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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy

These are going to be my new friends...

Reception New Starters 


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

Our online pupil registration and consent form can be found here. Please complete this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday 15th 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.


Useful information

BBC Bitesize - please click here for lots of really useful information for you and your child about starting primary school.

This poster helps you and your child prepare for school:The road to school  



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 -  We will then add these photos to our website under the title ‘These are going to be my new friends’.


Key dates

We understand that you are probably all wanting to know whether the proposed dates will be going ahead or not.  We are currently considering how to proceed with these dates especially in the light of recent government guidance.  Please be reassured that as soon as we know more we will update you via the website and email.


Wednesday 17th June

We are holding an Induction Evening for parents and carers on Wednesday 17th June at 6.30pm in the hall at our Elmgrove Road site.

At this meeting, you will be given more information about our school from the Head Teacher and Early Years staff and will have an opportunity to meet some of the adults who will be working with your child. You will also find out which class your child will be joining, 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 or calling the main school office on 0117 377 2610 option 3. We would appreciate you giving us your name and that of your child when you respond. Thank you.


Friday 3rd July

On Friday 3rd July we are inviting all the children to come to school to meet their new teachers and have some fun in their new classroom.  The session will last 45 minutes and will either start at 9.45 or 10.45. We will let you know which time to attend at the Induction Evening on Wednesday 17th June.  Whilst your child is enjoying themselves in the classroom, 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 governors.  Most children are reassured that their parents are close by while they are in the classroom.



This is when we would be offering all families a home visit and children would be starting school part time over a 3 week period.  The current situation can be very unsettling for children and due to this, we are looking into adapting our Reception children transition to school to ensure that all children make the move to Cotham Gardens smoothly and happily.  We will update you regards to the transition period in due course.


Many thanks


Alex Bell (Head Teacher)

Emily Marsh (Reception Lead Teacher)