Starting Foundation Stage in September 2021
Message from Liz Astley, Headteacher
A warm welcome awaits your child at The Stoke Poges School.
One of the best ways to get to know a school is to visit. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to host visits at this current time. We are however delighted to be able to share with you a virtual tour that has been produced by our Year 6 prefects. They are very proud to show you round.
Please click on the video below to watch the tour.
We hope that the tour gives you some insight into life at Stoke Poges and the fun that awaits your child. Please do not hesitate to give the school office a call on 01753 643319 if you have any questions, would like some further information or would like to book an appointment to come and meet with me.
We do hope you'll join us and look forward to welcoming you to our very special school.
‘Building on High Expectations’
Our Early Years provision is one of our greatest assets. We stimulate children’s natural
curiosity and nurture their capacity to learn and to express themselves as individuals. We
support them to embrace the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, in which they
are encouraged to take ownership for their learning, challenge themselves, become resilient
and develop independence.
The children access learning opportunities in a well-resourced inside and outside environment.
Skills are developed through adult-led activities, and these skills are then used in a wide and
exciting variety of structured play-based learning experiences. As children develop they quickly
move towards a greater emphasis being placed upon the key skills of reading, writing and
numeracy, appropriate to their individual level of development. Throughout the Foundation
Stage, there remains at all times an ethos where structured play and key skills from the breadth
of the EYFS curriculum lie at the heart. We believe if a child is enthused, encouraged and
engaged they will learn and thrive.
By means of a secure online journal called Tapestry, the children’s development and learning is
monitored by staff and shared with parents on a regular basis. Special moments and learning
milestones are recorded and accompanied with photos and/or videos which parents can easily
access on any mobile device. This integral part of communication enables parents to follow
their child’s learning journey through Foundation Stage.
Our team encourage our children to have a love of learning. We build the foundations for all
later learning and are proud of the start we give them in a caring, stimulating and positive
environment. Our children are an intrinsic part of our school community and they flourish in
For more details on how to apply for a Foundation Stage place, please visit our 'Admissions' page.
We primarily communicate with parents via email and send Friday information and reminders each week. Our monthly bulletin is published monthly, with news of the activities occurring in school.
We use a fantastic, easy-to-use, secure, online learning journal called Tapestry to celebrate your child’s learning and development in Foundation Stage. Your child may already have a nursery Tapestry account that will transfer and continue.
School Gateway App
We use the School Gateway App which is a key parental engagement tool. We use the App to send you short reminder messages directly to your mobile device. You will be able to use the App to report your child’s absence, view your child’s attendance statistics, link to all school services and view your child’s report. You can also tell us about any changes to your contact details via the App.
School Milk & Fruit
Your child will receive a carton of milk and a piece of fruit at break time. Fruit will continue until the end of Key Stage One, however milk will stop on your child's 5th birthday. You may pay for your child to continue receiving milk should you wish to.
The School caterer is Dolce and you will order your child’s meal on line from their software provider SchoolGrid. All Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children are currently entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal. You may provide your child with a packed lunch if you prefer.
Our school uniform can be purchased online from Different Class Schoolwear. Differentclassschoolwear.co.uk