Rainbows New Starter


           Rainbows New Starters 2023

Hello and welcome to Haddenham St Mary’s! 

We are very much looking forward to meeting everyone at our stay and play and transition morning soon. This page will contain lots of information about your child’s transition and start to school. It will be updated weekly so please check back for new information.

Welcome Meeting 12/06/23

It was lovely to see so many of our new starters and their family on Monday. We hope your child had a good time if they came and are looking forwards to the next transition day when they meet their new class and class teacher/s on Monday 4th July.

The powerpoint for the welcome meeting is below.

New- Tuesday 12th June New Starters PPT

Our Vision/Ethos:

At Haddenham St Mary’s Church of England School we are committed to excellence, care and fun for all.

Integral to our approach is the Christian ethos of caring for one another in school, in the local community and in society. At Haddenham St Mary’s, every child matters and everyone cares.

Our Aims:

We work in partnership with parents, governors and the wider community to –

  • Promote curiosity and enthusiasm
  • Develop all abilities
  • Reward effort and achievement
  • Encourage independence
  • Promote creative and logical thinking
  • Encourage respect and sensitivity for others
  • Develop self confidence and self-esteem
  • Support Christian values

Our Core Values:

Respect, honesty, forgiveness, love, compassion and friendship.

These underpin all our aims and are integral to our ethos.

Our Legacy:

For every child and every family to take away wonderful memories of their early years with us.

Key Dates:

Monday 12th June: 9.30-10.30 Stay & Play with parent information session at 10.00

Tuesday 4th July: 10.00-12.00 Transition morning in new class (children only)- please can your child have a nut free snack and water bottle for this morning.

Tuesday 5th September: First day of school


The first day will be on Tuesday 5th September where the times will either be 9.30-11.30 or 12.30-2.30 depending on the letter to be received. They will not have lunch in these sessions but can bring or have one of the school snacks. This is to allow a calm transition into school for the children and the staff to get know the class.

The following Monday the whole class will be in for full time: the gates to school open for drop off at 8.50 and registration will be taken soon after this. Pick up is at 3.05. The children will have access to a snack in the morning but are welcome to bring in their own snack. We ask for all snacks to be nut-free and brought in on Mondays in a named container where the children can have one each day throughout the week.

School Uniform, PE and Forest School

Both Rainbow classes will have a Forest school session each week (to be confirmed), they will need to come to school wearing appropriate Forest School clothes (please see guidance under the ‘The Magic of Forest School on our website). Both classes will have P.E. once a week (to be confirmed), children should wear their PE kit for these days. In hot weather they can wear a t-shirt and shorts, in colder weather they can wear their PE bottoms and PE/School jumper.  Please bring in a pair of named wellies for your child to remain in school to be used when the weather gets wetter. Information on the school uniform will given out for the stay and play and then added to this page later.


We were thrilled to have received ‘Outstanding’ in our early years provision in our most recent OFSTED inspection in September 2021, where the inspectors looked at both Reception and Little Forest Friends in great depth.

‘The curriculum in early years is exceptionally well planned and taught. Leadership of this aspect of the school’s work is inspirational. Children get off to a brilliant start in their education. Staff are highly skilled. This is evident in the expert way they support children’s communication and language skills. Staff use every opportunity to engage children in conversation and foster learning. Children sustain attention and engage fully in all that there is on offer.’ OFSTED 2021

To read the full report , please click on the link below:

HSM OFSTED 14.09.21


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Headteacher: Mrs K Collett. Chair of Governors: Mrs G Bull
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