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year 6 to Year 7 Transition

Welcome to Rivington & Blackrod High School


Welcome from the Head of Lower School, Mr Kirby

My role is to work with the Head of Year 7, Mrs Bourne and our feeder primary schools to make sure that your child has a smooth transition to secondary school. I also work closely with all staff to make sure that our children feel safe, settled and ready to take on the many opportunities that await them.

To further support our new intake in making the transition from Primary to Secondary, below you will find a collection of subject challenges that you will study at Rivington and Blackrod High School. These challenges have been created from the teachers you will meet in September. Why not have a go and see how creative you can be before you even join us?

In the coming weeks and months key information will be posted onto the website, updating you with further transition details. If you are unsure of anything at all as you read and through the information on our website, then please do not hesitate to get in touch through our school email lowerschool@rbhs.co.uk. or call on 01204 333366, and a member of the Year 7 Pastoral team will get back to you as soon as possible.

I hope you are as excited about joining us as we are. We are really looking forward to meeting you!

 What happens next?

As you will be aware, we have had to adapt to the current situation regarding Covid-19 and how this affects schools; however, we do offer a comprehensive ‘virtual’ transition package, which supports you and your child. Below is a time line list of events you can expect: 

  • Headteacher’s welcome letter to Year 6 Parents (March 2021)
  • Parents/Carers accept their child's place and complete the online data collection form (please click here) (to be completed by 31st March)

Once the school has received your online data collection form :

 Useful Guides/Resources

Families may find the following guides/resources useful:

 Virtual Tour 

Please click here to view a Virtual Tour of our Lower School site.

 What do our students think?

Collection of current Y7 pupils’ views.

Isabelle: Year 7 was wonderful experience. At the start of year 7 I was very worried as I was scared of change. I get that you might be scared of change to but coming to RBHS was the best choice I have made in a long time. The teachers are just so nice, and you can talk to them and they will help you if you need it. You will make friends even if you're the only one from your school. You just need a little spirit. Here is a list of some of the subjects that you will do: Geography, English, History, Computer Science and Art. Don't be scared that you may get lost as lots of people in your class maybe feeling the same way. Also, the teachers will help you find your way. Just remember you're not alone! 


Jack: Year 7 was a huge transition for me as I went to a small primary with about 25 students per year to now over 300 in just my year! School life is also very different. I had 1 teacher who taught me every subject, but now I have 13 kind and helpful teachers to help me through my day. Secondary school is very scary and big especially for people like me who joined with no one else I knew, it was even scarier but my classmates helped me, with also help from the caring teachers and staff. I soon settled in nicely and now have many friends and learned the way around the school. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt so far it would be "don’t be afraid to ask or get help" there are plenty of people willing to help you, trust me! 


Maria: In Year 7 it has been an amazing experience; I have made so many new friends and have met loads of new teachers. Due to lockdown, I haven't had the same experience as other people, but it hasn't stopped me from having a lovely time. There has been loads of fun things to do in school such as Science experiments! When you first come to high school you think ‘I won't have any friends’, ‘I will get lost’ or the ‘work will be hard’! The teachers here are very kind, they help people a lot and help you where lessons are challenging, and also making friends was not that hard as they will be thinking the same thoughts as you are too. Coming to high school has been amazing and I'm looking forward for more. 


Ewan: Year 7, it is once in a lifetime experience it is amazing you meet many great friends and teachers. Your form is when you meet the one teacher you will see the most, if you get 7D you are lucky, you have nicest teacher called Miss Toth. My Year 7 was a crazy ride going to upper school during lockdown but don’t worry about that, we all know that change is scary but school is in fact fun, and all the teachers will help you a lot and don’t forget if you ever feel alone, you are not as you are one part of a large family. 


Ella: Year 7 is amazing! When I started in Year 7, I didn't know anyone, but I met so many new wonderful friends who always have my back. Please don't be scared of change as it's a good change! Teachers are great if you need any help just ask them, as they will always help. This is a list of subjects that you will be doing there is English, Maths, History, Computer Science, Science, Food Tech, Music, Geography, and lots more amazing subjects. At lunch you can get some delicious food from the canteen like meatballs and rice, Panini, pizza, curry, pasta pots, chilli and much more!  


Finlay: When I was in Year 6 getting ready to go into high school, I was nervous. However, it wasn't as nerve wrecking as I thought it would be. All the staff are really nice, helpful and caring. You get to do lots of different subjects. The Science experiments are really fun and satisfying, especially using Bunsen burners. I have also made lots of new friends from different primary schools. 

 Subject Challenges

To further support our new intake in making the transition from Primary to Secondary, you will find below a collection of challenges from subjects that you will study at Rivington and Blackrod High School. Click on challenges below: 

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 Recommended Reads

Our Head of English Mrs S Moore has compiled a list of books which pupils may enjoying reading for pleasure:

  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabell Pitcher
  • Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Boy, Everywhere by A.M.Dassu
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
  • Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

 News from Rivington and Blackrod High School

To give you a flavour at life at Rivington and Blackrod High School, here are some recent events and news stories from our school: 

 Contact Us

Head of Lower School: Mr A Kirby - akirby@rbhs.co.uk

Head of Year 7: Mrs A Bourne – ABourne@rbhs.co.uk

SENCO: Mrs Rawlings- JRawlings@rbhs.co.uk

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