Starting School - Foundation Stage

Although life still feels rather different, we are working around the challenges of lockdown and social distancing in order to warmly welcome you to school.
We are looking forward to you and your child joining the Foundation Stage in September and becoming part of Stoke Hill Federation.
Our Federation includes Stoke Hill Nursery School, the Infant and the Junior Schools. Together we work hard to make sure that everyone experiences a smooth transition from 3 right though to 11.
This page is just for you and we hope you will find it useful!
There is lots to discover about the school, so visit this page regularly as we will post new items of interest to you.
Share the short media clip of the Foundation Stage classes with your child as you look forward to joining us.
Welcome to the Foundation Stage
The 'Foundation Stage' is the name of the first year of school for your child.
This first year of school provides a firm 'foundation' for learning. It is filled with learning through play, inside and outside. Look how little feet have worn away the grass!
Click on the link/blue bar below and take a look at the photo story to take a peep inside your new school.
What can you see? Talk to your grown up about starting school.
(please note that the photos were taken pre-social distancing!)
Come back and look again, anytime!
Foundation Stage Gallery
Take a look at some of the learning that happens in the Foundation Stage...
Grown Ups you will meet
Here are photos of the staff who will teach and care for your child.
Miss Claire Taylor

Foundation Stage Leader

Miss Taylor has many years of teaching experience in the Foundation stage at Stoke Hill and has a leadership role in school. She is especially passionate about introducing children to the joy of reading and is an enthusiastic gardener. Miss Taylor teaches Dragonfly Class.

Mrs Bex Ryan

Foundation Stage teacher

Mrs Ryan teaches Ladybird Class with Mrs Simmons. She is an experienced and passionate early years practitioner.Mrs Ryan has a special interest in and responsibility for working with our children and families for whom English is an additional language.

Mrs Ruth Simmons

Foundation Stage teacher

Mrs Simmons will be teaching in Ladybird Class on Mondays and Tuesdays, sharing the class with Mrs Ryan. She has a wide experience of teaching in early years and especially enjoys developing communication and language skills through stories, rhymes and songs.

Miss Emily Ford

Foundation Stage teacher

Miss Ford is excited to be joining the Foundation Stage Team this year. She loves being outside and exploring our wonderful school grounds and all the wildlife that lives there. She is a scientist at heart and really enjoys inspiring children to learn through investigation and discovery. Miss Ford teaches Bee Class.

Mrs Felicity Cox

Teaching Assistant in Ladybird Class

Mrs Cox is really looking forward to introducing you to our chickens. Their names are Star, Storm and Moon and they live in a coop in the Foundation Stage garden.

Miss Collette Bates

Teaching Assistant in Dragonfly Class

Miss Bates says her favourite time of the day is story time because she loves reading stories to the children in her class.

Miss Natalie Smith

Teaching Assistant in Dragonfly Class

Miss Smith can't wait to play with you in our exciting Foundation Stage garden.

Mrs Mel Wills

Teaching Assistant in Bee Class

Mrs Wills is really looking forward to getting to know our new children and their families.

 Story time in Foundation
Mrs Ryan reads 'Dear Panda'
Miss Taylor reads 'Starting School'  
Listen to Miss Ford reading 'The Koala Who Could' by following this link:
Starting School INFORMATION Documents
Below you will see links to a range of information that we would like to ask you to read before your child begins school.
If you would prefer a paper copy of these documents please contact the school office.

Stoke Hill Federation Breakfast and After School Club

The Federation offers a Breakfast & After School Club facility for children attending both the Junior and the Infant & Nursery School.

Our staff take and collect children from the Infant School each day and safely escort them between sites.

For more information and an application form regarding either club please contact Lisa Sinclair, Extended Schools Manager.


Telephone 01392 667830 or 07906815479. Alternatively e-mail