Starting Secondary Education

October 11, 2019

Secondary School Already! (Solving the Mystery of Starting Secondary School)

Where has the time gone? Your child is now starting secondary school. We have a few tips to share with you for your child to start secondary school successfully.

RBIS follows the UK Curriculum and this means children start secondary education aged 11. It is an emotional time for these youngsters as they commence a new cycle in their life at school. It is also an emotional time for parents too as they are now entering their pre-teen years! 

  • There are more subjects than in primary school and this path will take them to IGCSE where they are 16 and at A Levels when they are 18. RBIS focuses not only on academics but on nurturing the development of the whole student including emotional, physical and social development so they can learn to choose their future wisely.
  • AT RBIS we encourage parents to give their child more independence within a reasonable boundary.
  • Stay connected with the school – partnership leads to success

At RBIS, we work closely with our students and parents. We encourage students to develop their own strengths and to support their hopes and dreams. We believe that the values of respect, honesty, integrity and compassion are crucial for the overall development of a student. Our aim when partnering with parents is to help them to understand the educational journey their child is taking and provide strategies for parents to provide support during their teenage years in school.

We have some important tips for students starting secondary school and parents can share these helpful hints before students commence the first day of the new academic year.

  1. First impressions count – try to make a good impression with teachers on your first day.
  2. Do not be afraid to ask for help- teachers and students can offer advice on many things about starting secondary school.
  3. You need to become familiar with the campus, as you need to know where each of your classes are located e.g. Art Room, Science laboratory etc.
  4. Know your timetable – it will be very different from what you are used to in primary school and remember you will have 9 teachers with 9 subjects.
  5. Make sure you are on time for classes – always use a planner as you can use it from reminders and recording homework deadlines.
  6. During the first few days, make an effort to meet new friends.
  7. Remember to bring your PE Kit on the right day!