If your child is starting Reception: our induction process
Each child will be invited to spend an afternoon at the school in their small group of 10 children (which they are sorted into alphabetically). They will join in with activities with the existing Reception children in the class. Your child will not need to bring anything with them for this visit unless they have any medical needs, such as an adrenaline injector or inhaler, which you will need to leave with the school office. If your child has any special educational or medical needs which we need to know about, please ensure you contact the school prior to their first afternoon. Please note - there is no requirement to wear school uniform on this day.
‘Move up’ morning
The first time the whole class will come together will be at the ‘Move Up’ morning in July. Children should attend school for a morning session (times tbc). Following this session they can stay for lunch in the school hall if you would like them to. Further information is on the welcome letter sent to parents.
Initial Parent Conference/Home Visit
In early September we hold an initial meeting with each child and their parent(s)/carers and aim to do this in your home (if appropriate). This meeting enables us to find out important things about each child and to hopefully get to know the most important people in their life -you. At this meeting we will have some questions to ask and please take this opportunity to ask us any questions you may have. This conference also gives you an opportunity to voice any concerns about your child starting school and to pass on any information related to family situation, religion, medical and dietary requirements. There is an A3 sheet in your induction pack called ‘About me’. It would be appreciated if you and your child could complete this together prior to the visit, so it can be used as a basis for discussion.
Your child’s first day at school
Each child will begin school according to the small group of 10 children they were allocated to. You were informed of this date on your welcome letter – please contact the school office if you have misplaced it. Please note – children should be wearing full school uniform on this day!
At drop off and collection times, parents of children in Reception go through the side gate on the far left side of the main school playground which enters into the Early Years playground. There you will meet a member of the teaching team who will direct you. For your child’s first few days in school parents will be able to come in and help their child e.g. find their peg, put away their belongings and enter the classroom. After the initial settling in period, please encourage your child to enter the school building and hang up their belongings on their own pegs themselves, to encourage independence. Getting used to coming into the building, then classroom independently is a really important part of starting school, although it may feel strange to parents who are used to taking their children into nurseries each day.
If your child is starting our school at a different point, i.e. in-year admissions: our induction process
Prior to starting our school
Ideally your child will have had the opportunity to come and visit the school prior to the day they join us so that it is not a daunting experience. During this visit they can meet their teacher, say hello to the class, and see their classroom. Sometimes it may be possible for them to have a 'settling in session'. Parents will complete an induction pack of information about their child, and if there are any special educational, medical, dietary issues that we should know about, you may be invited to have an additional meeting about this.
Your child’s first day at school
Please arrive in plenty of time for the beginning of the school day (8.50am) and go to the school office. Your child will be allocated a 'buddy' from their new class to help them settle in! Our pupils are always very excited to welcome a new member of the class!