Our Transition program at the Joseph Rowntree School is continuous but it will be different this year. None of us know what will happen with schools in September. At this stage we are planning as normal for the start of the year. This approach may change as we receive more guidance. 

We work tirelessly throughout the year to work with our primary schools to ensure students are aware of what the Joseph Rowntree School can offer them, through a wide selection of visits, and various events throughout the year. We are proud of the excellent working links we have forged over many years with our local schools, which allows us to prepare all our new students thoroughly for their time with us.  We always ensure that we provide every new student with a smooth and successful transition from primary to secondary school, and this year it is particularly important.   

We have posted home to all students and their families, an information pack.   This would normally be issued to students when we visit their school. We would ask all families to read the information carefully, and if possible, to post the completed information forms back to the school office.   Alternatively, a scanned or photographed copy of each completed page can be sent to [email protected]  

This year more than ever, it is vital that we establish communication links between yourselves and our new students as quickly as possible. Please keep looking at our main website page, where regular updates are posted, along with a copy of the weekly letter our headteacher, Mr Hewitt, sends to all families.  We will keep adding short films and further student friendly information to the transition page, and will also keep our primary schools aware of any new uploads.   

I am currently in contact with all of our primary schools who are involved with our transition students this year, and we are working together to ensure that all information is being shared.  We have also sent all Primary schools in our transition programme a student pack of transition work they are welcome to use in their time with students in school over the next few weeks.  

Our transition team at the Joseph Rowntree School consists of myself, the pastoral house team, and student support team.  We are really looking forward to working with all the students, and will ensure that transition this year is as supportive as possible for everyone. 

Further details about our plans for transition days are below.  Please continue to check the website regularly, as in the current situation, plans may have to be adapted.  We will, as always, keep our primary schools fully informed of our plans.   

Mrs Rachael Clarke 

Assistant Headteacher KS3 and Transition          


Transition 2020

Click here for our weekly house challenge, Year 6 entries are very welcome!


Check out the entries from Week 1 below


House Competition - Week 1 Year 6 Entries


Year 7 Letters to Year 6


What about Transition days in July? 

At the Joseph Rowntree School we know how important Transition days are for students to be able to start in year 7 successfully.  Every year we put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring these days are informative, put students at ease, make them familiar with their new school, and ensure parents and guardians feel confident in the plans for September.  This year will be no exception.  

Working closely with our families and our feeder primary school, we will still be providing all of these things, but remotely. 

We will be offering a Virtual Transition Day on Wednesday 1st July 2020 where there will be online events and live meets that students can access from both school and at home. 

Our aim is to make this as easy and as accessible as possible, and to give all year 6 students the opportunity to put faces to names, and to see what some aspects of school are going to be like in September.   

We are aware that some students will be in school, while others will be at home on this day.  We have therefore created a combination of pre-recorded and live events that students and their families can access.  These plans have been put together with full consultation with our feeder primary schools, who will support students with access to these events if they are in school on this day.  


Virtual Transition Day:  Wednesday 1st July 

Timetable of the day: 

9.30 am and 2pm:  Virtual Assembly with Mrs Clarke, Head of Key Stage 3, and Mr Hewitt, our headteacher.  This will take place on google meet.  Primary Schools will have access to this, and a recorded option will be available for students after each event.

Optional Pre-recorded Videos: 

These films will go live from Wednesday 1st July 

There will be a filmed video from each of the Progress Leaders for our 4 houses! Students will need to watch the relevant film to find out about all the exciting things that happen in our house system.  

Students will also be able to watch 4 films from different departments who will give you a flavor of some transition work you could be doing, and also show you some of the amazing things we get up to! 


Parents Information Evening:   Thursday 2nd July. 

On Thursday evening from 4pm, our film of the Virtual Parents Information Evening will go live on our website for all families to view.  This will include all the content we would have been going through at the Parents Information Evening.  At the end of the presentation there will also be a dedicated email address where you can send any questions or queries you may have, that you would have normally have asked on this evening.   These will all have a direct reply within 24 hours.


Please watch the short clips below, to give you an idea of some of the aspects of life at the Joseph Rowntree School





Here is an example of a year 7 timetable



Student Guide 2020


Helpful Advice for Parents

Transition 2020


In general, students are expected to be more independent, resilient and self-organised once they begin  secondary school. This is usually a welcome development for many pupils but proves a challenge in the first few weeks.  Below are a few hints and tips we think may help in the first few weeks. 


Further Advice for Parents:  Before your child starts

  • Make sure your child knows how they are going to travel to and from school, and you have timed it! 

  • Be sure your child understands what time they are expected to be home and what to do if they are late for any reason. 

  • Buy an alarm clock! Have a test run with it before the first day at school. 

  • Agree with your child what time they will need to get up to get to school on time.  Work backwards from the time they need to be at school.  Include all the things they will need to do. 

  • Agree a routine for the mornings and after school.   

  • Agree a bed-time for school days with your child that will ensure they get enough sleep. 

  • Check the uniform list including rules about wearing make-up and jewelry. 

  • Write your child’s name in every item of uniform.  

  • Have spare items of uniform at home if possible in the event of emergencies. 

  • An additional A4 plastic or card folder for inside the school bag is useful for finished homework and transferring worksheets for homework.   

  • Reassure your child that they will quickly get to know their way around (most have it mastered within a couple of weeks), and that they move around as a group to start with.


Further Advice for Parents:  When your child starts.  

  • If possible, be around for your child for the first few days and weeks and ‘supervise’.  Praise and encourage independence but be ready to offer a helping hand. 

  • Go through the routine regularly with your child if necessary provide a tick-list to help them. 

  • Insist on the routine being kept to – it will save you hours in the long run. 

  • Encourage your child to put everything out (including shoes, socks or tights) the night before. Make sure the planner is in the bag every evening.   

  • Have a system for making sure that clothes are clean and ready – the earlier children start to take responsibility the better, but whoever does it, both parties need to know ‘the system’. 

  • Get into a routine of ‘emptying the bag’ each evening. Place all those subjects for which homework is to be done in one pile. Do this with your child to begin with if necessary, then gradually let them take over. Even when your child has ‘got it’ do ‘spot checks’ every so often. 

  • Encourage your child to glue any worksheets or odd bits of paper into their workbook each night if possible, otherwise the sheer volume of loose paper becomes overwhelming. 

  • When homework is completed supervise the ‘packing of the bag’ to begin with. This is best done the night before.  Make sure the planner is in there, and check if its a PE or ‘Ingredients’ day!

  • Encourage your child to check their planner for any reminders or notes each night. It’s usually worth double checking to begin with. 

  • Use the planner as a communication tool.  Have a look at the number of positive praise stamps, and discuss what lessons are on the timetable for each day.