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Martins Wood Primary School

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Martins Wood Primary School

Starting School


Thank you for your interest in Martins Wood Primary School (including Saplings Pre-School).  We are delighted that you are considering us.


Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision and so to be helpful we have put links to everything you might need all on the one page.  If there is anything else you would like to know then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can arrange for the most appropriate person from the Senior Leadership Team to speak with you.


Welcome to Martins Wood Primary School

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Virtual Tour

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Starting School in Saplings, Nursery or Reception


When you have accepted the offer of a place at this school we will contact you inviting you to attend a meeting for parents of children starting with us. At this point we will discuss with you the arrangements for starting school and some of the common problems and anxieties.


We usually stagger the starting time for each group so that we can help all children to settle well. When children start in their reception class they will build up to staying for a whole day by spending first of all a half day, then a half day plus lunch time and then finally a full day in school. This usually takes a week. If you feel that your child needs longer we will be happy to discuss this with you.


We will give you the chance to come in and have a school lunch, giving you the opportunity to see and try a school dinner. You will be able to view the choice available and your child will be much happier choosing their lunch when they start school if they have gone through the system with you.


Children joining Saplings Pre-School or Sursery will be given the opportunity to visit us with their parents before coming. Our Early Years staff will also visit your child in their pre-school setting or nursery prior to them joining us.


Please tell us as much as possible about your child so that we can enable them to settle quickly.


Starting School in Years 1 - 6


For older children who are transferring to the school we will discuss admission arrangements on an individual basis to plan for a smooth transition into Martins Wood.


Helpful Links


Read our Headteacher's Welcome message here.


Our Brochures are here.


You can read about our Vision here.


Find out more about our Curriculum here  and read more detailed plans here.


Our Ethos and Values are explained here, along with information about our Positive Behaviour policy.


SEN information is available here.


Find out more about Saplings Pre-School and our Nursery here.


Admissions information is available here.


How to apply


Saplings Pre-School:  please complete our Saplings Expression of Interest Form.


Nursery:  please complete our Nursery Expression of Interest Form.


Reception:  please apply through Hertfordshire County Council.  More guidance is available here.


Years 1 - 6:  please apply through Hertfordshire County Council.