For New Parents

For parents of children who are due to start school in September 2020-21

Thank you for returning your admissions forms for children who are due to start in September 2020-21. New parents will be receiving an email with our latest updates in the week commencing 15th June 2020. 

Please see the attachments below which we hope you will find helpful.

Video for New Parents

Videos for Mr Smith and Miss Leeland's New Classes

June Update

We are so excited to welcome your child to Dore Primary School and are very much looking forward to settling them into school life. 

We are also excited to welcome some new members of staff into the Foundation Team. The Foundation Team this year will be:

Leader of Foundation Stage


Miss Georgina Bradley


Class Teachers


Mr Matthew Smith

Miss Sophie Leeland


Support Staff


Mrs Karen Breen

Mrs Wiesia Russell

Miss Lorren Henstock


A phased start to school

This year we are challenged with many unknowns due to Covid-19. At this moment in time we are unable to guarantee and name a specific day and time for your child’s first day of school. Please expect a staggered start to school.  Thank you for your understanding; when we know more, following updates from the government, we will be in touch. Email will be the most efficient method of communication so please check these regularly. Any correspondence from us will be detailed as ‘Dore Pri FS2’ in the subject. Updates will also be posted on the school website under the ‘Parent Information’ tab and ‘For New Parents’.

Doorstep Visits

In order to comply with current social distancing rules, we will be offering ‘doorstep’ visits to all new families. Despite being unable to enter your home, we hope a doorstep chat will be just as highly anticipated by your child and urge you to participate in this offer.  The visit will enable both you and your child to ask questions and interact with your child’s new class teacher.  We hope to offer these visits in September and will update you via email to confirm this.


We are busy collating information from you and pre-school/nursery settings to find out more about your child. Unfortunately we are unable to offer transition visits to school this term. Staff are currently busy filming a short video for you to share with your child which includes a video tour of the Foundation classroom (which is relocating for 2020-21) and a warm welcome from the Foundation team. You will receive an email update towards the end of term when this video is ready. 

A ‘Get to Know You’ Booklet

Please find this booklet as an attachment on the ‘For new parents’ page for you and your child to fill in together. Your child can bring this with them on their first day of school to share with their new teacher, or you can make your own version if you are unable to print this. It is a great tool for teachers to use to engage your child in conversation and we have found that children are more eager to talk when photographs have been included where possible.

Important Information about School Life

All other important information e.g. details of the school day, can be found under the ‘For new parents’ tab too.  Staff have made a video for parents to watch in place of our welcome evening. Please take time to watch this and read through documents attached to the ‘For new parents’ page carefully, noting that some things may be subject to change to ensure that we are following government guidance relating to the Coronavirus. 


Please make sure you have read the following:

ü  Parent Information Booklet 2020 (hopefully detailing everything you need to know)

ü  Outdoor Learning at Dore Primary (detailing what your child will need to wear)

ü  School Calendar

ü  Attendance leaflet

ü  Taylor Shaw, medical diet form (if applicable e.g. your child has a food intolerance or allergy)


Thank you for continuing to bear with us during these uncertain times; we appreciate that the lack of certainty surrounding a start date is frustrating and will be in touch as soon as we have some clarity. We look forward to meeting you in the near future.


Best wishes,

Georgina Bradley

Leader of Foundation Stage

School Uniform

School uniform can be ordered direct through ‘School Trends Online’. Currently we would not advise parents to buy from market stalls or a company that is advertising our school uniform online, other than the one signposted by school. Buying school uniform from School Trends also contributes a little towards school funds as we get 5% of any sale.  (Details about our dress policy can be found on our website and a link to School Trends under the ‘Parent Information, Uniform’ tab). To keep updated with offers from School Trends, please visit their facebook page. A size guide flyer can be found attached below.

Other information

Dore Primary School also uses an online payment system for trips and residentials.  We do not accept cash in daily systems. More information will be given when your child starts school.
We very much welcome the involvement of our parents both in the education of the children and within school life.  We very much value our Parent Volunteers - see the Getting Involved page.
The Sheffield Parents' Assembly brings together mothers, fathers and carers from across the city to be part of decision making around services for children, young people and families.

See below for some helpful information about speaking and listening and other skills that you can begin to develop and practise at home prior to your child starting at school.
Matthew Smith,
19 Jun 2020, 04:43
Georgina Bradley,
12 Jun 2020, 08:31
Matthew Smith,
19 Jun 2020, 04:43
Georgina Bradley,
16 Jun 2020, 04:55
Georgina Bradley,
11 Jun 2020, 02:28
Richard Hanks,
3 Apr 2012, 06:23
Georgina Bradley,
15 Jun 2020, 10:45
Georgina Bradley,
11 Jun 2020, 10:40