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Welcoming Parents and children new to South Wonston School

We offer all new parents the opportunity to visit and tour the school prior to a child starting at South Wonston School. It really helps if you tell us of any issues concerning your child so that we can get to know them as quickly as possible and ensure a smooth transition.


We provide children new to South Wonston with a buddy to look after them during their first few days. As well as showing them around they take care of them during playtimes and lunchtimes and make sure they have someone to play with.

A child whose place at South Wonston is confirmed during the previous summer term is  invited to attend school on the morning of the class swap (usually the Friday of the penultimate week of the summer term) where all children meet their new teacher and visit their new classroom.


One of our Pastoral Team, Miss Dickson or Mrs Bill, meets with all children new to South Wonston within their first week to check how they are settling in. She also contacts each child’s parents during the first few weeks to check that school routines are working well and to establish if there is anything further we can do to support the transition process.

This ensures that we can address any issues that may have arisen from moving schools at the earliest opportunity.

If your child has any specific learning difficulties or is exceptionally able or talented please see the policies sections for further information on how we cater for their needs.

Children joining the school at the start of Yr R


Parents of the new September intake are invited to an Induction Information Evening meeting in May/June. This meeting outlines the Induction activities  that will take place before a child starts school in September.  Parents will meet the Yr R staff as well as the Headteacher and the Deputy.  As well as receiving information about the organisation of Yr R, procedures and curriculum there is an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice should you wish to.


Typically arrangements are as follows:


  • Induction Meeting for parents in May/June
  • In June Yr R staff visit local the local Pre-schools to meet the children transferring to South Wonston School and begin the transfer process.
  • In June/July your child is invited to two, one hour ‘Stay and Play’ visits so they can become familiar with the Yr R classrooms and staff.
  • During the first week of the autumn term Yr R staff carry out Home visits. Appointments are arranged at a mutually convenient time.
  • School starts for Yr R children in the second week of the autumn term.


We offer a flexible entry pattern that ranges from 15 hours to full-time in the first instance with the aim that all children are full-time by the second week of October. We work in partnership with parents to ensure that your child’s entry pattern is tailored to meet their individual needs.