Starting in Reception
Children are usually admitted to school into the Reception class in September of the school year during which they become five. All applications for admissions are arranged through Cheshire East Council’s Admissions Team. The deadline for September 2023 start is January 2023.
Further information on how to apply can be gained from Cheshire East:
Telephone: 0300 123 5012
Fax: 01270 686491
Starting school for the first time is a very important step for the both the child and the parent/carer. We feel it is important that you get to know us and the school. For this reason you are welcome and encouraged to visit our school before your child starts. Please contact school to make an appointment to meet a member of our team who will explain the school’s core values, aims and the way we operate on a day to day basis and give you a tour of the school during the school day. In addition to the opportunity to look around the school, new reception parents are invited to a meeting during the summer term prior to children starting school. We will also go out to all pre-school settings so that your child can meet their new teacher and also talk to their key worker. Arrangements are made for your child to make pre-school visits in June/July to promote as smooth and trouble-free induction as possible. Reception parents are also invited to attend a 1:1 meeting with the class teacher during the first half term to support the transition process.
Sometimes children join the school when the Autumn Term has already started or later on in their school life. At Vine Tree we make every effort to make sure that new children are welcomed, looked after, and monitored so that they quickly make new friends and can easily find their way around school. We do this a number of ways depending on how much notification we get of their starting date.
Examples of induction include…
* One or two day visits prior to starting full time
* One or two class buddies assigned to supporting your child
* Arriving early on the first day
* Regular contact between parent and class teacher
This is an indication of what can be done, but we take each child and each situation into account to ensure that every child settles quickly and easily and will try to accommodate any suggestions you might have to help your child during transition.
Teachers will also give your child time to settle before making any formal assessments of their academic ability. However, assessment is important and together with records from your child’s previous school, it will allow your child to quickly make progress.
Leaving Vine Tree Primary School
Sometimes families leave our school for other parts of the town, country or world due to work or family commitments. If this happens, please advise the school as early as possible so that we can support the transfer process. This will ensure that all relevant material and documentation can be sent to your child’s new school in a timely manner which will help smooth the transition for them.