“My son is thriving and happy, which is what every parent wants.” Reception Parent – Voice of the Parent 2021

Our Reception children enjoy a child-led curriculum that places their interests and passions at the heart of learning. When children are interested and excited they engage with lessons, develop a genuine love of learning and enjoy their time at school. To learn more about our child-led approach, click here to read an article written by our Head of Early Years, Mrs Carpenter.

During their time in Reception classes, our aim is to foster every child’s independence, nurture them, inspire learning and provide challenges that extend their learning.

As a Read Write Inc. Model School, children benefit from daily phonics classes. We also provide one-to-one intervention for children who need additional support and those who can progress at a faster rate.

Children in Reception enjoy two hours of weekly Forest School lessons in our exciting outdoor classroom. Since its introduction in September 2020, Forest School has promoted a significant improvement in children’s physical development. Children negotiate space safely, developing new skills such as sawing, climbing and starting campfires. Read more about our Forest School here.

By the end of the 2020 Autumn Term, 95% of Reception children were on track to meet or exceed the expected level at the End of Reception.

Reception children enjoy a generous amount of indoor and outdoors space that is unique to Long Close. As well as their own classroom, Reception children have access three other classrooms with well thought out activities and a large and exciting outdoor garden.

Due to Long Close being an all-through school, we have access to specialist teachers from our Prep and Senior School who use their knowledge to enhance the children’s learning experiences every day.

In addition to Maths and Literacy, children enjoy weekly Music, Spanish, PE, Dance and ICT lessons.

Parents are also supported with regular workshops and updates through our online portal, Tapestry.

Children learn in a variety of ways:

  • Whole class sessions
  • Individual or 1:1 to sessions
  • Small group activities
  • Free-flow independent learning and investigating

For more information about starting in Reception, please download our information booklet below.

Please do visit our Virtual Open Morning experience by clicking this link.

We would welcome the opportunity to show you our Early Years building where our Receptions classes are based.  If you would like to book a tour, find out about our next Virtual Open Morning or discuss your child’s needs with us, please complete our short enquiry form here or call 01753 520095 and our Admissions Manager, Jane Gee, will be glad to help.

When children leave Reception, they are well prepared to take the next step into our Prep School. To find out more about Long Close Prep School, click here.

Starting Reception Information BookletView/Download

Small Class Sizes

Children learn in small class sizes, with tailored provision for every child.

Read Write Inc. Model School

The Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme continues every day, where the children learn in small groups, to ensure that the basic building blocks of learning to read are embedded. We are the only Independent School in the UK to have model school status. Read Write Inc. phonics continue into our Prep School curriculum.


Throughout Reception, we’ll continue to work closely with each child to ensure their abilities across all areas of the curriculum develop, providing challenges where they’re required to get pupils to go the extra mile and offering support and additional help to those who are finding particular subject areas more difficult.

Transition to Year 1

During their time in Reception, we’re mindful of what challenges await our pupils when they move into Year 1, and we do our best to prepare them for life further up the school by equipping them with the essential skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive. Read more about our Prep School here.

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