Sidegate Primary School

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Frequently Asked Questions

New Reception Intake Parent Questionnaire -

Please use the link below to complete our form, to ask any questions that you may have about your child starting in September.


We will use your questions to create an FAQ sheet that will be ParentMailed to you and also uploaded on to our website: This survey will close on Friday 16th July 2021.


New Reception Intake September 2021 Parents' Questions

New Reception Intake FAQs

What will happen if my child does not want to leave me?

It is very normal for children to find it difficult to separate from their parents. We usually find that once the child is in school and the parents have left, the child is absolutely fine.


Please prepare your child for what to expect (don’t assume that they already know):

  • An adult will be on the playground to meet you and take you into school.

  • Mummy/Daddy/etc will then go to work/home.

  • At lunchtime/end of the day, Mummy/Daddy/etc will come to collect you.


If your child does not want to leave you and walk in with an adult unaided, then an adult will take their hand and walk them in - however hard it feels, be firm, say goodbye and walk away - it will be fine. This usually works.


If your child becomes very distressed, we will not force them to leave you. It may be that you need to wait on the playground until we have a member of staff available who can spend some more time with you and your child. You will not be able to come into the classroom with your child, but we may be able to let you spend some time in the outdoor area. 


If you think your child will find it very difficult to separate, please just stand back until others have gone in. This way your child will see that others are okay and it will also enable staff to give you a bit more time and attention.


Rest assured that we will do everything we can to reduce stress and make it work for you and your child.

Summer 2022 - Termly Curriculum Overviews now available under our section 'Key Information' 'The Sidegate Curriculum'