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Darley Dene Primary School

Starting School at Darley Dene

Whether starting in Reception or joining one of the other year groups, we understand that the transition process needs to be as smooth as possible to enable children to make the best start at Darley Dene. 


For children joining us in Reception, we hold an Induction evening for parents and carers only around the end of May-beginning of June.  During this event we give lots of practical information to support the transition into school including details of Home Visits and Taster sessions. 

In September the children integrate into school over the course of three days and at the end of this period we plan for all children to be full-time however this is closely monitored as we are aware that there may be some children who find the full day attendance challenging.  If this is the case, we work closely with the parents and identify the best way forward.

Some children find it tricky to separate from their adult in the morning. In most of these instances, we ask that you say a clear goodbye and let us manage from there.  Whilst it is not easy for an adult to leave an upset child, experience has taught us that most children will settle quickly once they are distracted by friends and learning. 


Please  contact the school office 01932 847674 to arrange a tour.

Starting school can be a daunting time and we want to ensure every child is ready to start school without feeling apprehensive. To help with this, our Reception teaching team have created some films to watch with your child to help them with this exciting life milestone.  


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Years 1-6

When we are made aware of a new child starting in a year group other than Reception, they are invited to the Move Up morning which takes place at the beginning of July where all the children spend the morning in their new class with their new classmates and their new teacher.  When a child transfers during the year, we do our best to offer a mutually-convenient time for the child to spend a little while in their new class to alleviate any anxieties that the change may bring.

Teachers are available in the playground at the beginning and end of each school day for brief catch-up chats so those parents wishing to check on how their child is settling are able to do this informally. 

Darley Dene Primary School