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Admissions and Starting School

Starting School at Kings Caple Primary Academy

Parents wishing to register their child for this school may either telephone or visit. A conducted tour of the school can be arranged at your convenience. Parents are requested to register their children for admission well in advance. School registration forms are available from school but the LEA deals with all admissions to primary schools.

This year parents of 3 year olds due to commence Reception the following year are being encouraged to apply online via the Reception Class Admissions page. If you do not have access to the internet you may phone and request a paper copy. Phone 01432 260926 or 261574.

Children can be admitted to school at the beginning of the academic year during which they become five. However, we encourage all children to start full time school in the September following their fourth birthday. This is to ensure they have a full three terms in the reception class before moving on to the work in Year 1. However, admission may also take place in the following January if the child is felt not to be sufficiently mature or if a further term in pre-school care would be beneficial (this is only for children who are 5 after 31 December of that year). Please contact the school to discuss the appropriate time for your child to start.

Enrolment sessions are held each Summer term. Notification of these sessions will arrive as a separate letter. If you have not already received a copy of the Admissions Transfers to Schools Book issued by Children’s Services, please request one from their office (details on page 5).There is further information concerning our admission arrangements for Reception children in our Foundation Stage brochure.

During the term preceding full time entry, several half days are offered so your child can spend time in the infant class becoming familiar with the other children and the adults in school. These dates will be sent out during the preceeding half term. Priority in the allocation of places is given to those pupils living in the area contributory to the school, but if spare accommodation within the operational capacity of the school is available, after all these needs have been satisfied, requests from parents living outside

The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage starts at birth and continues until the end of the Reception year. This ensures a smooth transition from your child’s experiences at home, in pre-school and then as they start school.

We have established close links with the nurseries and pre-schools and meet with them to ensure that each child’s strengths and interests are shared. During the Summer Term we have several visit days where you and your child are invited in to school and spend time meeting staff and getting used to the new environment. We also offer a home visit.
We build on the information from nurseries and pre-schools and from the information that you give us to assess your child’s engagement and involvement across a range of activities. This information is collated in an ‘entry profile’ during the first few weeks of the term.

During a child’s Reception year we are building a picture of how they learn which will be used to plan for learning when they start on the National Curriculum in Year One. We identify the strengths and areas for development for each child. We want to ensure that each child will have a good level of development to take with them on their journey through school.

Settling into School
Prior to starting school we send out a booklet with advice on how to prepare/settle your child into school.

Unless there are exceptional circumstances we ask all reception children to attend school full time from the start of term.

Learning Journey
We will be taking lots of photographs of the children and our photographs make the learning visible ~ we can show how children are learning from first hand experiences. At the end of Reception you will receive your child’s Learning Journey.

We communicate with parents electronically via several electronic platforms, notably Dojo and tapestry.