St James'CE VA Primary School

Creating a school family founded upon Christian values

  • love
  • hope
  • peace
  • joy
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • honesty
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • koinonia

Starting School at St James'


When your child joins our school, we will do everything we can to ensure he/she and your family quickly settle into school life and become part of our school family.


For children starting school in Reception, we know that a successful start to school life will lead to successful transitions in future years. We have an established induction programme, which includes school transition visits in the term before admission into school in September, as well as home visits and staggered starts. We will work with you to agree a programme which works well for your child.


Presentation to New Year R parents June 2018


For all other children, they will usually start school on a Tuesday, when they will be met by their new teacher and taken through to class. In their first few days, we will invite other children to be their special 'buddy' to help them find their way away around their new class and their school. Their buddy will give them a tour of the school and introduce them to all the grown ups in school, so that everyone knows who they are. Our children are very friendly, and always enjoy being a buddy, and do a fantastic job at making sure friends are made very quickly!

Starting School 2020


We know that transition this year is likely to be different due to the Lockdown currently in place. We have made 2 plans: Plan A is our usual transition process, and assumes that school will be fully open in June and July. This plan is likely not to be fully implemented, as we're not convinced schools will be fully re-opened by June. Plan B is our worst case scenario, that schools won't be fully re-opened until September. We fully expect to have to adapt our planning further, so will use this page to keep parents as up-to-date as we can. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this.


Plan A

9th June    Parents Meeting 6.00-7.00

17th June  Story session in school 3.00-3.20

24th June  Story session in school, plus opportunity to see how lunches work 11.30-12.00

29th June  Stay and Play session in school 9.30-10.30

8th July     Stay and Play session in school 9.30-10.30

16th July   Family Picnic & story session 2.00-3.15


Visits made to pre-school settings to meet children, if possible, during July

7th, 8th, 9th September   Home Visits

10th September Children start school, 9.00-12.00

11th September Children attend for the morning, and stay for lunch 8.50-1.00

14th September Children attend full time 8.50-3.30


Plan B

7th September  Parents Meeting 6.00-7.00

w/b 7th September Home Visits

14th, 15th September Story and Stay & Play sessions during school day

16th, 17th September Children attend for the morning, and stay for lunch 8.50-1.00

18th September Children attend full time 8.50-3.30, if they are ready - further arrangements may need to be agreed with parents if children are not quite ready for a full day


Phone calls made by Mrs Doughty during summer term to families to say 'hello', and to pre-school settings, if possible, to gain information

A photo booklet showing children their new class and school will be sent home to every child

We will set tasks to help get ready for school via this website page, and will post any photos or examples of children getting ready for school on this page


Please remember, all dates and activities are subject to change. We will try to keep changes to a minimum and give you as much notice as we can.