On entry, boys will be placed in one of six Form Groups, the Form rooms for Year 7 being in the John Prior Language Building.
The forms are arranged alphabetically across the entire year group. This avoids any complications arising from boys having the same surname in the same form. Although boys from the same school cannot be guaranteed a place in the same form it is hoped that new friendships will be formed and old ones maintained.
The 11+ intake year (Year 7) is known as the Foundation Year which is under the direct charge of Mr Guthrie, who with the team of Form Tutors oversees the induction of boys to the RGS as well as all issues relating to welfare and discipline in Year 7. The Form Tutor is the first point of contact.
The school has a fully qualified Matron, Mrs S Munday, who deals with the boys' everyday medical requirements.
The school day officially starts at 08.40 although we would advise you to make sure you arrive no later than 8.30am. Junior Assembly is at 08.45 for Years 7, 8 and 9 in the Queen’s Hall, which comprises a short talk or reading followed by a prayer and the notices for the day. It is hoped that boys of all religions will see this as a natural start to the day without compromising their own beliefs.
Once a week Year 7 have their own Foundation Assembly. Assembly is followed by Registration in the Form Room and the first lesson commences at 9.15am. Break is from 11.45-12.15, and lunch is from 1.30-2.20pm. Afternoon registration is at 2.20pm and the school day finishes at 3.40pm.
To download the 2015 New Year 7 Parents Handbook, please click this link.
In Year 7 boys will pursue the National Curriculum studying the following subjects either substantively, or as part of ‘modules’. Most of these will be taught in specialist rooms.
The Library opens at 8.00 a.m. every school day, and closes at 4.30 p.m, apart from Friday when it closes at 4.00 p.m. Year 7 pupils will come in to the library with their English teacher for 2 Library induction classes during the first weeks of term. We encourage the boys to read widely and all new pupils received a summer reading list on the recent transition day.
Great to meet all you Year 6s last week. Here is a reminder to get reading this summer, so that you will arrive ready for the excitement of what lies ahead!
Get Reading - Ideas from the Library
The document I gave you about popular books is above, entitled “Get Reading – Ideas from the Library”, and of course don’t forget to send us a postcard from your travels this summer, including a note about what you’ve been reading.
Finally, don’t miss out on ‘Bookstart’, our reading group that kicks off the year. Read one of “Wolf Brother”, “Wonder”, or “The Prince and the Pauper”, and then come and join in. For those of you who have already spent your holiday money, try googling ‘project gutenberg the prince and the pauper’ for a free online version of that book.Happy reading and we look forward to seeing you in September.
Mr Parsons and Mrs Jones
The school has a dining hall for the boys to use at both break and lunchtime, and the food is provided by ‘Cater Link’. The ‘Meal of the Day’ (eg Lasagne and Salad) costs £1.80 while the ‘Meal Deal’ (ie Meal of the Day and pudding) costs £2.10.
Parents are able to get a print-out of what their son has eaten on request to the Catering Manager.
Breakfast is also available in the canteen between 08.00 and 08.30. As the RGS is a ‘cashless’ school you will get details around May for obtaining a ‘cashless card’ and how to put money onto the card.
HOMEWORK AND PUPIL PLANNERS
In Year 7 boys will be given homework each day. You will receive details of the homework timetable in September.
Homework is designed to be in slots of approximately 25 minutes per subject. Each boy will have his own pupil planner, so you will be aware of all work set. The aim of the pupil planner is to help the boys organise themselves and it includes a homework timetable, academic timetable, recognition page and instructions for using the planner.
Parents are asked to sign the planner each week and comment if necessary. This helps the boys to become and remain organised and offers parents and staff an extra means of communication.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND GAMES
All boys in Year 7 have two periods of Physical Education and two periods of Games each week. The PE periods allow a full range of indoor sports and swimming to be taught. In the Games programme each boy will play rugby and cricket and also participate in cross-country running and athletics. There is a thriving inter-form competition in all sports. This includes an inter-form soccer competition in the second part of the Spring term. There are a large number of school teams (rugby, cricket, cross country, athletics and basketball for Year 7), and we try to involve as many boys as possible in representative matches.
Most games are played on Saturdays and parents are, of course, most welcome to support all our school matches. To view the fixtures for this year, click on the school calendar link.
School Reports are issued twice a year, at Christmas and in the summer, as well as Progress Cards in October and at Easter. There is a Parents’ Meeting with the Form Tutor during the first term to discuss how your son has settled with us.
A Parents’ Meeting to discuss progress with individual subject teachers is held annually, usually in the Spring term. Any parent who has cause for concern should not hesitate to contact the Form Tutor or Mr Guthrie (Head of Year 7).
All boys are required to wear school uniform between leaving home and arriving back. The school uniform regulations are approved by the Governors. Boys are expected to be mature enough to realise that their conduct and overall appearance should be of the standard we expect. The prescribed items for Years 7-11 school uniform include:
- School tie (Year 7 maroon) - can be purchased at the New Parents’ and boys’ evening in July.
- Navy blue school blazer with pocket badge**, and plain dark grey trousers (not cotton, denim or cord).
- Plain white shirt.
- Pullovers must be navy blue with school logo
- Footwear: plain black or grey socks; black leather shoes (suede shoes, boots, trainers and plimsolls are not acceptable).
- Scarves must be of a single plain colour.
- Outdoor coats should be of a sombre dark colour.
SECOND HAND SHOP
The school has a shop selling second hand uniform and sports equipment. The school shop is building up its stock of second hand clothes please call the School Shop on 01494 551412
There is further information about the support recommended for parents of new Year 7 boys within the Pastoral Section.
If you have any questions about Year 7 entry into the RGS, please view the Admissions Information pages, or contact the school admissions office.
The RGS has well balanced grounded boysParent Year 7