Ready for School

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new Reception children in September 2024.

In the Pentecost (Summer) term, before your child starts with us, we invite parents and children into school for visits. We will contact you with details of the arrangements.

If you have any questions about your child starting school then please do get in touch by telephone 01457 854473 or email If you have not yet made an application for your child to start in Reception class in September then please see the Admissions page – it’s not too late!


Books about Starting School

Oxford Owl suggested booklist

With libraries and bookshops closed at the minute you may wish to ‘read’ the books through these YouTube videos.

Starting School by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School by Ian Whybrow & Adrian Reynolds


Preparation for the first day –

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.

The 10 keys have been identified by Derbyshire parents, carers and professionals. These will help everyone understand what children developing typically for their age should be able to do by the time they start in reception class.

Ready for school leaflet

Working together to be ready for school – Useful worksheets based on the ’10 Keys’ to aid in making sure your child is ready for school life

Ready for school tips for parentsHelp your children be ready for school by developing their communication, language, social and emotional skills as well as their physical development.

BBC Bitesize – Starting Primary School

Tapestry Learning Journal