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Reception 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:         Friday 7th July 2023 at 9:00am at the Main Hall.


Stay and Play sessions for new Reception children who are not currently attending St Raphael's Nursery: Monday 10th July 2023 at 9:30am to 10:30am.




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:


Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th & Friday 8th September:  Children will attend one 3-hour-session in groups of 6. 


Monday 11th: Children will attend one 3-hour-session in groups of 15.  


Tuesday 12th September: All children will be in school from 8:30am - 1:00pm. Lunch will be provided. 


Wednesday 13th September: Children will begin full-time hours 8.30am – 3.00pm

(All timings are subject to change and parents will be notified via email)

The School Day

Reception class 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 in the morning. We encourage you to say goodbye to your child at the gate and allow the teacher to help settle them into the classroom.

8.30am – School Gates open (Please ensure your child arrives at school, on time every day)

11:30pm – 12:30pm – Lunch time (School dinners and packed lunch)

3.00pm – End of school day (The gate will open at 3.00pm, please ensure you collect your child on time)

School Uniform

Your child will need to wear school uniform.  

Our uniform suppliers are Kevin’s in Greenford and Ace Clothing in Wembley.

All items of clothing MUST be clearly named before being brought into the school.


Summer Uniform

Please choose one option to be worn from September until October half term and from Easter to July (weather permitting – the school will advise on this)


Option 1:

  • Grey long trousers or grey shorts
  • Blue polo shirt (logo optional) or white short sleeved shirt (logo optional)
  • School tie
  • Grey v neck jumper with logo
  • Black shoes (not trainer style), plain grey or black socks
  • School hat available from Kevin’s or a plain navy or black cap
  • P.E. kit


Option 2:

  • Light blue gingham dress 
  • Grey v neck jumper/cardigan with logo
  • White ankle or knee length socks
  • Black flat shoes - no high heels or slip-ons
  • Navy blue, white, light blue or gingham hair bands or scrunchies
  • School hat or a plain navy or black cap
  • P.E. kit


Winter Uniform

Please choose one option to be worn from October half term until Easter


Option 1:

  • White shirt (long or short sleeve)
  • School tie
  • Grey trousers
  • Grey V neck jumper with logo
  • Plain grey or black socks
  • Black school shoes (not trainer style),
  • School fleece with logo (this is optional)
  • P.E. kit


Option 2:

  • Navy knee length skirt or pinafore or navy trousers
  • White blouse
  • School tie
  • Grey v neck cardigan or jumper with logo 
  • White ankle or knee length socks – socks should not have bows or embellishments
  • Navy blue knitted, woollen tights
  • Black flat shoes - no high heels or slip-ons
  • School fleece with logo (this is optional)
  • Navy blue, white, light blue or gingham hair bands or scrunchies
  • P.E. kit



  • School fleece with logo (this is optional)
  • Plain Navy or black coat with no logos
  • Plain navy or black hats, gloves and school scarf (optional)



  • 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.



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.


If for any reason a child is not able to wear their full and correct uniform on a particular day, the class teacher must be informed via class dojo.