Starting School

Things have changed really quickly for schools, nurseries and families due to the Coronavirus, and normal transitions into primary schools will differ from how they usually run. Like most schools around the UK, we would usually invite new parents and children into school for information sessions and arrange for children to meet their teachers.

However we’re now thinking about alternative ways of helping new starters with the move to big school. This will be both in terms of how we can help them get a feel for the school, the staff and the way we do things, and what parents can do with children while they’re at home to get them ready for transition.

We have created this page on our website to support new parents and children with transition into our school. We hope it puts your minds at ease but please know we are here to support you every step of the way. 

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact us via the school email and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Hi, I'm Mrs Bushby the Head Teacher at Eppleton Academy Primary School. My staff and I are here to support you anyway we can and to make transition into our school comfortable and enjoyable. We hope you find this information helpful but if you do have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school email shown above. Thank you

Meet our Early Years team and some other very important people


Mrs Wilson

EYFS Leader / Reception Teacher

I've been a teacher for 20 years and most enjoy teaching in Early Years. I love to read and my favourite food is chocolate. I am a mam and have two boys at home.

The ability to manipulate time
Literacy/ Creative activities
The Secret Garden
Loving, caring, kind

Miss Imrie

Nursery Teacher/ PSHE and SMSC Lead

I love to travel the world, discovering new places and exploring other cultures. I enjoy trying different types of food from the countries I visit. I love spending time with my friends and family.

Superhuman speed
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Creative, Dedicated, Caring

Mrs T Allen


I have a daughter and son. I have a dog called Shiloh. I love all things Disney and I also love going on holiday.

To be invisible
We are Going on a Bear Hunt
Happy, fun and friendly

Miss England


I have 2 daughters. I love to travel. I was a medic in the army a long time ago.

To be invisible
English and Child Care
We are Going on a Bear Hunt
Caring, thoughtful and honest

Mrs Bushby


I love to travel with my beautiful family. I enjoy trying different types of food, especially Italian food.

Aqua Blue
Mind Reading, This would be very helpful in my job as Head Teacher.
Paper Dolls
Kind, honest, funny

Mrs L Jackson

Deputy Headteacher

I've lived in Sunderland all my life and have 2 gorgeous girls who I love talking about. If it is a sunny day you will find us at one of the beautiful beaches. I enjoy running and play in a netball team.

Super Speed - The Flash
101 Dalmatians
Happy, loyal and expressive

Take a look at our school

Our school entrance.

This is the first part of our school you will see when you join us on your first day. This is where you will find the school office. You will only enter the school through this door if you join us for Wake Up Shake Up which starts at 8:35am Monday to Thursday. Otherwise, you will enter through the Nursery or Reception door depending on your year group. 


Hi, my name is Miss Imrie and I am the Nursery teacher at Eppleton Academy Primary School. I can't wait to meet you but in the meantime please have a look at our wonderful Nursery photos to familiarise yourself with our setting. We have lots of fun in Nursery, I think you can definitely see this in the photographs below.

Nursery Info


Nursery Info for New Starters


Hi, my name is Mrs Wilson and I am the Reception teacher at Eppleton Academy Primary School. We have so much fun learning in Reception and we can't wait for you to join us. Have a look at the photos below to see what Reception is like. See you soon.

Reception New Starters Info


Reception New Starters Presentation

Advice and Support

BBC Bitesize- Starting School

Getting ready for transition at home might be a new challenge for families whose preschoolers would ordinarily be in childcare in the run-up to starting school. BBC Bitesize Starting Primary School has lots of resources to help you have fun together at the same time as supporting their learning and sense of independence.

BBC Bitesize Starting School

Learning Nursery

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Learning Reception

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at Home

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Letter to
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The Staff

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