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Mid-School Need-to-Know Information

We are looking forward to welcoming our new pupils very soon. The information below will help parents get started on this exciting next step in their child's future. 

Important Dates

Our 'Meet the Teacher' event on Tuesday 10th September is an important diary date. This starts at 19:00hrs prompt in Melton Hall with a speech from Mr Shore. We recommend that at least one parent attends. This is an adult-only event. After Mr Shore's presentation, parents will then go to their child's classroom to meet their Form Teacher. 

Update us

Please keep a look out for the New Pupil Data Booklet which will arrive shortly by email. Parents are required to complete and submit this form containing information we need to know such as contact details, medication etc. 

First Day of Term and Term Dates

All our Academic Dates (term dates) can be found within our 'Parent Hub' section on our website by clicking here

We have a small number of inset days each academic year for teacher training. School is closed and Holiday Club is open on inset days. 

Diary Dates

Our school terms are packed full of events. Ensure you stay up to date. Our diary listing is available on our website under our 'Parent Hub' (or by clicking here) and events coming up in the next week are also put in our weekly Parent Communication (read more about this in the section 'Communications from School'). 

The School Day

Registration opens at 08:30hrs and closes at 08:45hrs. However,  we do ask that children aim to arrive at 08:30hrs so they can settle and get organised for the day prior to lessons and assembly starting at 08:45hrs. 

Children arriving after 08:45hrs are considered as 'late'. We find that children arriving late or very close to 08:45hrs can get upset or feel anxious as they feel rushed. Children arriving late will miss out on important teaching time.


Further information about our uniform and a uniform list can be found in our ‘Parent Hub’ section by clicking herePlease note that some uniform items are optional and some compulsory - these are indicated on our uniform list.

Our uniform supplier is Stevensons who have a branch in Reading and an online store at www.stevensons.co.ukWe recommend buying uniform prior to the summer holidays to allow for items to be changed and to ensure availability. Please note that the Reading branch is currently closed for renovation.

Waverley also operates a second hand uniform shop. This is available by appointment only by emailing our School Office at info@waverleyschool.co.uk or calling 0118 973 1121. All proceeds are in aid of the WFA (Waverley Friends Association), which is our PTA, which organises fun events and activities for our pupils and their families. 

After School Club and Breakfast Club (Extended Hours)

The school day starts at 08:30hrs and ends at 15:30hrs. Children requiring wrap-around care outside of these hours will need to be booked into Early Risers Club (07:30-08:00hrs), Breakfast Club (08:00hrs-08:30hrs) or After School Club (15:00-18:00hrs). 

Bookings for our After School Club (ASC) and Breakfast Club will open end of June/early July. We strongly recommend that parents book our wrap-around care very promptly to avoid disappointment. Bookings are made via our online booking system, SchoolBase, and you will receive an email with login details and how how to book sessions once bookings are open.

Bookings are made for the term ahead. We also offer ad hoc sessions depending on availability. 

You can read more about our Early Risers and Breakfast Club by clicking here.  For more information about our After School Club click here

If you have any questions prior to booking, please contact Mr Alex Kear-Hill at extendedhours@waverleyschool.co.uk

Peripatetic Lessons (Speech & Drama and Musical Instruments)

 Speech and Drama: This is included in the curriculum for pupils from Reception until the end of Year 2. From Year 3 onwards, it is an extra-curricular lesson with an additional charge but we strongly recommend children continue with these lessons. Normally, all children in KS2 continue with Speech and Drama. To find out more about the benefits of Speech and Drama and what our pupils do in these lessons, please click hereIf you are interested in you child having Speech and Drama lessons, please contact Mrs April Herridge at aherridge@waverleyschool.co.uk

Musical Instruments: Music is included in the curriculum throughout school. Through our specialist teachers, children also have the opportunity to study a range of instruments in individual 30 minute music lessons. This includes, but is not limited to, piano, guitar, electric guitar, trumpet and flute. We recommend that children start learning a musical instrument from Year 1 or 2 - we find our Reception children are a little too young and do not yet have the finger strength or concentration levels. If you are interested in you child having music lessons, please contact Mrs April Herridge at aherridge@waverleyschool.co.uk

Holiday Club

Holiday Club is open to all school age children from Reception to Year 6. Children joining our Reception 2023 class will be eligible to join Holiday Club from 1st September 2023 onwards, which is when they are considered to be of school age by the Government. If you need holiday care before the 1st September, your child will need to be booked into Nursery for ad hoc sessions if they normally attend term time only. 

Bookings for our Holiday Club are also booked via our online system. Parents will be notified by email when bookings for Holiday Club are open. You can read more about Holiday Club here

Holiday Club is available to children for all Waverley holidays and half term holidays. The only exception is that Holiday Club is not open during the Christmas week. Our Holiday Club is open to both Waverley and non-Waverley pupils and places do fill up fast. 

Communications from School

We send out a weekly Parent Communication every Friday by email during term time. We strongly advise parents to read this before the start of the following week as it contains need-to-know information for the week ahead. 

We use a system called Clarion to send out emails. For urgent issues, we may send a text message via Clarion. eg. closure due to extreme weather. 

The Waverley Friends Association (WFA)

Every Waverley parent is automatically a member of our WFA who organise events for the school community. Read more about the WFA by clicking here (pdf). To find out how you can get involved email Louise Keen at wfa@waverleyschool.co.uk.

More information about starting school...

Closer to your child's start date, we will be issuing a 'Parent Handbook' for further information to help you and your child with the transition to Waverley.

Follow us!

There is so much happening at Waverley that we can never fit everything into our weekly Parent Communication. For regular updates during the school week to see what is happening at school, follow us on social media.

  • Facebook: @waverleyschool
  • Twitter: @waverleyschool
  • Instagram: @waverleyprepschool

Who to contact

We're here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries...