How will Blessed Robert Sutton support my child in their transition to secondary school?

We are hoping that the transition section of the school website contains the information you need to help you and your child prepare for their move to Blessed Robert Sutton. We are acutely aware that this transition process is not what we are used to and, as such, we will endeavour to add key information, videos of support and transition activities to support your child’s move. We hope that over the next few weeks we will have more clarity and be in a better position to develop a transition plan to support your child.


Will the transition process change this year due to Coronavirus pandemic?

Yes. We need to ensure the safety of all members of our community. We are hoping to run our normal transition sessions but these will need to be adapted once the Government have outlined their plans for the re-opening of schools.


How will the staff get to know my child and their needs before they start at Blessed Robert Sutton?

Our transition lead, Laura Wilson, is contacting all primary school Headteachers to gather key information on all pupils. As well as this, she will be collating any information on children with additional needs and will begin putting together support plans as part of her role as SENCo.   If you would like to contact her regarding key information on your child’s needs, please email – year6transition@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk


Will I have the opportunity to visit Blessed Robert Sutton to meet teachers and those who will be supporting my child?

Yes. We always value opportunities to meet with our parents as we will be working in partnership with you to secure the best outcomes for your child. We intend to run a Parents Information Evening as soon as we can. This will be an opportunity for you to meet the key team who will be involved in supporting your child. We will confirm the date with you once we have more clarity on schools being reopened to students. In the meantime, please read our parental guide CLICK HERE.


My child has additional learning needs. How will this be supported at Blessed Robert Sutton?

Please contact our transition lead, Laura Wilson, to discuss your child’s additional needs – year6transition@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk


There are no SATs examinations this year. How will my child’s progress be assessed?

We are working closely with primary schools to ensure we have as much information as possible to support your child and their academic progress.


How will my child’s form tutor get to know and understand my child?

We are a family and getting to know your child and their needs is really important to us. As a school, we have excellent standards of pastoral care and this is due to the time Form Tutors and teachers invest in getting to know our children. We hope that over the next few weeks there will be more information from the Government on what will happen to schools. Once we know more we will update all parents and children about the transition process. In the background, the transition lead is contacting Headteachers to get key information about the children that will be starting in September. Look out for our videos and staff information which will hopefully allow your child to get to know us.


What is the role of a Form Tutor?

Your child’s tutor will see your child every day from 08:25 – 08:55. They will be a key point of contact for you and your child. Form time is an opportunity to develop and support the spiritual, social and emotional development of your child. In addition, it is a key opportunity for staff to support children as they move through the school years.


My child struggles to make new friends and is really worried about starting a new school. What can I do to provide further reassurance?

It is normal for any child to be nervous about starting a new school. It is a massive change for the whole family. We have experience in supporting children who are worried about starting secondary school. We will offer the support they need to become a happy and successful part of our school community.  If you feel your child would benefit from an Enhanced Transition (should we be able to run this) please complete the Enhanced Transition questions, CLICK HERE.


When will I find out who my child’s Form Tutor is?

We will circulate this information once we have a better understanding from the Government regarding what provisions we can put in place for the transition process.


Who is the best person to contact if I have further questions about transition?

We will be circulating further information over the next few weeks. Please check the transition page regularly.  If you have any further questions please contact via email the transition lead, Laura Wilson – Year6transition@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk


What work would help support my child’s transition from primary to secondary school?

We have launched transition activities to support pupils with their move to Blessed Robert Sutton, CLICK HERE to view these tasks. These tasks are optional and we encourage children to have a go and try their best. At Blessed Robert Sutton we want to promote reading and literacy, please CLICK HERE for a reading list that can support your child’s literacy at this time.


Will my child be safe travelling to school on the bus?

We have staff available at the end of the school day to ensure pupils get on the correct bus and to mitigate any issues – once pupils arrive at school there are staff to greet them. We receive regular updates from Midlands Classic on the conduct of our pupils on the buses and act swiftly if any issues arise.


How much homework would be set?

Lots of students worry about homework. Staff will set homework that supports your learning and ensures you retain knowledge. We use Firefly as a way of setting and tracking homework, this is something parents have access to.


Times of lessons and the end of the school Day
08:25 – 08:55 Form Time
08:55 – 09:55 Period 1
09:55 – 10:55 Period 2
10:55 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 12:10 Period 3
12:10 – 13:10 Period 4
13:10 – 13:55 Lunch
13:55 – 14:55 Period 5
14:55 End of the school day


Am I going to get lost?

We know that you will be coming from a smaller school where you stay in one classroom for the majority of the school day. On your first day you will be given a map and a tour to support your understanding of the buildings. Please don’t worry about getting lost, there will be plenty of people around to help you.


Worried about the timetable and how they work.

During your first day at Blessed Robert Sutton this is something you will work through with your Form Tutor. It is a big change from primary school and does worry lots of pupils. Our biggest advice is to pack your bag the night before school, making sure you pack the right equipment for the next day – this might include books, PE kit or your cooking ingredients.


Will the transition process change this year due to Coronavirus pandemic?

Yes. We need to ensure the safety of all members of our community. We are hoping to run our normal transition sessions but these will need to be adapted once the Government have outlined their plans for the re-opening of schools.


Will I get bullied?

At Blessed Robert Sutton there is zero tolerance for bullying. If you have any concerns regarding bullying once you start at BRS then you can speak to a member of staff you feel comfortable with – this might be your Form Tutor, Head of Year or a member from the learning support staff. From September, we will also have a Wellbeing Hub where you can talk about your concerns, this might be friends, worries, emotions etc.


What stationery do I need?

  • Pencil Case
  • 2 Black Pens
  • Purple Pen
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Glue Stick
  • Reading Book
  • Scientific Calculator


Do I need to supply my child with their own hand sanitiser? Will these be available around school?

We have hand washing facilities and will be encouraging pupils to regularly wash their hands. Classrooms will also have hand sanitiser for use.


What Acts of Worship/religious activities are co-ordinated into daily life?

Catholic Life is built into all aspects of school life at Blessed Robert Sutton. We have daily Acts of Worship, prayers to start and end the day, whole school Masses and year group worship. As well as this, we have a brilliant Chaplain called Will and a Chaplaincy Team that support Catholic life. We encourage pupils to be involved in Catholic Life whether this be through involvement in Masses, as a member of the Chaplaincy Team, by leading daily Form worship or reading Period 5 prayers.


What is 'The Sutton Way'?

The Sutton Way is our school expectations for our pupils. These are based on the three elements of our school ethos:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Spiritual Development
  • Social Awareness through Christ


Who do I inform if my child has serious allergies/takes medication?

For pupils with medication or serious illnesses we complete Health Care Plans to ensure school has all relevant information to support your child. Please contact via email the transition lead, Laura Wilson – Year6transition@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk who will ensure the First Aid lead gets your information to begin the Health Care Plan development.


Is my child allowed their phone on their person during school?

Children are allowed to have their phones in their bags, as long as they are turned off. Mobile phones and mobile technology should not be seen or heard between 08:00 and 17:00. However, we do understand that carrying a mobile phone ensures pupils can be safeguarded on their way to and from school.


Does my child need computer access? Who can we contact if this is not the case?

It is beneficial for children to have access to some form of computer, laptop or tablet to allow them to complete school work at home as well as on the internet. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact via email the transition lead, Laura Wilson – Year6transition@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk


On arrival on the first morning where do they go?

We hope that if we get to complete our transition days this will be something we can talk about to pupils and parents but, if not, we will make sure your first day of activities will be shared with you to ensure you are fully prepared for that day.


How much are school meals?

Please CLICK HERE to see our 2019/20 menus and their costing.