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Primary to Secondary Transition

The John Roan School community welcomes new students and families who will be joining us this September 2021. We have lots planned over the coming months to help to make the transition from primary to secondary school a smooth and enjoyable one for everyone.

Key Dates for year 7 students joining us in September 2021

Taste of Roan Live Lessons: (Series of 5 lessons)

  • Tuesday 25th May History, Ms Porter
  • Tuesday 8th June Spanish, Ms Horne
  • Tuesday 22nd June Maths, Mr Howard
  • Tuesday 6th July English, Ms Johnson
  • Tuesday 20th July Art, Ms Wildor

Thank you to everyone who attended our Parent Information Evening on 6th July. For those that could not attend, you can view a recording of the event (above/below).

As discussed in the meeting, we will be hosting a week of activities at our games fields during 23rd-27th August. Here, students will engage in a range of teambuilding, problem solving, sporting and creative activities. Lunch will be provided on each day and we hope that the activities will allow our students to meet some new friends, some staff members and support the transition process.

Initially, we are seeking an expression of interest. We have limited spaces, so we will prioritise our families eligible for Free School Meals first and we will then maintain a waiting list. We hope that we will be able to offer a place to all those who are keen to attend.

If you are keen to learn more, please complete the below link or simply email:   

We will hold a further Meet the Tutor Evening for parents in September, further details will be shared via email nearer the time.

Becoming a John Roan Student 2021

This booklet explains everything that new students joining this September 2021 need to know about their new school.


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.

  • What languages do you teach?

    French and Spanish

  • 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

Special Educational Needs


  • 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 taken 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.


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