Do you have a child who was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020? Children born in this period will be due to start school in September 2024. Follow this link for Dudley LA information regarding the application process. Applications can be submitted from 1st October 2023 until 15th January 2024.
If you wish to visit school, please contact us to arrange for one of the following dates:
- Monday 2nd October – 4:30 and 5pm
- Wednesday 18th October – 9:45am
- Friday 13th October – 9:45am
- Monday 6th November – 4:30 and 5pm
- Monday 20th November – 9:45am
- Tuesday 28th November – 9:45am
- Monday 8th January – 4:30 and 5pm
In the meantime, for an insight into our school and how we support new intakes, please see the information below which was provided for our current Reception cohort.
For all new pupils and parents joining us in September 2023, we are delighted to welcome you to our school. Welcome!
We recently held our ‘Information for Parents’ briefing to introduce our staff and explain how we all work together to help your child settle in quickly. We explained various things that parents need to know about starting school: for example, the routines, lunch arrangements, school uniform, assessments and what your child will be learning. We also made some suggestions on how you can best prepare your child during the summer.
Parents can download a printable version of the presentation slides. We have also produced a booklet of key information about our curriculum and the routines for Reception etc. in our ‘Welcome to Our School‘ booklet.
The children are also invited into school for one of our transition sessions on Wednesday 12th July. You can choose either the morning (9:15-11:15am) or the afternoon (1:00-3:00pm) session. Please contact the school office to confirm the session your child can attend.
In July, we will confirm the children’s expected start date. We have a staggered start system to allow smaller groups of pupils to settle into school. These are organised depending on the children’s birthdays as follows:
- Wednesday 6th September – Autumn birthdays (September to November inc,)
- Friday 8th September – Spring birthdays (December to May inc.)
- Tuesday 12th September – Summer birthdays (June to August inc.)
When the children initially start, they will be at school until 2pm and they will attend school every day. After the children have been collected from school during the first week, the teachers will be contacting parents for a video or telephone call, as part of our transition discussions. Once all the Reception children have been introduced and settled into school, they will stay for the full day from Wednesday 13th September 2023.
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
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.