Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

Admissions and Starting School

Admissions Policy September 2016 - August 2017

Admissions Policy September 2017 - August 2018 

Admissions Policy September 2018 - August 2019

 

We consider your child’s first days at our school to be the most important of his or her school life. They also provide important opportunities for you to ask questions and receive information, and for us to establish with you a partnership which will benefit your child. We welcome visits from all prospective parents, when you will be given a guided tour of the school and will be able to meet with the Head Teacher and other staff members.

For parents of children starting school for the first time, we arrange an initial meeting with the Head Teacher, the Deputy Head and the Foundation Stage Class Teacher. At this meeting we give you and your child the chance to meet the teacher in the relaxed atmosphere of school, and the opportunity to discuss any concerns in privacy. We then organise an induction programme, consisting of a series of preliminary visits for the new children. They take part in a variety of activities including drawing, painting, cutting, sticking and simple number activities and experience of Acts of Worship, playtimes, P.E. and lunchtimes. The children are able to familiarise themselves gradually with their new environment and form relationships with other children and school staff. All this gives your child an excellent start to school life and enables them to arrive with confidence on their first day at school.

We admit children in the academic year in which they have a 5th birthday. Children who have their 5th birthday between September 1st and December 31st are encouraged to come full time as from September. Children who have a 5th birthday between January 1st and August 31st are encouraged to come part time from September and full time from January. We liaise closely with parents to decide the best induction system for your child. We are also pleased to admit children whose parents wish them to be educated at a Church School. For further details about admissions please ask for a copy of our Admissions Policy.

Transfer to other schools
Most of our children leave us at the age of 11 to attend Bicester Community College (BCC) and Cooper School, Bicester. The Bicester Schools’ Partnership Group meets regularly to explore ways of improving transition from primary to secondary school. Discussion centres on continuity of curriculum and learning as well as the social aspect of changing schools. There is a rolling programme for Year 6 children to ease transfer to secondary school. This includes a number of day visits to BCC to familiarise children with the buildings, staff and pattern of the day. The BCC and Cooper School pupils regularly spend time at St Edburg’s on work experience.