Welcome to our New Starters page.

Here you will find vital information, important dates and details about school life.

Please take the time to read all of the information below.

“Children in early years make strong progress so that they are well prepared for Year 1.” (Ofsted)

As your child begins an exciting new stage of their life with us, we would like to share some information with you.

Our Reception Year is made up of four classes:

Willow – Hedgehog – Poppy – Duckling

The year group leader is Mrs Emma Matthews.

“a vibrant area in which children feel entirely safe to explore, question and play” (Ofsted)

Why not take a few minutes to watch our video to find out about the Foundation Stage. This will be your learning area when you start in September.

If the video will not play on this page, you can follow this link to watch it on our YouTube channel.

“All groups of children, including those with SEND and those who are disadvantaged, make strong progress.” (Ofsted)


Due to new Government guidelines, we have to cancel the intake meetings for Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June. Further information will be sent out soon. Thank you

“skilful questioning that encourages children
to think for themselves, solve problems and deepen their understanding.”


Because we have been unable to invite you into school, we have all recorded a special story video so you can see who we are and enjoy listening to a story. You can watch them all at once or you can watch a couple per week – there are fourteen altogether so they’ll keep you going for the whole summer holiday before you start school. You can even watch them over and over again. When we meet you in September, you can tell us which story was your favourite.

Click on the image above to go to our Story Videos page.

“Children’s behaviour is excellent and they work and play well together.” (Ofsted)


We hope to still be able to offer these sessions in early September.
Watch this space!

Meet your new class teacher and
spend time in your new classroom

We invite your child, accompanied by one parent, to attend a MEET AND GREET session to spend time in their new classroom and to meet their new teacher to ask any questions. Children do not need to wear school uniform for this event.

Dates and times to be confirmed
Thursday 2nd September 2021
10-12am or 1-3pm
Friday 3rd September 2021
10-12am or 1-3pm
Monday 6th September 2021
10-12am or 1-3pm
Tuesday 7th September 2021
10-12am or 1-3pm

“When they move into Year 1, they are prepared well for what they will be learning.” (Ofsted)


Flying Start has been set up to ensure families feel supported in helping their child prepare for the transition from a childcare setting to their new school. This is a big step for all involved and this website provides lovely resources and ideas to support parents in getting their children ready. You can find this information in the Transition Area.

Click here to visit the Flying Start Luton website

“rich opportunities for children to develop their early skills in
reading, writing and mathematics
.” (Ofsted)


All children will start school part time from Monday 13th September. School uniform should be worn from this date.

All children will be in school full time from Friday 17th September.

Please look out for an email with your child’s dates and times.


In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 all children receive a free school dinner; this is due to the Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative by the Government. There is no packed lunch option until Year 3.

“Children develop superb attitudes to learning. (Ofsted)


We expect all new starters to be wearing school uniform from when they begin to attend part-time, week commencing Monday 13th September.

Boys must wear grey trousers, white polo shirt or white shirt and maroon jumper.

Girls must wear grey skirt or trousers, white polo shirt or white blouse and maroon cardigan or jumper.

All school branded uniform can be purchased from the school using the SCOPAY app.

Shoes must be black, no trainers or sandals.

No patterns or lines in hair and no earrings.

Full details of our uniform catalogue can be found at


A pdf version of the image above can be downloaded here.

The 2021 edition of our Information for new starters booklet is published below. You can scroll through the pages to find out all the information you should need to prepare for your child joining St Matthew’s Primary School.

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