Children who have just joined us (Sept 2020)

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The following is information for parents of children who start in September 2020. However, you may find it useful to see what we offer as a school!

blankWelcome 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 the email address (this is only for children currently in Year R).


September Plans, based on child’s birthday

Autumn BirthdaysSpring BirthdaysSummer Birthdays



Update 31st August

School Newsletter

You should have received a newsletter recently via email. Any newsletters are also posted on our website here. They come out each week, plus other updates. If you’ve not received the newsletter (it may have gone to spam), check there first, or sign up here.

It’s important to read the updates about wearing of masks too, details of which are on the latest newsletter.

Phased start dates

A reminder that a breakdown of the part time sessions your child will be attending within their first few weeks can be found above.

You will then need to click on

  • ‘Autumn birthdays’ if your child was born between 1st September and 31st December 2015
  • ‘Spring birthdays’ if your child was born between 1st January and 30th April 2016
  • ‘Summer birthdays’ if your child was born between 1st May and 31st August 2016

Water bottles

We will be providing each child with a water bottle. These may not quite be ready before the start of the term so please send in a water bottle from home on your child’s first day, ensuring it is one they can open and close independently.


The fruit and vegetable scheme is resuming and we will be able to provide this from Wednesday 9th September. Please feel free to send a piece of fruit or vegetable in with your child on Monday 7th and/or Tuesday 8th September. You can send this in either a named sandwich bag or small named Tupperware container, but not loose please.

Chatterboxes and All about me booklets

We will be accepting these in as planned. We will put them in quarantine for a week or so first before we share them with the children. We’ll also wash hands before and after, ensure children don’t touch the contents of each other’s boxes and then send them home on the same day. 

Reading folders

Please do bring in your child’s empty reading folder from their first day onwards. Just to remind you, this this ‘folder’ is the zippy wallet we sent home containing the summer activity resources and other resources. You do not need to send in any type of bag or backpack.

PE day

We will have PE every Monday, but we will not be starting these PE sessions for a few weeks to allow the children to settle into school. So, until further notice send them in every day in school uniform.

Once we begin PE you will need to send your child in dressed in their PE kit evey Monday. They will remain in their PE kit all day so you do not need to send in a PE bag or school uniform to change into. Children should wear trainers as these are much more comfortable and supportive than plimsolls and they are now wearing them all day. They will need to wear their normal school jumper on PE days as well.

Year R newsletter

We will be sending home a newsletter within the first few weeks of term which will give further information about our topic for the term, when we will begin PE, Phonics, reading books and much more.


If you have not already done so, please activate your Tapestry account so that you can start receiving posts once the term begins. Some activation codes had expired over the summer so these have been re-sent to those of you who still needed to activate your account.


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.

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.


See a selection of videos here that you – and your children! – may find helpful

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!