September 2023 Starters Welcome

Admission Information for Children Starting at Dunalley in Reception September 2023

Welcome to Dunalley - A message from our Head Teacher:
Click the following link to see welcome email sent to all new starter families: New Starters - Head Teacher Welcome

Welcome to Dunalley - A message from our Early Years Team:
The Early Years team at Dunalley are delighted to welcome you to our school. This is the beginning of a very exciting journey and it is important that your child feels happy and secure as they begin their school life.

At Dunalley, we recognise the importance of the relationships we have with our families and value the information you share with us about your child. You have been your child’s first teacher since the day they were born and you know them best. By working together, we can help your child to become the best they can be. With this in mind, please know that you are welcome to ask us questions and please be as open as possible with the team, as this will help us to support your child.

Please take a look at the information below which will give you a taste of what you can expect when you join our school community.

We have put together a booklet for our families which provides lots of useful information, you are able to access the booklet by following the link below.

At the beginning of June you will be sent log in details to Edulink One which is our new communication software and where you will submit admission data for your child’s school record.  It is imperative that you complete this in full and accurately when asked as it will provide us with important information required. 

We highly recommend you download the Edulink One app to stay upto date with school life.  Please find out more about Edulink One HERE.

Important dates:

Coronation Celebration – Friday 5th May at 3.30 pm
You are invited with your family to join us to mark this national event.  Please bring a picnic, rug and, if you'd like to, wear Red, White & Blue.

Welcome ‘Tea Party’ – Friday 23rd June at 2pm 
This will provide you with an opportunity to meet with our early years team and school leaders, we will also share practical information about starting school and discuss the ways in which we can work together to make the experience as positive as possible for your children.   This is an information session for parents however children are welcome.

Please ensure that you bring your child's birth certificate with you to the tea party for our admin team to certify.

AiP, our catering provider will be at hand to offer a taster session of the lunches provided for the children.

Stay and Play Sessions - Tuesday July 4th and Tuesday July 11th from 2pm to 2.45pm
In addition to the welcome tea party, we would like to invite you and your child into school to enjoy ‘stay and play sessions’ with the EYFS teachers.  
These sessions will be held on our front field and further information will be provided for families nearer the time. 

Summer Festival – Saturday 8thJuly 11am – 3pm
Families are welcome to join the PTFA’s of local schools at Pittville School for a family event to raise money for the schools involved.

Starting school – Part time/Full time 
We realise the importance of knowing school term dates as soon as possible and are pleased to be able to inform you now about the part time/full time schedule for your children in starting in September. 

New Reception children will start PART TIME ONLY Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September, if the children are ready to attend school on a full time basis they will do so on Monday 11th September.  Exact times and more detailed information for morning or afternoon sessions will be provided later this term.

Additional Information:
Please complete the following information to complete your child's pupil record:

To help us begin to find out all about your child and their interests we would like to invite families to start using Tapestry straight away.  Tapestry is an online learning journal which will be used during the whole of your child's Reception year with us. Please register at the following link:

School Uniform:
Please find full details HERE

Earlies & Lates Registration:
Booking for our before and after school care will open at 7pm on Monday 26th June - you will receive an email with a link to the form at 7pm.  Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.  New starters are able to book sessions from the second week of the autumn term.

Further Information:
Further information can be found by following the links below:
Apply for Free School Meals here
Register for Free School Milk here

Parental Starting School Checklist:
Date Action Completed
17th April Receive and read Welcome Email
5th May If you can, attend the Coronation Celebration at Dunalley
Around 5th June Receive Edulink One details and log in
Around 5th June Edulink One - click LINKS & COMMUNICATION Consents Explained document
Around 5th June Edulink One - click UPDATE INFORMATION and update yours and your child's information 
Between 14th June & 23rd June Complete Additional Admission Information Survey (link will be sent via Edulink One)
14th June - 1st July Complete Additional Dietary, Health & Asthma Survey (sent via Edulink One), if relevant
Between 17th April & 23rd June Complete Tapestry Declaration (link above)
23rd June Attend Welcome Tea Party - bring along child's birth certificate
Beginning of July Receive Class information
4th & 11th July Attend Stay and Play Sessions
8th July If you can, attend the Summer Festival at Pittville School
23rd June - 31st Aug Buy school uniform (link above)
23rd June - 21st July Apply for Free School Meals (everyone - link above)
23rd June - 21st July Register for Free School Milk (free until your child is 5 - link above)
5th - 8th September Start School Part Time
11th September Start School Full Time

OPEN DAY for 2024 Starters

20 Nov 2023

Another OPEN DAY for September 2024 Starters will take place on January 9th 2024 at 9.30am to 10.30am - please just come along!
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OPAL Bingo - Winners

15 Nov 2023

Coming Soon !
Another OPAL Bingo opportunity

OPAL Platinum Award

18 Apr 2023

Awarded Platinum
This award means that Dunalley primary has some of the best lunchtime play opportunities in the country for all their pupils.

Sports Day

24 Mar 2023

Sports Day 
KS2 - 11th July 
KS1 - 13th July

OPAL Bingo

31 Jan 2023

The competition has started, which class can conmplete their OPAL Bingo card?

Parent Walkthrough - Read, Write Inc KS1

13 Jan 2023

Parents/Carers are invited to our Walk through on Thursday 2nd February from 9am to 9.30am

Healthy Schools Award

16 Dec 2022

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Award

Year 6 Art

21 Nov 2022

Our Year 6 children have prodiced some fabulous art work.

Call of the Wild

04 Oct 2022

Our Year 6 residential week is underway.The children are having a fabulous time.

Y6 - Secondary School Open Days

16 Sep 2022

Over the coming few weeks there are a number of open days in the local area that we would like to make you aware of.