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year 6 to 7 Transition HUB for students starting in September 2024

Welcome to Rivington & Blackrod High School

The transition from primary to secondary school is exciting, full of challenges and experiences for parents and children. We work very hard to ease the transition period for all our students, so they are ready for the challenges of high school, enjoying new friendships and the new opportunities it brings.

To support you as you transition from primary to secondary school, we have included key information below, such as:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email at transition@rbhs.co.uk

What happens next?

Below is a timeline list of events you can expect.

Date Events
March 2024

Welcome letter to Year 6 parents and students

A welcome letter from Mr Roach, Headteacher, to our Year 6 parents and students

March 2024

Launch of our online Transition Hub

Our online Transition Hub is designed to provide you with further information about the learning and life at Rivington & Blackrod High School.


If you have any other questions, please contact us at transition@rbhs.co.uk

March 2024

Parental Handbook and our Student "Moving Up" Guide published

These two guides will help you support you and your child as they transition from Year 6 to 7. Click on the red links above to access these documents.

May - June 2024

Primary School visits

Primary school visits from Mr Needham, Head of Lower School, and the Year 7 Pastoral Team.  No action from parents/carers required.

June 2024

Transition Evening - Upper School

We hosted our annual Year 6 Parent Transition Evening on 24th June. 

Please click here to view the presentation from the evening. 

Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Transition Day

Year 6 students who have accepted a place at RBHS will come and spend some time in school, meet some of our teachers and students and get a feel for the school. 

View further information here

W/C 29th July 2024

Summer School 2024

A fantastic opportunity for students to meet their new teachers and make new friends whilst taking part in lots of fun and exciting activities.

View further information here

September 2024

Enhanced On-site Transition

An enhanced on-site transition when the new term begins 

We are looking forward to welcoming your child to our Transition Day on Wednesday, 3rd July 2024.

 Please find below an overview of the key information that was presented at our recent Transition Evening event: 

- Transition Day will take place at our Lower School - postcode: BL6 7AW

- The School yard will be open from 8.20am and the day will begin at 8.35am.  All students should arrive into the yard by 8.30am to ensure a prompt start to the day.

- Students should bring a school bag with standard basic equipment.  (Pen, Pencil, Rubber etc)

- Students should wear their primary school uniform.

- We can confirm that we are happy for students to wear either their standard primary school uniform or their primary school leavers hoodies with uniform trousers or skirt to the transition day.

- No PE kit will be required on Transition Day.

- All students will be offered a free break and lunch time meal from our canteen.  Students are also more than welcome to bring a packed lunch.

- School ends at 2.50pm and parents should wait outside the school gates to collect their child.  Please do not enter the playground space unless invited to do so by a member of staff.


Parental Handbook and Student "Moving Up" Guide

We are very aware that the transition to secondary school can be both a worrying and exciting time for the parents/carers and pupils involved.  In order to help you and your child prepare for their transition to RBHS, we have produced a Parental Handbook and Student "Moving Up" Guide to provide you with all the information we feel you will need. 

Please take time to read both documents and share the Student Guide with your child.

The Parental Handbook covers:

Our mission, vision and values Student support  Extracurricular activities 
Our school history and values  School uniform  House system 
Key dates for your diary  School footwear  Transport 
The school day  School equipment  ParentPay 

 Click here to view our Parental Handbook   Click here to view our Student Guide

Find out what some of our current Year 7 students think about the learning and life at RBHS:

If you are viewing on mobile, please click here to view the video

Our Top Tips 

Moving to secondary school is an exciting time. You will meet lots of new people and have the opportunity to take part in new activities like sports and other clubs. However, it's also normal to be nervous about this big change in your life, so don't worry - lots of other students will be feeling the same. Read our top tips below to help you settle in.

1. Be confident

Introduce yourself to people even if it takes you out of your comfort zone - remember, most people will be in the same boat as you and will also be hoping to make new friends

2. Find common interests and pursue them together

3. Take your time

Good friendships often form gradually as you naturally learn more about each other

4. Join a club or lunchtime/after school activity to meet people

5. Get to know different people

You will often be partnered or seated with different people in your classes, which can be a good opportunity to get to know people

Good friends are often:

  • Honest
  • Reliable
  • Supportive
  • Good listeners
  • Sensitive to other's needs
  • Humble (don't brag)
  • Encouraging

Student Enrichment

As a school, we are committed to providing high quality opportunities outside the usual curriculum time through enrichment activities, such as:

  • Art and Crafts Club
  • Karate Club
  • Drama Club
  • Book Club
  • Filmmaking Club
  • Geography Club
  • Band Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Football/Netball Training
  • Basketball/Rugby Club
  • Dance Club
  • Science Club

These activities are an important and exciting feature of school life and contribute enormously to our student's academic and social development. The enrichment program at Rivington and Blackrod High School encourages our students to engage with their school community so that when they leave in Year 13, they are active, confident, and emotionally resilient young adults.

We have an exciting array of extracurricular activities for our students. Click on the link below to view our current enrichment activities.

Extracurricular Activities >

Transition Checklist

To help you prepare for the move to secondary school, we have created a checklist. Tick off each item as you complete it.


Download our Transition Checklist

Summer School 2024

Registration for Summer School 2024 is now open!

Our Year 7 Summer School will run from Monday, 29th July - Thursday, 1st August 2024.

We are delighted to invite your child to attend the Summer School celebrating the “Magic and Mystery of RBHS”.

During this week we are offering a range of exciting enrichment activities to all new Year 7 students. This is a great opportunity for the students to meet friends old and new as well as some of the teachers they will have next year.

 The students will learn in a fun and engaging way the history and values of the school.

Click here to register your child to attend the Summer School  



Travelling to RBHS

Several bus services provide access to and from Rivington and Blackrod High School. However, the timetable and routes change each year.

For 2023-24, the dedicated 912, 913, 914, 915 school bus services operate to and from the school.  New timetables will be issued towards the end of the current academic year.

  • 912 - Brownlow Fold - Doffcocker - Montserrat - Bottom of the Moor
  • 913 - Bolton - Heaton - Lostock - Middlebrook
  • 914 - Middlebrook - Lostock - Brazley
  • 915 - Daisy Hill - Westhoughton - Wingates - Aspull - Blackrod

View all routes and timetables for school buses here >

Commercial bus services

The following commercial bus services operate close to the school:

 Visit the TfGM website for the latest information and timetables before you start.

 Further information about travelling to RBHS > 

School Uniform

As a school, we firmly believe that our school uniform at Key Stage 3 and 4 plays a valuable role in contributing to our ethos and setting an appropriate tone that supports effective teaching and learning.

Working with students, we have made a lot of progress towards achieving the consistent appearance of students in uniform across both key stages, and we are keen to maintain this. Therefore, all students should wear the specified school uniform below with names marked on each item.

Please find below details of our local uniform suppliers:

Andrew Leech Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 697624

Whittakers Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 389485

Smart Schoolwear - website : click here / telephone : 01204 392610

View our Uniform Policy here >

Year 7 Tie Colour: 

For students starting in Year 7 in September 2024, the tie colour is RED

They will remain in this colour of tie throughout their time at Rivington and Blackrod High School. 

Our new school Library

Our Year 7 students have exclusive access to our new school library every Monday at break and lunch. With over 4000 current fiction and non-fiction books spanning various interests and reading abilities, there is something for everyone.

To find out more about our library and how to loan books, please click the link below.

Student Library > 

 Contact Us


Lower School

Rivington & Blackrod High School

Albert Street,



Greater Manchester



Telephone:  01204 333266

Website: www.rbhs.co.uk

For general enquires contact: office@rbhs.co.uk