Starting School

This page is aimed at families who have a child due to start school in September 2017. If you are looking to start a child mid-year, please visit our Admissions Page.

We recognise that choosing the right school for your child is a really important decision and we want to provide you with high quality information about our school in order to support you. There is a large amount of information about our school on this website but we believe the best way to get to know us is by visiting. We encourage you to visit the school during the working day when you will get a good sense of what the school will feel like for your child.

Visits

All planned visits for the 2017 cohort have now taken place.

If you would like to visit us please call the school office on 01454 867260 to book a place. Alternatively, you can email the office: admin@cherrygarden.org.uk.

During each visit, you will be given a tour of the school (usually by the headteacher) and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If you require a private appointment to discuss sensitive personal information about your child and their needs, please let us know when you book. If you do not ask for this it is likely you will be shown round as part of a group.

Ready for School?

Children are all different and there is no one definition of what makes a child ready for school. There are, however, a number of indicators which mean your child is well on the way to being ready. We have produced a short booklet about school readiness which you can download below. Paper copies will be available for you to take at our pre-school sessions.

Pre-School Sessions

We believe the best way to get your child ready for September is to bring them into school regularly. To assist this we run monthly sessions for pre-school children to help familiarise them with our school and their Reception teacher (Mrs Hanks).

Although you will not find out if you have a place until April 2017, we encourage any family who is eager to attend our school to bring their child along.

Dates of sessions for children starting school in September 2017 (2.30 pm - 3.10 pm):

 Date

 Activity

Monday 17th October 

Join us for an Autumn activity session in our 1/2 acre Conservation Area (Wear oldest clothes and wellies)

 Tuesday 10th January

Classroom puzzles and activities 

 Wednesday 22nd February

 Maths games & sorting activities

 Monday 20th March

Large apparatus (bring T-shirt and shorts) 

Tuesday 25th April 

Art activities 

Wednesday 10th May 

Outdoor play and small apparatus 

 Monday 12th June

Storytime 

Making Your Application

All applications need to be made online via South Gloucestershire admissions. Click here to visit the application page.

The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017.