Starting Our School

Whether your child starts with us at the beginning of their school learning journey in Reception or comes to us mid-year from another school we want them to be happy from the moment they set foot in the door.

We want to build a strong partnership with you so that together we can help develop your child’s confidence and build positive attitudes to learning from the outset.

We aim to make coming to Christ Church School a happy and positive experience for each individual child. We do this by providing a safe, secure, happy and stimulating environment and by building warm relationships between our whole learning community.

Reception children

We want your child to have a happy start to school. Starting school is a big step and some children settle into the new routine quicker than others.  Many of our children attend Childrensworld Nursery on our school site. Transition to school for them is seamless as they are already familiar with the building and the staff from their weekly ‘stay and play’ sessions and their invites to our weekly assemblies.  A recent ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report for Childrensworld (click here to read in full) commented very positively on our transition procedures:

“The arrangements to support children’s move to school are excellent. Staff have formed an exemplary partnership with the host school. As a result, children visit their prospective class weekly to mix with other children, play games and meet the class teacher. This also helps the new teacher to get to know children extremely well before they start.”

We usually hold four induction sessions for your children to get to know our staff, other children who will be in their class and our school building. The sessions are carefully planned to increase gradually. On the first visit your child comes to school for half a day, often with you. For the second visit your child comes for the morning and you are invited to join them for lunch. On the third visit your child will come for the morning and for lunch by themselves and be collected by you just before the end of lunchtime. The fourth visit to school is for a whole school day.

Your child’s class teacher will also come out and make a home visit to you. The home visit is a chance for you to talk to us about your child and what makes them special. We welcome this opportunity for you to tell us anything you want us to know about your child and to ask any questions you may have.

Induction arrangements for children starting in September 2017 can be found  here in this letter sent in April 2017 following allocation of school places.

It is useful if your child can practise the following skills before they start school but don’t worry if they haven’t ‘cracked it’ before they start with us:

  • Getting dressed and undressed
  • Taking off a coat and hanging it up
  • Fastening buttons and zips
  • Using the toilet properly and flushing it
  • Washing hands
  • Using a knife and fork
  • Tidying away toys/ sharing toys and taking turns
  • Looking after their own belongings

Your Child’s First Day

We find that by the time children have gone through our induction process they are usually ready to start school. However, if your child is nervous you are welcome to stay for as long as you need to.  Our PTA provides ‘tea and tissues’ for new parents. We usually find that it’s parents who need the tissues and not the children! It’s also your chance to get to know some of the other parents over a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Mid-year and year groups other than Reception

If you are a new parent of a child in another year group we encourage you to bring your child for a taster session if at all possible before they start full time. We realise that this is not always possible if your arrival involves a house move. We are a friendly, welcoming school and will make every effort to help your child feel they belong to our happy community as quickly as possible.

We have lots of information on our website for new starters. You may find the following pages/links useful: Admissions, Arrival and Departure, A School Day, Attendance and Absence, Before, After School and Holiday Club Provision (CWUK), School Meals, School Uniform, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2