Joining and Leaving Potten End School

School Admissions

Our published admissions number (PAN) is 30 for Nursery and 30 for Reception.

The academic year runs from 1st September to 31st August. Applications to join the school must be made through Hertfordshire County Council at www.hertsdirect.org/admissions or by telephoning 0300 1234043. Children are admitted into our Nursery Class in the academic year in which they are going to be four. They are admitted into our Reception Class in the academic year in which they are going to be five.

Our Reception Class has one intake per year. However, those children whose birthdays fall between March and August will only stay for the morning until approximately the fifth week of the Autumn Term when they will be invited to stay for lunch for a week and then the whole day.

Children may enter the school at other times if, for example, they are transferring schools or they have just moved into the area. These children are known as ‘casual entrants’. These applications must be made through Hertfordshire County Council at www.hertsdirect.org/admissions.

Nursery

In the autumn before the academic year in which your child is eligible to attend Nursery, you should receive communication from Hertfordshire County Council (the Local Educational Authority). This explains the county admissions process, which applies to this school. You are able to express a preference as to your choice of Nursery. You should apply on line by the date specified. You will be notified, on the appointed date, at which school your child has been allocated a place.

Reception

In the autumn term before the academic year in which your child is due to start full time education you should receive communication from Hertfordshire County Council. If you do not receive this, please let us know. The large majority of children in our Nursery Class do transfer into our Reception Class. Please note, however, that having a place in our Nursery Class does not guarantee or give a better chance of a place in our Reception Class.

Continued Interest

If you have been unable to obtain a place at the school at the time of application, your child’s name can be kept on our continued interest list. For Nursery, simply contact the school directly but for Reception, please complete the appropriate form which is available to download from the Hertfordshire admissions website. If a place becomes available and you are the only name on our continued interest list, County will offer it to you. If there is more than one child seeking a place in the class, it will be allocated according to the County’s admissions criteria.

Casual Entrants

If you wish to apply for a school place at any time other than the start of Nursery or Reception, you should download an ‘in year application form’ from the Hertfordshire admissions website. If a place in the appropriate class becomes available and you are the only name on our continued interest list, County will offer it to you. If there are more than one child seeking a place in the class, it will be allocated according to the County’s admissions criteria.

The admissions process can be an anxious time for parents. Should you have any concerns, please let us know and we will do our best to help.

School Induction

We want children to find their start at Potten End School to be a positive experience. Before their starting date, all children and parents are invited to the school for a preliminary visit. When the time comes to admit children into the Nursery and Reception Classes, we stagger the intake by admitting a few children each day so that all children have the chance to get to know the teachers and their classroom.

Starting full time education will make your child tired, even if they have attended full time nursery day care prior to coming to the school. The day is full of new learning experiences and children are required to become familiar with many new routines and expectations. For this reason, our younger Reception Class children initially come for the mornings only. Their time in school is then extended to include lunchtime and following this, it is extended to cover the whole school day. We operate this arrangement in the best interests of the children although, of course, we understand that it may cause temporary inconvenience to parents, particularly if both are working.

Secondary School Transfer

In the autumn term of the academic year in which your child is eleven, you should receive communication from Hertfordshire County Council regarding applying for a secondary school place. If you do not receive this, please let us know.

 

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