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Reception New starters 2020

We are delighted that your child has been offered a place to join us in September and we are looking forward to welcoming you to our school. If you have not yet accepted your place, please contact Bristol City Council admissions team on 0117 903 7694 or log into your Parent Portal account.

 Reception Virtual Tour

These are going to be my new friends...


We would like to start to get you and your child to feel part of the Cotham Gardens family and one way we are doing this is by asking all children starting with us in September to draw a self-portrait of themselves.  We are not expecting Picasso, we like abstract!!!  Once your child has drawn a picture please could you take a photo of it and send a copy of the photo to our school office - office@cothamgardens.co.uk.  We will then add these photos to our website below!


Induction Evening

As you know, we were unable to host the new parents' induction evening this year. However, you will find a copy of the presentation from this evening here. 


Class transition books

We are very excited about your child’s start to school and cannot wait to get to know them, their interests and personalities!  We have made a transition book for each class to help your child get to know what their new school and classroom will be like. We hope this gets them as excited about starting school as we are about meeting them.

Dragonflies class transition book

Honeybees class transition book

Ladybirds class transition book


Home Visits

We know it is extremely important to give families the opportunity to talk to us before your child starts school. Firstly because it helps your child to feel happy and worry-free about school and also really helps them to settle into their first few days. In addition, it is a great chance for you to chat to their teachers and ask any questions you may have.

Due to the current situation, we will be offering home visits virtually this year. Although this means that we won't be able to come to visit you in your home, it will still give you a chance to ask any last minute questions that you may have and for us to talk to your child. At this meeting, it would be amazing if your child had their favourite toy with them, as this is something that we talk to them about at home visits. 

Our virtual home visits are scheduled for the 7th, 8th and 9th September and last 20mins.

To book a slot, please visit: https://cothamgardens.schoolcloud.co.uk/ from 4pm on Thursday 3rd September. Bookings close on Sunday 6th September at 4pm.

Should you need any assistance booking your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 0117 377 2610.


Transition timetable

Following the INSET days and virtual home visits, we shall stagger the start for children in reception in order to ensure a smooth and happy transition into primary school. We have arranged the timetable to give your child a taste of mornings and afternoons across the first few weeks, then a chance to stay for a whole day plus lunch, and finally transitioning to full time attendance. You will find the complete transition timetable here.


Other useful documents

Reception 2020 Welcome pack

Co-operative Parent Presentation

Governors & Co-operative Forum letter

The road to school poster


Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 0117 3772610 or email office@cothamgardens.co.uk


Many thanks


Alex Bell (Head Teacher)

Emily Marsh (Reception Lead Teacher)