Starting School

All children are eligible to start school full-time from 1st September in the school year in which they are 5 years old. During their first term(s) at School, children will be in Reception (their Foundation Year) until the beginning of the next Autumn Term when they transfer to Year 1 and then Year 2 the following Autumn, etc. Years 1 and 2 are known as “Key Stage 1”.

Children will be invited to make visits during the half term preceding starting fulltime. This allows children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and children. It gradually introduces them to the expectations and opportunities available in school, also allowing their teacher to assess and evaluate the achievements of your pre-school child. Links with other local Playgroups and Nurseries enable the children to visit with leaders, and for the infant teacher to visit them in their pre-school environment before the child comes to school.

Future parents and children are welcome to visit the school at anytime (a telephone call prior to the visit would be appreciated) to view and discuss any queries. You can also help your child by involving yourself in the school. You will receive invitations to parent information evenings to familiarise you with the teaching policies and practice and give you the opportunity to find out more about the way your child is being taught.

When your child starts full-time education we ask that parents encourage their children to enter the classroom unaccompanied, thus promoting independence. Any messages for the teacher can be sent in writing which means that the teachers can devote this important time of the school day to your child. If you wish to see your child’s teacher at any time, about a non-urgent matter, please do arrange a meeting, preferably after school, if possible. Obviously we understand that urgent messages will need to be conveyed immediately.

There is an active PTA Group who meet regularly to discuss and organise fund raising events and to support events taking place in school. All parents are very welcome to attend these meetings.

During your child’s first year, assessments are carried out by the class teacher using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles (EYFSP). This helps the teacher to ensure your child’s activities and work is matched to their level of development. Future progress is monitored by school and the LA