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For Students Joining Us in Year 7 Autumn 2024

Welcome to students joining us in September 2024


We hope you are excited to be joining Rugby High School. We are delighted that you have chosen to join our school community and look forward to helping you develop as a creative and ambitious thinker. Our aim is that you will leave Rugby High as a resilient, heathy and successful learner who is prepared and excited for the future, whatever it may bring. 

We appreciate the importance of a good transition to secondary school and we want to reassure and support you through this. Below you will find a timeline of key dates for ‘what happens next’ so you know what to expect over the coming months. As information is sent out to your parents/carers it will be uploaded onto this page so that you can find everything in one place. 

In June, we will visit you at your primary school and share our Welcome Booklet which contains lots of useful information. In the meantime, there is a link to our interactive map below and you can explore the website to get a taste of life at Rugby High. A big date in the calendar is Induction Day on Wednesday 10th July. We get to spend the day together and you start to find out about your new classmates, teachers and the school site.

Our top priority at Rugby High is that students, including you, feel happy and safe. We understand that you may have some worries about starting secondary school and this is perfectly natural but we will do our best to help you settle in. In your first week we ease you in gently with a mixture of lessons, icebreaker activities, well-being sessions and even a visiting theatre group. To help you feel more prepared for the transition and excited about the next stage in your education journey you and your family may find it helpful to look at the websites listed at the bottom of this page for ideas and advice.

Remember we are here to help you and we look forward to meeting you in June.

Best wishes
Emily French
KS3 Wellbeing and Progress Lead

Welcome to Rugby High School from Headteacher, Mr Mark Grady: 

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Timeline: What happens next

Friday 1st March 2024 – National Offer Day when you will receive your offer of a school place. On this day, Warwickshire County Council will send you information on the school offer made to you, details on what happens next, and how to respond to your offer. There is more information on their website: Warwickshire County Council website.

w/c 18th March 2024 – Parents / carers receive their welcome letter and initial information pack by email with term dates and uniform list

Tuesday 7th May 2024 – Parents / carers receive the second information pack by email. This contains lots of useful details, including bus routes and art kit required, school meals, parent agreement/ legal stuff. This also contains forms to be completed including the photograph permission form and a data sheet. 

Tuesday 4th June 2024 – Deadline for returning completed forms from your second information pack. 

June – Primary school visits by members of RHS staff

Wednesday 10th July 2024 – Induction Day in school. You will be notified of your house and your form on Induction Day. Parents are invited to attend an information meeting in the afternoon. Parents / carers will receive an email explaining what you need to bring on the first day of term and details of your summer project work

Tuesday 3rd September 2024 – Start date for Year 7 (to be finally confirmed)

First week of year 7 – Induction week with lessons, wellbeing sessions and icebreaker activities 

Monday 9th September 2024 – Normal timetabled lessons commence

Mid September – Year 7 Information Evening for parents/carers

Early November – Settling In Event – parental appointments with Form Tutor to discuss non-academic feedback


Links to tips and advice for transition to secondary school: 

BBC Bitesize: Starting secondary school

Young Minds: Find Your Feet Guide - focussing on the transition from primary to secondary school

Young Minds: Find your Feet video on worries

Anna Freud: Supporting children's transition to secondary school - guidance for parents and carers

Kooth: Online mental wellbeing community: Free, safe and anonymous support

Interactive Map of Rugby High School: 

You can start to familiarise yourself with the school site by exploring our map.

Click here to explore the school site

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