Unfortunately Covid-19, and more especially the increasing number of cases of the Delta variant in the local area, have led to a cancellation of transition activities in all local secondary schools.
We are committed to holding a full transition in September, in addition to our summer school. Year 7 will have 2 days, supported by pastoral staff, teaching staff and Year 9 Form buddies.
|Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September||INSET – Staff only, no pupils in school|
|Friday 3rd September||08.45 am||Year 7 – transition day 1|
|Monday 6th September||08.45 am||Year 7 – transition day 2|
School day 2021-2022
|08.45 am||Arrival through the school gates, lining up on Year 7 yard|
|8.50 – 9.10 am||Registration||Form/ Assembly/ Year meeting|
|9.10 – 10.10 am||1||Lesson 1|
|10.10 – 11.10 am||2||Lesson 2|
|11.10 – 11.30 am||Break||Canteen and Year 7 Yard|
|11.30 – 12.30 am||3||Lesson 3|
|12.30 – 1.00 pm||Lunch||Canteen & Year 7 yard|
|1.00 – 2.00 pm||4||Lesson 4|
|2.00 – 3.00 pm||5||Lesson 5|
Welcome from the Headteacher
We are pleased to further strengthen out pastoral team and will be continuing with a Pastoral Year Leader for each year group.
- Year 7 – Mrs Egerton
- Year 8 – Ms Greenwood
- Year 9 – Mrs Hall (new appointment)
- Year 10 – Mrs Cryne
- Year 11 – Mr Lord
We will still be keeping our House Continents and coloured ties for pupils across all years as the system will support their sense of wider school identity, sense of belonging to something bigger than just their year group as well as for healthy competition throughout the year.
Meet Mrs Egerton
Introducing your Form Tutors
7DF – Mr Freeman
7MB – Mrs Barnett
7NO – Mrs O’Reilly
7CB – Mrs Boote
7AB – Miss Booth
7NU – Mr Umarji
Due to the current pandemic, our usual large scale Transition events are on hold. Once it is safe to do so we hope to arrange some opportunities to meet our new students and for year 6 students to visit the school for taster sessions. We will keep our website and Facebook page updated and write to you as soon as we have any information about this, please keep checking these for new information.
Some helpful email addresses:
- General enquiries – email@example.com
- Mrs Stobbs, Transition Lead – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Widdowson, SENCo – email@example.com
What is ‘Summer School’ and do I have to go?
This year summer school will last for a week, we are running it on two dates so hopefully you will be able to come to one of them. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the staff and other pupils who will be in your year group. We have set up a fantastic week of workshops, projects and events to keep you challenged and entertained. Every year most pupils choose to come to summer school, they do get a lot out of it and does help to calm those new school anxieties.
Introducing our new Year 11 Senior Students
In their first public appearances, so they were a bit nervous…
Megan – our Head Girl
Ibrahim – our Head Boy
During the summer term the transition team have been busy paying extra visits to all our feeder schools to ensure that all children have had an opportunity to meet Rhyddings staff and ask any questions they have had. Some of the more common questions and answers are addressed in the following section.
Can my child bring a mobile phone or iPod to school?
Mobile phones and music players can be very useful to children, especially as they are making longer journeys to school but we ask that they are switched off and kept out of sight in bags during the school day. Phones and mp3 players used during school time will be confiscated and held at the school office for a parent/carer to collect. The school bears no responsibility for phones that are lost or damaged.
I’m not sure of the best way for my child to get to school. What advice do you have?
It would be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best route to school over the summer holidays. All children are different, some may want to walk in with their friends, others may need to get a lift or a bus to school. Make sure your child is prepared for their first day and knows how they will get to and from school. Bear in mind that siblings in other year groups will not be in school on the year 7’s first days.
The school site is much bigger than the primary school. How will my child find their way around?
The site is relatively large but staff and pupils are very helpful and pupils soon find their way around. It may sound daunting but it is not. The Building will have new sections that we will all need to get used to. On the first day there won’t be any other year groups in school and the form tutors and form buddies will help your child get their bearings with full school tour, in fact they will be the first pupils to tour the new school! Located in all areas are ‘You are here’ maps..
What are the uniform arrangements?
Our uniform policy is outlined here.
- Please ensure your son or daughter has the full and correct uniform, equipment and appearance for when they start high school. We pride ourselves on our high standards and pupils showing they are Ready for their learning each and every day. This includes a suitable school bag, which is an essential item.
- You should purchase your uniform and PE kit over the summer holidays, we will let you know which colour tie you will need once we have organised our pupils into their houses. Don’t worry if you buy the wrong colour we do have a small stock in school and we will happily swap it for you.
What are the biggest challenges about moving to secondary school?
The main thing to think about is that as your son/daughter makes the transition from primary to secondary school, she/he will need to take much more responsibility for their self. The summer holiday is a good time to encourage and continue to develop their organisation, independence, confidence and social skills to mix, make new friends and maintain existing friendships.
Many children worry about getting lost and making new friends, this is rarely the problem they think it might be, we are a very friendly school and most pupils make new friends more easily than they thought they would.
Does the school provide all the pens/pencils etc that my child will need?
No, pupils must carry their own with them including the basic requirements of two pens (blue or black), a pencil and ruler. The school shop is open from 8.40am each morning for pupils to purchase stationery at discounted prices.
I’m worried about my child having to organise themselves. What advice do you have?
The key to a child’s organisation is their school timetable. They should pack their bag in the evening with the correct books, kit and equipment and check all their homework due has been done. This is a really good way of ‘putting the working day to bed’ so your child can have some important time to unwind in the evening knowing they are set up for the following day, during what can be a little bit of a stressful time for an 11 year old. We are not using paper based planners but if your child needs or likes to write notes to help them remember things and be organized then you could add this to your list of items. All pupils will have access to email, calendar, timetable and Office 365 to help them work digitally, Homework will be set via their school Synergy account.
What do the children do at break and lunch?
Pupils can eat food purchased at school in the dining room, or their packed lunches. Once they have eaten they are free to find a place for themselves either inside or outside, depending on the weather. The Year 7s have their own yard on the East side of the school, adjacent to their form rooms in the new Science Block. Pupils can also access the Hub during break and lunch times.
What time do pupils have lunch?
Currently there is a split lunch system in place at Rhyddings, broken over two half-hour slots. Year 7 are on first lunch which begins at 12.30pm for half an hour. During their first few days they will have 45mins for lunch whilst they settle in. Their form tutor will cover this with them on the first day, and staff will ensure that pupils are aware of their lunch arrangements
My child is a fussy eater. What are the options for lunch?
Children can have school lunch or packed lunch. The catering team is provided by LCC on site and the school lunches are delicious and have healthy choices at a very reasonable cost. We have a cashless system at Rhyddings and use ParentPay. Pupils are set up to use the fingerprint system for payment. Parents can top up accounts using ParentPay. Excitingly for pupils from primary school there is a wide choice in the canteen. Talk to them about choosing sensibly and managing their money. Pupils entitled to FSM have their daily lunch allowance credited to their account. If you think you are entitled to free school meals but don’t know how to apply, please contact us and let us help you get this entitlement.
We will provide all children with a free meal on their first day as we can’t set up their account until they are formally enrolled. They will be given a letter on their first day to bring home with instructions for adding money to their account.
Please note canned, fizzy and energy drinks are banned from school. Ideally all pupils should have a re-usable water bottle, with a non spill/sealable sports cap which they can fill up during the day from our water fountains located in the dining room.
What activities will there be after school for year 7 pupils?
We have really missed our extra-curricular activities during the period of restrictions and we are very much looking forward to setting up sports teams, music lessons, homework club and lots more. These will be added to as the year progresses so keep an eye on your form notices.
What should they bring to school on their first day?
Please arrive in full school uniform and with an appropriate coat. Pupils will need a school bag and pencil case containing their pens, pencil, ruler, and any other stationery items. Lunch will be provided but you may bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
Pupils will be issued with a timetable on their first day.