Frequently Asked Questions
On this page, you will find a list of questions that we are regularly asked at the start of a school year. We will try to answer them as best we can but due to the Covid-19 situation, we may not be able to give you full information at this time. Please bear with us and we will update the information whenever possible.
What should I be doing with my child before they start school?
We have included a separate page full of tips for making sure your child is school ready. Please read that for ideas about what to do.
Will you be visiting my child’s preschool setting?
In our normal transition period, we do try to visit every child in his or her preschool setting. However, in the current situation this is not possible. We will therefore do our best to speak to all of the preschools over the phone to ensure that we gain a full picture of your child before they start school.
Will my child get a home visit from their teacher?
Prior to starting school, you and your child will receive a home visit from your child’s class teacher and teaching assistant. We find these visits to be one of the most valuable parts of our school transition as it allows your child to get to know their teacher in an environment that is safe and familiar to them. The visit will last about 20 minutes and will be a chance for you to ask any questions or share information with the teacher. Due to the current situation, we may need to review how these are carried out and we will provide you with further information.
What if I forget to bring something, can I drop it off later?
Firstly, we understand that on occasion you might forget something. If this happens, mention it to your class teacher. The majority of the times, we are able to manage for the day without whatever it may be. However if it is something that your child will definitely need, then you can drop it off at our school reception and it will be delivered to your child’s class.
What school uniform do I need?
Please click here for details about uniform
Please ensure all items of school uniform are clearly labelled with your child’s full name, not initials, and tagged or embroidered, as opposed to written on in pen.
Will my child need a P.E. Kit?
We do P.E. in Early Years so your child will need an indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Click here for details about the P.E. Kit they will need.
Does my child need wellies?
Yes please. At Saint Agnes, we play outside in all weathers. We therefore ask that every child has a pair of wellies that can stay at school. You do not need to provide waterproof clothing.
Do I have to pay for school dinners?
Currently all infant aged children (4-7 year olds) are entitled to a free school dinner every day. Our school caterers provide a choice of healthy meals usually including a meat choice, a vegetarian choice and a jacket potato choice. Children are also able to bring in their own healthy packed lunch from home if they wish.
Do I need to provide my child with a snack?
The Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme provides each child aged four to six (EYFS & KS1) with a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. The children are able to access this snack at any point throughout the day. School milk is free for children under the age of five. If you would like your child to receive milk you will need to register them here.
My child has allergies, what should I do?
When you receive your welcome pack there will be a medical form to complete where you can put all the information about your child’s allergy. We are also a nut free school, so no nut products are used at lunchtime or in class cooking lessons. If you child has an epi pen or inhaler, we do ask for one to be kept at school in case of emergencies. During your home visit, your class teacher will talk to you about any concerns you have regarding your child’s allergies.
My child does not know anyone else will they be okay?
We are aware that starting school can be scary if you do not know anyone else but please do not worry. We have children join us from about different preschool settings; so many children join us not knowing anyone else. At Saint Agnes, we ensure that all staff are aware of children who have joined us on their own, so that we can give them support when settling in and making new friends.
My child is not in the same class as their friend, can this be changed?
Once the classes have been set, we cannot change them due to the knock on implications this would have to the other children. When deciding the classes we consider many factors. Sometimes this does result in children not being in the same class as their closest friend. All sixty children have opportunities throughout the day to play together.
Are there any extracurricular clubs my child can join?
At the start of the year, we do not open up any of our extracurricular clubs to the children in Early Years. This is because we usually find that they are so tired for the first few terms, that the school day is long enough for them. At the end of the Autumn Term, you will receive a clubs letter detailing clubs that will be available to your child in the Spring Term.
My child will be attending breakfast club, how do they transfer from club to class?
If your child is attending breakfast club you will drop them off at the main office. At 8.40am when the classroom doors are opened a breakfast club member will walk your child to their class.