The Be Awesome Go Big transition project

Resources should have been sent out to student at home as well as through the Primary schools.
The following Powerpoint presentations will help students to complete the various challenges.

1. Being Awesome 2. Unlocking your mind 3. Dare to take risks
4. Making the change 5. Lost but not lost 6. Bouncebackability
7. What is normal anyway? 8. Friendships and fallouts 9. Living well


Meet Nicole – a Year 10 student with an important message…

Covid-19 update

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.

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 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 lessons. Phones and mp3 players used during lesson times will be confiscated and held at the school office for a parent/guardian 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?

For the duration of our time at the Hameldon site all students will be issued with a free bus pass to enable them to catch our school buses which are provided by Lancashire County Council.

The exact routes of the buses will be set out over the summer holidays and we will be in touch with you once this has been organised to let you know which bus your child should get on their first day.


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 students are very helpful and students soon find their way around. It may sound daunting but it is not. On the first day there won’t be any other main school students in school and the form tutors will help your child get their bearings with full school tour.


What are the uniform arrangements?

Our uniform policy is outlined here.

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 students 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 organisation skills, 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 students 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, students 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 8.35am each morning for students 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 planner/diary which has their timetable in. They should pack their bag in the evening with the correct books, kit and equipment and check all their homework due is 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. Please check and sign their planner every week.


What do the children do at break and lunch?

Students 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 and Year 8s have their own yard on the West side of the school. Students can also access the Social Learning Base during break and lunch times.


What time do students have lunch?

Currently there is a split lunch system in place at Rhyddings, broken over two half-hour slots. The slot can vary from day to day across their weekly timetable, as it is dependent upon which subject the student has during period 4 of each day. Their form tutor will cover this with them on the first day, and staff will ensure that students are aware of their lunch times each day.

My child is a fussy eater. What are the options for lunch?

Children can have school lunch or packed lunch. The school lunches are delicious and have healthy choices at a very reasonable cost. Excitingly for students from primary school there is a wide choice in the canteen. Talk to them about choosing sensibly and managing their money. 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. Rhyddings operates a cashless system in the dining room; students are set up to use the fingerprint system for payment. Parents can top up accounts using ParentPay.

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.


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. If pupils bring a water bottle it must have a sports cap on it. Pupils will also need a bus pass which will be posted out over the summer break.

Students will be issued with a school planner and timetable on their first day. 

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