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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

New Starters 2020 Information


Starting school is a milestone, not only for your child but also for you. You may be excited or perhaps a little concerned about your child taking these first steps towards independence. At Parley First School, we aim to build a good relationship between home and school so that everybody involved can ensure your child gets the very best out of their school experience.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office should you require any further information or use the New Starter Contact Form below to send a message directly to the Reception team.


Message about uniform from Teresa Medcraft

"School uniform orders can be placed directly with Teresa at QDOS (contact details are on top of the order forms within your welcome packs and on the school website). Teresa will liaise with parents directly and advise when orders are ready to be collected from her house.

Alternatively, there will be an opportunity to collect any pre-paid orders at the school gates on Wednesday 26th August, 6.15 - 7.15pm. Exchanges for sizes can also be made at this point, but only for pre-paid orders. QDOS will not be able to take any new orders on this evening".


Message about PE

Due to Covid-19, we will be unable to have indoor PE for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the children will need to have outdoor kit from Monday 28th September.

They will need – blue Parley T-shirt, navy joggers, navy hoodie/zip up top and trainers. They will have outdoor PE (weather permitting) twice a week and I will let you know the days once this has been organised with the rest of the school. The children will be expected to wear their kit to school on the appropriate days of the week, as we will be unable to change them at this stage.

Calendar of Events

1.....New Parents Information Evening

During June each year an evening is arranged for parents to meet the Early Years teachers, Headteacher and members of POPS and the Governing Body. The evening is intended for parents/guardians only.

At this meeting we will be sharing information about what your child will need to start school, as well as gathering information from parents to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for our youngest pupils. Please click on the video presentation below for our 'Virtual Guide for Parents 2020'

16th June 2020

2.....Pre-School Liaison         

Pre-school liaison takes place during the summer term, with our Reception staff visiting or telephoning all our feeder settings.


3.....Week of 7th September 2020 (Sign up for a meeting on Google survey)

Parents to book to see their Child’s provisional teacher. Appointments will be for 15 minutes. These will be held on Monday through to Wednesday from 9 – 2pm. Please bring your child along and they will spend some time getting to know the class Teaching Assistant.

On Thursday and Friday we would like all children to attend from 9.30 – 12.00. They will not be required to wear school uniform but will need to bring in a snack and drink, clearly named please.


4.....Week of 14th September 2020 (Please book a morning session for your child)

We will be working with small groups of 10 children to get to know them better and to familiarise them with school routines. The session will run from Monday to Wednesday 9.00 – 12pm. At this point, if possible, we would like the children to be wearing uniform. They will need to bring in a snack and drink, clearly named please.

On Thursday and Friday we would like all children to attend from 9.30 – 12.00. They will need to wear school uniform and will need to bring in a snack and drink, clearly named please.


5.....Week of 21st September 2020 (Please book a day’s session for your child.)

We will be working with small groups of 10 children to get to know them better, to familiarise them with school routines and to start our baseline assessments. The session will run from Monday to Wednesday 9.00 – 2.30pm. We would like the children to be wearing uniform. They will need to bring in a snack and drink, clearly named please. You will also need to provide them with a packed lunch.

On Thursday we would like all children to attend from 9.00 – 2.30. Again they will need to wear school uniform, bring a snack and a drink and a packed lunch.

On Friday, the time will be set aside for staff to prepare for all the children to start school on Monday.


6.....Week of 28th September 2020

All children to start full time 8.30 – 3.05pm

Remember to order a hot lunch from Chartwells if you would like them to have one. Click here.


New Starter Contact Form

If you cannot find the information you require or you have a question, please let us know. (Please note : Your personal information will not appear on the website)


Transition Letter to Parents

Transition timetable





The School Day

8.30am - 8.40am ......     Drop Off
3.00pm          .......        Pickup


Breakfast/Lunch Arrangements

School Uniform


     New Starter Checklist

  •    Forms to Office   
  •    Named Uniform/Clothing  
  •    Outdoor Coat  
  •    PE Kit in suitable bag  
  •    Book Bag    
  •    Named Drinks Bottle  
  •    Named Snack Pot   
  •    Pair of Wellies   
  •    Wet Weather Pack  
  •    Book Breakfast Club  
  •    Order Hot School Meals 
  •    Register for School Milk  

      Please ensure ALL items are named.

School Glossary

For all those things you hear but are not quite sure what they are!

Essential Information

We are really looking forward to meeting your children and we are sure that they will enjoy their time here.  You will have received a number of essential forms in your welcome pack. Below are links to these forms, should you require more copies or your details change.

Pupil Information Form *

Medical Information Form *

Inhaler/Asthma Form *

Home School Partnership Agreement *


  • Please ensure any shoes/trainers have velcro fastenings.
  • Girls should have a spare pair of socks in their PE bag especially if they wear tights.
  • Please DO NOT provide your child with a rucksack. There is insufficient room in our cloakroom.
  • Please ensure that your child's water bottle is leakproof and that it contains water only.
  • If your child is to be collected by someone other than yourself, please write a note and put it inside your child's bookbag, as these are checked daily.
  • Mid-morning snack should be a small piece of fruit or vegetable only as we are a Healthy School.
  • Please DO NOT send your child into school with any toys/teddies.
  • If your child is going to have Hot School Lunch, please practise using a knife and a fork with them.


POPS is Parley First School's Parent and Teacher Association. All parents, staff and the Governing Body are members. 

POPS supports the school in a variety of ways. To find out more, visit our POPS Page.