Frequently Asked Questions

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As we countdown to the opening of our fantastic new school, we would like to ensure that the transition is as smooth and seamless as possible for you and your child.

Please find below the responses to parents' most frequently asked questions section, covering everything from teaching and learning, to uniform and equipment, as well as key information about our new school premises, communication and consultation.

Please also check out our digital booklet for further reading about our new school, which is available to view here

Education

We have every confidence that this next exciting step in the Foundation’s history will absolutely enrich our youngest children, preparing them for their future life. We will be retaining our small classes and enabling individualised attention for our boys and girls who all learn in different ways. Our experienced staff will work together to ensure that your children continue to have a genuine love of learning, in a stimulating environment through activities that will encourage their curiosity and interest and ultimately will enable a seamless transition to Wakefield Girls’ High School and QEGS.

We will continue to provide individual attention in small classes for our boys and girls. The planned average class size for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be 20 pupils.

All of our staff are experienced practitioners in Early Years Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1. As soon as we have the class and staffing plans in place we will let you know who will be teaching your child.

Uniform and Equipment

There will be a new uniform, which combines the existing colours of navy blue and gold. This will be available to buy for September but there is no requirement to do so until your daughter or son is ready for a replacement uniform.

We are finalising arrangements for the supply of the new uniform and will advise parents after the Easter holiday.

School premises

The outdoor spaces in our new school will have all areas of provision to enable our young learners to progress in an age-related way towards the completion of their Early Learning Goals. Where possible existing resources will be used with additional investment in new equipment as required.

Our outdoor curriculum for the new school will be comparable to what is currently provided. As plans are made, we will continue to share any updates with you.

The new Head has now been appointed and we will be delighted to arrange times for parents to visit after Easter subject to Covid restrictions.

After the Easter break the children from Centenary House will have lots of opportunities to visit their new school and to feel confident, happy and safe in their new space. There will be plenty of transition activities giving all children the opportunity to meet their future classmates and their teacher.

As has been the case for all the Foundation schools during the pandemic, we will ensure that Wakefield Grammar Pre-Preparatory School is able to operate safely in accordance with Department for Education and Public Health England guidance in force at the time.

Consultation/communication

Ordinarily we would welcome parents in school to hear our plans and host a Q&A. We propose to host a Google Meet during the summer term and an invitation containing a link to join the meeting will be emailed to you in due course.

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