Reception 2024 'Need to Know' Information
We are looking forward to welcoming our Reception 2024 pupils very soon. The information below will help parents get started on this exciting next step in their child's future.
'Getting to know you' events for our Reception 2024 cohort
- Friday 23rd February 2024 - Reception 2024 Family Afternoon Tea. 16:30hrs in Melton Hall. An opportunity to find out more about planning your child's start at Waverley Prep School. Including information about Breakfast Club, Holiday Club and After School Club and a chance to meet staff.
- Friday 19th April 2024 - 'Reception 2024 Settling-In Session’. 13:30-15:30hrs. Our Reception 2024 children will spend the afternoon in their new school classroom with their teachers.
- Tuesday 9th July 2024 - 'Familiarisation Day’. 08:30-15:30hrs. Our Reception 2024 children will spend the day in their classroom with their school teachers.
Please keep a look out for the New Pupil Data Booklet which will arrive shortly by email. Parents are required to complete and submit this form containing information we need to know such as contact details, medication etc.
First Day of Term and Term Dates
Your child's first day of school for Reception 2024 is Wednesday 4th September 2024.
All our Academic Dates (term dates) can be found within our 'Parent Hub' section on our website by clicking here.
We have a small number of inset days each academic year for teacher training. School is closed and Holiday Club is open on inset days.
Absence from School during Term Time
Any request to miss school, other than through ill health, should be addressed in writing to the Head Teacher via the Holiday Absence Form, which can be found here or obtained from our school office. The Head's authorisation must be sought before a Leave of Absence may be granted. We very much prefer that children are not absent during term time as they quickly fall behind and miss out on valuable learning time.
Our school terms are packed full of events. Ensure you stay up to date. Our diary listing is available on our website under our 'Parent Hub' (or by clicking here) and events coming up in the next week are also put in our weekly Parent Communication (read more about this in the section 'Communications from School').
The School Day (Times)
Registration at 08:45hrs. Children should arrive for school between 08:30hrs and 08:45hrs. We do ask that children arrive as close to 08:30hrs as possible so they can settle and get organised for the day.
Children arriving after 08:45hrs are considered as 'late'. We find that children arriving late or very close to 08:45hrs can get upset or feel anxious as they feel rushed. Children arriving late will miss out on important teaching time.
Uniform List: Further information about our uniform and a uniform list can be found in our ‘Parent Hub’ section by clicking here. Please note that some uniform items are optional and some compulsory - these are indicated on our uniform list.
School bags/Rucksacks: Whilst the Book Bag is an item listed for our Reception children, we would suggest that children simply obtain a Waverley School rucksack and do not purchase the Book Bag. The Book Bag does not fit in the rucksack and children find it difficult to carry the additional bag. To find the rucksack on the Stevensons website, under the Waverley section, please visit 'Preparatory' uniform items.
Uniform Supplier: Our uniform supplier is Stevensons who have a branch in Reading and an online store at www.stevensons.co.uk. We recommend buying uniform prior to the summer holidays to allow for items to be changed and to ensure availability. Click & Collect and online ordering for home delivery is available.
Second Hand Uniform
Waverley has a second hand uniform shop which stocks good quality, Waverley-branded items. Our second hand uniform is run by the WFA (Waverley Friends Association), our parents association, which organises fun events and activities for our pupils and their families. To contact the WFA to enquire about items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Club and Breakfast Club (Extended Hours)
The school day starts at 08:30hrs and ends at 15:30hrs. Children requiring wrap-around care outside of these hours will need to be booked into Early Risers Club (07:30-08:00hrs), Breakfast Club (08:00hrs-08:30hrs) or After School Club (15:00-18:00hrs).
Bookings for our After School Club (ASC) and Breakfast Club will open end of June/early July. We strongly recommend that parents book our wrap-around care very promptly to avoid disappointment. Bookings are made via our online booking system, SchoolBase, and you will receive an email with login details and how how to book sessions once bookings are open.
Bookings are made for the term ahead. We also offer ad hoc sessions depending on availability.
If you have any questions prior to booking, please contact Mr Alex Kear-Hill at email@example.com
Holiday Club is open to all school age children from Reception to Year 6. Children joining our Reception 2024 class will be eligible to join Holiday Club from 1st September 2024 onwards, which is when they are considered to be of school age by the Government. If you need holiday care before the 1st September, your child will need to be booked into Nursery for ad hoc sessions if they normally attend term time only.
Bookings for our Holiday Club are also booked via our online system. Parents will be notified by email when bookings for Holiday Club are open. You can read more about Holiday Club here.
Holiday Club is available to children for all Waverley holidays and half term holidays. The only exception is that Holiday Club is not open during the Christmas week. Our Holiday Club is open to both Waverley and non-Waverley pupils and places do fill up fast.
Communications from School
We send out a weekly Parent Communication every Friday by email during term time. We strongly advise parents to read this before the start of the following week as it contains need-to-know information for the week ahead.
We use a system called Clarion to send out emails. For urgent issues, we may send a text message via Clarion. eg. closure due to extreme weather. We ask that parents do not unsubscribe from Clarion as they will miss vital, and sometimes urgent, information
Peripatetic Lessons (Speech & Drama and Musical Instruments)
Speech and Drama: This is included in the curriculum for pupils from Reception until the end of Year 2. From Year 3 onwards, it is an extra-curricular lesson with an additional charge but we strongly recommend children continue with these lessons. Normally, all children in KS2 continue with Speech and Drama. To find out more about the benefits of Speech and Drama and what our pupils do in these lessons, please click here.
Musical Instruments: Music is included in the curriculum throughout school. Through our specialist teachers, children also have the opportunity to study a range of instruments in individual 30 minute music lessons. This includes, but is not limited to, piano, guitar, electric guitar, trumpet and flute. We recommend that children start learning a musical instrument from Year 1 or 2 - we find our Reception children are a little too young and do not yet have the finger strength or concentration levels.
There is so much happening at Waverley that we can never fit everything into our weekly Parent Communication. For regular updates during the school week to see what is happening at school, follow us on social media.
- Facebook: @waverleyschool
- Twitter: @waverleyschool
- Instagram: @waverleyprepschool
Who to contact
We're here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries...
- For class specific queries regarding your child's teaching and education, we always suggest contacting your child's Form Teacher as the first step.
- Admissions/help before your child starts school and for enrolling siblings in Nursery/School: Mrs Helen Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
- School office: email@example.com or phone 0118 973 1121
- Finance/Bursar: Mrs Carole Barke at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0118 973 1121
- Extended Hours: Mr Alex Kear-Hill at email@example.com
The Waverley Friends Association (WFA)
Every Waverley parent is automatically a member of our WFA who organise events for the school community. Read more about the WFA by clicking here (pdf). To find out how you can get involved email the WFA at firstname.lastname@example.org.