Welcome to Reception - New Starters September 2021
We would like to welcome you all to Whitchurch CE Infant and Nursery Academy.
Due to health and safety restrictions remaining in place within all schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately been unable to welcome you in person and we are unable to offer our usual parent visits/tours of our Academy.
Therefore, we have created this website page to provide all prospective new parents with the necessary information about our Academy and what we have to offer your child starting in our Reception classes, as well as providing all the essential details regarding the planned transition arrangements that we have put in place for this Summer Term and for September.
Please also explore our entire website for further information about our Federation of Academies.
We are very much looking forward to meeting you and your child in person and officially welcoming you to Whitchurch CE Infant and Nursery Academy in the near future.
Information for New Parents
Our Early Years Lead, Mrs Emma Coxon, will be in touch soon to make arrangements to visit your child at their pre-school setting (depending on restrictions and preferences) in June. The purpose of this visit will be to get to know your child, to learn about their interests and to liaise with Nursery/ Pre-School staff before initial transition visits to school.
We will be offering an initial transition visit this Summer Term on Tuesday 6th July. Further information will be sent regarding this.
Below is the proposed transition timetable, which replicates similar arrangements to those that would have been normally been put in place previously.
We want to ensure that children have a smooth and confident start to school. We hope that our proposed timetable allows children to ease their way into school, become familiar with their surroundings, get to know their teacher and teaching assistants in Reception, meet their new classmates, establish new routines and develop confidence at Whitchurch CE Infant and Nursery Academy.
This transition period is especially important this year, considering that many children have been unable to attend Nursery during periods of time during the past year and therefore, have been away from an educational setting for a considerable time, missing out on essential preparation for Infant School.
Unfortunately, the Government has paused the lifting of Lockdown restrictions which means that we can no longer invite all children into school on Tuesday 6th July. Mrs Coxon will update you with our alternative arrangements as soon as possible.
As mentioned previously, please complete the online form (link below) to arrange your telephone call and provide an email address in preparation for the Zoom welcome meeting.
Please share these images with your child so that they can see and begin to become familiar with areas within and around school that they will access on a day-to-day basis.
Mrs Emma Coxon has provided a transition booklet for parents to complete to provide us with key information about your child.
You can download the booklet below and print it off to complete. If you are unable to print this booklet at home, please contact the Academy Office to arrange collection of a paper copy.
Please could you bring your completed booklets on your child's first day in September.
Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery Academy - EYFS / KS1 Winter / Summer Uniform
Navy blue V-neck sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo
Light blue short sleeved polo shirt with or without the school logo
Grey short or long trousers (plain style without adornment)
Grey skirt or pinafore dress
Navy blue and white checked summer dress
Grey, black or white socks or tights
Black shoes (not trainers). NB Some shoes are totally unsuitable for wear in a busy, active school; for example, the children should not wear high-heeled shoes/slip on shoes that will easily fall off and open toe sandals (for health and safety reasons) or trainers. Trainers are only appropriate for PE/Games. Please make sure your child comes to school in sensible black school shoes. School shoes are available from all of the local shoe shops.