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Starting in Nursery and Reception Classes

Classes are usually given the name of one of the classrooms: Ashdown, Hawthorn, Willow or Rowan.


Nursery (Year N): 3 and 4 year olds

Children attend every morning or every afternoon in term time (15 hours) or morning and afternoon (30 hours) for eligible families. Children need to be 3 before September 1st.


There is an induction programme to enable the children to settle happily into school and to give the parents a broad range of information:

  • A member of the admin team will meet with the parent/carer to fill in the paperwork; contact information, health information, who is allowed to collect the child etc.
  • Parents and carers will be given an opportunity to visit the school, meet the teacher and ask questions before their child starts.
  • The teacher and teaching assistant will also visit each child at home.
  • Each child will make a visit to the classroom, with a parent or carer staying in the room for part of the time, prior to coming alone.
  • If your child has a special need or health difficulty, please inform the school before your child starts. You can ask to speak to the Inclusion Manager; Mrs Rayner (Wednesday – Friday).


There will also be an opportunity for parents/carers to take a short course, ‘Getting Ready for School’, which aims to inform them about the educational development of their child and how they can encourage and enhance this.


This induction programme is a vital part of our admissions as it helps us to get to know one another.

Reception (Year R): Reception 4 and 5 year olds (full time).

Children are admitted to the Reception classes in the September when they are 4+ in accordance with the LEA Admissions Policy.  


There is an induction programme into this full time part of the Foundation stage:

On Day 1 & Day 2 the children will come to school for the morning (9.00am to 11.30am).

This is followed by three days when children stay for lunch and then most go home (9.00am to 12.45pm). A group each day stay and play with their parents/carers in the classroom for an afternoon.


 After this induction period of five days all children will come to school full time - 9am to 3pm.


Key Stage 1


Year 1 and Year 2 (5 and 6 year olds and 6 and 7 year olds)

These two years together are known as Key stage 1; the first of the 4 Key stages of the National Curriculum. 

Classes are usually given the name of one of the classrooms. These are named after artists: Van Gogh ,Mondrian, Monet, Lowry and Kandinsky.


The next School

Key Stage Two


Years 3, 4,5 and 6

Parents of children in Year 2 have to apply through the Local Authority for a place in a school for Key Stage 2.


Almost all of our children move to Inglehurst Junior School at the beginning of the academic year following their 7th birthday.   We have a very close relationship with the Junior School, which helps the children to transfer and settle easily.  During their last year in the Infant School, they visit the Junior School and meet their new teachers in their new class.  

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