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Reception New starters 2024

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.

Key Dates

Sunday 2nd June 2024 - Pupil Registration and Consent Form  

Our online pupil registration and consent form can be found here. Please complete this form as soon as possible and no later than Sunday 2nd June. These forms enable us to find out a little bit more about your child and help us to place them in an appropriate class.  


Tuesday 25th June 2024 – Induction Meeting for Parentsand Finding out Your Child’s Class 

We are holding an Induction Evening for parents and carers of new starters on the 25th June at 6.30pm in the hall at our Elmgrove Road site. This meeting is aimed at parents and carers rather than for the children. This is when you will find out which class your child will be joining, your child’s class teacher and their group for the transition period in September 

At this meeting, you will be given more information about our school from the Senior Leadership Team and key Early Years staff and will have an opportunity to meet some of the adults who will be working with your child. You will also be given further information regarding the transition in September and ask any questions you may have.  

Please can you let us know if you are able to attend by clicking here. We would appreciate you giving us your name and that of your child when you respond. Thank you.  


Wednesday 3rd July 2024 – 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 their classroom.  The session will last 45 minutes and will either start at 09:45am or 10:45am. 

To sign up for the 09:45am session – please click here.

To sign up for the 10:45am session – please click here.

Sign up as soon as possible as there will be a limited amount of spaces for each.  Whilst your child is enjoying themselves, parents and carers are invited to come to the school hall to listen to various people talk about our school community, including the PTAF, the breakfast and after-school club and the school trustees.  Most children are reassured that their parents are close by.  


September 2024 

Our transition period will start on the week beginning Tuesday 3rd September 2024. 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 9th September 2024, 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 20th September 2024.  

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

Useful Documents

Zebra's Stay and Play (coming soon)

Reception 2024 Welcome pack


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)