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We are delighted that you are thinking about sending your child to our school.  If you would like your child to start, it is important that you notify the Local Authority in the first instance.  More details can be found int he link below.



Admissions Policy

Changing School Part Way through the School Year



Information for parents of children moving to North Yorkshire or changing school part way through the academic year


An In Year application for a school place is made when your child is already at school and you want them to transfer from one school to another. You can make an in year application at any time of year.


In year applications will be processed no more than 6 weeks or 40 school days in advance of when a school place required.


Will a move really be in my child's best interest?


Requesting to change schools because you are moving into North Yorkshire or moving within North Yorkshire is sometimes unavoidable and the Authority will endeavour to place your child at a school as soon as possible.


Where you are requesting to change school for other reasons, you should consider carefully whether a change of schools is in your child’s best interest. The Authority does not encourage parents to move their child from one local school to another school mid-year as this can have a negative effect on a child's progress.


Consider whether it is necessary to move schools and speak to your child's current school before completing an application.


Where you are not moving into North Yorkshire or moving address within the local authority your child should continue to attend their current school until a place has been allocated at a new school and an admission date agreed. The admission date is likely to be from the beginning of the next school term.


What will be the effect on my child's education?


It is vital that parents consider the effect on their child if they are considering changing school within the same vicinity.


While schools will try to help children settle into a new school environment quickly, it does take time for children to adjust and some loss in performance can be expected.


All schools teach the Core National Curriculum subjects. However, changing schools may mean that some topics or areas of work are repeated and some missed because subjects are taught at different times, in different ways in different schools.


Will my child make new friends?


Friendships formed in or out of school can be very important to children. Changing school because a child's friend changes school may be unwise as each child has their own needs.


Will my child have a fresh start or just face old problems?


Sometimes a change of school can enable children, who are suffering from an unwanted reputation or a clash of personalities in their local school or community, to start again. However, this does not always happen - especially if old habits or ways of behaving or dealing with problems do not change.


Sometimes the difficulties can transfer too, particularly if the previous school has not been given time to resolve the situation.


Can present difficulties be resolved?


Sometimes a change is considered because there has been a disagreement between the parents or child and the school. There are very few differences that cannot be resolved if an issue is discussed openly and reasonably between a school and parent. Parents are encouraged to settle any differences with schools and only move their children to another school as a last resort.


Is there a best time for my child to change school? 

Generally it is better for a change of school to take place at the end of a term or at the end of a school year so as to minimise the disruption to the pupil's education.

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Children from the villages of Clapham, Keasden, Cold Cotes and Newby attend the school, but children from outside this area can also be accommodated, subject to our admissions policy.

Children who live over 2 miles from school and live at Keasden, Cold Cotes and Newby have free transport provided to and from school by North Yorkshire County Council at beginning of the term in which their fifth birthday falls. However, it may be possible if there is room on the taxi for them to be transported at an earlier age if the Education Office agree.
We are always pleased to show prospective parents and their children around the school. Please contact the head by telephone first.

In the September of the academic year in which the children will have their fifth birthday they are admitted to the Reception year group in Class One. Although children may attend full time from the start of the school year, children may attend on a part time basis initially if they are under 5, but it is usual for all children to attend full time within the first few weeks and in particular before the autumn half term. If a child is very young in the year group this period of part time attendance may be extended for longer if necessary.

As the children in the Reception year group are still in the Early Years Foundation Stage they have particular needs that are catered for by having a structured curriculum that is delivered in a manner that allows plenty of opportunities for child initiated learning in play based activities.

The Nursery unit is based on the school premises on five mornings a week, working very closely with the Class One teacher and the Reception group to create a Foundation Unit. Transition is aided by home visits if appropriate and taster sessions. Stay and Play mornings happen once a half term, which you are most welcome to attend! Children become eligible for a free place in the term after they are three.


There is a Baby and Toddler group that meets in the Village Hall.
There are a number of child minders in the area.

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