Our school prospectus provides a helpful summary of life at the school.
The majority of our children enjoy a nutritious hot meal each day provided by our school caterers and we have amongst the highest take-up of school lunches in Hertfordshire. Find out why in our short film, Lunch at High Beeches.
Joining Reception in September 2021
Applications for a place in Reception from September 2021 must be made through the local authority (Hertfordshire County Council), using their online portal. The application system opens on 2 November 2020 and all applications must be made by 15 January 2021. The national allocation day is 16 April 2021 when all those who applied by the deadline will be able to find out if they have been allocated a place.
COVID19 RESTRICTIONS mean that we are not currently able to have visitors on site and we are, therefore, unable to hold our usual open mornings for prospective parents during the second half of the Autumn term. However, prospective parents are invited to view our virtual tour by clicking on the video above.
Feedback from visitors to in-person open days in previous years tells us that our pupils are our best advocates. For this reason the video includes a tour of the school led and filmed by our House Ambassadors. We have also arranged for the House Ambassadors to be available, alongside a member of the school leadership team, for questions from prospective parents via two Zoom meetings, taking place during the second half of the Autumn term. The meetings will last up to 30 minutes and will be held at 9:30am on Thursday 26 November and Tuesday 1 December and will be an opportunity to ask questions about the day-to-day life of the school. Any specific questions relating to the needs of individual children or families, can be directed to the headteacher via email or telephone. If you would like to book a place on either one of these Zoom meetings, please contact the school office.
As a school we recognise that the transition into full-time school can be a big step for both parents and children and we plan to make the process of settling in as positive and smooth as possible.
Once final allocations are made, we organise the children into two classes, striving to ensure there is a broad balance of gender, age and other characteristics, so that the children can benefit from a diverse experience in school, similar to that in real life. Where possible, we work closely with feeder settings to take account of friendship groups and learning needs based on their experience at nursery or pre-school. These class groupings are then reviewed year-on-year to consider if, at any point, the children's learning and social-emotional development would benefit from mixing up the classes as they progress from one year to another.
Parents are invited to an information evening, usually in mid June, where they can find out which class their child will be in and can learn about some of the practical arrangements for starting school and about the transition process. This usually includes a short stay-and-play session towards the end of June, for both parents and children, and two further visits in June/July where the children stay on their own. Sessions are held in small groups on a number of different days so that staff and pupils can start to get to know one another really well. Finally, the children have a phased start in September, building up from mornings only to whole days over the first week of term.