St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School
Tel 0117 353 2830
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Reception 2021 - I've been offered a place... what next?

Below is a list of things that will happen following your child being offered a place at St Bon's:  
  • Inform the Council if you would like to accept your child's place at St Bonaventure's.  They will notify us.
  • If you feel there is a good reason why your child should be in a particular class (i.e. if you have twins and wish for them to be placed in the same class or if you have an older sibling already in school and would like your reception child to have the same teacher), please write to us to let us know.  We always try our best to accommodate parents' wishes, but cannot guarantee that this will be the case in every circumstance.
We send out our  'Essential Pupil Information Form' for you to complete and return so that we can find out a bit more about your child and where they attend pre-school.  This form is also available below.  

You will receive an invite to attend a Parents' Information meeting during the afternoon of 23 June 2021, either at 4pm or 5pm.

23 JUNE 2021
The Parents' Information meeting will take place.  We hope for a sunny day so that this can be conducted in small groups outside.  The aim of this meeting is for you to:
  • Meet the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Class teachers and LSAs who will be working with your children
  • Find out which class your child will be in
  • See your child's classroom
  • Find out more about how we have planned the first few weeks of your child's transition into St Bon's
  • Receive a pack of useful information and forms for you to complete
  • Find out more about our wraparound childcare and meet the After School Club leader
  • Book a one-to-one meeting with your child's class teacher in the week beginning 6th September. 
  • Meet the school nurse
  • View school uniform and find out where to buy it
  • Taste samples from our school meal provider. 

All the information about before and after school childcare facilities will be provided in your 'new starter packs' or is available on the website. We will be in touch once the bookings are open - you can book your child from when they start full time.  Bookings are made through the School Gateway app.
We ask that ALL paperwork is returned to us by the end of June so that we can prepare for your child to join us.  Please note that if your child has a diagnosed allergy then the Food Allergy and Intolerance Form should be returned directly to the catering company (Chartwells).  We would also like to encourage all parents to complete the Pupil Premium Checker Form if you believe you may be eligible for pupil premium funding. Eligibility criteria are included in the information form which will be in your pack. 
Class teachers  will liaise with pre-schools to arrange transfer information to be passed to us to help with your child's transition (parents do not need to have any involvement in this process).  
'One-to-one' meetings between Reception teachers and parents will take place so that staff can find out more about your child and plan a successful settling in period for them. 
Reception pupils will not start school this week whilst the meetings are all taking place. 

  1.  For the first week (w/b 13th September), children will attend school for either morning or afternoon sessions. 
  2. In the second week (w/b 20th September), those children who did morning sessions in the first week will swap and do afternoons, and the second group vice versa. 
  3. In the third week (w/b 27th September), all children will attend a short day which will include lunch. 
  4. From the fourth week (w/b 4th October), all children will attend school full time.

Morning sessions:  8.50am to 12.10pm
Afternoon sessions:  1.30pm to 3.10pm
Short day including lunch: 8.50am to 1.45pm

Benefits of the three week transition period: 
Smaller groups enable staff to quickly build up positive relationships with the children, enabling them to get to know the children really well right from the start. The transition period also provides:

  • A quieter, more calm environment initially to enable quicker settling in
  • An enhanced opportunity for children to learn rules and routines in smaller groups
  • For children to develop a strong sense of belonging and enhances the development of friendships
  • An optimum environment to support children’s PSED/communication skills.