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East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School

Admissions

Starting School

When does my child start School?

By law your child must start school in the term following their fifth birthday. In West Sussex children may start before this date i.e. in the September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls. Normally they will start in the academic year of their fifth birthday.  This may be on a part-time basis initially.

Birthday Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
1st September - 31st December

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

Full-time
(Statutory
 school age)
Full-time
(Statutory
 school age)
1st January - 30th April

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

Full-time
(Statutory
 school age)
1st May - 31st August

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

Part-time or
Full-time
(by agreement)

You may feel that starting school in September is too early for your child. This might be because you would prefer your child to remain at a pre-school group, playgroup or in a nursery school. Whether your child stays in a nursery, pre-school or playgroup or moves on to reception, the learning experience is the same as all children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum from birth until they leave reception class. You may defer admission until the start of the spring or summer term as long as the law is obeyed. However, you must still complete and return the application form in the usual way.

When you have received the offer of a place at a school, you may wish to take the opportunity to discuss your child’s start date, for example, you may prefer your child to continue at nursery whilst deferring the part time terms. In this instance the school will hold your child’s school place asking you to indicate your preference in writing, in order that a place is reserved.

Parents are very welcome to look around the school. Please telephone for an appointment.

Meetings are arranged for parents and children starting school in the Summer Term before they are admitted. We organise group visits of different kinds – open morning, story times, home visits and a class experience in school before their starting date, so that your child can meet his/her teacher before he/she joins us.

Limits on Infant Class Sizes

All classes, where most children are aged 7 or under, are limited to 30 pupils with a single teacher, other than in a few special cases. Places will be allocated at primary schools to comply with this law.

Starting School - Admission Arrangements

When a child starts school for the first time (i.e. in the Reception Class), admissions to East Preston Infant School are handled by the Admissions Office of the Local Education Authority.

For Children Starting School

At the beginning of October, information will be sent in the post to parents of all children on the West Sussex database born between 01/09/2013 and 31/08/2014 advising them how to apply online. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2018. Parents who apply online will receive an email on 16th April 2018 advising which school their child has been offered, followed by a letter.

Visits to view the school are available for prospective parents whose children are due to start school in September 2018. The visits are for small groups of parents and take approximately 1 hour. Visits are strictly by appointment only. Please telephone the school office to arrange a convenient time. 01903 773177.

We are also holding two general Open Mornings on Thursday 19th October and Wednesday 15th November between 9.30am and 11.30am.

In-Year Admissions

Transfers to East Preston Infant School from another school are also handled by the Admissions office at Centenary House, Durrington. You are welcome to contact the school office staff for information on place availability.

Applications Must Be Made To:

Education Office (South)
Centenary House
Durrington Lane
Worthing
West Sussex
BN13 2QB

Telephone: 03330 142903

For Further Information:

admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk