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Starting School in Reception - September 2024

Welcome to The Avenue Infant School

We are delighted that your child has been offered a place at The Avenue Infant School and will be joining our Reception year group in September.  We are looking forward to meeting you and your child in the coming months and would like to formally welcome you to The Avenue Infant School family.

Starting school is a very exciting time for all involved but also can cause some anxiety.  We aim to introduce your child to school life slowly and carefully to ensure a smooth and happy transition to school for everyone involved. 

We are looking forward to meeting you and your child and hope that you will both be able to attend the 'getting to know us' dates - these will be sent to you shortly. 

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Play Sessions 

We have three of these 'getting to know us' sessions spread over a few weeks. We encourage all children to come to all three of these sessions.

Play session 1 Tuesday 11th June or Thursday 13th June ** Please stay with your child at this session
Play session 2 Tuesday 25th June or Thursday 27th June ** Choose to stay with, or leave your child if they are settled
Play session 3

Tuesday 2nd July either morning or afternoon session **

Please leave your child for this session.

** There are two groups which are on different days or times, so please ensure you look at your letter to find out which dates you are invited to.

New Parents' Information Evening 

You are invited to a new parents' information evening on Tuesday 9th July at 6.30pm in the school hall.  We aim to make this a short session that gives you much of the information you need to help with the starting school process.

Please note this is intended to be an information session for parents/carers and therefore is not suitable for children to attend.

Getting Ready for School - Tips for Parents/Carers

Am I ready for school?

When your child starts primary school there are a number of skills that they should ideally have mastered. 

  • I know when to wash my hands
  • I can wipe my nose
  • I can ask for help if I don't feel well.
Speaking and literacy
  • I am interested in reading stories and looking at picture books.
  • I am able to talk about myself, my needs and feelings.
  • I am practising recognising my name when it's written down.
Getting dressed and undressed on my own
  • I can button and unbutton my clothes.
  • I can put my own shoes and socks on
  • I can put my coat on and uses a zip
Interest in the world and new activites
  • I enjoy learning about the world around me.
  • I am interested in exploring new activities or environments.
  • I like asking questions.
  • I can use a knife and fork
  • I can open my packed lunch on my own
  • I am confident at opening wrappers and packaging
Writing skills
  • I like tracing patterns and colouring in
  • I enjoy experimenting with different shaped scribbles.
  • I am practising holding a pencil.
  • I am happy to be away from my mummy, daddy or my main carer.
  • I am happy to tidy my belongings and look after my things.
  • I am feeling confident about starting school.
Listening and understanding
  • I am able to sit still and listen for a short while
  • I can follow instructions.
  • I understand the need to follow rules.
Sharing and turn taking
  • I can share toys and take turns.
  • I can play games with others.
  • I can interact with other children.
Counting skills
  • I enjoy practising counting objects.
  • I like saying number rhymes and playing counting games.
  • I can recognise some numbers when they are written down.
  • I have practised putting on my uniform and getting ready to leave on time.
  • I have a good bedtime routine so I'm not feeling tired for school.
  • I am learning to eat at the times I will on school days.
Going to the toilet
  • I can go to the toilet on my own, wipe myself properly and flush
  • I can wash and dry my hands without any help.

Breakfast Club

We offer Breakfast Club facilities every day during term time for all children who attend The Avenue Infant School. It is based in the school hall and children can be left from 7.45am in the morning to have breakfast. 

The latest time children can arrive at the club is 8.15am.

Children will have their breakfast when they arrive, and they then play some quiet games, draw or read until our staff members take them to their classrooms in time for the start of the school day.

Charges for Breakfast Club are £3.50 per day.

These prices are correct as at April 2024 and are subject to change.  We reserve the right to increase our prices. Bookings and payment are managed online by School Money.

If you would like your child to attend either as a one-off or on a regular basis you will need to complete the registration form and return this to the school office.

Please note that children cannot attend breakfast club until they are in school full time, and we have received the Registration form.

After School Club

Our After School Club is based here at The Avenue Infant School, the  club is for children who attend either The Avenue Infant School or Park Junior School.

The club is open from 3.15pm to 6.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.

The club provides a fun, relaxed and caring environment where children can play freely as well as participate in the range of exciting activities that will be available each day. A healthy, substantial snack is provided at each session and included within the price.

Fees for the After School Club are:

Up to 4.15pm £5.00 per child per session *
Up to 5.15pm £7.10 per child per session *
Up to 6pm £8.30 per child per session *

* Prices correct as at April 2024 and are subject to change.  We reserve the right to adjust our prices.  Fees are payable in advance for all sessions and are non-refundable for any reason.  Late pick up charges apply.

If you would like your child to attend either as a one-off or on a regular basis you will need to complete the registration form and return this to the school office.

Please note that children cannot attend After School Club until they are in school full time, and we have received the Registration form.

School Uniform

For more detailed information please go to our  School Uniform page. 

You can order your child's uniform from The Uniform Shop in Wellingborough, they offer;

  • Ordering online
  • Ordering in store
  • Telephone your order
  • Convenient collection from your local uniform shop
  • Optional delivery to home
  • FREE delivery to school 
  • If you are not sure what size you need, visit the shop to try on the uniform.
Opening Times

Sunday & Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9am - 5pm

Thursday: 10am - 7pm

Saturday: 11am - 2pm

Contact Details:

The Uniform Shop, 8 Olympic Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3QE

Tel: 01933 426433


School Lunches

Every child at The Avenue Infant School is entitled to a free lunch, the lunches are provided by Kingswood Catering Company and are carefully balanced and healthy in line with government food guidelines. 

Kingswood Catering provide five different options each day which include;

  • Main meal                                                                                             
  • Vegetarian alternative
  • Jacket potato
  • Plant based
  • Packed lunch

The menus are on a three week cycle and change three times a year.  Meals must be ordered online on Kingwood Catering by the Wednesday before they are required, you can book a whole term in advance. There is no facility to order on the day.

Kingswood Catering can accommodate special dietary requirements, please contact them directly if your child has a specific dietary requirement, and they will be able to assist you.

Could your child be eligible to receive extra funding?

Your child could be eligible to receive further funding which we can use to support your child, this is known as Pupil Premium funding. The funding is used by the school to support your child, for example, free school trips, provide learning resources for home, pastoral support if required and additional learning support for your child's individualised learning needs.

This funding can really help make a significant difference to your child's progress.

If you are in receipt of the following your child could be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit Only (with income to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)

All children at The Avenue are eligible for free school meals, so you will need to apply separately for Pupil Premium Funding for the school to provide additional support and resources if you are eligible.