year 6 teachers to get to know each child, to understand their strengths and also any areas where they may require support. In the nine years this programme has been running we have seen a marked difference in the ease in which year 7 pupils settle in to life at our school, they join us with greater confidence, higher self-esteem and enthusiasm.

We are also pleased to be able to offer our transition programme to Year 6 children outside of our catchment area. ‘Stepping Up’ sessions are held in our Nurture building for children not at our four main catchment schools (Harleston Sancroft Academy; Primary Phase, Dickleburgh, Pulham Primary and Alburgh with Denton Primary schools) this has proven to be an excellent way to make friendships and gain confidence. Out of catchment children will also be invited to our transition events, they will have dedicated Year 9 Student Ambassadors working with them and their school during Year 6 and they will get the same level of support as our catchment children (we ask that you provide transport to activities)

Stepping Up Programme – 2023/2024 for students joining us in Year 7 in 2024

Transition Calendar 2023/2024:

Information Open EveningThursday 21st September 2023 (18:00)
Open DaysMonday 25th and Tuesday 26th September 2023
Stepping Up SessionsAutumn, Spring and Summer – dates to follow
Year 5 Christmas Activity MorningThursday 7th December 2023 (08:30-13:10)
Year 6 Orienteering SessionTuesday 16th April 2024 (16:00-18:00)
New Year 7 Information EveningThursday 6th June 2024 (18:00)
Year 6 Family MeetingsTuesday 18th June 2024 (16:00-18:00)
Year 5 Experience DayThursday 4th July
Year 6 Start at Harleston Sancroft Academy – Secondary PhaseMonday 15th July

Please complete our google form if you would like to be kept up to date on all Stepping Up matters.

For any questions regarding Stepping Up and your child’s transition to the Secondary Phase, please contact the Stepping Up Team at steppingup@sancroft.stbenets.org

To view our Admissions Policy click below 

Transition Program 2023/2024

Letters for Parents/Carers

Year 5

Year 6


I feel valued as a member of staff. I like the fact the school has a clear vision, a vision that I feel a part of.

Current member of teaching staff


Every single person who works at the school contributes to who I am. It truly is a special place where we are all one big family.

Current Y11 student


The Harleston Sancroft Academy has evolved to where it is now with dignity, strength and kindness.

Current parent of Y10 student