Cherrywood Community Primary School

Starting School

A warm welcome to Cherrywood



We are delighted to welcome you to Cherrywood Community Primary School.  This is a really exciting time for you and your child, but we are aware that you will also have lots and lots of questions.  We pride ourselves in developing really successful relationships with our families and we are keen to start the process with you.

Firstly we are requesting that you pop into school at your earliest opportunity and by Friday 26th April at the latest.  Our normal opening hours are 8.30am to 4pm however, we are able to make adjustments as required if you get in touch.  We would like you to visit to confirm your acceptance of a place for your child and also to show us proof of address and your child’s birth certificate.  You will have already received information from the admissions team about the types of documents you can use, but if you are unsure please call our friendly admin team. You do not need to make an appointment, just turn up to school and a member of staff will be able to support you.

Once we have confirmed these details we will be sending a welcome pack, with lots of information about the school and invites to various transition events for you and your child.  


We are a friendly staff who understand that this is a significant transition for you and your child.  We are always happy to answer any questions or reassure you about the process so please get in touch as many times as you need to.   

Yours sincerely,


Kirsty Lewis


You are invited to our New Parent's Open Evening


Stay and play sessions: Tuesdays: 25th June, 2nd July, 9th July 4:00 – 4:45pm

We are running three stay and play sessions where your child can get to know their school environment, spend time with their teachers and begin to get to know their new class mates. Any familiar adult is welcome to attend these with the children (you will need to stay the entire time) and siblings are also welcome to join ensuring that they are supervised the whole time.

Home visits: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September

Mrs White and Mrs Gabbott will be visiting you in your home for around 20 minutes. Home visits are a really valuable experience for all, as the children are able to bond with key members of staff and parents can ask any questions they might have before starting school.

Starting school

Half day sessions: (Either 8:40am – 12.00pm or 1:00pm – 3:15pm - no lunch)

Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th September

Half day sessions: (Either 8:40am – 12.30pm or 12:30pm – 3:15pm am or pm - including lunch)

 Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September

Half days are really important for both school and the children. For the children, it helps them to settle into school with ease, learning rules and routines in a quieter smaller group of children. For school, it allows us to get to know them much faster and spend better quality time with them at such an important stage. 

First full day: Monday 16th September


Our Classroom

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Our Outside Area

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Useful Information

“School readiness” by Hampshire County Council – School Readiness Workshops


If you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss prior to your child starting school with us in September please do not hesitate to contact us. 01252 547896