CHOOSING A PRIMARY SCHOOL: It’s time to start thinking about this important decision
Published at 15:48, Wednesday, 27 October 2010
TAKING your child for his or her first day at school is a proud moment for every parent but it’s also a daunting experience for both parent and child.
So choosing the school is an important decision and for children starting school in September next year now is the time to think seriously about it.
Children in Cumbria can begin their full-time primary education by entering a reception class the September following their fourth birthday, so children born between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007 can start school in September 2011.
To apply for a school place you must complete the application form in the information brochure Starting School in Cumbria, available from local infant/primary schools and Children’s Services offices and return it to your first choice school or the admissions and student support team at Cumbria County Council. You can also apply online at www.cumbria.gov.uk/ schooladmissions.
The closing date for reception applications is January 15, 2011 and meeting this deadline is very important as your child could miss out if you apply late.
On the preference form you can list three schools that you would be happy sending your child to although you aren’t guaranteed your first preference.
Last year 97.09 per cent of parents, who submitted their application on time, were offered their first preference of school. It is also important to put down three preferences. If you don’t and your first preference is unsuccessful, you will be offered an alternative school.
By law this must only be done after all applications from parents who have included the school as one of their preferences have been considered.
When you’ve completed and sent off your form your application will be acknowledged within four weeks. A letter telling you which school your child has been allocated will be sent out on April 28, 2011.
If you need help with your application call 01228 221158 or 01228 221221.
Children entering reception at a primary school can stay there until they are 11 and children attending an infant school transfer to a junior or primary school at the age of seven. You need to apply for a school place even if your child attends the nursery attached to the school as they won’t be guaranteed a place in reception at the school. When it comes to thinking about which schools to apply to you should involve your child in the decision making process. You should look at the admissions policy of each school you’re considering to check the level of priority you would have. Find out as much as you can about a school to help you make an informed decision.
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