Starting School

The Reception class provides a warm, caring and stimulating environment.  Every child is encouraged to work and play in a wide range of activities that are designed to promote early literacy, numeracy, social, physical and creative development.  Children can start school in the autumn term following their fourth birthday.

It is helpful if parents prepare children for school by teaching them to dress and undress and to use the toilet correctly.

It is also helpful if parents give their child the opportunity to talk about what he or she sees in pictures and to enjoy stories and rhymes.  Parents can help their child to recognise their name when printed eg. “Ben” not “BEN”, to hold a pencil correctly in whichever hand is preferred, to learn the basic colour names, and to count to five.  These are important stepping-stones in the pathway to reading and writing.  We will build on these skills when your child starts school. 

Clothing and equipment

Children wear a school sweatshirt or cardigan in royal blue with the owl logo, white polo shirt, grey school skirt or grey school trousers (short or long).  Black school shoes should be worn, no heels; trainers are not allowed. Socks or tights should be in white, grey or black.  Long hair should be tied back using sensible hair bands in school colours of white, blue or black. In summer, a blue and white dress (striped or checked) may be worn. Closed toe sandals are allowed in the summer months.

Body Piercing is discouraged and is limited to one small, plain stud in each ear. Watches are a privilege for the top class, years 5/6. Items of jewellery other than these are not allowed.

P.E. kit is a white round neck T shirt, blue or black shorts and pumps (not trainers).  Outdoor P.E. kit comprises of trainers (for KS2 only, pumps may be worn), shorts or tracksuit bottoms in cold weather. Both P.E. kits are needed in school every day and should be kept in a named, drawstring P.E. bag.

All items of clothing must be clearly marked with the child’s name.

Sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, PE shirts, woolly hats, caps (for the summer), PE bags, book bags and reversible waterproof fleece coats may be ordered on-line from orchard Clothing:

There are PTA representatives on hand with samples of all school uniform for new starters, as part of the induction afternoon in July, providing an opportunity to try on items of school uniform.