Starting School 2018

Key dates for applications

Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 should apply for a reception year place in the starting school 2018 round.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 15 January 2018. Applications received from Tuesday, 16 January are deemed late.

Central Bedfordshire – My School Catchment (link)

15 January 2018 –National closing date for applications to be received by the School Admissions Team.

16 January to 30 April 2018 – Late applications received during these dates will be processed in the late allocation round.

16 April 2018 – National offer day for on time applications. Notifications will be sent to parents living in Central Bedfordshire on the offer made to their child(ren.)

30 April 2018 – Parents/carers who are declining the place offered or wish to change their on time preferences need to have submitted a change of preference form by this date to be considered in the late allocation round.

4 June 2018 – Late allocation round offer day. Decision letters will be posted out via 2nd class post so will arrive a few days later.

During June / July 2018 – Late applications received from 1 May will be processed during these months.

Children attending a pre-school / nursery

Even if your child attends a nursery / pre-school on the school site, you must still make a Starting School 2018 application to the School Admissions Team as there is no automatic transfer to Reception Year.

Central Bedfordshire Online School Admissions link

Our School Day

Starting the day
School starts at 8:45am each morning and the children enter the classroom via the Early years playground. If you arrive late please enter through the main school entrance, where a member of staff will bring your child down the corridor and you will needs to register your reasons for the lateness.

Book bags
Children need to bring their book bags everyday so that letters and all of the child’s pieces of artwork, and for our older children, reading books can be taken home safely, ensuring that information is correctly given to the right person. 

As your child progresses in the Read Write Inc phonic programme, each week they will have a copy of words they will be seeing in the next weeks story book, please assist your child’s learning by practising with them.

Pupils belongings
We ask all children to have appropriate clothing suitable for the weather conditions each day. Many children have similar items so it is crucial for you to have all items labelled with names, as if they are not we can not guarantee they will be found. It would be ideal to have a set of wellies left at school so that we can explore the outdoor environment whatever the weather. On the occasion it may be hot enough, sun cream must be applied at home before school.

All children need a PE kit in school, our day for PE is Tuesday, but you can leave all week and wash at the end of each half term or as and when you wish.

Snack
We supply water, milk and fruit during the day as well as lunch, unless you choose to provide a packed lunch. Please ensure you keep us informed of any changes in children’s dietary requirements. Our snack station is self service, this encourages the children to be independent and allowing them to choose when they need.

Ending the day
Children go home at 3:30pm and are collected from the hall doors, which are on the other side of the school to the classrooms, accessible via the main playground. If you need before or after school care please contact the reception desk and book into Breakfast Club or Jesters via them. If someone other than yourself is collecting ensure you inform us prior to the event. We operate a password system so please ensure that the person collecting knows this.

Lunchtime
Lunchtime is 12.00 – 1.00pm

School MealsChildren often need time to get used to eating school meals. Universal Free School Meals are available to all pupils in YR, 1 and 2. In your welcome pack you will receive as part of a transition programme you will receive the schools meals offer and the vast select on offer to all our pupils. Our pupils and staff enjoy our select of tasty treats and many of our parents comment on how it has broadened and extended the foods their child will now happily eat. Please contact the school if you have any questions or for further details.

Packed Lunches
At St Georges Lower School, we promote healthy eating. If your child has packed lunch it needs to be in a named bag or box (not a plastic bag). All children have water with their packed lunch or they may bring a carton of fruit juice. We also ask for support in not providing your child with sweets, chocolate or fizzy drinks. We encourage your child to return all uneaten food in their lunch box, so you can monitor what they have eaten.

Useful hints
It is helpful if your child wears clothes that are easy for them to put on and take off, and shoes that do not have laces. Please label all items of clothing with your child’s full name, and show your child where their name is on their clothes. Remember there will be up to 30 jumpers, cardigans and trousers that all look very similar!

It is also helpful if your child can:

  • Dress and undress him/herself
  • Use a tissue or handkerchief
  • Use a knife and fork (if school dinners)
  • Wash hands and dry carefullyprimaryschool1
  • Tidy toys
  • Share toys and take turns use the toilet independently

Home Visits
If your child doesn’t attend our nursery setting, you may wish to take up the opportunity to have a home visit in the summer term before they start school full-time in September. A member of the Early Years unit will visit you and your child at home to get to know you both better and discuss any issues or any individual needs that may be a concern for you. If you would prefer, you can choose to have this session at school to discuss any issues or concerns.

Settling into School
Remember all children respond differently to starting school. As the practitioners working with your children, we endeavour to make their experience of school fun, familiar and secure. As a parent/carer you can help us by reassuring your child, being positive about school and being careful that your own anxieties do not influence your child. Remember some children will tell you every detail of their school day. Other children tell you nothing!

If you or your child has particular worries or concerns, just have a chat with the teacher (sometimes out of earshot of your child may be appropriate).

Remember your child is only four and may have ‘misread’ situations. Set your mind at rest and chat to the practitioners. On the other hand you’ll be surprised how independent your four year-old can be when allowed.

Curriculum Evenings for Parents of Reception Children
‘Watch Me Learn’ sessions are held in Year R’s classroom, which give you more insight into your child’s typical day and learning experiences in the classroom. It is also a way for new parents to the school get to know and chat to other parents, as well as letting you know about upcoming events during the term.

We hope you will be able to attend some of our transition sessions during the summer term. Your enthusiasm and encouragement helps make the teacher’s task easier and more manageable. We hope that this information will be helpful in preparing your child for their time at St Georges Lower School.