Moving On

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In the Spring Term of Year 6, pupils sit examinations for entrance to their prospective secondary schools. Pupils usually sit entrance examinations for three or more secondary schools in accordance with parental preference and their own aspirations and abilities.

We prepare our pupils thoroughly for these examinations, giving them plenty of practice
so that the essential nature of the examination becomes familiar to them and they are able to cope patiently with questions that may initially seem daunting. Our pupils regularly gain scholarships and places at top secondary schools, as our published lists show.

Our pupils are encouraged to pursue and develop their own particular skills and interests from among a wide range of subjects and this helps them to give a good account of themselves when they are interviewed by prospective secondary schools. We also give them advice and practice on how to conduct themselves in the interviews as well as providing extensive references.

Throughout this process, the school is happy to advise and support parents and they are encouraged to see the Head Teacher Mrs Vania Adams to discuss their plans and preferences. We have a thorough knowledge of London day schools and we maintain close relations with their admissions departments. Above all, we are keen to see that each child is placed in a secondary school that is appropriate for them and in which they will be happy and motivated and can therefore achieve their potential.

Aside from the academic aspects of the transition to secondary, Year 6 teachers work with pupils throughout the year in order to cover other relevant topics. Pupils are visited by London Transport, for example, in order to discuss travelling independently. The PSHE curriculum covers many areas which are necessary for a smooth and confident transition to a different environment. These include e:safety, social media, physical and emotional changes and bullying. Plenty of school trips ensure that our pupils are at ease in London and enjoy its cultural opportunities.

It is our hope that pupils leave The Roche School as confident, compassionate young people who are keen to learn, respectful of the views of others and ready to take optimal advantage of the many opportunities that will come their way at secondary level. Recent feedback includes comments such as:

Without your guidance and support this (results) would not have been possible. I owe you all the credit for what he is today . Thanks to you all teachers for all the help and support.

We want to thank you again for all the hard work The Roche have put into getting him there – we honestly feel that he couldn’t have done any better and his teachers must take a large amount of the credit for that!

 Thank you both so much for your ongoing support. I can’t speak highly enough of how much effort everyone at the school has gone to on our behalf.

The full guide to Moving On is obtainable from the office and distributed generally to parents from Year 4 onwards.

We are always very pleased to welcome back former pupils to see us and tell us how they are getting on in their new schools.

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STEM Week – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at The Roche School

The week commencing 3rd October will be STEM Week at The Roche School, based around the theme of Water. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, so the week will involve many exciting experiments, challenges and construction activities. On  Monday 3rd October, STEM Week will be kicked off by a special whole school assembly centred on the theme of ‘Water’, led by a special guest…Science Man. Throughout the day every class will have a workshop looking at the importance of water, uses of water and water experiments. On Tuesday 4th October we will be holding a whole school ‘Times Tables Challenge’, where every child will compete (with differentiated tables) to gain as many points for their house as possible. Good luck! On Thursday 6th October, The STEM team at school will lead an interactive assembly and award prizes won during the weeks’ challenges.