Reception Admissions 2024

Reception 2024

For all new pupils and parents joining us in September 2024, we are delighted to welcome you to our school. Welcome!

We understand that you have lots of questions and there is a lot of information to take in when your child first starts school. We would therefore like to invite you to one of our parent information meetings on:

  • Thursday 13th June at 5:00pm
  • Friday 14th June at 10:00am

We use this area of our website to share important information about transition for parents new to our school and we are providing resources for parents to help prepare their child for school.

The children are also invited into school for one of our transition sessions  on the 17th July. Please contact the school office to confirm the date your child can attend.

Home visits provide a really good starting point for building strong communication, positive relationships and a sense of trust between school staff, parents and children.

Although it can seem a little strange at first, children and adults often feel more relaxed talking in their home environments.  Home visits will take place between the 3rd and 6th September 2024. This can be booked at the parent information sessions.

In July, we will confirm the children’s expected start date. There will be staggered start dates between Monday 9th and Friday 13th September, allowing smaller groups of pupils to settle into school.  These are as follows:

Monday 9th September 2024 – Autumn birthdays (September to December inc)

Tuesday 10th September 2024 – Autumn and Spring birthdays (January to April inc)

Wednesday 11th September 2024 – Autumn and Spring birthdays

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2024– Autumn, Spring and Summer birthdays (May to August inc)

The children will stay until 2pm for the first week.

From Monday 16th September, all the children will be staying for the full day.

Resources to Support Children Starting School

Parents can download a copy of our ‘Starting School’ booklet and the ‘All About Me Tree’. However, we are sending these out in a pack of activities to all new starters. We ask that they are completed and returned in early September before your child starts school.

Information for Parents

The DfE have published booklet, ‘What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: A Guide for Parents’, which explains typical development of a child through the foundation stage. It shows what your child should be able to typically do etc. when they start school then during and by the end of their Reception year – see from page 70.

The ‘Pacey: Preparing Your Child for School’ booklet is full of ideas to prepare your child for school and also about supporting your child in the early days of settling in. The Pacey website is full of ideas for parents and activities you can do with your child to help prepare for school.

We feel it is important to gain information from parents when making assessments of what the Reception children can do or know. When we make our baseline assessments, we will include information from our ‘Baseline Assessment‘ form which we ask parents to complete (no earlier than the 31st August) and return to us in September.

Here are some further resources and links that parents might find useful:

  • The BBC Bitesize Start Primary School page offers a toolkit of practical advice, support and resources for parents, guardians and children across a wide range of areas including school life, daily routine, sleep and how to support children practically and emotionally.
  • A video link to help prepare your child for school, with practical tips on getting into a new routine, and preparing yourself to let go of your little one on that first day.
  • A brilliant guide about what to expect when in terms of your child’s development.
  • School Readiness Poster
  • School Trends for school uniform
  • Crested Schoolwear, who you can also find in The Ryemarket Shopping Centre in Stourbridge
Wraparound Care – Active Care

Lots of parents have asked about our wraparound care provision. This will be provided by Active Care from September 2023. The morning club is available from 7:30am and the afterschool session is available until 6:00pm. Parents should register and book places in advance with Active Care to ensure a place.  https://www.rbgymandsport.co.uk/active-care

Important Forms

There are several forms that we need parents to complete and return as soon as possible. Parents should shortly receive an invite to ParentMail which we use for communication and distributing forms, booking school meals, as well as paying for school trips. Please accept the invite and set up your account asap. Once this has been set up, parents should then receive pupil information forms where the enter contact details, permissions and medical conditions. Parents will also receive an invite to join ClassDojo.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Free School Meals

When your child is in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, they will automatically be entitled to free school meals under the government’s ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ scheme. However, if you meet any of the criteria listed below, then you could be entitled to free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided monthly net earned of less than £616.66, after tax and not including any benefits)

If you are entitled to Free School Meals it is important to register for them as this will guarantee extra funding (via the Pupil Premium Grant) to provide additional support for your child’s education. Additionally, during the pandemic, pupils entitled to FSM have received food vouchers during the lockdowns and the school holidays. 

Registering your child doesn’t mean they have to have a school meal if you don’t want them to – they can bring a packed lunch instead.

If you think you are eligible, you can submit a claim online at https://customer.dudley.gov.uk/free-school-meals/create/

Alternatively, you can apply on paper, by printing and completing the application form and returning to the address at the top of the form. If you aren’t able to apply online or print the application, please call the school office on 01384 818585 and we can help.

FSM Paper Application Form

2016-11-16- FSM poster

 

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