Transition & admissions
Students Moving to Secondary School in September 2023
Redruth School recognises that the move from primary to secondary school is a significant event for both pupils and parents alike. We know that each child will be both nervous and excited about joining a secondary school. We have a dedicated transition team to help at this time of change. Mr Dave Bartlett, Assistant Headteacher, oversees the transition, together with a small number of significant staff to support the process: Mrs Laura McTeare, Deputy Headteacher and Miss Katie Skilbeck, SENDCo.
We have excellent relationships with our primary colleagues and work closely with them during this time so that children are supported in the transition to secondary school. Visits are made to children’s primary school to meet the students and parents. We also have Induction days so the new students can familiarise themselves with the school and have the opportunity to meet their form tutor, along with other key staff members. Students will be joining a school that has high aspirations and expectations for itself and its students.
To apply for a secondary place you need to complete the following from Cornwall Council by 31 October: Cornwall Council Secondary School Application
There are many events scheduled throughout the year to support your child’s transition to secondary school these include:
Open Evening - An opportunity to tour the school, meet the teachers and students and get involved in engaging activities linked to the curriculum areas studied at Key Stage 3. For students joining secondary school in September 2023, this year's open evening is on Tuesday 20 September 2022 from 5pm-8.30pm.
Tours of the school (predominantly September/October) - We are happy to show parents and students around the school during the school day so that you get a sense of the atmosphere of the school and can see student engagement in lessons. The tour will be conducted by one of the senior leadership team giving plenty of opportunities to ask questions and see the facilities.We ask that these are booked in advance by calling the school on 01209 203700 and will take place daily from Wednesday 21 September until Thursday 20 October at 9am,10.20am and 2pm.
Super Saturdays (all year) -These sessions run from 9 am -12 pm on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Each session will be delivered by an individual faculty. Year 5/6 students can sign up for individual sessions or attend all 7 sessions offered. Attendance will be rewarded with a certificate and small prize. These sessions give students an additional opportunity to meet the students they will soon be going to school with and the staff that will be teaching them. You can book your place here:Super Saturdays Bookings
|Super Saturday Subject||Date|
12 March 2022
10 September 2022
17 September 2022
1 October 2022
|Art/ Music/ Drama||
8 October 2022
15 October 2022
Primary Transition Visits (summer term) - Mr Bartlett visits the primary school of every child that is transitioning to Redruth School in September. He meets with the Year 6 teacher to gather information on each individual’s strengths and areas where support may be required. Mr Bartlett may also meet with the students during this visit so they have an opportunity to ask him any questions they may have about secondary school. For the larger primary schools there will also be an additional drama workshop that accompanies this visit to give Year 6 students an opportunity to engage and interact with our secondary students.
Transition Days (11 & 12 July 2023) - All students who are coming to Redruth School in September are invited to two days in the summer term. On these days they will meet their new tutor and tutor group, experience lessons, and take some initial tests which will aid us in supporting them in their transition.
Transition Evening (12 July 2023) - This takes place on the evening of the students’ second transition day and is an opportunity for parents to meet the tutor and be given key information on the school as well as view and purchase school uniform.
Summer School (August/ September) - During the summer school students have the opportunity to sign up for activities over three days. Our summer school activities have included water sports, an Eden Project trip, bush craft, mountain biking, sports, art and much more. The focus of the three days is on having fun, team building and getting to know each other and staff. At the end of the three days students feel confident about starting their first day in September. Information about how to sign your child up for Summer School is released in the transition pack.
For those students joining us in September 2023, we are looking forward to meeting and welcoming your child in person at our transition days, summer school and at the start of the Autumn term.