New Year R Parents Page

Welcome to St Mark’s! We hope that this page can help give you information over the next few weeks and months to support your child starting with us in September.

Need to email us? Use this address –

Update 20th July

  • See our new “September Plans” page for an easy video and also breakfast club required action.
  • We’ve added new Year R parents to our mailing list – you’ll hopefully have received our latest newsletter. Check spam/junk folders if not, or let the office know.

Update 17th July

  • Just to reiterate, book bags will not be needed initially. Please don’t worry if you have purchased one – they will still be useful later on. It’s due to space and cleaning requirements as we think through our guidelines for a safe covid-19 environment from September.
  • Again due to government guidance, we will be operating as a class bubble of 30, as opposed to a free-flow environment of 90.

Update 16th July

  • As things stand, the government’s free milk and fruit schemes are not in operation. Therefore, please ensure that your child brings a fruit or veg snack to school, for a mid-morning snack.

Update 10th July

  • STOP PRESS!!! Please don’t bring a book bag or a backpack to school (for the first half-term at least!). This is because of new guidelines for Covid-19. Your child will just need a drink – we’ll provide a book bag. We also ask that on the days your child has PE, that they come into school in their PE kit. This saves the difficulties around changing because of covid-19. We will let you know the days of PE soon. Finally, we’re going cashless and paperless (even more than currently!).
  • See the weekly newsletter for more information about September!

Update – 6/7th July 2020

  • An email with information about classes and September arrangements was sent today (7th July). Please check your spam if you haven’t seen it.
  • You can find the generic letters about details and timetables for September here, depending on when your child was born:  Autumn birthday  Spring birthdays   Summer birthdays . Note that Spring children are those born between 1st January 2016 – 30th April 2016
  • A helpful NHS guide about getting your child ready for school is here.

Update – 16th June 2020

  • Find out about SCL After School Club (wrap around care), and breakfast club.
  • We are a nut-free school. Please don’t bring any items in with nuts, including chocolate spread.
  • The first water bottle is provided for free, as a gift from FOSM (our PTA).
  • The only item needed from Skoolkit is the jumper with the logo. The rest of the uniform, including PE kit, can come from any source, including supermarkets and clothes shops.
  • Children in Year R, 1 and 2 get free school meals as part of a government scheme called UIFSM (Universal infant free school meals). From Year 3 onwards, meals are only free if a parent is in receipt of benefits.
  • To receive daily photos of the school dinner options to your Facebook news feed, ‘Like’ the HC3S Education Catering Facebook page.

Update – 15th June 2020

UPDATE – 11th June 2020

Find out about school uniform here – including ordering information from SkoolKit.

What do you need to do now?

1. Make sure that you have accepted the place, via the Hampshire Admissions system.

2. Complete this registration form as soon as possible.

3. Email the photos mentioned in the form to We recommend using this free and secure service (simply upload the files, set a password and a ‘1 download’ limit, and then email us the link and password).

4. Look out for emails in your inbox/spam/junk folders that give more information. We’ll update this page too.

5. Watch the induction videos below, or your children may enjoy listening to the stories read by Year R teachers.

6. Check out the BBC Bitesize “Starting Primary School” page.

Q. Where can I find basic information about the school, like uniform details, timings, where to drop off etc?

Just visit this page!


Q. Can you tell me about after school clubs?

We run a range of after school clubs. Each term, we offer a variety of school-led and externally-led clubs that typically end around 4:15pm. Our summer offering looked like this. There is a high demand for these clubs, which are usually free or nominal cost. We do our best to give all children a fair chance at them. For Year R clubs, these would only be during school hours when they are run. We also run a breakfast club from 8am in the morning, which costs £2.50/day. There is a reduced charge of £1 from 8:20am, but without breakfast. Finally, we also have an afters-school ‘wrap around care’ from 3:20pm-6pm. This is run by SCL, and details can be found here. It is much enjoyed by those who attend.


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Find out about school uniform here – including ordering information from SkoolKit.

Listen to the story, ‘Boris the Robot’

Year R Induction Video

An informative video for parents and children who are joining St Mark’s in Sept 2020. Please have a cup of tea and enjoy! Below is a playlist of the different parts, or click here to watch the full video.

Listen to the Year R teachers read a story

Meet Mrs Baird, Mrs Hearn, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Rushton, and listen to them read a story!

Welcome New Year R children and families!

blankToday is the day when parents and carers hear about the school place awarded for starting Year R in September. We want to welcome you and your child into the St Mark’s community, and look forward to getting to know you as we begin the school journey together.

You will hopefully have received an email this morning from Hampshire Admissions offering the place (or postal offers are on their way). We have also sent an email to all successful applicants this morning, so please do look out for that (including in your spam/junk folder). Our email gives information about what to do next, especially in these different times. Just a reminder – it’s important not to come into school until we give further information. Thank you.

We will be in touch via email with more information, and on this page on our website.