Reception – Starting Sept 2020

Welcome to Elm Grove Primary School!

We are delighted that your child will be starting at our school this September 2020. We have included some important information below that will help you prepare for starting school. Please visit our ‘Reception’ page for information about what your child will be learning, and other key information.



Getting Ready for Reception

Stay and Play Sessions

Come along to our ‘stay and play’ sessions from 7-10th September where you will meet other parents and children who will be coming to Elm Grove School.

Staggered Start to School

We follow a ‘staggered entry’ system of inducting a few children at a time. Whilst we understand this has implications for childcare, your children will benefit from this as it will create a much calmer start to school. Dates and timings for play sessions and starting school will be sent via School Ping to parents/ carers.


School Times

From September, each class will start and end their school day at different times, in order to reduce contact between class pods and their parents/ carers. From Monday 28th September all Reception children will attend school full-time. Each Reception class will start and end their school day at the following times:

Apple Tree Class 

  • School starts at 8.55am.
  • School ends at 3.05pm.

Once your child has attended their first settling in session, he/ she will then attend school every morning OR afternoon until Friday 25th September.  You will have been advised via School Ping about this. The timings of these sessions are as follows:

  • Morning session: 8.55am – 11.45am
  • Afternoon session: 12.45pm – 3.05pm

Cherry Tree Class

  • School starts at 9.05am.
  • School ends at 3.15pm.

Once your child has attended their first settling in session, he/ she will then attend school every morning OR afternoon until Friday 25th September.  You will have been advised via School Ping about this. The timings of these sessions are as follows:

  • Morning session: 9.05am – 11.55am
  • Afternoon session: 12.55pm – 3.15pm

Parents/ carers should use the side entrance that leads to the bottom car park and wait at the gate next to the large badger mural. Children will be greeted at the gate by their class teacher or teaching assistant. Please inform us if anyone different from usual will pick up your child. We appreciate your understanding about the need to be punctual at the start and end of each day.


Communication with Parents & Carers

We communicate via the school website, School Ping, ClassDojo and letters in book bags. There is a school newsletter and a homework grid posted on the school website every two weeks.


Meals and Snacks

All children in Reception are entitled to a free school meal. The children can choose from a meat or vegetarian option every day.  The kitchen can cater for all allergies and special dietary requirements. Children can choose on the day if they would prefer a school meal or packed lunch. They need to let their teacher know as the register is taken. Menus will be shared with parents via School Ping. If your child would rather have a packed lunch please ensure that it is healthy and well-balanced and that there are no fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets. Please note that we are a NUT FREE school. 

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle at school, which is sent home to be cleaned each day. Fruit and vegetable snacks are offered for free at morning break. All children are entitled to request free milk up until their 5th birthday. After this time if you wish for your child to continue with milk, then you will need to pay for it by visiting www.coolmlk.com Children entitled to free school meals continue with the option of free milk.


School Uniform, PE Kits and Book Bags

Our school uniform colours are white, grey and dark green. Please make sure your child wears appropriate clothes for hot/ cold weather, outdoor learning and messy play! All clothes, bags and water bottles must be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Children will need a bag each day, and Elm Grove book bags can be purchased from the school. At the moment, children will not need to bring a PE kit into school. A uniform and PE kit price list will be shared along with information about when and how to purchase it.


Breakfast and After School Club

Breakfast club and After School Club is run by Elm Grove Out of School Club every day. Please contact Donna Hawkins on 07748 821786 or donnahawkins@elmgrove.brighton-hove.sch.uk for more information. Breakfast club runs from 7.30am – 8.55am and After School Club runs from straight after school until 6pm.

Upcoming Events
  1. Prospective Parent Tour

    October 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  2. Prospective Parent Tour

    October 21 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
  3. Half Term

    October 24 - November 1
  4. Prospective Parent Tour

    November 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Prospective Parent Tour (AM)

    November 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am