For children starting school in Reception from September, admissions are managed by B&NES Admissions department. Information below explains this process.
For in-year i.e. admissions to a year group part way through the school year, please contact the school directly for information.
Children are normally admitted to our Reception classes in the September following their fourth birthday. We admit children from many preschool settings in the area and have no influence over who is admitted to the school. We feel that it is really important that you come and visit our school when the children are here so that you can make an informed decision about your child's education.
Please see our admissions information. How to apply for a place will be self-explanatory. Places for our school are limited, therefore, we advise that you submit your application before the closing date. If a year group is over-subscribed the school's admission arrangements are followed.
Once your child has a confirmed place within our Reception classes, induction for parents and children takes place which includes an open evening for parents, and visiting days for pupils. This provides the opportunity for both the staff and parents to get to know each other, for questions to be answered and for the parents to feel confident about the positive start the children will be experiencing at our school.
School improvement plan
School improvement plan summary 2023-24
Our School Improvement Plan has five priority areas in line with the Ofsted schedule for inspections:
- The quality of education
- Behaviour and attitudes
- Personal development
- Effectiveness of leadership and management
- Effectiveness of early years education
The following areas have been identified as priorities for the academic year 2023-24:
Priority 1: The quality of education
Deliver sustainability education to all pupils as a progressive thread throughout our curriculum
Priority 2: Behaviour and attitudes
Ensure that all pupils have the highest aspiration and are models of the “Two Rivers Way” behaviour & values
Priority 3: Personal development
Implement a whole school spirituality plan in partnership with the local Church of England community
Priority 4: Effectiveness of leadership and management
Ensure that all pupils consistently achieve highly, particularly those in vulnerable groups and that disadvantaged and SEND attendance is at least 95%.
Priority 5: Effectiveness of early years education
Develop a two-class model for EYFS to support the growth of the school
Our school day
- Registration is at 8.45 am
- Children can arrive from 8.30 am
- Lunch is from 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
- The day finishes at 3.15 pm
Total hours provided in a typical week: 32 hours.
Community is an important part of our school ethos and we provide opportunities for pupils to feel a sense of belonging within and beyond their classroom via our house system. Children are enabled to recognise and provide positive role models from within their peer group and to develop relationships across the school. We also aim to provide opportunities for a sense of achievement outside the classroom and provide fun and excitement through competition.
To support our sustainability agenda, our houses are named after prominent environmentalists:
Sir David Attenborough
House points are awarded when pupils demonstrate our school values and show the very best of themselves in or out of class. All contributions are valued and each week is a fresh start.
Outdoor play and learning
At Two Rivers, we value the importance of play and take part in the Opal scheme to ensure our playtimes are filled with different play experiences.
Currently, children have the opportunity to engage in a variety of different activities every playtime including:
· Den making
· Digging pit
· Outdoor chalking
· Dressing up and role play
· Obstacle course making
· Loose parts station
· Team games
· Specialist sport activities led by sport coaches, e.g. archery
· Water play
All our children at Two Rivers are Eco Warriors. To promote the development of self-esteem, creativity, confidence and independence in the natural world we provide regular (usually weekly) forest school sessions to all classes
All children at Two Rivers are Eco Warriors and sustainability is a key part of our school curriculum and ethos.
Our houses are named after prominent environmentalists (Attenborough, Packham, Thunberg and Craig) and each year we host an Eco Summit of local schools to promote and advocate for a green future for all.
Two Eco Warriors from each class are voted in to represent their class as members of of our Eco-Council.
The School Council plays an important role in the life of Two Rivers. It is made up of two pupils from each class who are elected to represent the children from their class at the council meetings.
The Spiritual Leaders are undertaking a number of projects this year to promote equality and respect for all.
The Sport Leaders are currently promoting new OPAL opportunities around the school.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school.
- You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com.
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents (Provides activities for children to learn about online safety)
www.net-aware.org.uk (This site allows you to look up apps and games to see their risk factors)
www.saferinternet.org.uk (This provides resources to talk about online safety woith your child)
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering and monitering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
Every February, the children take part in 'Safer Internet Day', where they participate in activities linked to staying safe online.
Parent Fact Sheets & Guides To Popular Social Media
Click on the following links to find some useful parental guides to the following social media
We aim to offer a broad range of clubs to all pupils through out the year. Recent examples include choir, dance, athletics and coding plus pop-up sports events from our coaches.