Reception - Starting in 2020

Reception - Starting in 2020

Welcome to Lauriston School!

Virtual Tour

Welcome from Your Class Teachers

A welcome message from Ms Gormley
A welcome message from Ms Molyneux

Induction Week

A 'Welcome Session' including a teacher meet and greet will be arranged for the week commencing 7th September 2020.  This will be an opportunity for you and your child to explore the classrooms and talk to all the teachers and staff.  You will be informed when to come in via email or telephone call by your child’s class teacher.

A proposed start date will be from 14th September 2020, which might change depending on the government guidance regarding the COVID19 pandemic.

Welcome Booklet

Reception Welcome Booklet

All About Me Booklet

So we can all get to know your child better, we have produced an All About Me booklet for you to fill out with your child.  Please bring this along with your child on their first day at Lauristonl!

All About Me - Welcome to Lauriston Reception

Social Story

Moving to Reception Social Story

Reception FAQ

Who do I speak to if I have an enquiry?

If you have any questions, queries or worries please contact Miss Annabelle Molyneux (Early Years Lead) on the email address:

1. How much is Dinner Money?

Presently all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to universal free school meals. Anyone in receipt of benefits should still apply to Hackney Learning Trust, pupil benefits free school meals as the school may then receive additional funding for your child.

2. What time does school start and end?

The school gates open at 08.40am and the Reception doors open at 08.50 a.m. We would encourage children to arrive by 8.50am to allow more time for parents to settle children into school. The register closes at 9.00 a.m. School finishes at 3.30pm.

3. Which entrance should I use?

Reception children should use the entrances on Morpeth Road and Connor Street for arrival and collection. The Reception classrooms are located through the Early Years playground. If you are arriving or collecting during the school day you will need to use the school office entrance on Rutland Road.

4. Is there a uniform?

We do not have a school uniform. The children can wear their own clothes. Children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and bring a coat every day. All items of clothing need to be labelled with your child’s full name. We also ask you to provide a spare change of clothes to be kept on your child’s peg should they need them.

5. Do I need to buy anything?

Each child will need a P.E. shirt and Lauriston book bag. These items can be paid for via Parent Mail and then your child will be given their P.E. shirt and book bag by their teacher on their first day. Book bags cost £3.50 and P.E. shirts cost £6.

6. Who I do I speak to if I have an enquiry?

Phone or speak to the office

Phone the Learning Mentors

Speak to the class teacher

Speak to Ms Panesar (Safeguarding Lead),

Mr Harris (Head of School) or Ms Symes (SENCo)

  • Payments
  • Extended Day, Breakfast Club/Clubs
  • Trips and school activities
  • Term dates
  • Assemblies and events
  • Changes to personal details
  • Medical issues, medication or ongoing treatment
  • Changes to picking up children
  • Book bags / PE Kit
  • Free school meals and admissions
  • Attendance
  • Information about your child
  • Incidents at school
  • Curriculum
  • Your child's progress
  • Changes to picking up children
  • Safeguarding

7. Can I park at the school?

We do not have a car parking facilities on site. The school is situated on residential roads and we ask parents to park legally and with due consideration for our neighbours.

8. Can my child bring in extra snacks

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is a government programme that entitles every child aged 4-6 in fully state-funded schools to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Lauriston Primary school will provide a piece fruit or vegetable for children in nursery to year 2. Due to allergies we do not allow children to bring in food items to celebrate their birthdays.

9. Can my child cycle to school?

Yes, your child can cycle to school. A cycle shed is provided on site but you will need to secure your own bike. Lauriston Primary school will not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to personal property.

10. Can my child walk to school alone?

No, children must be accompanied by an adult. If you wish an older child to walk to school alone, we must receive a completed ‘Permission for pupils to walk to and from school unaccompanied’ form.

11. Are packed lunches allowed?

We encourage all children in Reception to have a school dinner, our aims are to provide a range of high quality food choices throughout the school day and in line with School Food Standards, to ensure that all pupils have access to at least one healthy meal each day. All our food is prepared freshly on site by our catering team. Our school dinner menu is very popular with children and staff and our menus.

12. When will my child start in Reception?

This will depend on their age and parental preference, usually children join Reception class in the September before their 5th birthday.  For Reception intake 2020, during the week beginning 7th September, children will be invited into school for a ‘Welcome Session’ where they will have the opportunity to meet their new class teacher and explore their new learning environments. ‘Home-visit’ phone calls for new children to Lauriston will also take place this week.  Reception children will then start school on the 14th September. Please note this may change due to the COVID 19 pandemic and government guidance.

13. Can my child bring toys in to school?

No, we normally discourage toys or collectables (e.g. football cards) being brought to school, unless the class teacher has specifically requested that they do. Please always check with the class teacher.

14. What is the best time to talk to the teacher if I have a question?

You may be able to speak teacher in the morning but this may not always be possible as they are busy preparing for the school day. We would advise you to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day after all the children have been dismissed. We can also make appointments in the school office for parents to see the class teacher or another member of staff.

15. Is there before and after school provision?

Yes. We provide Extended Provision for children in Reception to Year 6. This includes a breakfast club and extended day provision. 

  • Breakfast Club – 8.00am-8.45am £2.25 per day.
  • Extended Day - 3:30pm-5.45pm (Mondays-Thursdays) and 3:30-5.00pm (Fridays) £8 per session.

We also deliver activity clubs, such as creative club, Lego club, multi sports and reading clubs. 3:30pm-4:30pm which are charged termly.

16. How can parents get involved?

We encourage parents to get involved in various ways from attending trips to individual/group reading. We have a wonderful fundraising team 'Lauriston School Association' (LSA) and would welcome new members with new ideas and contacts.


An admission form has been emailed to you.  If you require another copy you can download one here:

Admission Form