IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF THOSE STARTING RECEPTION IN SEPTEMBER 2020
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRANSITION INTO SCHOOL FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 ARE DIFFERENT TO NORMAL TIMES.
HOWEVER CHILDREN HAVE UNDERTAKEN A SMALL NUMBER OF VISITS TO SITE AND PARENTS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED DIRECTLY WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS FOR STARTING SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER, WHICH WE ARE PLEASED WILL BE VERY SIMILAR TO THAT FOLLOWED IN NORMAL TIMES.
PARENTS ARE INVITED TO VIEW THE HEADTEACHER'S PRESENTATION FOR NEW RECEPTION PARENTS (RIGHT).
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 2020
Applications for a place in Reception from September 2020 must be made through the local authority (Hertfordshire County Council) by 15 January 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming our new families for 2020, once the allocation procedure is complete, and enjoyed hosting well over 100 families at one of our three open morning events during the Autumn term. Any parents who missed these events and would still like to visit the school, should contact the school office to arrange a visit.
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 and with the younger children (who may take longer to settle) beginning their sessions first.