Admissions and New Starters

New Starters September 2020

Welcome to all our new pupils for September 2020! This is an unusual time for us all and makes transition a little trickier to plan in this year. Please try not to worry - we will do all we can to help prepare your child for starting school, settling in and having a happy start to their learning journey. Please see the letters and links at the bottom of the page for more information. 

You can read a special ebook about starting at Calder Primary School with the password HoneycombCPSKL 

Our school uniform is available to purchase at Shaw Hardcastle in Halifax or online at and search for Calder Primary School. 


As a through school, once pupils are admitted to The Calder Learning Trust in Reception, they automatically continue through Calder Primary and Calder High and do not need to re-apply for a secondary place unless they wish to attend a different secondary school. 

Further information regarding admission arrangements can be found on the Calderdale Council website

We welcome within-year admissions and we have vacancies in some year groups in school and a waiting list in others. Please email our office at to arrange an appointment to visit our school, meet our teachers and pupils and find out more about us. 


We have transition sessions throughout the school year for prospective pupils who are siblings or have expressed an interest in joining Reception in September. These include visiting Santa and joining us for house events such as our Easter Fun Day and fun events such as discos and parties. 

In the Summer term, we will work closely with your child's current nursery or Early Years setting. Our Class 1 teacher will visit the children there and meet with staff to find out about their learning journey so far and their interests and friends. 

We will also work closely with families, inviting you for a coffee morning to meet all our staff and giving you all the information you need ready for September. Our Class 1 teacher will ask you to fill out a questionnaire to give us more information about your child, and suggest you make a shoe box 'all about me' to share in the first few weeks.

Our Year 6 pupils act as buddies and meet our new starters at transition mornings and afternoons in school. They will write to the children in the summer holidays, and help them settle into school particularly at play times and lunch times.