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Our Transition program at the Joseph Rowntree School is continuous throughout the year.  We work closely with our partner primary schools to ensure a strong relationship that supports all students in their transition journey to us.

Throughout the year we 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.   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. In 2020, a huge part of our transition programme was remote, with a virtual transition day, parents information evening, and support programme for schools.

This year, we hope that current guidance will allow us to have our new students visit us in July, but we will ensure we also have alternative plans in place, should the need arise.

All students allocated a place will initially receive a welcome postcard from the transition team.  Following on from this, after the Easter Holidays, families will receive an electronic information pack, with access to online forms to be completed.  We would ask all families to read the information carefully.

Each year, our aim is to establish communication links between families and our new students as quickly as possible. Please keep looking at our main website page and transition page, where regular updates are posted.  Our twitter feed is also useful to follow for updates and information about what our students are achieving.

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.

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.  We will, as always, keep our primary schools fully informed of our plans.

Mrs Rachael Clarke 

Assistant Headteacher KS3 and Transition


What about the Transition day in July?

At the Joseph Rowntree School we know how important a Transition day is for students to be able to start in year 7 successfully.  Every year we put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring this day is informative, put students at ease, make them familiar with their new school, and ensure parents and guardians feel confident in the plans for September.  

Both our Transition Day and parents information evening will be held on Wednesday 6th July.  Further details about both events will be sent to families and primary schools directly.



Here is an example of a year 7 timetable



Student Guide 2022


Helpful Advice for Parents

Transition Documents

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.