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Reception New starters 2023

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.


Pupil Registration and Consent Form - DEADLINE PASSED please complete ASAP

Our online pupil registration and consent form can be found here. Please complete this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday 26th May. These forms enable us to find out a little bit more about your child and help us to place them in an appropriate class. 

Key Dates

Please keep an eye out for any updates for important key dates regarding your child's start to Cotham Gardens Primary School in your emails on on our school website.  


Wednesday 28th June 2023 – Stay and Play Session for Children 

We would like to invite all the children to come to school to meet the adults they will be working with. They will get to explore the classrooms and the outdoor environment.   The session will last 45 minutes and will either start at 9.45 or 10.45. We will inform you of the time to attend on 13th June.   Whilst your child is enjoying themselves, parents and carers are invited to one of the upstairs classrooms to listen to various people talk about our school community, including the PTAF, the breakfast and after-school club and the school governors.   Most children are reassured that their parents are close by. 


Thursday 6th July 2023 - Alternative Stay and Play Session for Children


September 2023

Our transition period will start on the week beginning Wednesday 6th September 2023.  The first week of the transition period we will be offering all families a home visit (you will receive this date before the close of the academic year: July 2023).

The first week that your child will attend school, will be Monday 11th September 2023, where they will be attending on half days (not including lunch).  The following week, children will attend alternate full days before they are full time starting on Friday 22nd September.

This transition period is highly beneficial for our Reception children and ensures that all children make the move to Cotham Gardens smoothly and happily.



On Wednesday 14th June 2023 We held an Induction Meeting for Parents and Carers.  Below is the presentation that was shared. 

induction evening 2023.pdf

Class Transition Books

Honeybees book

Ladybirds book

Transition Timetables

When you received the information about your child's class you will have also been informed that you child is in group A or B during the transition period in September. Please see the links below for the transition timetables.

Group A

Group B 

Some Useful Documents

Zebra's Stay and Play (coming soon)

Reception 2023 Welcome pack 

Co-operative Parent Presentation (coming soon)

Governors & Co-operative Forum letter  (coming soon)

The Road to School Poster 

Preparing Your Child For Starting School



Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email office@cothamgardens.co.uk or call the main school office on 0117 377 2610

Many thanks, 

The Senior Leadership Team

Louise King (Reception Lead Teacher)