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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

September 2023 Reception Admissions

We are pleased to be welcoming you to Fawbert & Barnard's in September either as a new or existing family.  We look forward to your child starting their educational journey with us. 

We sent an e-mail to you on 17 April 2023 with our offer of acceptance letter for acknowledgement.  If you have not received this, please check your junk e-mail box.  Further information will be issued shortly, please see below.

There are several stages involved in making the admission process a successful transition in your child's life, and we are sure you will agree how important it is to try to make this as smooth as possible.

When communicating with parents, we aim to be as paper-free as possible.  Therefore, please have a look around all areas of this website, in particular items on this class page and items on the school information tab above.

School uniform can be found on the "Information tab".  No PE kit is required for at least the first term, and you will be informed when this will become necessary.

We are preparing for an induction meeting for both you and your child and further details can be found in our letter issued on 15 May 2023.   

Please click on this link which provides parents with activities, helping their babies, toddlers and pre-school children to build up the knowledge and skills they need for school.

The DfE had published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre. ‘What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formerly ‘What to Expect When’) guides parents through what to expect with their child’s development. It aligns with the new Development Matters to help practitioners engage with parents about their child’s development.

Please see below some further useful information and attachments.

Please see link below for the YouTube video produced by Essex Child & Family Wellbeing Service for parents of our incoming Reception Year cohort. The video is also available to view from the ECFWS website.

Our induction and admission timetable is as follows:




What you need to do


Our Class Teacher will be attending a Nursery event on Monday 15 May 2023 at 3:30 pm to discuss transition with nursery staff

Provide current Nursery details to the school.

Details sent with our letter dated 17 April 2023.

Thursday 22 June 2023


Arrive at 1:30 pm for a 1:40 pm start –

3:00 pm


Induction meeting

See our letter dated 15 May 2023 and complete the enclosed forms:

Pupil Information forms: bring with you to our Induction meeting along with your child’s full birth certificate

Look on the school website ( for all relevant induction items under the school information and classes tabs.

We have now uploaded the presentation from the afternoon if you missed the event or want to refresh what was said.  Please see uploads below.

Teddy bears picnic and induction talk

On arrival, please wait at the main gate where members of staff and your child’s buddy will meet you and take to our meadow for their activities.

Once you have dropped your child off, please make your way to the hall for the induction talk.  Please make every effort to attend as this will be the only opportunity you will have to hear the important information that will be shared.

Tuesday 4 July 2023

9:30-10:30 am

Stay & Play session

Parent and child invited to attend a stay and play session to get to know the staff and new surroundings. 

Thursday 13 July 2023

9:30-11:30 am

Stay & Play session

Workshop included

Parent and child invited to attend a stay and play session and workshop to discuss expectations of the school, teaching of phonics, how you can help your child prepare over the holidays, follow-up any medical/ allergy requirements and answer any worries you may have.

5-6 September 2023

Phased Admission

Groups of 7-8 pupils only


We have a phased admission period in September which helps the children to settle. A timetable is in your induction pack issued on 15 May 2023 and will be discussed at the induction meeting in June

Please note carefully the admission arrangements for your child.

7-12 September 2023

Phased Admission

All children

See timetable issued with our letter dated 15 May 2023.

20 September 2023

9:00 am

Class meeting


Once all the children have settled in, there will be a meeting to discuss class routines and expectations in more detail. All classes have a meeting like this at the beginning of each year.

Look out for details of the meeting on the Reception class page of the website.

Essex Libraries - Big Meet Up

Essex Library Service have a brand new challenge for pre-schoolers running this summer and we are hoping for your support to help us get as many children involved as possible!

The challenge is called Ready… Steady… Go To School!, and it’s aimed at helping children to practice skills they’ll need to help them feel confident when they start school in September.

The challenge will run from May to July and will include a range of fun activities for children to complete with their carers, covering various developmental topics. Children will earn stamps in their special booklet as they go along, and receive a certificate once they’ve finished all 7 sections. You can find out more information about the challenge on our website here: - see poster below.

We are also running Big School Meet Ups in our libraries, which will bring together children and families who are starting at the same school for some fun activities including crafts, storytimes, and tips for starting school! You can find an event near you on our events page here:

Harlow Council Readiness Programme

Once again the school readiness project will be delivering a summer timetable of activities for children (and their families) that will be starting school this coming September. Below are details of the timetable and the school readiness leaflets.

The activities are free of charge, some events need to be booked to limit numbers.