Church Lane, Shevington, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 8BD

01257 401125

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

Growing together in faith, love & learning

Reception Class Starting School Arrangements 



When your child starts school you may have many questions. Here are some Parents most common concerns...


Is there a phased entry when starting school?

Yes, our Reception children’s entry is phased over two weeks. In order to introduce the new children gently into full-time school we have arrange for them to start school in smaller groups based upon their birthdays. You will receive your child’s start date when you attend the ‘New Starters’ Meeting.


These first 2 weeks are an important stage in the transition from Nursery to Primary School and helps your child to settle and get to know their Teacher. These start dates are strictly adhered to and when your child starts school they will start full time.


Will my child get to meet their Teacher before starting school?

During the Covid-19 crisis we are currently unable to invite children into School to meet their teacher.  Please share the video below with your child to see Mrs Buck's Message. 

Does my child receive a free lunch?

Yes, as of September 2014 all children from Reception Class to Year 2 are entitled to free school meals. We encourage all the Reception children to have a school dinner. You will receive more information on the variety meals and how you order these in early September.

If my child has any additional needs are we able to have a one to one chat with the Teacher prior to starting school?

Yes, if your child has additional needs, please call the school office to make an appointment to speak to the Reception Class Teacher.  Please email school any details of support your child already receives, care plans if they have medical needs.

We are sure that your child will be very happy at St Bernadette’s and we are looking forward to teaching all the new children in September and working in close partnership with you, the parents.

If you have any questions which have not been answered, please contact the school office. We will update this page with common queries.