Children usually start school in the September of the academic year in which they reach five years old. However, where the school or parents believe that an individual child is not ready for this, they should be permitted to agree on later or part-time admission. Legally, children are not obliged to attend school until the term following their fifth birthday.
Entry into Reception/Foundation Stage
- Parents, or prospective parents, visit school at their own request and may make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher if they wish.
- September - The Local Authority Admissions Department will send out primary booklets to parents and schools. Every parent of a Reception child in the Local Authority’s area will have the opportunity to complete a common preference form listing two primary schools in preference order with the opportunity to state reasons for their requests. Forms are returned to their first preference school and birth certificate and proof of child’s address are checked.
- Mid December - Closing date for preference forms, which are passed to the admissions office by the school.
- Late April/Early May - Letters will be sent to parents notifying them of allocated schools. All primary schools will be sent a list of allocations.
- Oversubscription criteria are set by the Local Authority Admissions Department.
- In May Mr Wilding (Headteacher) invites parents and children into school for an informal chat on a one-to-one family basis.
- In June children and their parents are invited to come into school for half a day as a ‘taster’ experience.
- Towards the end of June, parents are invited to attend a new intake presentation where teachers will give an overview into the life of the Reception unit.
- In June/July the Reception teachers will visit the main feeder nurseries.
- In July children and their parents are invited to come into school for part of a morning as a second ‘taster’ experience.
- In July parents are able to make appointments to meet with the class teachers in small groups to help in the familiarisation process between children and their new teacher and help to build up a positive home/school link. (These visits will replace the ‘home visits’ made in previous years).
At Werrington Primary School, our first concern is for the individual child and so we have a gentle Intake Procedure that ensures the children's first days at school are happy and calm, and causes little stress and trauma.
The children are divided into two groups and each group starts school on a part-time basis, attending for either the morning or afternoon session. This gives the Reception (Foundation Stage) staff time to be with the children, spend time helping them to adjust to their new situation and to assess their stages of development. Parents may stay with the children and leave with the mutual agreement of staff and child.
As each group settles, the children are invited to stay for lunch. This can be a very distressing time for some children, overwhelmed by the number of children who eat their dinners in the Key Stage 1 hall. Teaching staff stay with the children to reassure them. These sessions in school finish at 12.30, to enable children to see their parents or carers shortly after what could be a worrying time for them.
After a short time, children are offered a full-time place, though it may be felt that some would benefit from an extended part-time attendance. This decision would be made by the school in consultation with the parents and will depend upon such criteria as how the child has settled, their age, and how they are coping physically, mentally and emotionally. The majority of children are attending school full-time before the October half-term.
Criteria for Admission
- Looked after children.
- Verified medical need relating to the pupil. (The requirements are strict and need certification by a doctor or psychologist).
- Children living in the school’s catchment area.
- Children who have brothers and sisters in attendance at the school.
- Children living closest to the school by the shortest available safe walking route.
For further details please see the Peterborough Guide for Parents.
Admission to School at Other Times
Children often start school at times other than Reception (Foundation Stage). In the event of this happening with your child, every effort is made to make you and your family welcome and to make the transition to the new environment as smooth as possible. Please contact the school if you have any anxieties about your child. You are always welcome in school.
The agreed admissions number for class groups is 30, with the overall school total being 420 pupils. These totals may only be exceeded if particular circumstances arise.
Any parent of a child not being admitted is entitled to appeal to the Department for Education and Children for reconsideration.
Confirmation of Places
A letter is sent out as soon as places in the school are confirmed by the Department for Education and Children.