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Starting School-New Parent Information

Dear New Parents and Carers


Welcome to our New Parents' Presentation for children starting starting school in September 2020. What a strange time this is for us all. Thankyou to everybody who has returned their documentation, and hopefully you have all found your way to this part of the website, that has been set up especially for you. Here you will find messages, links, information and videos for yourselves and your children. We know it isn't the lovely transition we promised you, when you looked around BWIS back in October, Hopefully, we are looking at ways that we may be able to do a little transition before we start in September.


We know how worried you must be about starting school. I am a mummy myself and my little boy is about to go to BWJS. I want to reassure you we will do our best to help ease the start to our Bishops Waltham family. We can't wait to get to know you, and are hoping for a return to some normality soon. If that doesn't happen, we will work with you to make this as easy as we can. It may look a little different, but we are still the caring staff we always have been.


At this point of the talk, I let you know a little bit about how I became the headteacher of Bishops Waltham Infant School. I come from the Rhymney Valley in South Wales. My journey in education started at Trinity College in Carmarthen, where i graduated with a B.Ed honours degree. I moved to Hampshire to complete my NQT year (Newly Qualified Teacher). When people ask me 'Why Hampshire?' I have to be honest and tell them we holidayed as a family in Southsea and the Isle of Wight, and I really wanted to live near the sea! (In fact, my parents still holiday here every year).


My career started in a large infant school in Locksheath. I then became the Key Stage 1 and Early Years Manager at Wellow Primary School, acting twice as Deputy Headteacher, before leaving to become the Deputy Headteacher at Shakespeare Infant School in Eastleigh. I knew, from my experience of working in different schools with different age ranges, that my passion lay with working with infant children. Coming from a village myself, which has a lovely community spirit, when the post came up for Bishops Waltham Infant School, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. I became the Headteacher in September 2009 and joined a fantastic staff, many of whom are still with me today. I am very proud of our school and the opportunity to ensure your child has the best care and education possible.


The next three years will fly by. Before you know it, you will be saying goodbye to us. Our primary aim is for your child to enjoy learning. Happiness is a key to this. To be happy, children need to feel secure and trust that the adults will keep them safe and make them feel valued. Building our relationship with you is key to this and we will make sure you are well informed at all times. Once your child is settled and happy, we will start their learning journey, including you every step of the way. There will be regular times for you to talk to teachers and be involved in curriculum projects. If you have any worries, no matter how small, please talk to us. We are here as support for you as well as your children and the time you spend with us we want to be treasured.


Please have a good look around our website. We will be adding to this page over the next few weeks, so keep popping back. Do not hesitate to call us with any queries you may have. Once your child has started, things will be a lot clearer. Our first 'meet the teacher' evening is currently early in the Autumn term, and we will let you know the dates of this once they are set. 


With very best wishes


Mrs Riches




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