Admissions into Alconbury Church of England Primary School
Our school’s catchment area consists of the villages of Alconbury and Alconbury Weston & Little and Great Stukeley. We welcome visits by prospective parents and are happy to show them around. Currently we have children from out of catchment who have made an active choice to choose our school.
‘Reception-aged’ children are admitted to school in the September of the school year in which they become five years old. The school year runs from September 1st to August 31st of the following year. Parents of children in other year groups can apply at any time. If the year group is full the parents will be offered the right to appeal.
The Local Authority (LA) take responsibility for all admissions of Reception-aged children. In early October the LA Primary Admissions Booklets, which includes the common application form, is sent to all pre-schools settings and libraries. Parents requesting a place for September 2018 must obtain a booklet and submit their preference forms or apply online to the LA during autumn 2017
Schools are notified of their allocation lists in April 2018 when the LA sends letters of offer to parents. It would help us to start to plan ahead if parents choosing Alconbury School also complete our own admission enquiry form.
Places are allocated according to our Published Admission Number (PAN) and the LA’s admissions criteria. Since September 2009, our PAN has been 30. If our school is over-subscribed, criteria for selection will follow the LA admission priority:
- verified medical need
- residence in the catchment area of this school (Alconbury or Alconbury Weston)
- sibling registered at this school on the date of admission
- applications from out of catchment area according to proximity
Reception children about to enter our school are given the opportunity to spend time in school before admission. Parents are also invited to meet their child’s teacher and other staff at a ‘meet our school’ afternoon.
Before your child starts school, we ask you to fill in a medical form. Please keep us updated of any changes. We also need to see your child’s ‘long’ birth certificate to verify legal details as well as confirm Parental Responsibility.
Our new Reception children have a phased start during September. This phased organisation gives us valuable time to spend with parents to help settle the children quickly and effectively into school.
At the start of September, we plan home visits to support the transition process.
During the first full week we invite each child and his/her parents or carers to attend a ‘taster’ morning. This allows a small group of children (about 10) to spend the morning with the teaching assistants and the small group of parents to join the Reception teacher and Headteacher for a ‘workshop’. At the workshop, parents are introduced to various activities and systems used in class. The small groups give quality time for discussion and practical guidance. Children and parents also meet their Year 6 Befriender during the morning. Parents and children are asked to stay for a school meal before going home.
During the second and third weeks, we have a part-time schooling; phasing in the staying for lunch. At the beginning of the fourth week all children attend full time. We will negotiate with parents if their child may benefit more by staying part-time for longer.
Please note that future arrangements may change.
Accessibility for Inclusion (see also Equal Opportunities & Special Needs Sections): As our school aims to be an inclusive school, if your child has a disability, he or she will be treated no less favourably than other admission applicant. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage and that they are not treated differently without lawful justification. Our accessibility plan sets out plans we have made and propose to make in the future with regard to improving physical access to the school, access to the curriculum and access to written information.
The effectiveness of our inclusive policy is evaluated by how successful we are in enabling ‘disabled’ pupils to participate fully in all aspects of school life: in the classroom, in the school curriculum, breaks, lunchtime and beyond the school day.
In order for effective partnerships to take place between home and school, we encourage parents to:
- Inform us at the earliest opportunity if their child has a disability and the exact nature of it;
- Provide the information we need to plan effectively for the child to be a full member of the school community;
- Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the Headteacher must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community;
- Recognise the importance of school and home working in partnership.