Welcome to Ridgeway Secondary School. We know that during the summer months you may be thinking about your new school and what it will be like. We have created a detailed section of our website alongside all the other resources and information we are sending by email. Enjoy getting to know your new school via this page. We can’t wait to meet you all soon!

The transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time, full of challenges and experiences for both parent and child. We work very hard to ensure maximum success for all our students so they are ready for the challenges of high school, enjoying new friendships and the new opportunities high school brings. We work closely with the Year 6 teachers to ensure that we receive all the required information about our new students.

Transition 2022

We have a whole array of activities planned to support our Year 6s with their transition. These include:

Welcome postcards to introduce the school community

  • Year 6 visits
  • Year 6 teacher meetings
  • SENCO support
  •  Transition days (5th and 6th July)
  • Parents Welcome (6th July)
  • Summer School

Here are some top tips for students joining us in Year 7

  • Go to transition and induction events get to know some of your new class mates and year group.
  • Set your alarm. School starts at 8:42 am, so if you have a long journey, you may have an early start.
  • Always eat some breakfast, even if you feel nervous.
  • If you’re wearing a blazer for the first time, don’t buy it too much bigger than you need. You will need to use your hands!
  • If you will need to use a bus pass, make sure you apply for it in plenty of time – it may take a couple of weeks to come through, so don’t leave it until the end of the holidays.
  • Work out your route to school, whether you’re walking or taking public transport. Practice until you’re confident and time yourself. Also, make sure you have an alternative route in case of problems with transport or people you want to avoid. If it helps, draw a map.
  • Buy a very big, very strong bag. You will have loads to carry. And that’s not counting the days when you’ll have your PE kit.
  • If you can, find a friend to walk with on your first day. Things won’t seem so daunting if you can travel with someone.
  • Be prepared to just ‘hang out’ at break.
  • Don’t call it ‘playtime’ – it’s ‘break’ now.
  • Work out how you’ll be paying for your lunch – we have a fingerprint system, make sure you’re balance is topped up for your first day.
  • Try to eat a balanced diet.
  • Find out where the toilets are.
  • Make sure you turn your mobile phone off during school time and keep it in  your bag.
  • When you are given your timetable, make at least three copies: one for your bag, one for your pocket and a spare for home, don’t lose your timetable.
  • Be organised. Check ePraise, use it to check your homework – when there is so  much going on, it’s easy to forget.
  •  Go through your timetable and pack your bag the night before – there’s never time in the morning to find your Maths book.
  • Visit the LRC/Library. It’s a great place to go if you want to do some homework or just avoid the playground.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help if you’re not sure where to go.
  • At lesson changeover, stick with someone who knows where they’re going. And don’t try to go against the flow of traffic.
  • Relax and try to enjoy it – in no time at all, it’ll seem like you’ve been there forever. This time next year, you’ll be showing the new intake around the school.

 Useful links to support your child:  

BBC Transitioning to Secondary School 

http://www.theschoolrun.com/how-survive-starting-secondary-school