Here at RGTS we are committed to ensuring that our students have the best start to their careers here at RGTS. We recognise that the transition from primary school to secondary school is a significant transition for both our young people and families. With that in mind, we aim to host a vast programme of events and support to ensure that families who join our community are well informed and well equipped to manage the transition.
On this page, you will find a series of resources, links to external websites and guidance on how to best support your child’s transition. Any resources that we use for our Year 6 students will also be made available here.
If you have any queries regarding your child’s transition, please email Y6transition@rgtrustschool.net.
Find Your Feet: Transitioning to Secondary School
What equipment do I need to provide my child?
Students should have the following equipment with them every day at school:
- RGTS planner
- Pencil Case with the following contents:
- 2 blue and/or Black writing pens
- 2 red pens
- 2 pencils
- Sharpener and rubber
- 1 Ruler
- Scientific calculator
- A reading book
- Water bottle
- PE Kit (only on days where they have PE or sports enrichment activities)
What food is on offer at the school?
At RGTS we have items available to purchase at breakfast, break and lunchtimes.
There is a gluten free menu and we have a no nut policy.
In exceptional circumstances if a student is unable to pay for their lunch and is not eligible for free school meals there is an option of salad and bread available to them.
There are water fountains available around the building for the students to use at break times and lunchtimes.
Free school meals:
Students who are eligible for free school meals receive a main meal and a dessert at lunchtime.
They are also eligible to have a free breakfast of cereal or half a bagel, this is available between 8.30-8.50.
Breakfast – 8.30-8.50:
There is a range of breakfast items available for students to purchase.
Students can either top up their accounts via ParentPay on by putting money in the cashloaders in the canteen. Students have access to these machines before school and during break and lunch time.
Break time: 10.50-11.10:
Break time snacks are priced from 60p to £1.20 depending on what the student wishes to purchase.
School dinners are served between 12.50-1.50.Pupils across the school have different sitting times in the canteen.
We offer a variety of hot meals to students, this changes every day on a three-week menu cycle.
A main meal costs £1.90 and a main meal and dessert costs £2.50.
Will my child have access to a school lunch?
We operate a cashless catering system. All students will be issued with a ParentPay account where
parent/carers must top up money online. Those students who are eligible for a free school meal will have their account automatically topped their lunch.
What will happen in terms of COVID19?
We recognise that the circumstances surrounding COVID19 have presented difficulties for young children and their families. As a school we are continually reviewing government guidance as it is published and taking guidance from the UST to ensure that students are supported during this time. If there are any updates that are relevant to your child’s transition, we will let you know as soon as we can.
Is there anything I can do to support my child’s learning in September?
We will be providing a holiday homework pack for students to engage with over the summer holiday and strongly recommend that parents and carers support with this where possible.
Are there any books for my child to read that will help them to get ahead?
Our school website has a designated page for literacy, including a list of books that students can read to improve their reading ages. This can be found here.
How often do the students get homework?
Our expectations on homework are set out here. Our students receive homework in each subject once a week at Key Stage 3.
How will you support students catching up when they get back to school?
Our teachers have been using this period of time to not only support our students in their current home learning but also developing comprehensive plans for the curriculum to ensure that the quality of classroom teaching is of the highest standard to support each child in catching up. We recognise that high quality teaching is the biggest lever in supporting students and are working across the trust to be able to support students when they return. For further information on our secondary curriculum please click here.
How will you support my child’s wellbeing after this period of difficulty?
Student Wellbeing is really important to us here at RGTS. Our pastoral team continually monitoring students and our plans for supporting students includes reviewing our tutor time provision, using our character development sessions and our assembly programme to allow students to take the time to reflect on their experiences of the pandemic. More bespoke support is available to students who may need it through our use of counsellors and mentors.
What is the RGTS uniform?
You'll find all of the details and prices on our Uniform page.
How do I purchase my child's RGTS uniform?
JK Clothing is our sole uniform supplier for the RGTS blazer, tie, V-neck jumper, cardigan and all PE kit
Please visit jkclothing.net to order the uniform online.
Please note that there may be delays due to the current lockdown as a result of the coronavirus.
Year 6 Transition News
Thank you to all of you who attended our recent Year 6 meetings. It has been wonderful to have had the opportunity to meet so many of our incoming families and get to know our new students as they prepare to join our school community.
28th May 2021
Useful Documents and Links