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Primary to Secondary Transition

The transition from primary to secondary school is a very exciting time, but this big leap can also be daunting for both children and their families. At The John Roan School our aim is to make this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

Along with ensuring that we have all the information we need about each child from their primary school, we always plan lots of activities and opportunities for new students to meet each other and get to know their new school before they start with us in September.

Transition events for students who are joining us in September 2022 will include:

Online Welcome Assembly - Friday 4th March, 4.30pm (recording below)           

Admission Meetings

Parents, carers and students will be invited to attend an admission meeting on either Wednesday 11th May or Thursday 19th May. We will communicate full details for each event in due course via email.

Online Taster Lessons

We will deliver online taster lessons for students on the following dates:

  • Thursday 9th June:      Live lesson 1     16:00-16:45
  • Thursday 16th June:    Live lesson 2     16:00-16:45
  • Thursday 23rd June:    Live lesson 3     16:00-16:45

Attendance to these sessions is optional. They are designed to introduce students to the structure of a John Roan lesson and also give parents/carers a chance to see lessons and teaching in action.

Friendship Afternoon - Thursday 30th June from 16:00-17:30   

A chance to make new friends and get to know your new school and new teachers. All new year 7 students are encouraged to attend if possible.

Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 5th July, 6.30pm

Greenwich Borough Student Induction Day - Wednesday 6th July, 8.45am to 2.30pm

The last in person events before September, designed to ensure everyone is ready for a smooth start in September.         

The Induction Day will involve children meeting their Tutors and attending a range of lessons. The day will be designed to help students feel more comfortable and confident. 

Meet new parents and carers online & chat to current parents.

We have created a dedicated Facebook group for new families of students joining us this September so please do join the group if you have a Facebook account:

The group is for sharing information, asking questions and to enable you to meet other families in the same cohort. If you do not have a Facebook account, you don’t need to worry, we will also be sending everything out via email too.

Parent Handbook

Parent/Carer Information Evening - Tuesday 5th July 2022


Extra-Curricular Activities

  • What extra-curricular activities does the school run?

    These vary from term to term and are different for different year groups.  The schedule is published on the website and is shared with the students.  There is always a wide range of sporting and music opportunities, we have a lively and successful debating club, the School Council plays an important part in the life of the school and we have a very busy community group that work with local day centres, have dementia training and support a wide range of local groups.  Our library is busy before and after school every day as well as at breaks and lunches.  We run homework clubs after school.  For older students there is also the opportunity to study for additional GCSEs, as well as to attend revision classes prior to exams.

Setting and Grouping

  • Do you set groups in Year 7?

    Yes, in Maths, English and Science the groups are organised according to ability.  Students can move between groups following assessments.  In all other subjects, the students are taught in form groups or in mixed ability groups from across a number of forms.

Subject Offer / Curriculum

  • What subjects do you teach?

    Our curriculum offer can be seen on our website.  At key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) we offer a wide, broad and balanced curriculum to all of our students.

  • Can students take additional GCSEs?

    Some of our students study for the GCSE in Astronomy – working with students from other schools and the Greenwich Observatory.  The classes for this are at the weekend. 

    Some of our students also take Further Maths GCSE – this is taught after school during Year 11 

    Some of our students take Triple (or separate) Science – this is largely taught after school during Years 10 and 11 

    Where a student is bilingual, we are often able to arrange for them to take a GCSE in their community language


  • Is there bullying in the school and if there is how does the school deal with this?

    Sadly there is bullying in all schools.  We work hard to ensure that all students know and understand that bullying is wrong and that it is important to report concerns around bullying at an early point.  Our Form Tutors and Heads of Year will listen and take action according to the situation that they are dealing with.  In all cases, parents are involved.  We will not tolerate bullying and take strong action where we find out about such behaviours.  Reconciliation and reparation are a key part of the follow up work.  We have a School Counsellor and a number of other staff with training in working with students who need additional emotional support.

Parent Handbook 2022

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