Transition Arrangements

Happy children make the best learners. Our induction process is designed to ease children into school gradually. This ensures that pupils are totally familiar with routines and their new school environment before they start school and are therefore ready to learn from the word ‘go’.  

In the Spring and Summer terms before girls start school, our Head of Lower School and Head of Infants will make formal visits to each of the children’s pre-schools and nurseries. These visits are an essential first step to building a relationship with both staff and children. 

Parents of new starters to Reception are warmly invited to attend an ‘Information Evening’ in the Summer term at The Queen’s Lower School. This event provides a valuable opportunity for parents to find out more about the Reception induction process and meet other parents and members of staff.

All parents will receive a Reception Welcome Pack containing detailed information about the school, staff and routines. Information about Before and After School provision is included. During the second half of the Summer term, we invite new Reception children to visit The Queen’s Lower School for an afternoon ‘Stay and Play’ session. This serves as a lovely introduction for parents and pupils as the new learning environment is explored and enjoyed!  

In addition we invite the whole new class and parents to attend a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, held at the Lower School. This is a special day which new starters and their parents are invited to attend, alongside our Reception children. Every new pupil has a buddy assigned from the Reception class and together they enjoy a wonderful day as games are enjoyed and a picnic is shared.   

When September arrives, Reception children are gradually introduced to school over a two week period. For the first two full weeks of term, the children attend morning sessions only until 12 noon. They begin full time education from the third full week.

We appreciate that some of our parents will be researching schools from a distance due to moving home, often from overseas. As a result, we have developed a personal service which means you can visit the school at a time that is convenient to you. We hope this takes some of the stress out of the process and makes the transition easier.