Barnwell Academy

On entry to Reception

Welcome to Reception




As part of our transition and to welcome your child to Reception we have a range of on entry activities to ensure your child is happy and settled.

You and your child will have the opportunity to meet the staff and ensure a familiar face on arrival in September.

Barnwell Academy Welcome Pack

Our welcome pack will include lots of information about Barnwell Academy including the experiences and opportunities your child will have throughout primary school. In the pack you will be able to find out Reception transition sessions and start date, school times, school uniform information, staff information and contact details including our telephone number and website address.

There will be registration forms to complete and we hope you can return these to school as soon as possible or on your first visit in September.

Reception Visits- Stay and Play 

In September you and your child will be invited to attend our stay and play sessions. On the first visit you can stay and play alongside your child so that they become familiar with the Reception environment and staff in the comfort of your care.

At this session you will have the opportunity to meet the teacher and share everything we need to know about your child. This may include likes, dislikes, particular interests or any allergies, medication or additional needs to help us plan for the care and development of your child.

September Start

Come September, we aim to settle your children into Reception as quickly and as smoothly as possible. After your stay and play session your child will be invited to attend shorter sessions for a few days. All of the children will attend together in the morning and through lunchtime. This will help them settle in with new friends and give them lots of time to learn how to get their lunch, with the support of their teachers at all times.

Try not to worry too much about your child settling in as we know you will only be a phone call away!

Reception Timetable 

June- Parents receive their welcome pack

July/September- Parents return the registration forms to the school office

September - Child and parent attend a Stay and Play session (the date and time will be available in your Welcome Pack)

 Week 1 September- Children attend a morning and lunchtime session

Session: 8.45am to 9:00am- 1:30pm


Week 2 September - All children attend the full school day


School Times:

Start:  8:45am-9:00am

End: 3:10pm (During covid restrictions)

We aim to resume our end time of 3:25pm after  national or local covid restrictions have ended.