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Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What will the school do with regards to the current Covid19 situation?

A- We are always following the lasted guidance from the DFE and reviewing our provision and risk assessment in light of any changes. Currently, we are having to adapt our transition processes to limit contact and keep you, your child and ourselves safe. We don’t know what guidance will be in place come September 2020, but we will be sure to keep parents well informed.

Q- My child has missed weeks or months of preschool, are they behind?

A- We all fully appreciate this has been a difficult time for everyone and this has potentially created a lot of new worries on top of the usual starting school concerns. Please be reassured that we are very used to working with children who come in at all stages and we will do our absolute best to get your child to the expected level at the end of the year. The EYFS curriculum encompasses all areas of life and therefore you all will have been ‘teaching’ it without even knowing. In terms of the subjects such as reading, writing and maths, our curriculum allows us to cover the very basics and we always teach in small groups at a level that suits your child.

Q- Where do I order uniform?

A- Price and Buckland are our supplier and uniform can be ordered directly from them. We suggest you get the uniform delivered directly to your home rather than the school, given the current situation. You are also able to buy basic items such a white polo tops and school trousers in local shops and supermarkets.

Q-What should my child bring to school?

A- Every day you child needs to bring their water bottle and their book bag. Their PE kit can stay in a separate bag on their peg for the half term, so it is ready when we need it.

Q- What colour book-bag should I buy?

A- Price and Buckland offer book-bags in a selection of colours, your child can choose their favourite.

Q- What colour t-shirt should I get for PE?

A- The children at GBA are all in houses represented by 3 colours- blue, red and green. Your child’s house colour will be stated inside the registration pack.

Q- What time does school start and finish?

A- A normal day is 8:45-3:00. However, please see the ‘Starting School’ booklet or ‘Welcome Meeting’ slides for more details on the timings for the first 2 weeks.

Q- What if I need longer wrap around care?

A- Contact out Kid’s Club team for more information. Phone: 01480 375011 or email:

Q- Which phonics program do you use?

A- We teach phonics using Read, Write, Inc. If you would like more information please visit their website.

Q- My child doesn’t know anyone, what should I do?

A- Please don’t worry, children are very sociable and make friends easily especially in our EYFS classroom where our curriculum is based around play.

Q- How do lunchtime work?

A- The menu for the half term is posted online under the ‘parents’ section of the website so that you can discuss this at home in advance. Children then choose their lunch every morning. There is always three hot meals to choose from; meat, vegetarian and either pasta or jacket potato and one cold option such as a sandwich or baguette. At lunch time the teacher and teaching assistant take the class to the hall and help them collect their lunch and assist with cutting the food where needed. Water is available on the tables. Once the children have finished they then go onto the KS1 playground where they are supervised by teaching assistants.  

Q- Will my child go swimming?

A- We will let you know closer to the time, however EYFS children usually swim during the summer term.