Starting school-Admission to Reception

Starting school is one of the major events in a child's life and we know that choosing to send your child to our school is a significant step, as you are entrusting your child to our care for five days a week.

As a parent of four children I remember the emotions I felt as each of my children started school (and for our eldest child as he started Secondary school). We have a great Reception team, who are very experienced and are used to the range of emotions both parents and children feel as they start school. Staff work closely with children and parents to support the transition to school to ensure it is a smooth as possible and it is great to see how quickly all of our Reception children settle into school. 

As Headteacher, I make it my priority to get to know all of the Reception children in the autumn term and often will take the class for story times so that I get to know their names and personalities and they get to know me. It is always a joy for me to spend time with the Reception classes as the children have unlimited enthusiasm and such a desire to learn and share. I know that staff, in conjunction with parents, work incredibly hard so that the children who start their journey in education get the best possible start.

Below the Reception staff have outlined the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) areas of learning and highlighted the excellent out comes for our children at the end of Reception as they prepare to move to Year 1. There is no doubt we have a strong academic core to all that we do, but this is in the context of a caring and nurturing environment focused on the whole child and his/her individual personality and talents.

At the bottom of this page you will find documents including more information and how to apply for a place. We do encourage parents to look around the school if you are interested in sending your child to our school and I look forward to meeting you and taking you on a tour of the school, outlining our approach and answering any of your questions along the way.

Mr D J Capener


Reception Classes

As the Reception Team at Prestbury we pride ourselves on having a thorough knowledge of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum and being passionate about the experiences and opportunities we can offer the children. Children develop quickly in the early years and we aim to capture their eagerness to learn in all areas of the curriculum.

Areas of Learning and Development

The EYFS has 7 areas of learning

There are 3 Prime Areas

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical Development

These areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas.

The 4 Specific Areas are

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts and design

These include the essential skills and knowledge for the children to participate fully in society.

The teaching and learning in Reception is largely topic based. As children learn most effectively when they are engaged and enthusiastic most of our topics are generated from their ideas or interests. A very popular topic on dinosaurs followed a child’s family visit to the National History Museum in London. Having watched the children use material to make capes and become ‘superheroes’ this too developed into a topic encompassing all seven areas of the EYFS.

How do the children learn?

We have a mixture of child initiated learning and adult led activities based where possible on the topic. This allows the children to extend and develop their own learning whilst ensuring that new ideas and concepts are introduced and their learning moved to the next stage. Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors with the reception children having continuous access to the outdoor environment. As the children progress through the reception year more adult initiated activities are introduced in readiness for their transition into Year 1.

Parental Links

Our relationship with parents or carers is fundamental to our work in the EYFS. Staff are always in the playground before school or meetings can be arranged after school if appropriate. We nurture an environment of open communication and accessibility so that children can enjoy their reception year to the full.

We celebrate and record children’s achievements in their on line learning journey ‘Tapestry’ where we post photographs, comments and videos of the children. Parents have access to their child’s secure page and we encourage them to add their own observations and photographs from home.  We also use ‘Tapestry’ to inform parents about current topics or events in the classroom.

Children’s Progress

We closely monitor all children’s progress throughout the year and keep parents informed about individual successes and next steps. We also monitor our end of year results in line with National Data:

Number achieving at least the expected levels in July 2014     



Area of learning and Development



Communication and language



Physical Development



Personal, Social and Emotional











Understanding the World



Expressive Art and design




Number achieving exceeding in each of the areas in July 2014


% achieving exceeding at Prestbury

Communication and Language


Physical Development


Personal, Social and Emotional






Understanding the World


Expressive Arts and Design




Children are admitted to our school in the September following their fourth birthday. For details about

admissions to the Nursery please see the Admissions to Nursery section and/or contact the school for further details.

Parents wishing to enrol their child for a place at our school must do so by the date stated by the Local Authority.

Please note that admissions to school are made to Cheshire East Local Authority –we ask parents to

complete a supplementary form for the school for our own information. If applications should exceed the

number of places available, the Governing Body of the school will award places in accordance with the

criteria set out in our current admissions policy.

The Supplementary Information Form for governors consideration which is attached below this needs to be forwarded to the school office..

Files to Download

Contact the School

Prestbury C.E Primary School

Bollin Grove, Prestbury
Macclesfield, CHESHIRE, SK10 4JJ

Main Contact: Angela Norton, School Business Manager

Tel: 01625 469630

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