Moving On

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 practiceOff to Secondary School 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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Run For Us - Friday 13th May

I am pleased to inform you that The Roche School will be holding its annual Cross Country event on Friday 13 th May 2016 in Wandsworth Park. The arrangement this year, however, will be a little different since I would like to try out a format which has worked well for me in previous years. What is a 6 hour Run for Us event? The event will start at 9am and will run until 3pm. The rules are simple: every class will have at least one member from their class (or a representative such as a parent) on the track at all times of the day. The children will be scheduled for 30-minute slots where they can run, walk or skip around the course aiming to complete as many laps as they possible. Classes will also have the chance to come and run as a whole class during the day. The main aim of this event, as in previous years, is for the children to raise as much money through sponsorship as possible. All the money raised will go towards our school charity, Doctors Without Borders UK or to Vulindlela Guardians - the chosen charity of St Mary’s Church in Putney. Sponsorship: A sponsorship form is on the rear of this letter. Once sponsorship money is collected please return it to your class teacher. Sports prefects will also be collecting for the charity on the day. There are two ways of getting sponsorship! The first is an amount per lap that your child completes, EG £1.00 per lap. Every child will have a run card attached to them during the day. Every time they come through the starting line, their run card will be stamped by an adult. This will be the evidence to show those who sponsor per lap as the children will not be able to collect the money from these sponsors until after the day. The second way is a set amount for the whole day/taking part, EG £30.00 total. Parents are more than welcome to come and join in and run a lap or two in support of the children. A copy of your child’s class run roster will be sent home so you know what time they will be running. On the day itself, the children may come to school in sporting kit. This could be the school sports kit but we will allow other team kits (Chelsea football kit/rugby tops/ weekend sport kit, karate kit etc... anything to do with sports). Please remember that they still need to be able to run the course so trainers are essential. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Kind regards Mr Pete Clark Deputy Head of Sport

Finishing Times - 23rd March 2016

Please see Parents Page for details of finishing times.

Parent Survey - Please respond

In order to receive parent views on the school, we have produced an online survey. We would be grateful if as many parents as possible could complete it. Further details will come home with your child. The information will be analysed by the senior management team and will inform the school development plan. Thank you for your time on this. Kind regards Jonny Gilbert Deputy Head Teacher The Roche School