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Frequently Asked Questions

We are sure that you have many questions about your child starting school during these unusual and somewhat strange circumstances. Please see below a list of FAQ's which will be updated regularly. Please understand that we are guided by the Government, Local Authority and our own premises risk assessment. If you do have a question please email the school office (admin@ingatestone.essex.sch.uk) and we will endeavour to return an email and answer your question in the best way possible. 

  • When will my child be starting school?

    At this time we plan for all children to be starting school in September. We will be staggering the start dates for different groups, further information will be provided in June. 

  • Are you a Primary school?

    No, we are an infant school. A primary school is for children aged between 4 - 11, our children are aged 4 - 7. Please be aware of this when reading Government guidance. 

  • How are classes determined?

    We like to make the transition into school as smooth as possible for our new children. Within the 'Journeying Together' booklet we ask you to indicate the names of two friends that your child has made already. We also understand that some children, when together, do not have the most harmonious relationship, please indicate these also. The information you provide and feedback provided from your child’s previous setting will all contribute towards the class decisions. 

  • Will my child get to meet their teacher before July?

    Following the Government guidelines, we are hopeful that we can put something in place to enable the children to meet the Foundation Stage team before end of term. This is not certain and we will keep you informed via email. 

  • Where can I buy school uniform?

    Our school uniform provider is Smartypants. In your information pack you will find information about school uniform required. All the information about obtaining uniform is in the 'about the school' section. Please speak directly to Smartypants regarding ordering and delivery of uniform. 

  • Can my child attend Breakfast Club

    Yes, as well as staggering start dates we also ease the children into the school day to help them get used to routines and spending an entire day in school. On the first day that your child attends school full time (all day) they will be able to join Breakfast Club. More details regarding Breakfast Club will be sent to you in June. 

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