We appreciate that starting a new school can be a daunting experience for many children, to make life easier for our new Reception children we run a buddy system, whereby each Year 6 pupil is assigned an ‘infant’ from the new Reception class.
This friendship is established before the infant begins their school journey. Each Junior will write, introducing themselves to their infant during the summer holiday before they start school. A photo accompanies this letter, so each new child can identify with their Junior before they meet. Your child’s Junior will guide them through the first few weeks of school, helping with lunchtime, supporting friendships and encouraging happy play.
Our Junior system has proved very successful in supporting a child’s first few weeks at school, and it also encourages positive interaction between children of different years. The juniors also benefit from this system, as it promotes positive role-modelling and enables the children to develop leadership and mentoring skills.