Reception Entry


Reception is the first year of school and children join the September after their fourth birthday.  Our Reception class is made up of children who have moved up from our Nursery, as well as new joiners who all are made to feel equally welcome. 

Our Reception class is based in our light and airy pre-prep building in a dedicated classroom with a well-equipped outdoor learning area.  We have a dedicated Reception teacher and teaching assistant which means we get to know the children very quickly and allow all of them to feel settled and happy.  This also allows us to provide individualised next steps for their learning journey and help each child reach their full potential.

We provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment where the children are actively encouraged to apply their learning and explore their own ideas through independent play.  They are taught Mathematics and Literacy everyday as well as a host of cross-curricular activities.  We also have specialist teachers in French, Music and PE.

We value open lines of communication and staff are always on hand at the beginning and end of each day to provide support in any way they can. There are Parents’ Evenings in the Autumn and Spring Terms to provide regular feedback on each child’s progress, as well as written reports at the end of each half term.

Reception children also enjoy a weekly afternoon of Forest School in our dedicated eight acre forest. This provides children with the opportunity to explore their learning in an alternative environment, as well as helping children develop greater confidence in themselves and their abilities, learn collaborative working skills and exposes them to manageable risks.

Reception children also have a weekly swimming lesson all year round, at no extra cost.  


Reception Readiness Sessions

Our Reception Readiness programme usually starts at school at the beginning of May.  These sessions are open to all children signed up to start Reception in September (whether they are already in our Nursery or not).  Sessions involve coming into the Reception class, meeting the Reception teacher and spending an hour getting to know the other children and experiencing life at 'big' school.  

We will be delivering these sessions remotely, with the Reception teacher producing weekly videos of her reading stories and describing how fun and exciting Reception class will be and will be sent to the parents.  Depending on how long the school is closed for, this programme will develop and we have plenty of ideas to ensure your child/ren feels they know their teacher and some of the other children before Reception starts for real.  

To find out more, please email Hayley Dibb, our Registrar, on

Individual tours

To arrange a personal visit, please contact please contact Hayley Dibb at or telephone +44 1428 643734.


Forest School Activity Mornings

Saturday 13th March 2021

The school is amazing!

Poppy (age 6)

Everybody is so kind and there are lots of things to do!

Ruby (age 7)

St Ives has prepared my daughter for reception brilliantly and it was also such a simple and easy move into Reception at St Ives as everything is so familiar. The Ivies and St Ives just creates a magical environment that results in happy and contented children, who just love to learn and want to learn - not sure that you can ask for more than that?!

Parent 2016

My son, like all boys needs to get outside and be physical and the outdoor space at St Ives is an adventure park with lots of space to run and wonderful views, for him to run around in.

Parent 2016

My daughter started in Reception and is about to enter the Senior School for her final years of Prep. She has flourished since her arrival aged just 4 years old and her education to date has been second to none. The small classes have meant an exceptional 1:1 early years education and she has thrived the safe and stable environment. Her teachers dedication has been outstanding - she adores them. Going back to school after a half term or a holiday is hugely exciting for her as she cannot wait to see her teachers again and get stuck in! St Ives thoroughly deserved it's TES nomination this year. It really is an outstanding school where children are nurtured and become a part a close knit community, one large family! Every pupil is polite, friendly and most importantly happy! Proof indeed that happy children definitely make happy learners! I cannot recommend St Ives highly enough to any future parent.

Parent June 2018

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning