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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Transition 2020

Manchester City Council Transition Project

Manchester City Council have provided transition work for all year 6 pupils to help prepare them for Year 7. A copy of "The Kid Who Came from Space" by Ross Welford will be provided to every child in Year 6. At Irk Valley, we will do work with the children on some parts of the book, and the high school will continue this work in September. Whether your child is in school learning or at home learning, they will take part in this transition project. 

For more reading, Manchester Libraries has a fantastic digital offer that you and your family can access for free. You can listen to stories being read out loud or you can read books yourself in e-book format. Head over to for information on how to access 1,000’s of popular titles.

Year 6 | Transition to High School 2020

Our Year 6 children should now have been offered a place at high school. The year 6 teachers will provide transition information to each high school upon request. 

Irk Valley and each high school are working together to decide on the best ways to support effective transition, remotely. 


This may look like:

  • question and answer sessions with high school form tutors (remotely)
  • virtual tours of high school
  • project work submitted to high school
  • circle time activities with Y6 teachers


When we know more, we will let both Year 6 children, and parents know. 


If you have any questions, or you are not sure which high school your child is going to, please contact the main office on 0161 413 8707. 


High Schools 

This year, like previous years, Irk Valley is feeding into a range of high schools. These include:

  • Abraham Moss;
  • Coop Academy Manchester;
  • Coop Academy North Manchester;
  • MCA;
  • Eden Boys;
  • Eden Girls;
  • Our Lady's;
  • Bury Grammar;
  • Stretford Grammar;
  • Trinity;
  • Prestwich Arts College.

YEAR 6 | What can you find out about your high school?

  • How many pupils attend?
  • Where is the high school?
  • How long does it take to get there from my house?
  • What is the uniform like?
  • What are the start and end times of the day?
  • What clubs are there?
  • What different subjects will I study in Year 7?
  • How do they organise form groups?
  • What sports do they teach?
  • What languages do they teach?
  • What are their trips?
  • Do they go on residential?
  • Who is the head teacher?


What other questions do you have? Can you use the high school website to find the answers out? 


How do you feel? 

How do you feel about going to high school?

Excited? Eager? Nervous? Determined? Intrigued? Worried? A mixture of feelings? 

Share how you feel about going to high school with family, friends and your teachers. 

If you are worried about going to high school, talk to your class teacher, and to your family.