Admission to School
The school admission policy exists for those children who join us in any year from FS2 to Year 6. We will operate a single point of admission, this means that we now admit all children for Reception in September. The following levels of priority for admission are set out in the policy:
- Children in care of the LA
- Children with existing statements of Special Educational Needs;
- Children who live in the school’s designated catchment area with siblings attending the school
- Children who live in the school’s designated catchment area
- Children who live outside the school’s designated catchment area with siblings attending the school
- All other applications
The Local Education Authority is required to co-ordinate admissions to all Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior Schools. Essentially the Authority acts as a ‘clearing house’ for admissions and enables parents to express a preference for one, two or three schools and to place those preferences in rank order. Parents must make their application on a common application form, to be returned direct to the LA, and give reasons for their preferred schools. Common application forms will be available from Derbyshire Primary, Infant and Junior schools and other public establishments They should be returned by the closing date for applications
Acceptance of applications is dependent upon the number of children in the appropriate year group. Our standard number for each year is 40. However, this is reviewed from time to time. Appeals against refused applications may be made to the Local Education Authority whose address is given at the front of this booklet.
By law, all infant classes must have 30 or fewer children. This could mean that children may be in a mixed aged class in order to achieve this aim. We try to keep junior classes as small as possible but we have to work within budgetary limitations.
FS1 / Nursery Admission
The school has a new foundation stage unit, which provides an excellent start to the children’s education with FS1 and FS2 being in close proximity to each other. The FS1 class offers a caring environment where children are encouraged to develop physically, academically and socially.
Parents are invited to discuss admission arrangements to the FS1 with the Headteacher and Foundation Stage Leader (Mrs Millbank). An offer of a place depends upon the demands placed upon FS1; requests are considered in line with the school’s admissions policy.
Attendance is for five sessions of 3 hours each morning or afternoon from 8.45am until 11.45am or 12:15pm until 3:15pm. We do offer parents the option of paying for additional nursery sessions outside of funded sessions where space is available. Extra sessions must be requested in advance on a termly basis. Lunch sessions can also be booked on a termly basis at £2 per session. We have recently added the 30 hours funding to our nursery options which is strictly on a 1st come 1st served basis. Lunch runs from 11:45am to 12:15pm. Please follow this link to find out more https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
It is very helpful to us if the names of children who would like FS1 places are given to the administrative officer as soon as possible. It must be stressed that being placed on the waiting list does not automatically guarantee a FS1 place. Prior to transfer to FS2, parents must apply using the standard Derbyshire County Council application form. An FS1 place does not guarantee a place in the main school.
A special booklet is available to those parents whose children are ready to join the FS1 class.
Changes are afoot in our EYFS unit! We are excited to announce that from September, we will have a separate nursery alongside two smaller Reception classes. We have had so much interest in nursery places this year that we have not been able to accommodate everyone’s wishes for extra hours or morning vs afternoon sessions. This has resulted in disappointment for some families and in other families being unable to attend our nursery as planned. A designated nursery class from September will allow us to offer a mix of full and part time places, up to about 12 full time and 28 part time.
14/01/2020 - Panto in school: Beauty and the Beast
15/01/2020 - Career Day - open afternoon from 2pm
16/01/2020 - Special meal day (sandwiches invited to book a dinner)
21/01/2020 - Swimming starts - Howden class
05/02/2020 - Try a meal with your child (parents invited to dinner) followed by Online Safety Open Afternoon (2pm)
17/02/2020 - HALF TERM
24/02/2020 - INSET DAY