Frequently Asked Questions...
The change from Primary to Secondary school is an exciting process, but it is also common to feel uncertain and nervous about the changes ahead. This is very normal, and I would expect all of our Year 6 students coming to TRS in September to feel a bit nervous, especially under the unusual circumstances of lockdown.
If you are feeling very worried or anxious about moving to Secondary School, then talk to someone about it. If you have any questions or worries about Transition, then you can e-mail us your questions at:
Here is a list of questions that we are frequently asked at induction. You may find it useful to go through them. If there are any other questions that you might have then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Who are the Transition Team at The Regis School?
Our Transition Team is made up of several staff, Mrs Trickett (Head of Transition), Mrs Georgiou (Head of Year 7), Mrs Saunders (Raising Standard Lead for Year 7) and Mr Parker (SENCO).
How will my child know where to go on the first day?
Plenty of staff will be on hand to meet your child outside the school and direct them to the appropriate place. Our Year 7 tutors will also be there to escort students.
What is a tutor group?
Every student at TRS has a tutor group. Your child will spend the first part of each day with their tutor group which will have approximately 20 students in. The tutor’s role is to help your child with their work and they are the first person your child should go to if they are worried about anything.
During mentoring we follow a specific programme of activities which are different each day, for example Motivational Monday which ensures a positive and engaging start to the week or Inspirational Friday when we will have assemblies on this topic. Next year’s programme is underpinned by our ‘Education with Character’ and for Year 7 this be learning about their character, what are good qualities to have etc. during tutor time each day tutors do a formal ‘roll call’ where they check tutees are prepared for the day ahead by checking uniform and equipment. The tutor also monitors attendance, rewarding those with good attendance with reward points and following concerns with parents in the first instance and then head of year where applicable.
Where can my child find out about extra-curricular clubs?
There will be information in tutor rooms and in assemblies. We also have a large extra curricular display board on the ground floor.
Will they get lockers?
Lockers are allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a £5 charge for the year plus a £5 deposit.
Will my child visit the school for a Transition Day?
We are following the latest advice from the Government on safe working practice for schools. This means that we are not able to invite Year 6 students into school at the moment. We will, however, make sure that all Year 6 students are able to experience time in school, getting to know the routines and school building, before being joined by students from other year groups. We will update this information as more advice is made available.
My child has additional needs. What extra help will they get?
Inclusion is a core value at The Regis School and we have very high expectations of all our students, whatever their additional needs. Our SENCO will meet with the SENCO of your child’s primary school to make sure that we understand your child’s individual needs and to plan for any support that needs to be put in place to allow your child to access a full and varied curriculum. PSP’s (Pastoral Support Programme) and access plans are an additional means of support for those students who have needs outside of SEN.
When will I be able to buy school uniform?
Our uniform is supplied by a specialist uniform company called JW Sports; they have a shop in Bognor Regis. The shop opened on 15 June. You will be able to order uniform online https://www.jwsports.net . Ties will be available to purchase from August, these will be specific to each year group, Year 7 will be identified by the year they finish their GCSE’s, 2025.
I’ve heard that students who disrupt learning are taken out of class. Is this true?
Learning in a disruptive free classroom is a commitment we make to all students at The Regis School. If your child chooses to disrupt someone else’s learning, the teacher will give a warning and will remind your child of the rules. If they choose to disrupt learning for a second time, they will be asked to leave the lesson and to report to a supervised study area and we will contact you about this; your child will not be permitted to return to class that day. They will have a detention that evening. Repeated removal from class will trigger additional support.
What happens if my child is absent from school?
Excellent attendance is key to a student’s success, both academically and socially. We expect all students to meet our minimum target for attendance of 97%. If a student’s attendance falls below 95%, we meet with home to offer support and to explain the consequences of a failure to improve. We work closely with West Sussex City Council Education Welfare Service to make sure that parents and carers fulfil their statutory obligation to send their child to school regularly.
What happens if my child feels unwell during the day?
If your child feels unwell during the day they should go and see Mrs Harvey or Ms Court in the medical room at break or lunch, or if in a lesson, ask their teacher if they can go there. The medical team will discuss how your child is feeling and ascertain if it is necessary to contact you.
What should we do if we do not have internet access?
The school library has a large number of computers which are available for students to use to complete homework at break, lunch and after school. Local public libraries also have computers available for public use.
What should I do if my child has not been able to complete their homework for a genuine reason?
Write a note or send an e-mail to the class teacher so they know your child has a genuine reason.
What should I do if I am concerned about the homework being set for my child?
In the first instance contact the class teacher for that subject. If it is a wider or persistent concern contact the Head of Year, Mrs Georgiou.
Which subjects are taught in ability groups?
In Year 7 Maths, English and Science are taught in ability groups.
How long can my child stay at school in the evenings?
School ends at 2.55pm but the school building will be open until 4.45pm. Students can remain until then provided there is an adult available to supervise.
How will students be placed in sets considering the SATS did not take place.
As part of the transition process, Mrs Trickett and Mrs Georgiou have had detailed conversations with your child’s teachers in regard to their ability based on teacher assessments they have already done in school. We have asked teachers for information on your child’s reading, writing and spelling as well as Maths data. Students will initially be placed in sets based on this information.
We understand that balancing the support of students’ wellbeing and academic ability is going to be a significant and difficult balance as students return to school after the school closures. However, it is possible that baseline assessment is now more important than ever for secondary schools. Therefore, we do still intend to test students but please rest assured that we will think very carefully about how we manage this during the transitional phase.
Can the students wear their own coat to school?
Yes – students can wear their own coat – but it needs to be removed at the school entrance. This could be placed in your child’s locker or carried with them during the day.
What are the rules regarding shoes?
Sensible all black full leather shoe, no heels, NO TRAINERS OR BOOTS. No branded shoes of any sort are allowed.
When will my child and I know which form they will be in?
Families will receive an email via the student account we have created in July informing them which form they are in and who their Tutor is.
Do we have assemblies?
We have regular assemblies. You will have an assembly once a week with Mrs Georgiou your Head of Year and Mrs Saunders the Raising Standards Lead for Year 7. These can also be delivered virtually.
Will I be in the same tutor group as my friends?
We try to put people in a tutor group with people some of their friends but likely not all of them. We do not want you to feel isolated, so we ask your Year 6 teachers who you get on with. We use that information to help us put together the form groups. When you are at secondary school you have lots of different lessons in different teaching groups so you will meet lots of new people and make lots of new friends too.
What if I am the only person from my Primary School that is going to TRS?
This often happens. What we try to do is to put children who come to us as the only person from their Primary School together, so there will be people in your tutor group in the same situation that you can make friends with. We find that children quickly make new friends at school and your tutor will look after you and check that everything is going well for you.
Is the work really difficult?
The work at secondary school is a continuation of what you have been learning at Primary. Some of the learning will be a recap of work you have already done at Primary. The teachers have planned the curriculum to build upon your learning at Primary so that it is both accessible but also gives you the right level of challenge.
What happens if you are late to school or are late to a lesson?
If you are walking to school you will need to be organised so that you are not late to school. You could try timing how long it takes from your house to school. Many students arrange to meet friends on route. You need to be in the school building by 8.25 every day.
If you are taking the bus, you do not need to worry if the bus is late – this is not your fault and you will not be punished if your bus is late. You will need to show your bus ticket to the late desk in reception when you come in.
Your tutor keeps a record of your attendance and punctuality in school. Students should aim to have an attendance of 97% or above.
Being late to lessons may happen sometimes in your first couple of weeks as you get used to finding your way around the school buildings. If you get lost, then other staff or older students will only be happy to help you find your way. After a couple of weeks, we will expect you to be used to the school and you will need to be on time for your lessons.
What happens if you get lost when you first arrive at TRS?
Although TRS is a large secondary school so you will soon find your way around. There are three main floors and each of these are colour coded to help you find your way. Your timetable will have the floor and the subject on it to support you finding your way. You will colour code your timetable on your first day of school to help you get around the building. The school will seem a lot bigger than your primary school, but you will soon get used to it and will be able to find your way around.
Is it true that secondary school teachers are really strict?
We have high standards at TRS and expect students to behave really well and wear their uniform correctly. The main difference at secondary school is that you will have a lot more teachers because you have specialist teachers for each subject. You will find that we have the same high expectations for behaviour, attitude and work.
What are detentions given for?
Detentions are given for people that do not follow the rules within school. These take place at the end of the school day. The vast majority of our students do not get detentions and visitors to TRS often comment on how well behaved students are within school.
How much homework will you get?
This really depends on the teacher and the subject. Your teachers know the appropriate amount to set you in Year 7. They will also set the homework through Class Charts and they will always tell you how long to spend on the homework and what date it is due in.
Will we be in sets?
For some subjects, you will be placed in sets. Other subjects you will be taught in mixed ability groups. Where students are taught in sets, we take account of lots of different things including teachers’ assessments from your Primary school. The sets can and do change throughout the year, so you are not stuck in the set you are in from the start of the year.
Are there bullying issues at TRS?
Every school has to deal with bullying of some form or another and we would be wrong to say it never happens. However, bullying is very rare at TRS and is mostly to do with fallings out and friendship groups. We use a restorative justice approach when dealing with issues of falling out of friendship groups. The HoY will deal with issues in the first instance which follows a structured process which parents are kept informed of, including the outcome.
Nevertheless, TRS takes bullying very seriously and always deals and resolves issues that take place. Bullying often takes place secretly. Students see their tutor every day and therefore have the opportunity in a safe forum with a member of staff to communicate their worries. Parents are also encouraged to communicate any concerns or worries of this nature to the tutor in the first instance, who will seek advice and hand over to HoY if this is deemed applicable. We also have a dedicated email address so students can contact our team for support should they feel they are unable to do this in person. firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I go to if I have a problem at TRS?
Your tutor is the first person you should speak to if you have any issues at school. You also have a Head of Year who is solely responsible for your year group, Mrs Georgiou. We also have members of staff responsible for safeguarding in school who are able to help you with your worries, concerns or moments of crisis.
Do you need to bring in lunch money every day?
Children all have an account and parents will pre-load this account with credit so you don’t need money to buy your school lunch. You pay for your school lunch through this account either through your fingerprint or putting in a pin code. You will be shown how all of this works as part of your induction into the school.
How will our parents know how we are getting on?
We have a computer system known as ‘SIMS’ where staff record good things you are doing and any negative things that happen too. Your parents can get this information as soon as it goes on through an app called ‘Class charts’. This means your parents always know what has been happening in your school day. We also give out rewards for students who get lots of positive comments – we call these Achievement Points. You will be able to exchange these achievement points for prizes such as a jump the queue pass, a free panini, a free drink and many more.
What are the rules on mobile phones?
Students are not encouraged to have mobile phones in school. Students are allowed to use their phones outside at break and lunch time. If it is used in the building it will be confiscated and a 15minute detention will be issued.
Where are the toilets?
This is a very popular question. You will be given a tour on your first day of school and you will be shown where all of the toilets are. We have toilets on every floor of the building.
What if I get stuck doing work?
Your teacher and tutor are always there to help you. If you are stuck with something in class or with your home learning you can speak to your teacher or tutor and ask them to explain it again. Your fellow students are also on hand so don’t forget to ask them too.
What sports teams are there at The Regis School School for Year 7?
There is a whole range of sports on offer at TRS for you to take part in. Including; Football, Rugby, Table Tennis, Basketball, Trampolining, Athletics and Cricket.
How long is break and lunchtime?
Morning break is 20 minutes and lunchtime is 30 minutes.