When Parents/Carers have be given a place for their Nursery Age child, they will be invited into school for two transition meetings.  

The first one will involve just the Parent/Carers and we ask that you do not bring your child to this meeting.  This meeting will outline the routines for your child and we will ensure that all the ‘paperwork’ for your child is complete.  You will be also be informed of our Safeguarding procedures and this is a chance for you to ask any questions.

The second meeting will involve you and your child coming for a ‘Stay and Play’ session.  

At this meeting you will be given a start date for your child.  We have a staggered intake in order to allow each child to settle in and the children will increase the time they stay over at least the first six days.   

If your child settles during this time they can stay full time.  However, many children take longer than this so the settling in period will be adjusted to meet the needs of your child as each child must be happy and settled with their new environment.



As Holy Name School has a Foundation Unit there is little or no transition between Nursery and Reception children who already attend our Foundation Stage Unit.

However each academic year we have a number of Reception age children whojoin Holy Name either straight from the home environment or other settings.  These parents will be invited to a ‘Welcome’ Meeting where we will, outline routines provide relevant information for your child, ensure all paperwork is up to date, and it is a chance for parents, carers, children and staff to meet each other and this is the beginning of the home/school partnership.  This meeting also provides the opportunity to for Parents and Carers to ask questions and staff to gain an insight to your child’s needs.

These children can come for ‘little’ visits in the Summer term following this meeting.  All Reception Age children will start school on the first day back for children in September.  They will be given a full time place and only if they do not settle will they be put on a phased settling in period.


Year Six

In the Summer Term when your child is in  Year 5 the Local Authority writes to school in order to check pupil information so that they can allocate High School place according to your choices applying the admission criterIa. 

As the Local Authority prefer online applications school will offer the use of our Computer Suite to assist Parents/Carers with their application. 

If Parent/Carers decide to apply themselves we will also ensure that all our Parents/Carers are aware of the deadline date and apply on time.

​Pupil’s transition to High School is well supported by the school. Loreto High has an extensive Transition programme, which fully involves Years 4, 5 and Year 6 children.  Care is also taken to ensure smooth transition between classes, fully involving the parents.

Loreto RC High School (formerly St Thomas Aquinas), is on Nell Lane in Chorlton. Since January 2002 the school has been on a single site at Nell Lane, Chorlton. Considerable renovations and state of the art developments have been made to the school including a brand new dining hall/refectory of which the school is rightly proud.

We are fortunate to benefit from the school’s Transition Programme in which teachers from the High School visit the Year 6 class, providing valuable support. Children are invited to take part in sporting events with children from other feeder primaries, as well as “taster” and “induction” days.

The Headteacher of Loreto RC High School would welcome any enquiries you wish to make about the school. The school’s telephone number is 0161 881 9448 or you can view by clicking on the link

Contact Us

Holy Name RC Primary School

Denmark Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 6JS

T: 0161 226 6303


Head of School: Damian Regan
Executive Headteacher: Catherine Gordon

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