New Parents 2020

Please find below, information for parents/guardians who have a child due to start in Reception this September. We will be in contact soon to discuss transition arrangements. Please also look at our Early Years Foundation Stage page for more information about the daily routine and Curriculum in Reception.

NEW VIDEOS – EYFS welcome and picture tour

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UPDATE 25th August 2020 – We are looking forward to your child starting St Catherine’s soon! I’m sure you are wondering how we intend to support your child’s transition. As you are aware, Class Teachers will be visiting you at home soon and this will be a lovely opportunity for your child to meet us prior to coming into school. To follow on from this, we have scheduled a Stay and Play session for your child to attend with one parent or guardian. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate siblings. These sessions will take place in the Reception Outdoor Learning Environment. In order to ensure social distancing, we have divided the classes into four groups. The Stay and Play sessions will take place at the following times:

Session 1 – John Henry Newman – Monday 7th September 9:30am – 11:00am Session 2 – John Henry Newman – Monday 7th September 1:30pm – 3:00pm Session 3 – Vieira – Tuesday 8th September 9:30am – 11:00am Session 4 – Vieira – Tuesday 8th September 1:30pm – 3:00pm

During your home visit, you will learn which session you will be attending with your child. The session will enable you to spend time with your child at school, helping them to familiarise themselves with the environment and the staff. Whilst attending, it is important that all adults maintain a safe social distance. Hand sanitisers will be available upon arrival and departure. It will not be necessary to wear a mask – if you have any further questions about these measures please contact the office.

On Wednesday 9th September and Thursday 10th September both John Henry Newman and Vieira classes will attend school for a morning session only. You will be allowed to park on the driveway between 9:15 – 9:45 and walk your child to the classroom door. Please use the window of arrival time – we are keen to ensure that not all pupils arrive at the same time. Collection will also be staggered to prevent congestion. Again you are allowed to park on the driveway.

John Henry Newman pupils need to be collected between 11:30 – 11:45am. Vieira pupils need to be collected between 11:45 – 12:00pm.

On Friday 11th September collection will be different in order to consider the needs of all pupils at school. You will not be allowed to park on the driveway for Friday collection – this is important for the safety of all pupils leaving school. Collection times for each class are as follows:

John Henry Newman pupils need to be collected between 12:45 – 1:00pm. Vieira pupils need to be collected between 1:00 – 1:15pm.

If you have any further questions about your child’s first week at school, please discuss during your home visit or contact the school office. We are so excited about seeing you all soon.

UPDATE July 2020 – We are very excited to say you should now have your welcome packs! Key documents that need to be completed are in yellow. You can hand them to staff during your home visit. Please make a note of your home visit slot. We are very much looking forward to seeing you in September!

If you have not received a welcome pack for your child please email

If you missed our recent New parents zoom call you can access the information PowerPoint below

These links may be useful when talking to your child about starting school.

Book list for stories about starting school:

Twitter pages: