High Beeches Primary School

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New Parents

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 2022

Applications for a place in Reception from September 2022 must be made through the local authority (Hertfordshire County Council), using their online portal.  The application system opened on 1 November 2021 and all applications must be made by 15 January 2022.  The national allocation day is 19 April 2022 when all those who applied by the deadline will find out if they have been allocated a place.  

We were pleased to be able to welcome prospective parents into school in person this year to one of our three COVID-safe open mornings in November.  Parents were able to attend a presentation by the headteacher and take a tour of the school with our house leaders.

Prospective parents for September 2022 who were unable to attend one of these sessions are free to view the video presentation and tour (below) that was put together in 2020, when COVID guidelines meant that the tours cold not take place in person.

Starting School

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 half-days only to whole days over the first  week of term.