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Bovey Tracey Primary School

Admissions

If you are interested in your child joining us, either in our main intake into Reception or at any other time, please do come along and visit us. If you would like to make an appointment to visit, please contact the Administrator, Mrs Claire Wilson, here at the school.

 

Devon County Council is responsible for our admissions policy because we are a Community school. The policy is reviewed every year in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January. This welcomes the views of our local community.

 

If we can make a place available to you then we will. If not, you would have the right to appeal to a panel that is independent of the school and Devon and we would place your child’s name on a waiting list for vacancies.

If we have a vacancy then all children are welcome to join us. If we are oversubscribed, we still welcome all children but give priority to particular groups: children who are looked after by the local authority, children with an exceptional need to come to our school, children who live in our catchment, children with siblings already here and children who live closer to us. These oversubscription criteria are only used when we are oversubscribed. For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at Devon’s co-ordinated admissions schemes as they constitute our policy.

 

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council which help parents to make applications for admission to school. Parents can apply through Devon for in-year admissions and through the local authority where the child lives for the normal round of admissions.

 

If you would like further information, please contact us in school on 01626 833257 or Devon’s Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or go to:

Foundation Stage Induction

 

It is important to us that there is a smooth transition to school for all pupils and that children settle into our school quickly and happily. A rigorous and well planned induction programme is in place to enable this to happen, with the flexibility to respond to the needs of individual pupils as appropriate.

 

The core elements of our induction arrangements are outlined below, but the Headteacher is also very happy to discuss and explain the arrangements further with parents and to answer any specific queries or concerns.

 

• We have extremely good links with all the local pre schools. The Reception Class teacher visits each setting every term to meet the children who are due to start school with us and to ensure good continuity and progression across the Foundation Stage.
• The term before they are due to start school, children are invited to join our pre-school club (‘Thursday Club’) which meets in the Reception classroom on alternate weeks. This enables the children to become familiar with the school adults and environment and to begin to get to know their future peers.
• The Reception Class teacher holds induction meetings for parents after the final Thursday Club sessions of the term, at which she explains the expectations and curriculum for the Reception Year in school and addresses any parental concerns or questions.
• When children start their first term in Reception, we offer a short, graduated period of part time days leading up to staying all day in the second full week. We pride ourselves in meeting the individual needs of all children and find most are settled well with this approach. We are, of course, able to be flexible (for example if a child would benefit from a longer period of part time hours) and are happy to discuss alternative arrangements on an individual basis.
• The Reception Class has an open door policy before the official school start time each morning. Parents and children go straight into the classroom where children can choose from a range of activities.

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