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 (below).
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service video presentation (below).
All new admissions are made through the local authority, Hertfordshire County Council. Parents of in-year admissions (those seeking a place in Year 1 and above) and those of late applicants for the September 2023 intake into Reception are invited to contact the school for more inforamtion about the availabilty of places and to arrange a visit where possible.
Joining Reception in September 2024
The applications procedure for a place in Reception from September 2024 opens in 1 November 2023 and completed applications must be submitted by early January 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed) via the local authority's online portal. For further information, please contact the local authority, Hertfordshire County Council.
We always enjoy welcoming prospective parents to our open mornings, which take place during the month of November and, sometimes, December. These provide an opportunity for parents to meet the Headteacher and Deputy Head, as well as representatives of the governing body. The sessions begin at 9:15am, usually lasting up to 90 minutes, and includes a presentation and a tour of the school by some of our older pupils. This year's events take place on 7, 15 and 23 November 2023. To minimise disruption to existing pupils, numbers are limited at each session and unfortunately all three sessions are now fully booked. However, we hope to arrange one further session and prospective parents who have been unable to secure a place on one the November sessions are invited to complete the foprm below to express an interest in attending.
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 late 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 half-days only to whole days over the first week of term.