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New Parents Information

Congratulations on being offered a place at St Richard's School for your child in September 2021 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. Of course this will be Government Guideline dependent and will conform to social distancing advice. 

If we are unable to meet in person we will arrange virtual meetings and communicate with you online to help you and your child prepare for starting school. 

 

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 they drop their child to school for the 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 the circumstances this year could mean that your child is feeling a little more anxious about starting school than they might have been. 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 and safety.

 

Communication between home and school is vital, happy parents equals happy children! We will keep you informed of all changes and updated with all the latest guidance via ParentMail and the school website.

 

Tapestry (our online learning journal) is an essential way of communicating. We will be setting up your child’s account early this year enabling us to 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 is between 8:45 - 9:00 this 15 minute staggered start is to help us make sure children are settled and give staff time to talk to parents at drop off. 

 

Meet the teacher meetings – bring your child to appointment (book via ParentMail)

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs 2nd Sept

STAFF TRAINING

DAY

Friday 3rdSept

Meet the teacher

meetings

Children come to school for mornings only during the first week

Mon 6th Sept

Meet the teacher

meetings

Tues 7th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 11:45

Weds 8th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 11:45

Thurs 9th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 11:45

Fri 10th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 11:45

Children stay in school for lunch during the second week

Mon 13th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 13:00

Tues 14th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 13:00

Weds 15th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 13:00

Thurs 16th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 13:00

Fri 17th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 13:00

Children start school full time (with the option to remain part time)

Mon 20th Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 3:10

Tues 21st Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 3:10

Weds 22nd Sept

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 3:10

Thurs 23rd Oct

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 3:10

Fri 24th Oct

Start 8:45-9:00

Finish 3:10

 

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 (individual appointment times booked via ParentMail - do check your account) 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

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