From Nursery to Primary School
Children joining our Academy all have the opportunity to build relationships with us and learn about the next stages of their education prior to starting with us in September. Once we have offered a place for your child and you have confirmed, you will then be invited to a number of stay-and-play sessions in the summer term where you and your child can meet us and join in the activities in the Nursery. We have found these stay-and-play sessions invaluable in helping children become familiar with the nursery setting, and staff, and in providing time for parents and staff to meet and share information.
Due to lock-down restrictions for new nursery children 20/21 we are currently unable to state when the stay-and-play sessions will be, or if they will happen for this year. We really want you to be able to see our setting and so we are in the process of making a video to share with you all. A link for this will be sent to you.
You will be given an admissions pack that contains forms for you to fill in regarding your child, such as, your child’s likes, dislikes, medical needs etc. Depending on the information contained in this, we may then arrange to meet with you to discuss this further to ensure that we have all the appropriate information necessary to support your child when they start nursery.
Before starting Nursery in September staff will conduct a home visit for each child where any concerns will be addressed and questions answered. In order to ease transition from home to Nursery we have a well-established and successful induction procedure during the first week of the term.
This takes the form of a phased intake over a period of a few weeks adapted to suit your child’s individual needs, but also takes into consideration the routine and the needs of the other children in Nursery.
For your child’s first few weeks, a Nursery teacher will be in touch to explain the schedule for your child depending on their hours. On the days that your child will stay for lunch they will be provided with a cooked school meal, the cost of this will be in your information pack. If your child is happy to be left in Nursery, then we ask that you do so that they can become independent.
Children new to our Reception Class will have the opportunity to visit our school with their parents in the summer term. They will meet the staff, and be able to explore the classrooms and learning areas, so that they are familiar with the environment when they start school in September. It is our hope that the children joining our school will feel comfortable and excited by their new surroundings, ahead of their first day of school. This allows for relationships to be developed and any questions or concerns to be answered in good time.
Due to lock-down restrictions for the new Reception 2020/21 classes we are carrying out a number of socially distanced admission meetings. If your child does not attend our nursery and you have not been informed of your appointment time, please contact the school.
New to Reception children start school on the first day of the first full week in September, and attend just for the morning until 11:30. The second day of school will be until 12:30pm with children having lunch in school. The third day on wards will be a full school day. Staff will spend the first few weeks focusing on settling them in, getting them used to routines, and helping them to feel happy, safe and comfortable in our school.
It is our priority to support you and your children, therefore we welcome any feedback and support from parents and carers on making this process successful.
Going into Secondary School
We work in partnerships with our local secondary schools to ensure that our young people feel confident about their next destination. Making that move into a new environment is challenging enough without knowing you'll be the youngest and newest ones there!
Through meetings with a teacher from your destination school happening at the Academy, we hope to help ease some of those nerves for our children. We therefore ensure that every child in our care gets the chance to meet with somebody from their chosen secondary school before the summer term is over of Year 6. We also encourage this to happen in groups so that pupils are aware that they are not going to be alone.
Visit days are arranged with the local secondary schools, where one of our teachers or support staff will accompany children to and from their new school. They will get the chance to explore their new learning environments and meet their whole class, making friends before the start of September.
We strongly encourage parents with any concerns about the the transitional periods to come and speak to our Principal.