Cross-Phase Transitions

In 2013, the numeracy co-ordinators from the nine primary schools and the numeracy co-ordinator from St Patrick’s High School developed a cross-phase numeracy transition scheme for all the primary schools.

St John’s Primary School and St Patrick’s High School are now focusing on the development of cross-phase literacy planning.

Mr Gerry MoneSt John's Primary School and Nursery Unit

St John’s Primary School and Nursery Unit is situated just outside Middletown in Co Armagh. Enrolment currently stands at 191 pupils. In 2012, St John’s formed a Learning Community along with eight local primary schools and St Patrick’s High School in Keady. The aim is to create a seamless learning experience for the pupils in the area.

Ms Pat McGuckianSt Patrick's High School

St Patrick’s High School was opened in 1970 to serve the post-primary needs of the three parishes of Derrynoose (including Keady), Ballymacnab and Tynan (including Middletown). The school has grown dramatically since 1970, when it had 450 pupils and 22 teachers. Currently, enrolment is over 1000 pupils, with 65 teachers. The entirely new school building that was completed in August 1999 features the most advanced accommodation and facilities. The school offers GCE A Levels and Applied A Levels to all 11- to 18-year-old pupils in the community.


St Patrick’s was granted special status by the Department of Education in 1978, when the school switched to a non-selective approach. The school accepts pupils of all abilities, offering them the complete range of courses and examinations.

Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 Transition Guidance

School Collaboration and Sharing Information to Support Progression in Learning

The purpose of this guidance is to support primary and post-primary school principals, senior leaders and teachers to work collaboratively to ensure that all pupils have a positive experience of moving from primary to post-primary school. It includes quality indicators which schools may find useful for self -evaluation and development planning. Two school case studies accompany the guidance.