Welcome to Rudheath Senior Academy. Starting a new school is an exciting time. At Rudheath, we pride ourselves on our transition process and want to ensure that your journey with us is positive and enjoyable. All pupils will meet lots of new friends, new teachers and be taught in new surroundings.
This page has been set up to help you and your child to transition from Primary to Secondary Education.
We will update this page with key updates related to Year 6 to Year 7 transition, including important documents and welcome information.
When can I have a look around Rudheath?
Parents/Carers and children are welcome to visit Rudheath Senior Academy at any time. Simply telephone or email to request a suitable day and time and we will endeavour to meet your requirements. We hold an Open Evening every September where the Head Teacher will give a presentation and there will be an opportunity to look around the school. Students and staff will be available to answer questions and visitors can see displays of students’ work. You will also be given a school prospectus on the evening, but one can be requested at any time by contacting the school. Alternatively click here to view our prospectus.
What is the school day like?
The school day starts quite early in comparison to primary school. All pupils must be at school for 8.40am. All students enter via the Pastoral Entrance on Shipbrook Road.
Having different teachers for different subjects may take a while to get used to. It also means there is a lot of moving around between lessons as everyone moves to their next classroom. All lessons last 60 minutes and there are five lessons in a day. In the morning you will have a 30 minute form period, followed by two lessons, then a 15 minute break. This is followed by two more lessons and then there is a 45 minute lunch for all pupils. The day finishes with one more lesson. School finishes at 3.10pm each day.
Will I be with my friends in my form group?
A question often asked by potential Rudheath pupils is “will I be with my friends?”. The answer to this question most of the time is “yes”. When you have been accepted for a place at Rudheath Senior Academy, the Transition Team will work with your primary school. You will be asked to complete a sheet which asks about your friends and who you would like to be with. The team then try and make sure you are placed in a Form with at least one of the people you have written down.
What is the school uniform like?
Rudheath Senior Academy believe that a smart uniform worn properly is very important because it demonstrates the pride that students take in themselves and the school and also shows a readiness for learning. We expect all students to wear full school uniform at all times. For more information on the school uniform please click here.
What lessons will I have?
In Year 7, pupils are taught in a dedicated hub. Learning is focused on projects and linking subjects together. This helps pupils feel inspired about their learning and develop skills and friendships. Subjects include:
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Design and Technology
What if I am ill or late?
Rudheath Senior Academy have high expectations regarding punctuality and attendance in school, which are important if you are to make good progress. If you are unable to come to school due to an illness you must let school know as soon as possible. We also advise you to go on holiday during the school holidays. Any holidays taken during term time cannot be authorised and may result in action being taken. In exceptional circumstances holidays can be requested, requests must be made by writing to the Head Teacher. For more information on Attendance please click here.
What are the school dinners like?
The school operates a cashless system for purchasing food in The Hangout. Parents are able to top up their child’s dinner account via ParentPay. When pupils make a purchase in the The Hangout, the catering staff will use a fingerprint scanner to identify you. The cashless system means students don’t have to worry about losing their money and they will be able to get their dinner a lot quicker! Full instructions on how to use this system will be given to you before you start with us and again on your first day at Rudheath.
Snacks and drinks are available from the canteen before school and at morning break, including toast, fruit and bacon sandwiches. For lunch there are a range of hot and cold options, including main meals, pasta and deli style sandwiches. At lunchtime, students must remain in school for lunch. If you are not purchasing a school dinner you may eat your packed lunch in the canteen.
How much homework will I get and how do I record it?
Pupils will be given a school planner to record homework tasks and deadlines. These planners will also help with communication between home and school. There is a space for staff to comment on pupils’ attitude and behaviour and for parents/carers to note comments made and reply if they wish. It is also a good way for parents/carers to get messages to staff.