Year R Transition Arrangements & Important Dates

Please select the link below to see a copy of our new entrant parent handbook.  This contains lots of practical and useful information about our school.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact a member of staff.

New entrant parent/carer handbook 2019 to 2020


Induction process for children starting school in reception

In June parents are invited to an information meeting. At this meeting parents will be introduced to various members of staff and will be given relevant information and forms to complete.

In the summer term children make two visits to the school. At the first visit children and parents spend time in the reception classroom to explore the setting and meet the staff. Parents do not stay with their child during the second visit to the classroom.             

We admit children from approximately 20 nursery or pre-schools each year. To aid transition we invite members of staff from the setting your child has attended to visit St Alban’s in the summer term to discuss each child individually.   We find this an invaluable opportunity to learn more about your child and to help plan a suitable curriculum experience.

Home visits

A home visit usually takes place in the week before your child's first day at school in September.  This visit is used so that your son/daughter can meet their new teacher and teaching assistant in familiar surroundings. The home visit is a very relaxed and informal meeting, and is useful for the passing of information from parents to teacher and vice versa. Parents will receive a letter containing more details of this visit.

What happens in September?

Parents need to bring their child to the classroom via the KS1 playground (accessed through the gate on St Alban’s Road).  Parents will collect their child from the classroom door at the end of the day. 

Although many children will have been attending nurseries or pre-schools, the transition to a primary school setting presents a whole new environment for children to learn to manage.  Therefore our induction schedule has been carefully designed to ensure that it equips all children to succeed in primary education.  You can see an example of our induction schedule by selecting the link below.

Year R Induction Schedule