The school has an outstanding transition programme that was praised by OFSTED in our recent inspection.Smiling student outstanding transition

We invest a huge amount of time to ensuring that your child has a smooth transition to secondary school. Once they have been allocated a place with us, we work on the principle of finding out as much about your child as possible before they start with us so that when they do start we know them well.

Understanding

Every child who is given a place with us will have their Year 6 class teacher visited or contacted prior to joining Roding Valley. They will tell us key assessment information as well as the strengths of your child, their interests and what motivates them. We use this information to then put children into their tutor groups.

Taster days

Many children will have already visited us in their Year 4 or 5 due to our work with local primary schools, but all Year 6 students who are allocated a place at the school attend for a ‘Taster Day’ in June. This taster day gives the students an opportunity to follow a day with their new tutor group, meet new friends and, most importantly, start to meet some of the teachers who they will be spending the next 5 years with.

Information evenings

There is also an information evening for all Year 6 Parents in June to give them key information about their child starting in September. Finally in July, all new students and parents have the opportunity to have an individual meeting with a senior member of staff.

Getting it right

We invest heavily in the transition programme because we understand how important it is to get it right for each child. By spending the time we do, the vast majority of our students start Year 7 in September without any concerns and, in our recent survey of new parents, 100% of responses stated they were very happy with the transition process at the school.

If you would like further information about the school’s transition process, please contact Ms S Dyer (Assistant Headteacher, Student Progress and Achievement): sdyer@rodingvalley.net or Miss Williams (Year 7 Progress Leader): fwilliams@rodingvalley.net.

In the meantime, please find a letter about our forthcoming testing days for students that will join us in September 2017.

Year 6 to 7 transition evening presentation (from 2016)

An updated presentation for 2017 will be added in due course.

Enrichment opportunities

Students at Roding Valley High School are given opportunities to enrich themselves outside of the curriculum offering. Examples of some of the activities that our year 7 have taken part in are:

  • Inter form Bake Sale
  • Boys Day of Dance
  • Year 7 Drop Down Day

Year 7 Residential Trip 2017

The students will attend an annual residential trip where they will encounter many problem solving activities and fun games. There is an opportunity to enhance their skill level and work as a team by overcoming several challenges, alongside building new friendship groups which is helpful in the transition year.
The pupils will experience many activities such as Zorbing, Archery, Rollerball, Rock Climbing, Drift Bikes, Mysterious Missions, Buggy Building, Kin-Ball, Fencing, Water Wars and many more. The students also experience evening entertainment, such as the Disco, Quiz night and Camp Fire.