Transition Information

The transition from primary to secondary school is important in the lives of children and their families. At Ricards Lodge High School we have a robust system to ensure all students will have a successful transition and to help students and parents minimise anxiety about the change.

We want all students who choose Ricards Lodge High School to get used to their new routines and school organisation with great ease; develop new friendships and improve their self-esteem and confidence. By providing a wider choice of subjects, we intend to extend their interest in school and school work.

We aim to enrich students’ learning experience in secondary education by providing them with opportunities and challenges, along with the practical skills and knowledge to be confident in fully accessing these post-transition.

We will ensure that students will have the tools and emotional resilience to manage this transition. We will make sure all students will continue to make academic progress, to achieve and to enjoy learning. As a result, students’ motivation, positive attitudes and self-image as learners are maintained and developed.

Welcome letter

Once you have received a confirmation letter from the Local Authority, we will send you a Welcome Letter.

During the summer term, we work closely with your daughter's primary school to share information on her performance. An induction day takes place soon after when they get to meet all the girls in their year group and become familiar with our surroundings.

If you have any questions about the transition process to Ricards Lodge please do not hesitate to contact the school.

New Intake Evening

It was a pleasure to meet so many of you at the New Intake Evening on Tuesday 13 June.  Please find the presentation from the evening for you to refer to at your leisure.  I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey with you and your children.  One of the main aims of this year is to induct students into school routines and to focus on our behaviour expectations.  We will strive to encourage all girls to be independent learners, to support the school community and to take responsibility for their own actions.

In an effort to develop their self-confidence and a sense of community, we encourage interaction with other members of the school community and this can be done by joining some of the many extra curricular clubs that Ricards has on offer.  All Year 7 students are required to select at least one extra curricular activity throughout the year.

From the very beginning of Year 7, I want all of our students to experience not only the broad and balanced curriculum that is provided for you here at Ricard, but also to develop skills that will help them become responsible and independent learners.  

We will strive to ensure that the curriculum promotes the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our students, and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. 

Miss Claire Hodge

Head of Year 7

Year 7 Entry - September 2024

For entry to Year 7 in September 2024, please see our Admissions page.