Welcome to our new starters


On Monday 9th September, all of our new starters will be joining us for some mornings or afternoons to begin their first year of school in Foundation Stage. (From Monday 16th September, all pupils will attend full-time, just like everyone else in Years 1 to 6.

The teachers have been hard at work, getting their magnificent rooms ready to welcome our new pupils.

They have also been very busy visiting all the children in their homes and meeting all of the parents and carers. Some of you are old friends and have older pupils who have already enjoyed their time in Foundation Stage. For some of you, this is the first time you will be seeing your child starting school.

Mrs Matthews, who leads our team of teachers and early years teaching assistants, said:

“It has been so useful to get out in to the local area and visit our new pupils and their parents at home. We received such a warm welcome from everyone and we have been able to get a good idea of what knowledge the children already have and what skills they can already do. Weve also seen some of the toys, games and activities that the children have been enjoying at home, so we now know what sort of things to plan to help the children learn in a fun and exciting way.”

We know that the children already visited back in July for our Stay And Play sessions, but we have put together a selection of photographs for you to share with your children to whet their appetite for their first few days as pupils at St Matthew’s in our OUTSTANDING early years department.

You can either scroll the page down to view the photos or you can click on one of the images to open a lightbox viewer.

We hope these photographs give you a flavour of what to expect for your children. We are sure that you will agree with the Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in July and said that our Foundation Stage area is a vibrant area in which children feel entirely safe to explore, question and play. The flow between outdoor and indoor learning is seamless and both areas are well resourced.

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