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Frequently asked Questions for starting school


What happens at the start of the day?

Please wait outside the green gates. We open the gate at 8.30am and have a staggered drop off time due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. Please ensure that your child is dropped off at the correct time. We ask that parents remain outside the Reception entrances. There will always be one member of staff on the door and one inside the classroom to help children settle.


Do you have a school uniform?

We expect all children to wear a full school uniform.


Where can I buy uniform from?


What if something gets lost?

Please make sure all clothing is clearly marked with your child’s name so that it can be returned if found. If your child has lost an item of clothing please inform the class teacher who will do their best to ensure the item is returned.


Can my child wear jewellery in school?

For safety reasons children should not wear any jewellery in school. However, they may wear a wrist watch and if your child has pierced ears, small studs may be worn. These will need to be removed for P.E. lessons and if your child goes swimming.


Do I need to send my child with a snack?

There is no need to bring a snack into Reception as this will be provided for them. We have fruit and milk available daily.


Is drinking water available?

We encourage all children to bring in their own, named, drinks bottle which they can access easily throughout the day.  These are sent home daily for a wash. 


What should I do if my child is not well?

If your child is unwell then s/he should be kept at home. Please telephone school to let us know why your child is absent.


 What happens if my child has an accident at school?

Unfortunately, children do sometimes have accidents or become unwell in school. Minor injuries will be treated by a qualified first aider and a note will be sent home so that you know what treatment has been given. For any head injuries, we will always telephone you straight away. It is important to make sure that we always have up to date contact numbers for you, if you change your number, please update your details at the office as soon as possible.


What if my child needs medication?

 If your child has an inhaler or Epipen please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible. We will have forms available for you to fill in and these things will be kept safely in the classroom. All other medication (eg antibiotics) must come into school via the school office. We are able to give antibiotics that are prescribed for 4 times a day. All other medicine should be administered at home.


 Can my child bring toys in to school?

No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do. Please always check with the class teacher.


Do I need to buy a book bag?

Yes, children in Reception will require a book bag. These are available from Warrens.


What happens at lunch time?

Children from Reception to Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal.

Reception children always come to the dinner hall first. We have a large number of staff present who support the children. If you are concerned that your child is not eating his/her lunch let their class teacher know we will arrange for the situation to be monitored.

Dolce are responsible for lunches.

The latest lunch menus can be found on or


Can I park on the premises?

 No. There is no parking available for parents and carers onsite.


When can I talk to the teachers?

Teachers are busy settling their classes first thing in the morning and can only receive the briefest of messages at that time. They are more easily available at the end of the day when they have dismissed their classes. Teachers are happy to make appointments to see you if you would like a longer chat.  We hold two parents’ evenings per session (usually October and March) and produce an annual report (send out in July).


Do pupils have a voice?

Yes. Children are elected to the School Council by their classmates. The School Council meets regularly and discusses a range of issues. We also have an Eco-Committee.


Are children given homework?

Home Learning provides an important link between the school and the home. Children in Reception are set home learning challenges weekly, sent out to parents via the weekly update. It includes a summary of the learning in class and a range of fun ideas to practise and consolidate what we have been learning.


What if my child has special needs?

We can meet a variety of special needs in school. Please discuss your child’s needs with the teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will be happy to speak with you at an arranged time to discuss specific concerns.


What if my child needs help with toileting?

The summer holidays are a wonderful time to work on toilet training with your child. We appreciate though that some children do occasionally start school still requiring some help. If this is the case, please speak to your child’s teacher.



 How can I help my child get ready to start school?

Talk to your child about your own experiences of school. Acknowledge that your child may be a little nervous to begin with and explain to them that this is normal, but it is also exciting. If you are walking near school, look through the gates and talk about what you can see. It is important that your child knows how they are going to get to school each day, if you are walking, perhaps you can go over the route a few times so they know what to expect. Make sure that everything your child is bringing into school has their name on. This makes it easier for children to begin recognising their own things, but it also helps staff to return things that are mislaid. Work on independently dressing and undressing, including coats and shoes.