Westward School

Reception Information













In Reception school starts at 8:30am and finishes at 3:10pm. Please drop off and collect your child punctually. 

The children will go to the playground for 10 minutes before going into class. The register is taken in class at the beginning of the morning session. Please can you ensure your child arrives for school on time, as the morning carpet session is such an important part of the school day and sets the scene for the days activities. 

The children are dismissed at the end of the day by their class teacher from the middle gate at 3.10pm. If there are children who are not collected they will stay with a member of the Early Years team. Please let the school know if you are delayed in anyway to reduce any anxiety for your child. Telephone messages left on the answer phone are listened to at regular intervals during the day.

A list of whole school dates and events is available on this website for each term. Please ensure you make a note of important dates relating to your child. Newsletters are added weekly informing you of activities and events for the week.

Please ensure you provide a named water bottle for your child which will be refilled throughout the day as required. We ask that you also provide a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit or a sandwich. No chocolates or crisps please.

Please note we are a nut and kiwi fruit free school.

Lunch is at 11:30pm until 12:00pm. Reception children go up to the pass to choose and collect their food. They will have a dedicated member of staff looking out for them, both in the lunch hall and playground,  encouraging healthy social interaction and activities. 

All children at Westward are encouraged to have a school dinner and packed lunches are discouraged. Allergies and food intolerances are catered for by the caterers. If you are at all concerned about whether your child is eating their school lunch, please come and have a chat with the Early Years staff. 

Our caterers are Thomas Franks and the menus change weekly and can be found on the schools website. Any problems concerning school lunches should be discussed with the Thomas Franks Head Chef.

No jewellery or watches are permitted. No money or valuables should be brought to School. If it is unavoidable then such items should be given to a member of the Early Years staff for safe keeping. Sweets and chocolate are not permitted.


We encourage independence and self-management from the very start at Westward and whilst we always make time to support this development, seeing the children's sense of pride and self-satisfaction in being able to accomplish these tasks is wonderful. 

You can support your child by reminding them that

  • Coats on their pegs (names on EVERYTHING please)
  • Newsletters and other letters will put in book bags-please check their bags and Home Message books every afternoon.
  • Please let us know (and them) if they are being collected by another relative or attending after school club etc


Arrangements for collection of children should be noted with telephone numbers. The Early Years staff should be informed of any changes in routines or if a child is to go home with someone else. Nannies, au pairs etc should be introduced to the class teacher.

We will not allow children to leave school with people we do not know. 

Please do not park on the zig-zag lines or obstruct neighbours’ driveways. Please do not enter the school car park. The grassed area is the safest place to wait with your child, if collecting other children. Please discourage your child from climbing on the wall and playing in the car park.



All clothing and belongings should be clearly marked with the child’s name. This includes shoes and trainers. Trainers should be black or white and Velcro is preferable.  A complete change of clothing should be named and kept in a bag on their peg especially pants and socks, incase of the odd mishap.

PE kits must be worn to school on PE days. Your teacher will inform you which days this is required.

All children should also have the school regulation long-sleeved painting overall and school book bag. All uniform is available from Alleycatz in Hersham. https://www.alleycatz.co.uk/

All parents wishing for their children to be given medicine must complete a green Administering Medicines Authorisation Form obtainable from your class teacher, giving their consent in writing for medicine etc to be administered. This is also required for inhalers.


Parents are asked to look at the “Home Message Book” daily. All messages must be signed. Parents may use the book to write any messages to the teacher. Please write messages at the front of the book. At the back of the book parents are asked to write contact numbers, work numbers etc. so that we will be able to get in touch in case of illness or an emergency.


In Reception there is a very small amount of homework given on a Friday for the weekend. This includes a reading book , flashcards and a short Maths and Phonics activity that will help to consolidate the weeks learning. 


In September there will be an informal meeting for all parents describing the reading, writing and Maths that will go on in Reception class. There will be an Open morning every half term. This will be a chance for your child to show you their work and have a look around the classroom and at the work your child has been doing. It is also an opportunity to ask the team any questions you may have. You will also receive a written progress report in December and a full written report at the end of their time in Reception. These reports are given to you at the termly Parent Consultations, which are held over the last few weeks of term, at your convenience.

Outside these consultations, please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your child as you wish.