Headteacher: Mrs Lois Haydon

Phone: 01454 866525

Email: thetynings@sgmail.org.uk

Eastleigh Close, Staple Hill, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS16 4SG

Starting School

See our reception classes in action…

Mrs Tiggywinkle gives a tour – Welcome to Hedgehog class

Scaredy Squirrel gives a tour – Scaredy Squirrel Welcome

Visit Hedgehog Class and visit Squirrel Class

We know what a huge step it is for many children as they move to “big” school and we take our responsibility very seriously in giving your child the best start to their formal education. We want all our pupils to feel secure and happy at school. The beginning of school is very important and we do all we can to ease children into this new stage of their lives.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), also known as Reception, classrooms have been designed to create a lively, yet homely atmosphere and to make it a dynamic and comfortable space in which children’s learning can thrive.

We encourage EYFS pupils, indeed all pupils, to bring a pair of wellies to school so we can make use of our beautiful grounds all year round.

We promote a learning environment in which children learn through play, whilst developing positive social skills as well as a solid foundation in reading, writing and maths skills.

Starting School September 2019

If your child is starting school in September 2019, you are very welcome to come and have a look round The Tynings School and we have a number of dates to give you a guided tour of the school and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to book a place on one of these look-rounds, please contact the school office on 01454 866525 or email us at thetynings@sgmail.org.uk .

Dates for 2019 Starters

Wednesday 28th November at 9.30 am

If you would like more information about any aspect of The Tynings School, please contact us at thetynings@sgmail.org.uk or phone 01454 866525. You can find out a lot of information on this website.

Thank you for your interest in our school.

Admissions and Induction

A child whose fifth birthday occurs before 1 September, 1 January or 1 April must, by law, receive full-time education from the beginning of that term.

In South Gloucestershire, the Council is committed to providing three full academic years of infant education, so that EYFS children all start in September. Children may start school in September provided that they reach the age of four years on or before 31 August that year. Parents may choose not to admit their child to school until they are of compulsory age but schools are only able to reserve a place for a period of 28 days from the beginning of the autumn term.

Our induction procedures for children starting EYFS are designed to give your child a positive and measured start to their formal schooling. We have found that children enjoy the chance to get used to the new arrangements and are not overwhelmed by a sudden shift to full time school. Our programme for induction is as follows:

On a published date in March (which you can find online at www.southglos.gov.uk/admissions), you will find out if you have been given a place at The Tynings School. You then need to accept the place.

The school will receive a list of places accepted from admissions in May and will send you a letter to welcome you to the school and also ask for some information about your child. This information will help us to put your child into one of the two EYFS classes.

We will also invite you into school one evening in mid June to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage team and other key staff. The EYFS leader and head teacher will explain some of the school procedures and will answer any questions you might have. You will find out which class your child will be in; they may be a “Hedgehog” or a “Squirrel”. Both EYFS classes are parallel classes, so they have a good mix of gender, ability, birthdays and other characteristics.

We then invite you to come, with your child, to a “stay and play” session in your child’s new class; once your child is settled in the class, you can come and have some tea and biscuits and get to know other mums, dads and carers in a more informal setting. The headteacher or other senior leader will be available if you want to ask any questions.

In the final weeks of term before summer, the EYFS team will visit as many nursery and pre-school settings they can so they can see your child and meet key workers. We cannot get round every setting but we try and visit as many as we can.

At the start of the new academic year, in September, the EYFS team will carry out home visits. We do this so we can talk to you in a more intimate setting and we also get to see your child in a familiar setting. We often get to meet the family dog or cat, and the most important teddy!

The first day is always an emotional time for many parents. However, by the time children come to school, we have met them three times, and we have met you three times; it is no longer an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar faces. To make sure we give your child the best opportunity to settle in to school, your child will come to school for a morning or afternoon session. You will receive more details about this during the information evening in June.

We run a number of look-rounds for prospective mums, dads and carers at The Tynings School. You can find these dates on our school calendar, by phoning the school office on 01454 866525, or emailing thetynings@sgmail.org.uk .