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New Parents Information

Congratulations on being offered a place at St Richard's School for your child in September 2022 and welcome to our school family. 


There is lots of information on the school website about life at St Richard's and we use the site to keep parents and families updated on school news so please do check in on a regular basis as well as keeping an eye on Parentmail for updates. 


When you child joins school there is lots of information we need from you to enable us to care for your child and keep them safe, keep in contact with you and protect the data we hold for you. You will be given all of the forms you will need to complete before your child joins us and it is very important that you complete as much information as possible. (There is a printable copy of the forms below.)


If you need any support completing the forms please do contact the school office on 01243 784549 and we will be very happy to help. 


If your child is going to be joining our Reception Classes in September there will be lots of opportunity for both you and your child to meet their new teachers, visit the school and ask any questions you may have.


Below you will find lots of information about daily life in our Reception classes. 

The start of your child's school journey is both an exciting and daunting time for any parent. There are forms to fill, dates to remember and of course, the mixed feelings all parents have as you drop your child to school for the very first time. 


The reception staff team are really looking forward to welcoming you and your child to our wonderful school in September.



We are very aware that emotions and feelings are different for all children and some may be feeling excited and are ready for school, while others may be feeling a little more anxious about starting school. Please be assured that we will do our absolute best to make sure that their transition from nursery to school is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Our main priority is always your child’s happiness. 


Communication between home and school is vital, happy parents equals happy children! We keep you regularly updated and informed of all things happening in school, there are a number of ways we do this. Parentmail is the for all children in the school with news about the wider school community and Tapestry (our online learning journal) is used for specific information about what is happening in reception as well as individual observations and notes about your child.


We will be setting up your child’s Tapestry account before September as this is a good way to help us get to know a bit more about your child over the summer holidays. A video explaining how to do this is attached to this page. There is an ‘all about me’ form to fill in with your child’s likes, dislikes and interests. When the account is fully activated (no longer enrolling) you will be able to add photographs and observations of adventures your child has over the summer holidays, we would love to see some of these and it will really help us to get to know your child.


The start time for reception children 8:45 the school gates open at 8:30 and parents can wait with your children on the playground until the bell goes and the classroom opens at 8:45. 


  • Meet the teacher meetings will take place on Monday 5th September and Tuesday 6th September you will be given a time for this appointment at the new parents meeting on Wednesday 22nd June. 


  • Children will start school on Wednesday 7th September from 8.45 – 11.45 am, these times will be the same on the 8th and 9th September.


  • The week of Monday 12th to Friday 16th September all children will be able to stay for lunch and will need to be collected at 1.00 pm.


  • From Monday 19th September Children will start full time school, unless you have expressed and desire not to. (If this is the case please speak to your child’s class teacher during your Meet The Teacher meeting.)


The option for children to attend school on a part time basis is always available in their reception year. We know that some children have been away from any formal setting for a long period of time and we would encourage you to think about whether you would like your child to continue part time past the first two weeks. We can be very flexible with this. Please speak to the class teacher about this during your ‘meet the teacher meeting’.


The meet the teacher meetings (times will be given at the new parents meeting) are a great opportunity for you to talk to us on a one to one basis about any concerns you may have. Please bring your child with you so that we can get to meet them properly and they have the chance to familiarise themselves with the classroom. We will also be able to give you more details about the term ahead and the fun we will be having together as a class in September.


Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. We know that the start of school will be an enjoyable experience for you and your child. We are very much looking forward to helping them take their first steps of their school journey.





Forms to be completed when Children join St Richard's School