Everything You Need to Know Before Your Child Starts

Virtual Informaton Events

Parents who are interested in sending their child to Swindon Academy's Reception classes are invited to attend our Virtual Information Events on Tuesday 15th December as below.  These sessions will be delivered by each of the Headteachers and will help to provide you with information you will want to know in advance of you deciding which school you would like your child to go to.  There will be some time for you to ask questions.  Please click on the below that is relevant to the site you are interested in.

Beech Avenue Site - Tuesday 15th December at 9.00am

At the Online Event above, a Powerpoint presentation was shared with parents to provide more information.  If you missed the event, or you want to remind yourself of what was said, you can access this information here.

Alton Close Site - Friday 8th January at 10.00am - link to be made shortly


Parents' Handbooks 

Parents can also find out more about each of our sites by glancing through the Primary Parents' Handbooks.  Please click on the images below to read the Primary Parents’ Handbook, either for the Beech Avenue or Alton Close sites.  These documents will provide you with lots of information about our Primary Phase that will help you prepare your child for joining Reception.



What happens next?

  • Once you have decided where you want your child to attend school, you will need to complete the online process with Swindon Borough Council to apply for a place.  The instructions of how to do this can be found on our Applying for a Reception Place webpage.
  • We hope that before your child starts with us in Reception, we will be able to run a session for families to come in and see our lovely classroom environment with your own eyes.

Preparing for Primary School

Over the coming weeks and months, (if you choose to) you can begin to get your son/daughter ready for starting primary school.  Below you will find some links to online material that could help you do that.

Preparing your child for starting school

What does it mean to be ‘school ready’?

Helping your child be school ready

There are also many wellbeing resources available for use with young children, starting now and beyond them starting school.  You may find some of these useful. 

Cosmic Yoga

What is Mindfulness?

Activities for parents and children

Stuck indoors

The Lily Jo Project 


Mental Health Foundation

Youth Wellbeing directory

Young Minds  


Elsa Support

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