Your child will be entitled to join a Reception class if he or she is to turn five during the academic year 1st September to 31st August.
Places for Reception classes for all Lancashire schools are allocated by the Local Authority (for our school, this is based at the White Cross Education Centre in Lancaster). Information can be found on Lancashire County Council’s website at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-a-primary-school-place/
There are strict guidelines and deadlines for the application process – we are happy to explain and help in any way we can.
We hold an open afternoon early in the Autumn term and you are very welcome to come along to that, we can also show prospective parents around school at other times. The deadline for applications is in the middle of January each year with the exact date published on LCC’s website.
In the event that our school is over-subscribed, the Authority will use the County Admissions Policy to decide who should be offered a place. An appeals procedure exists for those who are not offered a place. Please ask us for a copy of the Admissions Policy should you require one.
Children who are successful in obtaining a place at our school will be invited to a series of visits to the school, many children will already be attending our pre-school sessions on Monday afternoons which start in the Autumn term. We also arrange an information evening for parents of new children in the summer term and phonics and maths information evenings early in the Autumn term when your child has started school.
A member of the Foundation Stage team will visit all of the children at home and, where relevant, in their current playgroup/nursery setting to smooth the transition into our school. In addition, for their first week at school, the children only attend on a part-time basis, usually in the mornings. They stay for lunch towards the end of that week and attend full time after 4 days of part time.