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Starting School September 2020

Welcome to our webpage for children starting school September 2020.


Please click on the PDFs below for some ideas of things you can do over the Summer to prepare your child for starting school in September!

Please click on the PDF to find out what your summer challenge is!

To apply for a place at Welton St. Mary’s Church of England Primary Academy, please follow the link below


We have lots of opportunities for the children to visit school throughout the year to aid their transition into school. If your child attends one of the pre-schools in the village, information will be passed to you through the pre-school. If your child does not attend a village pre-school, please contact us and we will ensure that all the relevant details of events are emailed to you.

Please note that all events are postponed at the moment due to school closure during Covid 19 lockdown

Open days- Please contact school to book in for a tour.

Tuesday 24th September at 9.30am and 11am,

Monday 18th November at 1.45pm and 2.45pm,

Wednesday 8th January at 9.30am and 11am.

Discovery Days

Monday 7th October

Monday 4th November

Monday 13th January

Monday 3rd February

Monday 2nd March

Discovery Days are aimed at children who are starting school in September 2020. They give the children opportunities to visit our Foundation Stage unit with their pre-school and work alongside our current Foundation Stage children. If your child does not attend one of the local pre-schools, please do get in touch with us as we run a parent/carer session 2.30-3.15pm on the day for those not able to attend with our pre-schools. Foundation Stage teachers and pre-school leaders work together to plan some exciting activities for all the children to share in together.

Foundation Stage parents meeting on the evening of Wednesday 13th May at 6pm in the school hall. 

This is a time for parents and carers to meet with us and find out a little more about the way that your child will be working in Foundation Stage. We will give you lots of important information about ‘Life in Foundation Stage’ and talk about the curriculum, our school day and our expectations and aims.

We will be holding a second meeting on the evening of Monday 8th June at 6pm in our school hall. 

At this meeting, we will be advising you on lunches, uniform and things that you can do over summer to prepare your child for starting school in September.

Uniform Direct will be at the event and will be selling items of our school uniform. Please bring cash or bank cards to make any purchases.

Good Lookin Cookin will also be at the event offering samples of the kinds of foods the children will be enjoying for their school dinners in September – so don’t eat too much before you arrive!

Packs will be given out at this meeting containing general information and details about which class your children will be joining in September. There will also be the opportunity on the evening for you to make an appointment to meet your child’s teacher on a 1:1 basis before starting school.

Bright Start

Please note that all events are postponed at the moment due to school closure during Covid 19 lockdown

These sessions will be held from 3.45pm-4.45pm on the following dates:

Thursday 23rd April

Thursday 30th April

Thursday 7th May

Thursday 14th May

Thursday 21st May

We hope that by introducing the children to the school, the environment and the types of activities that they will be involved in when they start school in September, it will aid the children’s transition to school and help them to settle quickly.

We know that starting school can be daunting for both children and parents. At St. Mary’s we know that a happy child is a child who is ready to learn and thrive.

The club will help the children to familiarise themselves with the setting, understand some of the routines that they will be engaged in in school, and practise some of the early skills that children will build upon once in school.


At Bright Start, there are a range of practical, play based activities for the children to explore. The activities will be planned around the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Initially, if as parents/ carers, you would like to stay to ensure that your child is happy, confident and settled, you are most welcome. We envisage that as time progresses that you can leave your children with us for the duration. As this is a special time for pre-schoolers, we do ask that you make alternative arrangements for siblings and that they do not attend.

If your child has any medical needs that we need to be aware of please let us know. If you would like further information, please do contact us


My child, who is the youngest in the year, was fully prepared to start school due to the fantastic transition provided by the school.

The Bright Start sessions were fabulous! I can’t believe how easy transition has been thanks to the staff!

My child came to all of the Discovery Days with their friends.  He has settled in so well and loves coming to school

My child came to all of the Discovery Days with their friends.  He has settled in so well and loves coming to school

Headteacher: Mrs N Gough

Tel: 01673 860339