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Rugby High School congratulates students offered a place to join the school in Year 7 in Autumn 2023 and explains the key dates coming up. 

Our Pastoral Team here at Rugby High School has welcomed new students with this message:

"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 Monday 10th July. We get to spend the day together and you start to find out about your new classmates, teachers and the school site.

Click here to watch a welcome video from Head Teacher, Mr Mark Grady. 

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 below for ideas and advice.

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

Click here to read our new Welcome Booklet

Timeline of what happens next

Wednesday 1st March 2023 – National Offer Day when you will receive your offer of a school place

Wednesday 15th March 2023 – Warwickshire County Council’s deadline for you to respond to your school place offer

w/c 27th March 2023 – Parents / carers receive your welcome letter and initial information pack by email with term dates and uniform list

w/c 8th May 2023 – Parents / carers receive your second information pack by email. This contains lots of useful details, including bus routes and art kit required. This also contains forms to be completed including photograph permission form and a data sheet to complete.

Sunday 4th June 2023 – Deadline for returning completed forms from your second information pack.

June – Primary school visits by members of RHS staff

Monday 10th July 2023 – 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.

Monday 10th July 2023 – 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 5th September 2023 – Start date for Year 7

Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th September 2023 – Induction week with lessons, wellbeing sessions and icebreaker activities

Monday 11th September – 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.