When deciding which school to choose for your child
Mrs Uden is always pleased to meet any prospective parents and their children prior to our formal Open Days as she is keen to show off the school. To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the school Office Manager, Ms Suzi Ciccone on 01303 862375 and she will arrange a suitable time and date for your visit.
Once your child has been allocated a place at Stowting School
Building safe and trusting relationships
We are firmly of the opinion that the more relationship building opportunities we provide to you and your child, the smoother the start to big school will be. As our school is fed by many different nursery providers, we ensure that we visit every child in their nursery setting so as to begin to build a bond with your child in the safety of their already comfortable environments. Then, over the course of the Summer term, we offer numerous different activities whereby the children can spend time in the school - Stay and Play sessions initially with you and then without you (don't worry, you are just close by having coffee and getting to know the other Mums and Dads). We also do a Teddy Bear's picnic and invite your child's appointed Year 5 Buddy who will be on hand to look after your child in the first few terms although, in reality, the Buddies remain on hand throughout the two years they are here until they leave for secondary school.
Starting school in September (common practice for most schools)
We like to ease children into school slowly in September so they are given the best possible start to school life. We typically have an INSET day (staff training/organisation day) at the start of the term and so often the first week is not a full week. In general, the first three days are morning only sessions followed by two days at the end of the week when the children stay for lunch and lunchtime play. In week two, the children are in school all day as per the normal school day.
Feedback on how well your child is settling into school life
We pride ourselves on being a warm and friendly team. The teachers and TA are highly prominent at the beginning and end of the day and will be happy to inform and reassure you of how your child is adapting to their new school environment.
Starting Big school is a very exciting time in your child's life!