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Starting school in September 2020 update 18th August 2020

All Reception children will start school for half day sessions either mornings or afternoons on Wednesday 2nd of September. Parents can decide whether to send their children for mornings or afternoons. Just let us know which you prefer. Please let us know which session you will be bringing your child to whether it be a choice of morning or afternoon. The half day sessions will run until Friday 11th of September and then from Monday 14th onwards all children will be in full time. The half day session times are 9.15am until 11.45am for the morning sessions and 12.45pm until 3.15pm for the afternoon sessions. When bringing your child into school please use the Reception gate which is situated to the right hand side of school, by the wooden fenced area, and where appropriate follow the one way system which we have had to put in place as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Please ensure you bring your child on time, not too early or late as we are operating a staggered start and end time for all other year groups in school to enable fewer parents to be on site at any one time. Under normal circumstances we would encourage parents to bring their children into school for the first few days as they settle in. Unfortunately this will not be possible this year. Please be assured that our staff will over see the children separating from parents and coming into school by themselves as sensitively as possible.

We have now been advised that we can work as an entire year group bubble with our reception classes. This means that our reception children will be all together as they would normally be, in their own area with their own staff. During the first 2 weeks of school our teaching staff will decide which class the reception children will be in for the rest of the year, either Miss Wilson's class or Miss Tann's class.  This information will be sent home to parents during the first 2 weeks whilst the children are still only in for half days.

We understand that starting school can be under normal circumstances an unsettling time for parents and children. This year, as we have not been able to have our usual transition process and children have not been able to visit school it could be even more unsettling. Please bear with us as we try to safely return all year groups to school, following government guidance.

School will open for staff on the morning of Tuesday 1st of September if you need to phone school about anything or if you wish to call in to the school office to buy any items of school uniform.

Welcome Newbies! 


We hope you are excited for your learning journey to begin here at Padiham Primary School...we certainly are! We have a fabulous team in Reception with 2 teachers, Miss Tann and Miss Wilson and 4 teaching assistants, Miss Chapman, Miss Thompson, Mrs Wade and Mrs Harvey. We also have Mrs Hewerdine, our school SENDCO, who teaches us on a Tuesday. 

Below you will find lots of information to help ease any nerves your little ones may be having. We have an amazing learning environment that we are sure your children will thrive in. 

If you have any questions or worries do not hesitate in getting in touch with us. Our email is please state your name and your child's name and we will help you in anyway we can! 

Counting down the days till September...smiley

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A lovely book to share with your child about starting school...

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