Frequently Asked Questions

The transition from primary school to secondary school is a very exciting time, but poses many questions for our new students and their parents. Below are some examples of frequently asked questions. You will have the opportunity to ask further questions during our Induction Evening, and can email any questions using the email address below.

When will I find out who is in my class?

We will be inviting all new Year 7 families to meet your new tutor at our virtual ‘Induction Evening’ on Thursday 2nd July. More details will be sent to you shortly.

Can I be with my friends?

Your primary schools have already told us who works well together, and we use this information to help us put our tutor groups together. We hope that the tutor group your child is placed in will contain students who work well together and bring out the best in each other. Remember you are not taught in your tutor groups and lessons are about learning. You will be able to mix with all of your friends at break and lunchtimes.

How will I make new friends if we don’t have transition days?

Due to social distancing rules, we are unable to run our transition days as we usually do. However, after the summer holiday, we will make sure that you have time to settle into your new school, meet other students and get to know your teachers, before we start normal timetabled lessons. Getting involved in clubs and activities is a great way of making new friends.

Will I get told off if I am late to class?

Although your new school might be a lot bigger than your primary school, you don’t need to worry about getting lost. There are lots of signs and there are always people around to help you find your way. Your tutor will give you a tour on your first day here, and most of your lessons will take place in our brand-new Year 7 Base, so you won’t have to move around too much.

Will there be other year groups in my tutor group or lessons?

No, your tutor group and lessons will be made up of Year 7 students only.

Can I come to school on a bike or scooter?

Yes, you can. Make sure you use a helmet and stay safe on the roads. Teachers will show you where to put your bikes and scooters when you arrive. Make sure you bring a lock.

Who can I ask for help if I need it?

Your tutor will be the first person that you see every day, so they are the best person to talk to. Mrs Aylmer and Mrs Smith are the designated Student Managers for Year 7 and are there to support you too. Any adult within your new school will help you if you ask them.

Can I bring my mobile phone to school?

Yes you can, but you need to hand it in at the office at the start of every day and collect it at the end of the day. Your phones will be kept safely in the office.

How is bullying dealt with?

Although bullying is not common in our schools, unfortunately it does happen sometimes. If it does happen to you, then it is really important to tell an adult so we can help you. This can be any adult in school, or an adult at home. If we don’t know about it then it is hard for us to do anything to help. We do have an anti-bullying policy in our schools which we follow and our aim is for everyone to feel safe at school.

Can I bring in my own lunch or do I have to have a school dinner?

You can choose to bring in your own lunch or buy lunch in the Dining Hall. Healthy hot meals, jacket potatoes and sandwiches are on sale every day and vegetarian options are always available. You are able to sit with your friends at lunch, regardless of whether you bring your own lunch or buy a school dinner.

How will I pay for my school dinner?

Parents will be sent the details of how to pay for school meals using our cashless catering system.

What uniform do I have to wear?

Uniform information has already been sent out, and links can be found on our website.

Are there any clubs I can go to after school?

You will find out all about the clubs you can go to when you come to our school. Previous clubs have included, art club, choir, book club, Lego club, forensic scientists, as well as football, netball, basketball and rugby. At The Castle Rock School we currently offer our Personal Challenge Projects and our Music Maestros programme. We hope there is something for everyone!

What equipment will I need?

We expect you to come prepared with a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener and some pencil crayons. If any subject specific equipment is required, the relevant teacher will let you know.

How long is a lesson?

Each lesson is 55 minutes long, with an additional 5 minutes to move to your next lesson. You will have 5 lessons per day. Your tutor will go through your timetable with you on your first day at your new school.

How much homework will I get?

You should expect approximately 1 hour per evening of homework. Your tutor will go through your homework timetable with you in school.

Will I get a detention if I get told off?

We have high expectations and standards for all our students. These will be shared with you by your tutor on your first few days in school. Our behaviour policies aim to promote a positive learning environment where all students feel safe and are able to achieve their best.

If you have any further questions please email: transition@apollopartnershiptrust.uk