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Reception Information 2019-20


I hope your child has had a successful start to school life.  Please remember any queries or concerns then please speak to the class teacher in the first instance or pop into the school office.  Our school day starts at 8.45am with the classroom doors being opened from 8.40am.  The day ends at 3.15pm but we have the option of Castle Club (childcare club) until 6pm.

Breakfast Club


Research has shown that a child’s capacity to learn is linked to their personal well being and this includes hunger levels! Breakfast is widely recognised as being the most important meal of the day.


We offer a Breakfast Club at Castle Batch which runs from 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. each morning, with children then going straight to class.  The meal will consist of cereal, toast and a piece of fruit or yoghurt. Milk or water will be available to drink. Food choices available will be “healthy.”


The cost of this service is £4.50 per day. If you include the childcare costs, this is exceedingly good value!


Advance booking is not required – just go to the Hall and book your child in with Mrs Syrad or Mrs Hillman. Payment will need to be made via Parentpay.  You will be able to get more information about this service at the Parent Intake Meeting in May or alternatively please contact the office if you need further information.


School Fruit & Vegetables


Under the Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable scheme, children from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. The scheme is designed to encourage children to eat more fruit/vegetables and help towards their 5 a day, with the focus being on reducing obesity and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It is hoped that by educating the children to the benefits of healthy eating, they will continue to eat healthily in the future.


Our school has been participating in this scheme for the past 6 years to reinforce our commitment to healthy eating. When your child starts in September they will be offered a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day. The produce will be fresh and of good quality. The scheme does not disrupt the normal school day in any way.


The scheme is voluntary but if you do not wish your child to participate, please let the class teacher know. It is essential that you inform us of any allergies your child may have so that we can ensure they are not given anything that might harm them.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bomford, or alternatively email the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme Team at sfvs@supplychain.nhs.uk.


School Milk


School milk is provided for all children up to age 5 for free.  As your child approaches age 5 you will receive a letter giving you the opportunity to have fresh milk for your child through a scheme set up jointly by the Local Education Authority and School Milk Services Limited.  The milk is subsidised in part from EC funding. 



Academy Uniform


All children are expected to wear academy uniform.  The academy colours are bottle green, with a white top and grey or black skirt/trousers.  A wide variety of clothes, many with the academy logo, can be purchased from NK Sports via their website or from within the shop in Worle.


The following is a list of the things your child will need:


  • School Book Bag
  • Wellies and waterproof all in one (or trousers and jacket)
  • Water Bottle
  • A White polo-shirt or white shirt/blouse (For the younger children we strongly recommend polo-shirts as there are less buttons for the children to deal with)
  • A green sweatshirt, fleece, cardigan or jumper preferably with the academy logo
  • Grey or black trousers – plain, straight legged or boot cut
  • Grey or black skirt or pinafore dress
  • Optional grey or black tailored shorts
  • Optional green striped or checked summer dress
  • Sensible shoes (for the younger children we would request that their shoes have velcro fastening if possible)


Please ensure that your child does not wear shoes or boots with heels or sandals as these can cause ankle damage.  Trainers are restricted to PE lessons only.  If a child is sent to school in trainers, a letter written by the parent/carer is required.

Wearing jewellery can create health and safety hazards for both wearer and others. Loop earrings and rings must not be worn and ear studs must be removed for PE or a disclaimer needs to be completed.


PE and Games


Children will need:

  • Navy or black shorts
  • White plain-necked t-shirt
  • Optional tracksuit bottoms or joggers of any colour for outdoor PE in colder/damp weather
  • Sports trainers or canvas sport shoes (black daps) – no fashion trainers
  • Optional leotard or short netball skirt for girls
  • PE Kit bag


Reception children will not require PE kit until Term 2.  We would ask that you encourage your child to dress themselves at home so that they are able to change for PE independently as soon as possible.

Please avoid baggy or loose fitting clothing as this may catch on apparatus.  Footwear will not be worn during gymnastics or dance classes.




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Please check our website for all information regarding the academy and events.