In the Larch, students are expected to bring their Simon Balle bags every day. These are book bags for Reception - Year 2 and from Year 3 up, students are permitted to have Simon Balle rucksacks if they prefer (both purchased through Kids Connection). In their Simon Balle bag, they should always carry their purple reading record and their book, as it is our expectation that students will read at home every day, and we will then read with students too and change their reading books as required. Each year group will have a named library day as well, so students should be prepared with their library book to change, or to renew if they prefer. 

All Larch students need a Simon Balle PE bag and this should be in school every day - please see the necessary uniform for PE here (link). 

All Larch students are welcome to bring a named water bottle. Fruit is provided for students in Reception - Year 2 but students in Years 3+ are invited to bring a healthy and nutritious snack for break time.

In the classroom, all the resources which are needed are provided by school for children in Reception - Year 4. They will need a pencil and other simple stationary at home for their home learning. In Years 5 and 6, as part of our preparation for secondary school, students will be asked to bring their own pencil case, and whilst we will provide some equipment for them (for example, handwriting pens and whiteboard markers), students will be responsible for looking after their own belongings. 

Expectations for home learning will be communicated to every class. In phase 1 and the beginning of phase 2, a home learning book will come home on a Friday to be returned on a Wednesday. In the latter part of phase 2 and then phase 3, some home learning may be completed in an exercise book and others pieces submitted electronically on the student drive or through google classroom.

We would please ask all parents to name everything that comes into school - thank you!


Students in the secondary need to exhibit a little more independence, but some may require assistance when it comes to packing their bag for school. Timetables vary over a two-week cycle, so it is important that they have checked their timetable carefully.

Students should have an appropriately sized bag with a zip (such as a rucksack) that can hold A4 size exercise books, a water bottle and the following items of stationary.

  • Every student must have a pencil case that contains:
  • Pens for writing: black, green and red
  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Highlighters
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scientific calculator
  • Protractor
  • Pair of compasses
  • Glue stick

Students may be required to bring other subject specific equipment as directed by subject staff. This may include headphones for specific use with the students’ device or in appropriate lessons such as Music.

The full list for joining in Year 7 can be found in the information booklet.

Clearly labelling clothing and equipment will make it easier to reunite students with any misplaced items.