Reception Starters 2021

Applications for primary school Reception places have now closed. Devon County Council will send out confirmation letters/emails on Friday 16th April 2021. For more information visit the Devon County Council website: 

Virtual meeting

Due to the current circumstances, we are unable to offer parents and children a visit to look around the School. However if you would like to virtually meet with Mrs Gratton, Assistant Head Teacher, please forward your email address to: and we can arrange for a suitable date/time. Places are available for September 2021 Reception intake.

Please apply through Devon County Council click here to take you to the citizen portal.

A look into our Reception class 2020

Key School Information

School Dinners

All children in Reception are entitled to a school meal each day without payment. This is part of Universal Free School Meals and different to Free School Meals.


You could also be entitled to register for Free School Meals. Please click here  to find out more information. We would encourage you to register if eligible as during the COVID 19 Pandemic weekly food vouchers were available and sent to parents at home.

School Uniform

Everything you need to know about school uniform is on this page

The School Day

The average school day comprises of a learning period between 8.50am - 11.50am, in which there is a break-time and time for a fruit snack. Lunch is approximately 11.50am - 1.00pm with the afternoon learning session finishing at 3.05pm for collection.

Before & After School Club

Further details on how the club has run this year can be found here

Reporting Absence from School

If your child is absent from school it is very important to let the school office know before 8.25am on the morning of the absence. This is to confirm that your child is safe. Further detail on the expectations for attendance at school when school is fully open can be found here:

Parent Engagement

  • Being part of your child's learning journey is vitally important. We actively encourage parents/carers to contribute evidence towards children's progress against the Early Learning Goals. The system for this will be shared in September. 

  • Phonics/Reading Workshops for parents/carers are carried out over the year. Supporting your child at home with reading is key to a child's success with reading. 

  • Termly opportunity to discuss your child's progress with the class teacher

  • We welcome parents/carers to share any concerns or questions they have as soon as they arise with the class teacher. 


Useful websites:

Bladder and Bowel information

Speech and Language

Special Educational Needs & Early Help


Recommended transition books to share with your child:

Early Years Foundation Curriculum - What does learning look like in Reception?

These areas of learning and development shape the experiences and  provision for children in Reception.  

Prime Areas of Learning: 

  • Communication & Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional  

Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy - Reading & Writing

  • Mathematics - Number & Shape/Space/Measure

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

For every area of learning there is an Early Learning Goal which identifies the expected knowledge, skills and understanding children should gain by the end of Reception. Teachers and Early Years Practitioners make ongoing observations of learning to evidence each individual child's progress towards these goals. At the end of the year, your child's achievement towards these goals is shared with you and reported to the Local Authority.


You can find out more about the Early Years Statutory Curriculum here: 

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