FAQ for Prospective Parents

Rivermead Primary is part of the Bellevue Place Education Trust (BPET). For a place at our school, you will need to apply through Wokingham Council online portal where you’ll need to register. You may need to supply proof of your address to prove that you’ll live in the area before the start of the next school term. We are a two-form entry school and we admit up to 60 children into Reception year. When full, we have 420 pupils on roll.

All placements and allocations are through the WBC Admissions Team, the school has no influence over any decisions. Further information is available: School admissions – Wokingham Borough Council .

School uniform
We are pleased that our children look very smart in their uniform. Please click here to find detailed information about our school uniform.

School lunches
School meals are provided by Caterlink and cooked each day in our own kitchen. For children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 they are funded free through the government Free School Meals scheme. We have a system called Scopay which allows you to order meals for your child in advance and is an on-line payment system.

Allergies and food intolerances can be catered for and forms will be provided once you join to enable us to work with you to ensure we and the kitchen are aware of your child’s needs.

Lunch for EYFS is from 11.45 to 1pm, KS1 (Year 1 – Year 2) 12pm to 1pm and for KS2 (Year 3 – Year 6) from 12.15pm to 1.15pm. School dinners are provided by Caterlink Ltd. Meals can only be booked and paid online at www.scopay.com.

We encourage parents in all year groups to provide a healthy snack for their child. The school is part of the School Fruit and Vegetable scheme with MWW and Cool Milk. A piece of fruit is provided free for all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. Parents also have the option to buy into the Cool Milk scheme, which the children get free until they are 5. However, parents/carers can buy into the scheme and a carton of milk is also provided for your child daily. If a child is having a pack lunch, we encourage parents in all year groups to provide a healthy lunch for their child/ren.

Extended day provision – Breakfast and after school club
We offer Breakfast and After school club Monday to Friday, term time only and it is run by our own staff members. Please click here to find detailed information about our Breakfast and After School Club.

We charge £5 per day for Breakfast club and £10 per day for After School Club.

How does our EYFS work?
There are two registration classes in EYFS, with 30 children in each. The day begins with registration and phonics in groups, and then the whole unit is free-flowing and the children experience a balance of teacher led targeted activities and free learning choices. Throughout EYFS, the children follow a curriculum called Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is broken down into 7 key areas which your children will learn through play, teacher led groups/lessons and targeted activities throughout the day.

Your child will bring home books that help them to practice the letter sounds they are learning, along with books for you to read with them to foster a love of reading. We ask you to read with your child every day; this will be through reading stories and phonics books from school.

When would my child start school?
If your child is offered a place at Rivermead, they will start full-time from September. The children start school with half days for the first 4 school days to support the transition process. The children will be in with their class group during this part-time stage, and then come together when full-time as a whole cohort. This has been very successful over past years. If you wish to defer your start to later in the school year or begin the year part-time for your child, an appointment will be required with the Headteacher. We encourage all children to begin full time where possible.

Unfortunately there is no parking for parent’s onsite. We do encourage parents to be respectful of residents who live close to the school; requesting parents not to park on resident’s property, in front of driveways, parking inconsiderately or blocking cars in. If you are registered as disabled and have a blue badge you are permitted to park in the disabled bays in the layby outside the school. The school has two gates to access the site, Addington Gardens and Austin Road. We have an electronic gated system at the Addington Gardens entrance only to our school, this is the gate needed to gain entry onto the site during the school day.

All letters are sent via email. We use Arbor app which is an in-app messaging system as our channel of communication for non-critical / time-sensitive messages. So it’s very important we have your up to date contact details.

Contact details for the school
Should you have any further questions please contact the school office by clicking here