APPLYING FOR EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER
A county-wide admission scheme is in operation in Kent and applications should be made via the Kent County Council School Admissions webpage:
Although children do not reach statutory school age until the term following their fifth birthday, it is the policy of the school to admit children into the Reception classes at the beginning of the school year. The headteacher will be happy to discuss these arrangements with you.
The school can admit 56 children into each year group. Places will be offered to children in the following order:
- Children in Local Authority Care
- Children with a sibling already attending Sandwich Infant or Junior Schools
- Health and Special Access reasons
- Distance of child’s home from the school
We welcome prospective parents and pupils to visit us, please ring the school office to make a date and time to be shown around the school. These are advertised in the local nurseries and on the Sandwich town notice board.
Applications for reception year in September 2024 open on Friday 3 November 2023 and close on Monday 15 January 2024.
Parents are informed by the Local Authority of the decision regarding a place for their child in April 2024. After you have been informed that your child has been offered a place, you will receive information regarding our induction programme for children joining our Foundation Stage so that you and your child can become familiar with school and can start in September with confidence.
For any in year admissions please contact our school office who will be able to advise you on this. Parents and pupils are encouraged to visit the school and meet the headteacher. Please use this link to complete the form for any in year admissions.
TRANSITION TO YEAR 3
At the end of Year 2 most children transfer to Sandwich Junior School. The Headteacher of the Junior School is happy for parents to visit the school before a decision is made to apply for a place at the Infant School.
For additional information please phone their school office on 01304 612227 or visit their school website https://www.sandwich-junior.kent.sch.uk/
PREPARING TO START SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME
Entering school for the first time is a big step in a child’s life and our aim is to make this step as smooth as possible both for you and your child. During the Summer Term, prior to the children starting school, a meeting is held for all parents. At this meeting we provide more information about the organisation of the school, details regarding the curriculum and suggestions for how you can help your child at home. This meeting also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and meet other new parents. In July the children are invited to spend one session in school, they attend in small groups to make the visits less daunting. The Reception teachers also visit the children at their pre-school setting in the summer before they start school.
At the beginning of September we will arrange a meeting with you and your child. This is an opportunity for the teacher to meet you on an individual basis and for you to share information about your child with the teacher. Children start school on a part time basis in the second and third week of term. Details of this will be given at our meeting in the summer.
The admissions policy for 2025/26 is currently under consultation, and open for comment, between Friday 24th November and Friday 5th January 2024. Further information can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.aquilatrust.co.uk/1646/admissions