Starting School Made Easier at Thomas Bullock CE Primary Academy

June 2, 2021

Successful Initiative to Settle in Early Years Pupils

Some of us can remember our first day starting Primary School, but for the early years’ children of Thomas Bullock aged just three or four, their first memories may be of the exciting welcome packs that are being hand delivered by teachers to their own homes to introduce them to their new school.

At Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy in Shipdham their new Early Years pupils have begun their induction process ready for when they start school in September.

Mrs O’Sullivan, headteacher of Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy said: “This week, our special transition welcome packs are currently on their way, being hand-delivered by us, to families.”

She added: “We are so excited for these packs, as they should offer some enthusiasm for new families and pupils just beginning at our fabulous school, even when they cannot join us in person!”

Inside, parents and child will find an information pack, as well as a lovingly made, individualised pack for the child. This includes handwritten letters from Thomas Bullock’s Year 6 pupils, a number of learning tools and resources specifically for our age 3-4 pupils. There are personalised tracing activities, whiteboards, number lines, special writing utensils and much more for developing lots of learning at home opportunities. They will also receive videos from their new teacher and online activities and will have a dedicated area on the school website.

Julia Gibb, parent of Theo said: “I delivered some of the packs and the parents and children I met were really pleased that we made the effort to both make the packs and personally deliver them.

My child was absolutely thrilled to receive his new starter pack. He excitedly showed me everything inside and immediately started having a go at some of the activities. His older sister already attends Thomas Bullock Academy so he felt very grown up having a book bag just like her. As a parent, it’s encouraging to see the school making such an effort with welcoming the new children, particularly after such a turbulent year. I know he is going to be very happy there.”

Oliver Burwood, CEO of Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) said: “This new initiative from Thomas Bullock is a fantastic idea! Anything to ensure children feel welcome, safe and settled into their new learning environment is a blessing and reflects the way we want all children to be treated.”


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