Applications for Reception 2021

The staff of all of the Schools in Frays Academy Trust recognise that choosing a Primary School for your child is an important decision.  As we are currently in Tier 2, Laurel Lane are able to offer brief tours of the school at 4.00 pm on Wednesday and Thursdays.  To keep visitors to the school at a minimum we would ask that only parents who are not already familiar with the school make appointments.  We will only be able to show a minimum of 2 parents / carers of the same family group (no children) at any time.  These arrangements are subjects to change or cancellation according to Government guidelines.

Please contact our school office on: 01895 462360 or

The PowerPoint presentation below gives you information about what our day in Reception looks like.  Please click on the link below.

We look forward to welcoming you, but we are also very conscious of keeping everybody safe.

Each school in the Trust has its own individuality while sharing the common ethos founded on the Christian principles of respect for one another, honesty and self-reflection. Although a Christian based Academy Trust, all of the schools welcome applications for children of all Faiths, or none. We are respectful of everyone’s differences and celebrate this diversity.

Laurel Lane Primary School became part of the Frays Academy Trust in 2013 and has thrived under its support. In 2016 Laurel Lane Primary School was awarded the Mayor’s Fund for London’s School of the Year award. The most recent results for children at the end of year 6 showed that they had made expected progress during their primary education.

The School prides itself in providing a warm and welcoming environment which encourages pupils to flourish both academically and personally, and enables every child to reach their full potential.

From the moment a child joins us in Reception we start laying the foundations for a lifetime and love of learning. We use the concept of ‘Learning Through Play’ to develop our pupils’ knowledge in 7 curriculum areas. These 7 areas are divided into 3 prime areas, and 4 specific areas. The 3 prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development, and Communication and Language development. The children explore these areas through practical, play based, activities set up in the classroom and the outside area which change regularly, according to the topics being covered. The 4 specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. There are twice daily ‘carpet sessions’ which focus on the teaching of basic maths and literacy skills. These are then practised in small groups with a teacher. The children have learning targets which are set termly which allow staff to monitor every child’s individual progress ready for the transition into Year 1, when a more formal approach to education is taken. The children will have Homework activities to support the work done in class which will include learning and practising phonics or tricky words, number games, and ‘craft’ tasks – making things related to the current topic. In addition to this every child has a reading book which is changed weekly and sent home daily for you to enjoy with your child and involve you in their education. We encourage 10 minutes daily reading practice at home.

There are two Reception classes at Laurel Lane Primary School which can each have a maximum of 30 children, in line with Government guidance. The two classes share an ‘L’ shaped room with access to child-sized toilet facilities, and a cloakroom area. The children also use the outside area as an extension to their classroom - not just as a playground for break times! Every child is entitled to a free school meal until the end of Year 2. These are cooked freshly, on site, every day with a choice of meals available, including halal and vegetarian options. Children can also bring in a packed lunch if they prefer, but all children eat together seated in the hall.

Please take the time to explore our website where you find plenty of information, but if you have any questions please call Jo Harris – Admissions Officer, Frays Academy Trust on 01895 462352, any Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Welcome to Reception Classes 2020 14th Jul 2020 Download