New Pupil Starter Pack

Thank you for applying to Little Bowden School

We want your child's transition to our school to be smooth and comfortable, whether they are joining us from a pre-school or from another primary school. Below are some documents that you might find useful.

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Please direct these to or call the office on 01858 462528.

We are currently in the process of updating our school prospectus. Once this is complete, you will be able to access it here.


Please read carefully

1. Parent Guide to Early Years – information about what to expect when your child starts in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – for reading only.

2. Starting School – Nursery World article on children starting school – for reading only.

3. Uniform Policyfor reading only.

4. Overview of a school dayfor reading only.

5.b) Baseline Assessments – It is a statutory requirement that this questionnaire is completed - Reception (new starters) only, to complete this form.

5.c) Transition Questionnaire – This questionnaire helps the teachers of new starters in Reception an idea of your child and how they are coping with the idea of starting school – Reception (new starters) only, to complete this form.

6. The Official Application Form – This is the most important form of all. All of the information given on this form will be entered in to the school data base.

It is vital that all contact information is completed and that emails and telephone numbers are written clearly.

New starters in Reception will also need to bring a copy of their birth certificate – this is a legal requirement. It will be photocopied and returned to you asap.

ALL applicants, including ‘mid-term transfers’ must complete this form.



Starter Pack - The downloadable forms

1. Parents guide to EYFS

2. Starting School (news article)

3. LBS School Uniform Policy

4. Overview of the Day

5a. Baseline Assessments

5b. Transition Questionnaire

6. Official Application Form

In order to ensure a smooth transition for your child starting school in September, we will be having staggered sessions for their first few weeks of the term. This reduces the number of children in the class initially so that it is less overwhelming for them and makes things, such as the first time to the dinner hall, better for them. The children will be split into two groups depending on their date of birth, called 'younger' or 'older', for these staggered start sessions. If your child is born before 1st March 2019, they are our 'older' children. Children born on or after 1st March, 2019 are our 'younger' children. 

Please see the documents below for more details about when your child will start school.

Letter from the Head - New Starters

Staggered start timetable 2023