Welcome to St Mary’s Reception 2020

We thank you for choosing St Mary’s and we are delighted to welcome you!  We value the trust you place in us to educate your child.  You are all entering a very exciting stage of your child’s life and we are looking forward to sharing this with you.

To enable you and your child to make a smooth transition to school would like you to read the information provided and there are some forms to fill out.  You will find links to these below:

Welcome Presentation Video for Parents

Usually we invite all new parents in to school to meet our Reception teaching team and Headteacher, Mrs Abrahams, to outline the year ahead – what to expect and how to prepare. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this year. However, we have created a video presentation which replicates all that we would normally share. Please do watch it. Separate videos introducing the site and staff will be sent home to each child; the video below is aimed for parents rather than children. With Home Visits also usually scheduled for this time, we have arrange Zoom virtual meetings with each family so parents and children can meet their new teacher and teaching assistant.

Welcome Presentation Video for Parents

Please also take time to read our St Mary’s Handbook for Reception Parents 2020-21

Early Years Foundation Stage

Here are a few documents and links to help prepare your child for school in September:

Communication

Before your child joins us in September, please return all Admission documents and direct any queries to admissions@st-marys.richmond.sch.uk

In September, all Reception children are based on our Infant Site and you can contact the school office there during term time:

Address: St Mary’s CofE Primary School, Infant Site, Amyand Park Road, Twickenham, TW1 3HE

Telephone: 020 8892 5840

Email: infantsite@st-marys.richmond.sch.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @twickstmarys

We will be using a communication system called PARENTMAIL for all school communications with parents.  We will send an email to you in the near future to guide you through registering for ParentMail (both email and an app) so that you receive all information that is relevant to your child.

https://www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/

Admissions Documents to Return

Please complete and return these documents to our Admissions officer via admissions@st-marys.richmond.sch.uk by no later than MONDAY 6th JULY.

  1. ADMISSIONS FORM: Reception Admissions Form  (IMPORTANT: Please submit a COPY of your child’s birth certificate or passport with this document.)
  2. HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT: Home School Agreement JUNE 2019
  3. TAPESTRY PERMISSION FORM: Tapestry letter 2020-21

We would also encourage you to please complete the FoSM permission form to allow you to start connecting with other new Reception parents asap.  Please see the section below about FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S (FoSM) for a link and further details.

Tapestry

In Reception we use an observation system called ‘Tapestry’.  This is a secure online system which allows teachers to keep record of and assess your child’s work and achievements in a ‘journal’.  Tapestry is an integral part of your child’s time in Reception and a key requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage profile is parental involvement.  Please see our Tapestry User Agreement for you to sign and return to us in the Admissions Documents section above.  Further Tapestry information: https://tapestry.info/parents-carers.html

Uniform

All St Mary’s CE Primary School children are expected to wear the school uniform.  Our goal is for our children to feel included, proud to wear their uniform and smartly represent St Mary’s at all times.  For a comprehensive list of our uniform expectations, please look in the St Mary’s Handbook on this page or at our Uniform Policy on our School Polices page.

To maintain consistency across the uniform the majority of the items are available to buy through our two local suppliers.  Both suppliers are currently operating a booking system to visit the store or you can also purchase online on their websites:

 Schooldays – 94 Whitton High Street, TW2 7LN / Tel: 0208 898 4881 / https://schooldaysllp.co.uk/

 Stevensons – 1 – 15 Heath Road, TW1 4DB / Tel: 020 88922201 / www.stevensons.co.uk. Please register online to book an appointment: https://www.stevensons.co.uk/my-account/Register

Pupil Premium Grant

Although your Reception child is automatically entitled to ‘Universal Infant Free School Meal’ from Reception up until Year 3, the school may be eligible for further funding to support your child.  This is known as Pupil Premium.  Please complete and return the form to us in confidence if you think your child may be eligible: Pupil Premium Grant Form

FOSM – Friends of St Mary’s

Friends of St Mary’s (FoSM) is our school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and a registered charity. They provide an opportunity for all parents and teachers to work together towards raising funds for our school in a fun and sociable way:  FoSM Homepage

Connect with other parents:  FoSM uses an app called CLASSLIST for communications with parents. It enables parents at our school to connect with each other and stay in the loop about what’s happening at St. Mary’s.  Classlist is fully GDPR compliant and is the only way that parent contact information can be shared

You will need to complete and return the FoSM Data Permission Form in order to start communication with other new Reception 2020 parents:FoSM Communication Intro and FoSM Data Permission Form

Important Policies

We would recommend parents to read the following policies.  All policies are available on our website Policies Page

St Mary’s Fund

St Mary’s Fund is an increasingly important way our school enables some of the very best learning and curriculum opportunities as we continue to be underfunded by Government. Please do read this overview and consider supporting: St Mary’s Fund – Letter for New Parents 2020

For more information on our School Fund please visit St Mary’s Fund Page