Starting School - Reception

STARTING AT THE INFANT SCHOOL September 2022 or January 2023
We are looking forward to warmly welcoming you to our school.
Thank you for your interest in our school, we hope that short videos and information across the website will give you a sense of our school and what it is like to be a learner here.
You'll see some inspiring glimpses of what we get up to inside and the names and faces of some of the staff who teach in Reception.
Some information:
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 hosts short videos and photos taken during the school year to welcome our current Reception children plus a video with a welcome to prospective parents/carers included from me, Alison Kenney (Head of School).
Contact details for me are on the website and as below, if you would like to telephone or e-mail me directly with any question or query that I can help you with then you are welcome ~
Email:    Tel: 01392 258894
With kind regards from us all at the school ~
Welcome to Reception
'Reception' 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 wore away the grass in the summer - in the autumn it is a bit muddy but used just the same, just with wellies on!
Click on the link/blue bars below and take a look at the photo stories and take a peep inside our school.
What can you see? Talk to your grown up about starting school.
Come back and look again, anytime!
Our Gallery
Take a look at some of the learning that happens in Reception...
Grown Ups you will meet
Here are photos of the staff who will teach and care for your child.
Miss Lola Curtis

Reception Teacher

Miss Curtis is looking forward to teaching Foundation Stage this year in Dragonfly Class. She is passionate about exploring children’s creativity through expressive arts. She loves being outdoors and in her spare time, she enjoys going for walks along the beach.

Mrs Ruth Simmons

Reception teacher

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

Mrs Clare Carthew

Reception Teacher

Mrs Carthew will be teaching in Ladybird Class every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; sharing with Mrs Simmons.  She loves helping children to play and learn collaboratively and encouraging them to try new experiences.  She also enjoys helping children find the joy in number.

Miss Emily Ford

Reception leader and 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 Sharon Rourke

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rourke loves storytime and can't wait to share lots of lovely books with you.

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
Mrs Simmons of Ladybird Class reads Harry and The Dinosaurs go to School. 
Listen to Miss Ford reading 'The Koala Who Could' by following this link:
Mrs Carthew from Ladybird Class reads 'Hugless Douglas'
Starting School INFORMATION Documents
Below you will see links to a range of information that may be of interest to you as you consider the school you wish your child to attend.
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