New Starters 2023 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.

Latest Letters

Latest Important Messages

Message about PE

They will need – blue Parley T-shirt, navy joggers/navy shorts, navy hoodie/zip up top and trainers. They will have PE twice a week and we 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

New Parents Information Evening – Wednesday 7th June 7pm
This will be an opportunity for you to meet the Early Years teachers and the Headteacher face to face. We will be sharing information about what your child will need to start school. The powerpoint will also be available online if you are unable to attend.
Pre-School Liaison
Pre-school liaison takes place during the summer term, with our Reception staff visiting or telephoning all our feeder settings.
Transition Afternoon Session
(Sign up for sessions during the New Parents information Evening)
13th, 14th or 15th June 1.15 – 2.30pm (one session only) 10 children per class
21st June 1.15-2.30pm – all children
10th July 9.15-11.15am
– all children
On these visits, the New Starters are invited to come and share a variety of activities in the classrooms so that they can become familiar with the surroundings and Reception staff. The children will not need to bring anything with them at this stage and do not need to wear school uniform. You will need to bring your child through the playground (left hand side) to the wooden gate, where members of staff will be ready to collect them.
Class Letters – 10th July
Letters will be sent out to say which class your child will be in and who their class teacher will be.
Home Visits
We look forward to visiting you and your child in their familiar surroundings. An appointment will be made for you on the 4th, 5th or 6th September.
Staggered Entry
7th, 8th, 11th September 8.45 – 11.45am – 10 children at a time in each class. Children MUST bring a snack for morning break on their day
12th, 13th, 14th September 8.45 – 2.45pm – 10 children at a time in each class. Children MUST bring a snack and a packed lunch on their day
15th September 8.45 – 11.45am – Children MUST bring a snack for morning break
Parley First school carries out a staggered entry into the Reception classes, where 10 children from each class will attend on each of the sessions.
You will receive details of which session will be applicable for your child when you are informed about which class your child will be in.
Your child will need to wear the school uniform for these sessions.
They will also need to bring a named water bottle and a small snack (fruit or vegetables only) in a named pot.
You will need to bring your child through the playground (left hand side) to the wooden gate, where members of staff will be ready to collect them.
Full Time Entry – Monday 18th September 2023
All children will attend full time from this date.

Remember to order a hot lunch from Chartwells if you would like them to have one.  Online booking deadline for the first full week of school (18th September) will be Sunday 3rd September 2023. Click here to go to the ordering website


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.

If you have any questions or cannot find the information you are looking for, please send an email to with your query, or telephone the office on 01202 874400.

New Parents Evening Information Presentation

The School Day

8.30 am – 8.40am Drop off
3.00pm Pickup

New Starter Checklist

  • Complete Online Entry Forms
  • Named Uniform/Clothing
  • Outdoor Coat
  • PE Kit
  • Book Bag
  • Named Drinks Bottle
  • Named Snack Pot
  • Pair of Wellies
  • Book Breakfast Club
  • Order Hot School Meals
  • Register for School Milk
  • Please ensure ALL Items are named

Top Tips

  • Please ensure any shoes/trainers have velcro fastenings.
  • 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 advise a member of staff on the gate at drop off, or telephone the school office to let us know.
  • Mid-morning snack should be a small piece of fruit or vegetable only as we are a Healthy School. We are a ‘Nut Free’ School due to multiple medical conditions of children and staff.
  • 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.