Reception Class

Children who start their school life at Cokethorpe in the Reception Class gain a great deal from being in a small class within the family of the whole School, benefiting from all of the facilities available to Cokethorpe children.

As the maximum class size in Reception is fourteen pupils, places are very limited and parents are encouraged to register early. 

Step 1 Visit Us

Parents and children are warmly welcome to visit us, to see at first hand the school environment in which our children grow and learn. We have regular Open Day events and these are an excellent opportunity to see the School and talk to staff and pupils, as well as to hear an address from the Headmaster. If these occasions are not convenient, we offer individual appointments to visit the School and these can be arranged by contacting the Admissions Secretary on 01993 703921 (Option 1) or by emailing

Step 2 Registration

In order to progress an application, parents are asked to complete a Registration Form and return it to the Admissions Secretary with the (non-refundable) registration fee of £75. Children who are registered will be invited to join the assessment process 

Step 3 Taster Days

Registered children will usually be invited to spend either a day or half day with the current Reception class. During this visit, staff will assess the level to which children are ready to learn as well as their capability to socialise with the other children. 

Offers of Places 

Offers are usually made in the autumn prior to entry in the following September. 

During the Michaelmas Term in the year preceding entry, registered pupils will be invited to the Carousel Sessions. These weekly taster sessions provide the opportunity for children to become familiar with the staff and school surroundings as well as building confidence to ensure a flying start. Pupils who have accepted places will also be able to continue to attend the carousel sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms prior to entry.  


What are the start and finish times of the school day for the Reception Class?

The Reception Class starts at the same time as the rest of the school at 8.40am. Academic lessons for Junior School finish at 4.00pm. After school activities run until 5.00pm when the school day finishes for all children. The Junior School ends at 3.30pm on Friday.

Will my child need to bring any food?

A morning snack and lunch are provided. Pupils staying until 5.00pm for after school activities may like to bring a small healthy snack to eat at 4.00pm.  

Can my child travel on the school bus?

Children in Year 3 and above can travel on the school buses by themselves. Some younger children do use the buses when they travel with an older sibling by arrangement with the Bursar. Buses leave at 5.10pm.

Plenty of opportunities exist for children to explore and enjoy the outside world in the attractive grounds. ISI Inspection Report