Starting school is a big step and we will do everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible.
You will probably have lots of questions and under normal circumstances, we would invite you into school to show you round, discuss arrangements and give you the opportunity to meet the staff. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are currently unable to offer this. Some of your questions may be answered using the information and links below but if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for starting school:
- Do be positive - starting school is exciting and there will be lots of fun things to do
- Do be 'matter of fact'. Everybody goes to school and it means that you are now a big boy or girl!
- Talk to your child about starting school and give them plenty of time to get used to the idea
- Please do not use school as a threat if children misbehave!
- Try to get your child into a routine for getting up and ready in plenty of time in the morning. Children do not like to be late and a stressful start to the day is not the best for children or parents
- Teach your child to ask for the toilet and ensure they can manage their own personal hygiene:
- It is normal to be a bit apprehensive about your child starting school but please, if you do have a niggling worry, no matter how silly you may think it sounds, let us know!
Click on the links below for some activities to get your child ready for school:
Once a Week, Take a Peek!
Within most schools at any one time, there may be a small number of children infected with head lice so we would advise you to ‘once a week, take a peek’, and check your child for head lice using a nit comb which are available from the local chemist.
Head lice cannot fly, jump or swim but spread by clambering from head to head. They are caught by head-to-head contact with someone who already has them. Although anyone can catch them, they prefer the heads of four- to 11-year-olds. Clean hair is no protection against them.
Lice are most easily detected by combing really well-conditioned soaking wet hair with a fine-tooth comb. Really wet lice stay still and cannot escape. Combing dry or damp hair with a fine-tooth comb is not a reliable way to detect lice. In dry or damp hair, lice move quickly away from the disturbance caused by a comb
Treat lice as soon as you spot them but there is no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.
Why don’t we exclude children from school who have head lice?
This is not an option. The Department for Children, Schools and Families advises that pupils should not be excluded. The reason for this is that although head lice are unpleasant it is not classed as an infectious disease, which warrants keeping a pupil away from school.
Click here for our New Starters Activity Pack
If you have a child starting at any other time, please contact the office regarding visits
When buying uniform, please consider the types of clothes you send your child to school in, particularly for younger children e.g. elasticated waist trousers, skirts, Velcro shoes (any clothing that does not require adult assistance/supervision).
When children leave Netherseal at the end of Year 6, they will usually go to one of the local secondary schools. As part of the transition arrangements, we work closely with the secondary schools to provide children with the opportunities they need in order to feel as ready as possible to begin their next adventure!