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Holy Rood

Catholic Primary School

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Reception 2021

Firstly, we would like to say a warm welcome to Holy Rood Primary School and we look forward to meeting all of you in the near future. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, your child's lead up to school will look a little different to previous years. We understand that the current restrictions are likely to increase the amount of anxiety you may have about your child starting school and we want to reassure you that at Holy Rood Primary School we put the children at the heart of everything we do. We are currently putting together plans for how we will welcome your child into the school and help them to settle. We will let you know how this will work as soon as we can. In the meantime, we hope that this page will give you enough information about what to expect for September and how best to prepare your child for starting school.

We will be in touch again soon to provide updates about children's start dates. We have a staggered intake so as to help children settle more quickly and comfortably to the setting.

How can I help my child get ready for school?

Starting school is an exciting time.  Children will make firm friends, grow, learn and become independent young people. They may too be apprehensive about this new adventure.  Please reassure your child that school is a happy place where they are loved and cared for.  Our staff are experienced practitioners and know how to settle children smoothly and sensitively so if you have any concerns, again, please raise these with our staff. 

Being school ready involves encouraging your child to develop skills which help them to be independent and ready to learn. These skills range from eating and self-care to listening and turn taking.

Here are some other ideas of things you could do to help your child feel ready:

  • Look at the photos of our school (see below)
  • Walk past the school so they can see where they are going.
  • Talk about what they are looking forward to.
  • Practise getting dressed in their new uniform.
  • If their name is on a label in their clothes, show them where and what to look for.
  • Ask them if there is anything they are worried about.
  • Play games together which practise turn taking or sharing.
  • Play 'schools' together.
  • Give them some words/phrases to help them ask for help from an adult.
  • Practise asking to go to the toilet and going to the toilet themselves.
  • Tell your child what you will be doing while they are at school – so that they don't worry about you

Please see the link below to a useful website which gives ideas of how to support your child in the lead up to starting school.




BBC Bitesize also offers some great advice from professionals and some videos you can share with your child.




Play the 'First day at School' game with your child. Help your child create his/her character and pick a school jumper, then explore the school and find all the different activities to play.




                                                            What is it like at Holy Rood Primary school?

Currently we have two classes in Reception. We also have a large, well-resourced outdoor area that we have access to daily.


Take a look inside our classrooms.

At the moment the classrooms may not look exactly like these images due to implementation of social distancing.

This is the school hall. We come here to eat our lunch, have assemblies and do our PE lessons

This is the playground where we play after we have had out lunch.

Our Uniform

The governors and staff positively encourage the wearing of school uniform. It is smart, practical and economical and promotes equality for all.    





1B, Plaza 21, Sanford St, Swindon SN1 1HE





Click to view our school uniform stocked at www.monkhouse.com


The above store now supplies our uniform displaying our logo. You may purchase other items of uniform from any other store. 

The uniform consists of:
    Blue polo shirt*
    Grey trousers/Grey shorts 
    Navy pullover/navy cardigan/school sweatshirt*
    Grey skirt/pinafore dress
    Blue and white checked or striped dress (summer)


PE Kit:  Blue shorts, white T shirt* and daps – to be kept in PE kit bag


Children are also required to have a library bag* to keep help our school books in good condition.

Please ensure that all items of school clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name