Prospective parents

When your child first starts school, it’s an exciting time and we will do all we can at Thistly Meadow to make the transition to school easy and enjoyable for your child.

Under the current coronavirus pandemic, there will not be any school tours this year but we will publish a video tour and and an introduction to Thistly Meadow on our social media sites in the autumn of 2020.

This page aims to provide prospective parents with useful information about Thistly Meadow. If you have any questions that we have been unable to answer here, please do contact the school office by telephone or email.

Foundation Stage

Your child is able to start school in the autumn term following their 4th birthday. When your child joins Thistly Meadow they will start in our Foundation Stage class. This is led by Mrs Poynton, class teacher, and supported by Mrs Watts, nursery nurse, and Mrs Jeffs and Miss Callaghan, learning support assistants. This highly skilled and experienced team have been working together and welcoming children into Thistly Meadow for over 10 years.

Foundation 2018 - 19 1st week

Parent information booklet

This booklet provides comprehensive information about our school day, who's who in school, our curriculum, routines and practicalities including dinner money, uniform, trips etc.

Parent information booklet 21-22

The Early Years curriculum

Have a look at our Early Years curriculum here for the learning that takes place in Foundation Stage:

EYFS Curriculum 20-21

Is your child school ready?

You may have heard pre-school and nursery staff talk about being 'school ready' especially when the time gets closer to your child starting school. Early Years professionals agree that this should mean children:

 - have strong social skills

 - can cope emotionally with being separated from their parents

  - are relatively independent in their own personal care

 - have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn.

Have a look at Ready for School? and talk to your child about going to 'big school'.


Once we know your child is joining Thistly Meadow, we will write to you and let you know of our timetable for getting to know the school and us getting to know your child. This is usually:

 - June 2021 - parents' meeting introducing the school and a visit to the Foundation Stage class with your child for one session.

 - July 2021 – children will spend half a day in school.

 - August and September 2021 - the Foundation team visit you and your child at home.

 - September 2021 - Your child starts school, half days for the first week and then full time.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Please click Letter from SENDCo to read a letter from our SENDCo Mrs Wilson to new parents.

Getting involved in school

There are lots of ways you get involved with school life and being part of a school community can be really beneficial for you and your child. We have an active PTA - the Thistly Meadow School Association, and all parents automatically become members when their child joins us. Helping at PTA events and fundraising is very rewarding and can make a real difference -  the PTA helped the school to replace the Foundation Stage play equipment in 2018.

Foundation playground 2019

How to apply for a place

All applications for admission to our school are made to Leicestershire County Council. 

To apply for a place, click here for the Leicestershire County Council school admissions page.

Click here for the Leicestershire County Council School Admissions policy for September 2021 and for the Guide to Primary Education in Leicestershire click here.

The closing date for applications for children starting school in September 2021 is 15th January 2021. 


Guidance and tips for starting school

BBC Bitesize  - Starting Primary School 

Oxford Owl - Getting ready to start school