Callowell Primary School

Reception 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Although we are uncertain of what the new school year will look like in September, we are hoping that your child’s transition will be as it has been in previous years..  This is subject to change according to Government and Local Authority guidance nearer the time.

You can download your transition pack here

Please read the welcome information in this pack and complete all forms prior to your child starting in September.  Gloucestershire County Council has prepared a ‘Getting Ready For School’ page with useful information and links:

At Callowell, we believe that it is important for our staff to get to know each family well before their child starts school.  We like to have individual time with each family so that we can make sure that we plan appropriately for the first few weeks in school.  From the beginning of September, our YR staff will arrange to meet every family at home, or, if you prefer, in school.  This home visit/school meeting will give you the chance to speak to me and Miss May in confidence and to share important information about your child. We also like to find out what your child’s interests are, their strengths or areas of difficulty and their fears or worries.

In our experience, these meetings work best at home because parents and children feel more confident and comfortable in their own surroundings.  Our staff are friendly and caring and treat any information shared with them sensitively and adhere to the highest levels of confidentiality and professionalism.  We would like to reassure you that these visits are not about judging you or your home!  We will commence with home visits in the week beginning Monday 7th September. However, if you are not comfortable with this, you can come into school for your meeting on Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th September.  An appointment sheet will be available nearer the time.

We are planning that all children will start school on Monday 14th September at 8.35am.  All children will have the opportunity to start school on a full time basis if parents feel that they are ready.  However, staff will continue to monitor your child’s emotional well-being closely and they may suggest an individual programme to ensure that they settle happily. 

We would like to remind parents that the statutory age for attending school on a full time basis is the term after the child’s fifth birthday and so you do have the option for your child to attend school on a part-time basis until this date.

We very much look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your family.

Kind regards


Mrs R Tempest and Miss V May


Download your transition pack here