Children usually join the school in Reception. Many children will have attended Barnacles prior to joining the school full time. Although parents can choose whether their children can start full time in the September prior to their child’s fifth birthday and whether children have been attending Barnacles or not, all children are offered an induction program for their first few weeks of school. This means that the child will attend mornings only initially, then mornings with lunch time and finally after a few weeks, the full school day. More details on the induction program for reception children are available from the school office.
Older children joining the school are made welcome and every effort is made to ensure a happy transition into their new class and environment. Two ‘buddies’ are assigned to them; one from their class and one from a different year group. The buddies are children who are especially chosen to mentor and support the new child as they make their way into Charmouth School. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming school where all children are made to feel at home whilst being challenged to reach their full potential.