Frequently asked questions

How will the two classes be divided?

We spend a great deal of time looking at a number of factors to ensure classes are an equal balance. We try to ensure there is an even mix including birth dates, languages, gender and children with special educational needs in each class. We also take into account feedback from pre-schools and nurseries and use this to create our two balanced classes.


Will my child be in the same class as their friends?

A very common question. As above, we try to create an even mix and using the pre-school and nursery knowledge we try to accommodate friendships where possible. However we cannot guarantee your child will be in class with all of their friends.


How is transition from pre-school managed?

Please note that due to Covid-19, this year transition is very different but we are working hard to ensure a smooth process from pre-school/ home to school.

We are in contact with all pre-school settings and will talk with each child’s key worker at great length. The keyworkers will share your child’s end of year report with us so we are aware of their academic, personal and social levels. (We usually visit all children in their pre-school setting, and offer three stay and play sessions to meet yourself and your child, but sadly we are unable to do this this year).


Someone else is picking up my child from school, what should I do?

Before your child starts school you will be asked to fill in a list indicating who you give permission to pick up your child. Any adults on the list can then pick up at the end of the day with no problems. If it is someone who isn’t on the list, then please ring ahead and inform the office who will in turn inform the class teacher before the end of the day.


Are school meals free and can I provide a packed lunch?

School meals are free for all Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupils. We offer either a hot meal daily (meat and vegetarian options available) or your child can choose to order a baguette each day. If you wish instead, to provide your child with their own healthy packed lunch, that is absolutely fine to do so.


Should I provide a snack for my child?

Each day your child will be offered a free piece of fruit/veg. If your child doesn’t like the fruit we offer, you are welcome to send in something they do eat (fruit only please). The fruit/veg offered is different every day (eg bananas, apples, tangerines, carrots, sugar snap peas, mini cucumbers etc).


Does my child have to wear uniform?

At Arbury, it is not compulsory to wear a uniform. However if you do wish to purchase any items, this can be done via the school website. Jumpers and fleeces are available to order.


Will my child be given a book bag, water bottle and reading book?

Yes. On their first day at school your child will receive a free water bottle and a free book bag. Your child will then have the opportunity to take home a storybook that you can read to them, each day. We ask that you read with your child and record it in their diary five times a week. Books that match your child’s reading level will then be issued later in the term.


What do I need to provide?

Please send your child to school in named clothes, plus a spare set encase of toilet accidents. They will also need: a pair of named welly boots, a named PE kit and a named set of warm, old clothes for forest school lessons. They will also need a water proof coat, waterproof trousers, a scarf and gloves for forest schools in the winter. School provides all equipment so there is no need for items such as pencil cases.