Starting in Foundation Stage

Due to the current COVID19 situation our usual induction programme has unfortunately had to be amended for the last couple of years. However we are really hopeful that we can return to our full induction programme, details below, for the children who are due to start school in September 2022.

There is a comprehensive induction programme for new entrants during the summer term before they are due to start school, which helps the children to feel confident about starting. During this time the children have an opportunity to come to our book and toy library. This is held in the KS1 dining hall between 2.00pm-2.45pm and are generally run on a Monday and a Wednesday but nearer the time the days will be confirmed.

Children also have the opportunity to spend time in the classroom with their parents experiencing some of the exciting activities which are in store for them as well as joining their new class teacher in the classroom for a story. During this time there are also meetings for parents to explain the process in more detail.

For children starting in September 2022

You are more than welcome to contact us to book on to one of our school tours if your child is due to start in Foundation Stage in September 2022. The headteacher likes to meet all new pupils and parents and these tours are a good way for you not only to see the school but meet our friendly dedicated staff too. More details around the tours during Autumn 2021 . The tour dates are as below:

  1. Monday 20th September 1.15pm
  2. Wednesday 29th September 9.15am
  3. Monday 4th October 1.15pm
  4. Wednesday 20th October 9.15am
  5. Wednesday 3rd November 9.15am
  6. Monday 15th November 1.15pm
  7. Wednesday 24th November 9.15am
  8. Monday 29th November 1.15pm
  9. Wednesday 1st December 9.15am
  10. Monday 6th December 1.15pm

Please call 01375 672138 or email admin@giffardsprimary.thurrock.sch.uk to book a place.

The applications for a place for September 2022 can be made from 1st November 2021 until 15th January 2022 online via the Thurrock Council Admissions page  and all offers will be sent by the Local Authority on 19th April 2022.

All children are admitted full time from the Autumn term.

Initially they stay until 12 noon, then until 1.00pm and then full time until 3.00pm. This ensures a smooth start to their schooling life. If at any point during the initial transition period either your child’s teacher or yourself do not think your child is settling well we can arrange for them to reduce their hours slightly. This does not often happen but if you feel this is the case with your child then please see your child’s teacher.