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What do new parents say about our Nursery and Reception classes?

Many children join us in Nursery and Reception. We are proud of our Early Years Department and all that we offer the children.

If you are considering HCJS for your child from the outset of their education, you may well be interested to hear the views of parents with children in Nursery and Reception. Well here they are – the uncut and unedited comments from parents.


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Parents of a girl who joined in Reception:

As a parent of a child going into reception we could not be more delighted with the care and attention the many staff and older pupils have shown to our daughter. I asked my daughter this morning to think of all things she has learned in one term at school and she said 'Mummy, so many new things, letters, numbers, French, Music, Yoga, science, writing, swimming and playing with new friends'.  All of these have made a huge impact on her which we can see as she continually grows in confidence and ability. The all-round approach to education could not be bettered in our opinion and we are thrilled she is embarking on a tremendous journey with the school.


Parents of a girl who joined Nursery:

I can’t recommend HCJS nursery highly enough. My daughter cannot wait to go in each day, if fact she now attends an extra day at her request. The activities they do are well planned out and the staff make you feel like you are part of the nursery family. The small class size means that that get a lot of one to one attention and superior learning from an early age. It makes the transition to reception in September so much easier (as I have found from my older child) that they are familiar with the surroundings and are already learning the basics in reading and writing that they will go on to use. 

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Parents of a girl who joined us in Nursery:

Hereford Cathedral Junior School Nursery welcomed our daughter with such warmth when she started at 3 years old. She quickly settled and has learnt so much over the last year. The best part is how much fun they all have together. Our daughter looks forward to going, and I can honestly say we haven’t had a morning when she doesn’t want to go in…I think that says it all!


Parents of a boy who joined us in Nursery:

We have been attending nursery at HCJS since the term after our son’s 3rd birthday. He is happy to see his friends every morning and hasn’t shown a reluctance to go but instead has been very excited to choose his toy to take in. We are kept in the loop fairly well with his willingness to share what he has been up to from his letters and numbers to library, a particular favourite of his, to tennis! Our son has progressed in so many ways, we are so proud of him and we welcome all that Reception has to offer in September!

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Parents of a girl who joined us in Reception:


Joining reception was exciting for our daughter and nerve-wracking for us. It was not just a new school but we had only recently moved to the area so our daughter joining HCJS was part of a big change for the whole family. From our first meeting to be shown around through the taster day to the first day of school we felt totally happy that we had a made a good choice for her with HCJS. Dropping her off (invariably late) at the moat and seeing her run in happy, the progress she has made over the year and the friendships developing has been lovely to see.  We are hugely grateful to the excellent Reception teachers and really enjoying seeing our daughter and all the other Reception children flourishing. 


If you would like to find out more about joining our Junior School, please do come and visit us. To arrange this, contact Mrs Lucy Debenham, our Registrar (01432 363511).

In the meantime, you may like to have a look at our Junior School Facebook page or browse through our weekly newsletters to see what we have all been up to recently. 

Thank you for reading, and do please feel free to comment below.


Chris Wright, Head of the Junior School, March 2019.



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