Welcome to Rye College


Dear new Year 7 students and families, 

Welcome to Rye College! We are so pleased you are now part of our amazing school!  

To start your journey with us, we have created this special 'transition webpage'.

Rye College is a very safe and welcoming school. All our students were Year 7 students once so they know how you feel. 

Our school is a place where you can be yourself, quickly make friends and feel part of our family. 

We know this is the start of your bright future! 

Mr P Harrison
Director for Learning for Key Stage 3

Video Messages From Our Students

A warm welcome to you from your fellow students at Rye College.  

Transition Events and Timeline

Our Transition programme gives students a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with our school, meet our team, make new friends and to start the preparation for the educational change that is before them. Our activities centre around our core Rye College character values of Proud, Positive, Employable, Kind and Committed and gives students a fantastic opportunity to develop positive relationships with their peers and our team. 

Please see key dates and timeline for Year 6 to 7 Transition  

  • Wednesday 1st March – Secondary school places offered to Year 6 students. Rye College admission forms will be emailed to all families who have been offered a place with us. 

  • Friday 15th March – Online application form completed. 

  • Wednesday 12th June – SEND Transition. From 9.30am - 12.30pm. Families will be emailed an invitation for students to attend. 

  • Thursday 13th June – SEND Family Coffee Afternoon from 2 - 3pm.  

  • Thursday 20th June at 6pm – Transition Q & A webinar with Mr Downes, Headteacher and Mr Harrison, Director of KS3 Learning and Transition Lead. A Zoom link will be emailed to all families closer to the date.  

  • Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July – Year 6 Transition Days at Rye College. All new students are invited to join us at school for our Transition activity days. Information will be shared with primary schools and all families closer to the time. 

  • Thursday 11th July 10 – 11am. We will be running an informal coffee morning for families to come into school, meet our team and connect with other families. This is a great opportunity to find out about uniform and ask any questions you may have. We know the change from primary to secondary is a big one and we are here to support families through the transition process.  

  • We look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to school on Tuesday 3rd September 2024.  

Family Coffee Morning 

We welcome all families to join us for an informal Coffee Morning on Thursday 11th July between 10.00-11am. This is a great opportunity to meet our team, connect with other families and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Family Handbook 

Our Family Handbook contains lots of useful information about our school, including uniform expectations. 

Family Handbook 2023/24

Rye College Values and Behaviour System

Our overarching school values promote a ‘can do’ culture in our school that focuses students on what are the essential aspects to succeeding, not only in school, but outside as well. Please see the factsheet below for further details. 


Rye College Values and Behaviour System Factsheet


 Our Rye College Standards 

This is the behavioural standards framework we expect all Rye College students to abide by to create an effective learning environment for all :

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my admission form?

An online admission form will be sent out to families at the beginning of March, please complete by 15th March 2024.

Where can I find out more about uniform?

Uniform can be purchased through Superstitch. Click here for more information about our uniform.

Where can I find out more about school life at Rye College? 

Our family handbook is a really useful resource with everything families need to know about daily school life at Rye College. Click here to view

How will I be keep informed? 

We will keep our incoming families updated on transition events and activities in the coming months via email. 

To stay up to date with more general Rye College news and developments please follow our social media accounts which we regularly update with information, good news stories, student achievements, community links, useful resources and upcoming events. 

  • Facebook - @ryecollegeuk
  • Instagram - @ryecollege_eastsussex

What does my child need to bring on the transition days?

Please ensure your child brings the following with them on transition days:

  • A pencil case with pens and pencils
  • A filled water bottle 
  • Money to use for the canteen or a packed lunch 
  • Please ensure all items brought into school are clearly labeled. 
  • Sun screen if we experience warm weather
  • Students are permitted to bring mobile phones with them but must turn them off and be responsible for them. We cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. 

What does my child need to wear for transition?

Students can come to transition in their primary school uniform or their school PE kit.

Can siblings or friends help get my child to transition? 

Yes - we actively encourage students to help each other and for our newest students to start learning how to get themselves to school.

Where do I drop and/or collect my child for Transition? 

All students will be met at the back entrance gate by the Transition team at 9.10am each day. The rear entrance to college is accessed via the Freedom Leisure Centre car park. Students will be released at 3pm on both days from the same gates. Please wait outside the gate if you wish to collect your child. 

What date do students start in September? 

Our 1st day of term will be Tuesday 3rd September 2024. 


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