‘There’s a lovely family feel to the school, it feels as if it has been here for ever.’ Visitor’s comment
Starting School can seem a huge step to a big parent as well as to a small child.The Early Years Team in AWGS can help you both take it all in your stride:
In the Summer Term before starting school:
We arrange a visit to the pre-school setting to meet your child and the people who care for him/her, to begin to get to know your child before s/he starts school
We arrange times when all the children starting school can visit Owls class to meet each other and find out about their new classroom and school
‘..These sessions helped my daughter make the transition.
They also helped me get used to my little girl going to school!’
Parent, Transition feedback
We present a ‘Starting School Information Evening’ for parents and carers to ask questions about the transition to school, and meet the Early Years Team
‘There are particular strengths in the quality of transition into Reception and in the day-to-day assessment of children’s learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ Ofsted 2011
During the first few weeks of the Autumn Term:
All children attend for mornings only – Home Visits by the Early Years Team are arranged during the afternoons.
‘Enabled us to discuss concerns in a relaxed environment.
My son loved having his teacher round.’
‘We had a good talk and swapped information about my child.’
‘Very helpful indeed – makes us (my daughter and I) feel special
and gives us that 1:1 attention early on.’
‘This is my third go at this and each time it is different because I feel the team are always trying to improve the way they do things, and I appreciate that very much.’
Parents’ comments, Transition feedback
We present a ‘Learning Information’ Evening for parents and carers to find out ‘How the learning happens in Owls Class!
Throughout the first year in school:
Your child will have care and learning provided by dedicated and knowledgeable Early Years practitioners all of whom have first hand experience of childcare from birth
A named key person will work closely with you and your child to ensure learning experiences are developmentally appropriate
‘My daughter’s key worker is always there in the morning and is very friendly and makes a point of saying hello. I feel completely comfortable talking to her.’
‘Many thanks to all the staff. My daughter has really enjoyed her time in Owls ‘
‘My son has thoroughly enjoyed his first year at school. His confidence has grown so much.
Thank you very much for your excellent teaching. Thank you for everything.’
‘A fantastic school!’
Parents’ comments, Transition feedback
The Early Years Foundation Stagebuilds a secure foundation for learning throughout the school years based on the concept that all children need to play in order to have fun and in order to begin to understand the world around them. We assess and reflect for Early Years Provision against the ‘Bristol Standard’ which is a reflection journey on best practice for under 5’s.
Like your child’s previous setting - pre-school, nursery, childminder - we provide formal childcare for children aged under 5, and are guided by the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, but as a reception class in a Church of England Primary School we are also guided by the school’s mission statement and Christian values.
Starting School – Admissions
The school has an Admission Policy which can be found in this pack. For the purposes of admission the governing body of Alderbury and West Grimstead Primary School is the admission authority.
Parents who wish their children to be admitted to the school should complete the School Registration Form and the Wiltshire County Council Application Form which can be collected from the School Office or County Hall, Trowbridge or apply online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk.
On average we receive 10% of applications from parents of children outside our catchment area. Please speak to us for details.
If you would like to visit Alderbury and West Grimstead School at any time please contact the school office and make an appointment with the Headteacher or another member of staff. After receiving notification that you have obtained a place for your children then you will be invited to attend a meeting and a series of preliminary taster visits for your child. Reception staff will carry out home visits early in September to help you and your child prepare for starting school.