Saint Raphael's Catholic Primary School

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Nursery New Starters

Welcome to St Raphael's Catholic Primary School.

Please find below details about your child’s new journey at St Raphael's Catholic Primary School.  Starting school is a big step in any child’s development and we would like to support you the best we can in this new chapter of your child’s life.  


Important Dates


Curriculum Meeting: Thursday 4th July 2024 at 10:00am. 


Stay and Play with parent session: Monday 16th September 2024.


Starting School

All children will start school on a part time basis.  This allows staff to get to know each child personally and for children to ease gently into school life.  Below are the planned start dates and times for your child:


Tuesday 17th September 2024: Children will attend one 1-hour-session in groups of 11. 


Wednesday 18th September 2024: Children will attend 2-hours-session in groups of 11.


Thursday 19th September 2024: All AM and PM Nursery children will start their 3 hours sessions.

All Full Time Nursery children will start their full day.


(All timings are subject to change and a letter will be sent to you via email)


The School Day

Nursery children come into school, via the Early Years gate located at Hartfield Avenue, onto the Early Years playground.  There will always be a member of staff, on the gate to greet you and your child.


AM and Full Time Nursery: 8.30am – School Gate opens (Please ensure your child arrives at school on time). The day will finish at 11.30am.


11:30pm – 12:00pm – Lunch time for Full Time Nursery children (pack lunch should be provided by parents/carers).


PM Nursery: 12.05pm – School Gate opens (Please ensure your child arrives at school on time).


3.05pm – End of school day for PM and Full Time Nursery children. (The gate will open at 3.00pm, please ensure you collect your child on time).


School Uniform


  • Pupils are expected to come to school looking clean and smart each day.
  • Pupils should have a haircut (minimum grade 2) - shaven hair, hair dye, gel and colour in hair are not permitted.
  • Pupils may have hair braided/plaited/extended, if it is neat, tidy and tied back.
  • Pupils with shoulder length hair or longer should have it tied back.
  • Pupils may use hair additional accessories to keep hair out of their faces only - fashion wear and styles are not part of our school uniform (navy colour).



On health and safety grounds, we do not allow children to wear jewellery in our school. The exceptions to this rule are that pupils may wear small earring studs in pierced ears. We ask the pupils to either remove these objects during PE and games, or cover them with a plaster, to prevent them from causing injury. Watches are permitted in the Junior classes, worn at the pupil’s own risk and only when children can tell the time.