Choosing which school to send your child to is an enormous decision, as a parent there are so many factors that I know you want to take into account – will my child be safe? Will they achieve their best? Will the teachers help them to make friends? Will they have opportunities to explore other skills? Will they be encouraged to be a well-rounded individual?
At Greatfield Park Primary, we can safely say that the answer to all the questions above is a resounding YES! We care enormously about the children we teach, in terms of their academic and social progress, and of course their safety.
We have annual Open Days where prospective parents and children are welcomed into our school to see first-hand how we work and to soak up the general atmosphere of the school. If you have recently moved to the area and are looking to find a place for your child mid-way through the year, please call the main reception so that we can arrange a suitable time for you to come and have a look around and ask any questions that you may have.
Once you have picked our school for your child’s school, where they enter into Reception, we make sure that we provide opportunities for you and your child to start to get to know us. Our Reception teachers visit majority of pre-Reception children in their early years settings and meet with staff there to conduct a handover. As parents, you are invited to an Induction Evening where the process of your child starting school is explained to you carefully. The children also have a couple of visits to the school in the July before they start in the September to enable them to get used to coming in to the classroom as well as allowing them to begin to develop new friendships.
At the start of September, the children come into Reception in a staggered entry so that they have time to settle and get to know their teachers, new friends and new routines.
We follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in our Reception class and regularly share progress and information with our parents. Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds programme and we provide an opportunity for parents to be aware of this scheme by holding a Letters and Sounds awareness event in October.
The first year of school is such an important one in so many ways. We pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with our parents to ensure your child achieves their very best.
Please see our Admissions Policy for details regarding school admissions.