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Year 6 Transition

If your child is starting at Ridgewood in September, please check the documents and links on this page to find all the information you need.

Welcome to all the Year 6 students, parents and carers who will be joining the Ridgewood School community in September 2020. This area of our website is designed to keep you informed about our transition process, and we hope to be able to post useful information over the coming weeks and months to keep you up to date. Rest assured that we are currently looking at ways to make this year's transition process as smooth and informative as possible for all, during these unprecedented times.

While schools remain closed/partially open, we will be unable to deliver Year 6 transition in the usual way. We can confirm that the transition week we had planned for the students to join us at Ridgewood School during w/c 29 June will not be able to take place – safety is our number one priority.  We are working hard to produce a ‘virtual transition’ process to give students and parents the best possible experience in these difficult times, and hope to be able to issue further details about this later in June.

Please first read the document shared below entitled 'New Year 7 Parent Information'. This would have been shared with you at a face-to-face Parents' Evening, and you should find the answers to lots of your questions in it. We have also listed some FAQs and answers below. If you have any other questions, please get in touch using the Contact us facility.

FAQs for students

What do I need to bring to school with me?

  • A black pen
  • A red pen
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • A calculator - Casio FX-85GTPLUS (or similar Casio model; please ask your maths teacher).
  • Ridgewood School planner
  • A reading book (KS3 Accelerated Reader Programme)
  • PE Kit (if you have PE)
  • Food technology ingredients (if you have a Food technology practical lesson)
  • A bag big enough for school books and writing equipment

What lessons will I have at Ridgewood?

You will have a two week timetable which you will be given when you start All students study English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Drama, RE, Technology, a modern foreign language, Art, IT, Music, PE and PSHCE.

Will I get homework?

At Ridgewood, homework will allow you to practise your knowledge, understanding and skills, so that these are deeply embedded.

Core subjects (English, Maths, Science) could set a revision or exploration task to consolidate learning, to deepen understanding or to gain new knowledge. How much homework you receive will be decided by the department but the setting and deadline days will depend on the individual timetable.

Non-core subjects have less timetable allocation in KS3 than core subjects and in many cases only one period per week. These subjects will set homework when there is a specific learning purpose or an assessment focus.

Will I be with my friends in lessons?

Many of you are coming from a school with 30 pupils per year group to Ridgewood which has 240 students in each year group. When we allocate students to their form groups, we use information from your primary school, including information about whether you work well with someone. You are likely to know at least one person in your form group, and in your subject lessons, but you will also soon make new friends.

What if I get lost?

Do not worry about getting lost; every student and staff member at Ridgewood has at some time! You may be unsure about which classroom you are going to for each subject, but you will soon learn your way around school.  You will study many of your lessons with your form group so you will all move around school together.

All our teachers and students are really helpful, so if you do not know where to go all you need to do is ask and someone will point you in the right direction.

Can I bring my mobile phone into school?

Ideally, you would leave your phone at home. If you do chose to bring it to school it must be turned off and placed in your bag. If you are seen with your mobile phone during the day it will be confiscated and your parent/carer may be asked to come and collect it. If a parent/carer needs to contact you during the school day they must phone the main school number and a message will be brought to you very quickly. They must not call your phone, even during break or lunchtime.

We recommend asking your parent/carer to read our policies regarding mobile phones.

What should I do if I think I need to contact my parent/carer during the day?

Your parents will be busy at home or work during the day so we only like to get in touch with them if it is an emergency. You must not phone your parent/carer during the day. Student Services will be able to contact your parents/carers on your behalf and pass on a message if needed.

What do I do at lunchtime?

Year 7 students come to the dinner hall 15 minutes into Period 4, at 12.40pm.  Another year group will have already been in the hall and eaten their lunch. You will either queue for a school dinner or come straight in for a packed lunch.

You buy food using a biometric scanner or pin code which is linked to a digital account on ParentPay. This means that you don’t have to bring any cash into school and your parent/carer can see what you have bought for your lunch and at break.

What clubs can I join?

Although lessons finish at 3pm, many students are part of an after school club. These typically run from 3pm until 3.55pm. There is a wide range of different clubs available, including in PE, music and drama. We recognise that extra-curricular activity is very important so there is a late bus that can take you home straight after the club has finished.

Will I get detentions?

Probably not! 95% of students at Ridgewood do not receive detentions. We will go explain to you about the two types of detention, C3 (30 minutes) and C4 (1 hour), on the first day of school. We understand that you need time to adjust to our rules and expectations so we will help and support you in the first few weeks.

Where do I go if I need help from an adult?

All adults at Ridgewood School are approachable. You can speak to any adult if you have an urgent problem. If you are unsure who to speak to, it would be best to talk to your form tutor during registration or form time.

I am nervous about coming, how can you help me?

Don’t worry, most students are nervous! We have been speaking to your primary schools who have given us lots of information about you. If they feel you need extra support, we will arrange this for you. The main thing you can do is to come to school with a positive attitude and be prepared to learn.

FAQs for parents

When are Year 7 students going to start Ridgewood School?

Currently, Year 7 students are due to attend Ridgewood School from Wednesday 2 September. If this changes due to current circumstances, we will be in touch.

What is the structure of the school day?

08.40 – 08.50

Registration (in tutor group with form tutor)

08.50 – 09.50

Period 1

09.50 – 11.05

Period 2 (including morning break at 10.05 for Year 7)

11.05 – 11.25

Character Curriculum (in tutor group with form tutor)

11.25 – 12.25

Period 3

12.25 – 14.00

Period 4 (including lunch at 12.40 for Year 7)

14.00 – 15.00

Period 5

Where do I purchase school uniform?

The Ridgewood uniform can be purchased from Cliffs in Doncaster.

Who is my child’s form tutor?

The list of form tutors is usually issued at the end of the academic year. However, in the current circumstances it might be September when we can communicate this information to you. We will let you know who your child’s form tutor is as soon as we can.

What additional transition activities will be in place if my child has SEND?

There will be additional support for children with SEND prior to them starting at Ridgewood. Your child's primary school will be in touch with more details about how this will happen and the format it will take.

Who do I speak to if I have a concern?

Your child’s form tutor will be your first point of contact once your child has started at Ridgewood. Until the name of your child’s form tutor is confirmed by the school, please use the ‘Contact Us’ facility on the school website to get in touch.

Where is the information about school buses?

Information regarding the school buses can be found on the School day and travel page of our school website. Please note that the home to school bus system is operated by SYPTE on behalf of the Local Authority.

What will my child learn at Ridgewood?

Ridgewood offers a broad and balanced curriculum to all students. Further detail about the subjects and what is taught in each year group can be found on the Curriculum pages of the school website.