Welcome to Irlam and Cadishead Academy

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Moving to Secondary School is a big step. 

Transition to high school is an important milestone in a child’s education. At Irlam and Cadishead Academy, we aspire to give each student the best possible start in secondary education working together with primary schools, students and parents.

Our values of Respect, Enthusiasm, Ambition, and Determination sit at the heart of our Academy community, and we believe that all our students can succeed with the right support. Providing a variety of opportunities for induction and taster days can help students familiarize themselves with the new environment, meet their peers & explore different subjects and activities, ultimately promoting overall wellbeing.


What we offer

Irlam and Cadishead Academy’s exciting and innovative transition programme is designed to include a variety of events in order to support students in the transition move from primary school to secondary school.

Our primary transition ethos reflects a holistic approach to supporting students through a significant life change, emphasizing continuity, care, guidance and support to eliminate fears and worries ahead of the transition experience. By focusing on these aspects of transition, Irlam and Cadishead Academy demonstrates a commitment to supporting students through this significant educational journey. We strive for excellence and deliver this through setting high standards of academic achievement.


We are pleased to offer extra transition days to vulnerable students who have been identified by their current Primary and the Inclusions team. This ensures that these vulnerable students have the extra support they require to make the transition to secondary school successful.

If you would like to discuss this further or if you have any questions, please contact the Transition team via our dedicated email address





Transition Events

Year 4 to Year 7 Transition Programme

Step Up to ICA Booklet

Year 4 to Year 7 Transition Programme

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