The proof of our approach to educating the whole child lies in the success of our children in achieving places, often with scholarships, at prominent senior schools.
Reigate St Mary’s (RSM) provides children with an excellent all-round education which prepares them for the transition to secondary school by developing their enthusiasm, thinking skills and motivation to ensure they are successful lifelong learners. Parents choose RSM for the high quality of teaching, the warmth of our pastoral care and the excellent grounds and facilities.
RSM is a non-selective school, and we celebrate our impressive ‘value added’ results with the majority of leavers moving on to our highly successful and selective senior school, Reigate Grammar School. Should it be their chosen path, pupils who would be able to flourish in the fast paced environment that Reigate Grammar School provides are made an early offer of a place there at the end of Year 5 meaning that they do not have to sit the 11+ entry exam.
Not all pupils are suited to the fast paced environment at Reigate Grammar School and therefore we prepare children for selective entry to a range of other independent and maintained senior schools in the area with a programme tailored to each pupil’s individual needs and the school of their choice.
Leavers are often awarded scholarships to RGS and other senior schools reflecting their strengths in a wide range of areas.
The Transition Process
We know our pupils well and the early admissions process to Reigate Grammar School is based on a proven track record of academic ability over a pupil’s time at Reigate St Mary’s. The indicators specifically include those for the core subjects and are reported to parents in the termly feedback given each term.
Parents of pupils that may not be showing that they are not on track for entry to Reigate Grammar School by the end of Year 4 are invited in to meet with the Headmaster or Deputy Head. Following discussions, the school prepares those pupils for the schools which their parents choose. These preparation sessions include parent workshops and booster groups provided by our experienced teacher who also advises on senior school options alongside the senior leadership team.
The school holds a Future School Information Evening for parents of Year 3 pupils in the Autumn term offering guidance on senior school options and an explanation of the process which parents can expect.
Further information can be found in the attachment below.
Year 6 leavers were asked what they would miss most about Reigate St Mary’s. Here are just a few of their replies…
“The fabulous support you get from all the teachers.”
“All the friends I’ve made… and the great new facilities.”
“All the teachers and all my friends who are going to different schools.”
“My really nice friends, who have been good to me over the years.”
“The friendly atmosphere.”
“The Games lessons, because they’re really fun.”
“The lunches, I’ll definitely miss them.”
“The Sports Hall, the teachers and all the little ones running around the playground.”