Starting school in 2020
Starting with confidence
Over the next few weeks we aim to inform you of everything you need for your child to start school with confidence in September 2020.
Please see our Welcome Videos for Parents to inform you of what to expect when your child starts school
Part 1: The Early Years Curriculum
Part 2: The Day to Day of School Life
We have a well resourced ICT suite and two iPad trollies for the children to use. Please take a look at our Acceptable Use Policy for children in EYFS and discuss it with your child.
Once term gets under way in September, you will be able to register for school communications and the school's online payment system. You can see how this will work in this guide.
Is your child ready for school? See this helpful checklist to support you over the summer to get your child 'School Ready.'
Forms to return & related information
If your child has been offered and you have accepted from B&NES a place at Saltford Primary School for September 2020, please fill out and return the forms listed below.
Below are some links to some important documents we need you to read and forms you need to fill out and return to school by Friday 22nd May. Where required, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do read these carefully and fill them in as accurately as you can, including the Free School Meals form.
- Pupil information form including friendships and pre-school info (MS form online), deadline for return 22nd May 2020:
- Essential contact info and permission form (MS form online)
Before filling in this essential form, please read the image consent guide (PDF) and the local walks consent guide (PDF).
- Free school meals registration application form (MS Word)
- Home-School agreement (PDF)
- Please send a copy (scan or photo) of your child's birth certificate by email to email@example.com or by post.
Today you will have received a second set of information, including your child's class placement. Please also take the time to read and return:
- Our Tapestry Online Journal Letter and fill in the consent form (MS form online)
- The My Family Questionnaire (MS form online)
The wider school community
We have a supportive governing body (link letter from govs- to follow), an active PTA PTA letter to new parents Top tips for new parents from the PTA and wrap around care supplied by our onsite club, Chuckles.
We look forward to meeting you all very soon.
A warm welcome to children and parents
It's all about teamwork in EYFS.
Miss Davis, Miss Donovan, Mrs Knight and Mrs Browne, who will all be working in your classes, would love to say 'hello' by sharing some of their favourite story books with you.
You can watch them here or follow the additional links if you would like to view them in full screen:
Miss Davis reads 'The Snail and the Whale'
Welcome to Saltford School! My name is Miss Davis and I am class teacher in Bumblebee class and Early Years Leader. I hope you enjoy listening to me reading one of my favourite books, The Snail and the Whale.
https://youtu.be/GGLBPZSDWwI to view in full screen on YouTube
Miss Donovan reads 'The Scarecrows' Wedding'
Hello everyone. My name is Miss Donovan and I am class teacher in Butterfly class. I hope you enjoy listening to me read 'The Scarecrow's Wedding.'
https://youtu.be/XXYNjHdT3bE to view in full screen on YouTube
Mrs Knight reads 'Little Croc and Bird'
Hello children. My name is Mrs Knight and I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant who works in both Bumblebee and Butterfly class. I look forward to meeting you all very soon.
https://youtu.be/X8mHfYy9m9Q to view in full screen on YouTube
Mrs Browne reads 'Dangerous'
Hello everyone. My name is Mrs Browne and I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant working in both Butterfly and Bumblebee class. I can't wait to meet you all very soon.
https://youtu.be/pb5Ouj3KCOc to view in full screen on YouTube
What's it like starting school at Saltford?
The period from age three to the end of the Reception year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.
At Saltford School we have an intake of 60, organised into two classes called Bumble Bee Class and Butterfly Class.
Take a look at our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) section here for some pictures and an insight into the school day of our youngest children. You can also have a look around our school and meet the staff with this photo tour.
You can see more about the role children play in the life of our school by visiting our Children section here.
Recent inspection finds "Early years is led effectively. Children are taught well"
"New teaching strategies are already in place and contributing to children’s strong progress."
On 15th May we welcomed Ofsted Inspector, Mrs Wendy Marriott, for the day. We were pleased to be able to share with her all that makes our school the special place that it is. We are delighted that the final report recognises all the excellent work going on here at Saltford Primary.
We have maintained our status as a ‘good’ school. The grading cannot be changed as a result of a one-day inspection. Therefore we are very pleased that the inspector recognised that, since our last inspection in May 2013, we have ‘demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas’. You can read the Ofsted report here.
The children and staff were amazing ambassadors. A particular highlight was the confidence with which the children spoke to the inspector, explaining how we keep them safe and them knowing who they can speak to should they need help.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive response to the parental survey. One parent echoed the view of others by saying: ‘In my opinion Saltford is an exceptional school.’
Why choose Saltford?
Here's why we believe parents can be confident in choosing Saltford School. Not only in our own words but also in the words of some of our parents and children from our 2019 surveys.
We are a happy school
We feel this in school every day but here are just some of the responses from parents and children from all year groups:
'we couldn't have hoped for a better primary school experience'
'he has enjoyed his first year and been very happy'
'she has had the best imaginable start to her school life, thanks to the incredible teaching staff… she wants to go into school every day and is smiling when she comes out.'
'1 You make really good friends. 2 You learn lots of skills. 3 We've got our own swimming pool'
Children feel safe at school
'she is always happy to go to school' she feels 'comfortable and secure'
'fun and safe place to learn'
'when I went on camp I felt really safe'
Children enjoy learning and staff enjoy teaching
'I love what our teachers provide this school because they always make it fun and when i'm worried about something I know i can go to them when i need to'
'The teaching he has received this year has been truly excellent'
'They always help you when your upset. When your stuck in a lesson they always help you'
Children are involved at school
Our elected school council is very influential in shaping children's school experience at Saltford. Children also participate in school life through the green team, the equalities team, digital leaders, and our house system. Please see our Children section for more details and pictures.
Wide range of extra-curricular opportunities
In our position at the heart of the village, we are well placed to promote extra-curricular opportunities for our children, whatever their interests. All children have the chance to participate in extra sporting and musical activities within the school community. We provide instrumental lessons on site through the B&NES music service. Our PTA regularly lays on entertainments such as school discos and film nights for all children too.
- See our sports reports for a taste of the range of sporting provision we offer
- Take a look at our clubs page for what's on offer within the school grounds
- Browse our community notices page to see what's on offer in the wider community
We are proud of our environment
Through a constant programme of maintenance and improvement, our school is a welcoming and safe environment.
Children at Saltford are particularly lucky to benefit from
- our own on-site swimming pool
- a large and stimulating library
- an IT suite with individual workstations for a whole class
- a large new classroom block opened in September 2017
- excellent IT in every classroom
- exciting outdoor spaces including our secret garden, pond and new play equipment
- special play area for Reception children
Benefits of WMAT
- Pupils benefit from being part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust family of schools, where teachers and leaders work together across schools to provide the best possible education and enrichment
- Pupils enjoy access to the Trust’s fantastic facilities at its other schools, for example science experience days at IKB Academy and sports events at the Wellsway Sport Centre
- Catering is provided by the Trust’s own Zest Catering, who won ‘Best In-House Caterer 2019’ at the national EduCatering Awards
Partnership with parents/families
We encourage parents and families to keep in touch with school in many ways. We regularly survey parents and seek informal feedback too. We communicate regularly through a variety of media including texting, newsletters and email. See a summary here.
We are an inclusive school, committed to supporting and challenging all children to achieve their full potential.
Our vibrant PTA community pulls together with school to provide lovely events for the children and to raise significant funds that are used to enhance every child's school experience.
See our school in action
We are happy to show off our school during a normal school day.
Parents and children are welcome to join one of our school tours guided by our Head Teacher, Mrs Sage. Tours usually last about an hour. You will see the school as it really is and have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
We welcomed many families on our last round of school tours. If you missed these tours, please contact the school office who will be pleased to keep you informed of future dates as they become available. Call 01225 872185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come for a visit and enjoy our facilities
We are very proud of our Early Years facilities and we would love to share them with you.
We were delighted to see so many children at our stay and play afternoon in September.
Prospective parents and children were invited for a fun afternoon of play, games and discovery of our excellent Early Years facilities. They met the Head Teacher and the Early Years team.
If you missed the stay and play afternoon, or the school tours shown below, then please contact the school office who will keep you informed of future dates as they become available. Call 01225 872185 in school hours or email email@example.com.