South Gloucestershire Local Authority (LA) determines the school’s admission policy. The LA operates a ‘rising fives’ policy which means that children who are 4 by 31st August generally start school in September of that year. The age for compulsory education is the term after a child’s 5th birthday. In September before your child starts school, the LA application form can be accessed online or from the local pre-schools and libraries. This application should be completed and returned to South Gloucestershire promptly. Parents are notified whether a place is available later in March the following year. A New Parents’ Meeting is held during the summer term when admission arrangements are discussed.
If you move into the area during the school year, please apply directly to the LA admissions department (01454 863314) for an application form. The local authority manages all applications and will advise you on the availability of spaces. If you wish to enrol your child here, please contact us to arrange a visit so that we can show you around and arrange a suitable time for your child to visit. Once they have started at Frenchay C of E Primary School, staff will support them so that they settle as quickly as possible. Your child will also be assigned a class mate (buddy) to look after them until they establish their own friendship group.
The standard number for Frenchay is currently 20 per year group..
Starting school can be a big step for a child and we try to ensure that each child is helped to settle in happily and quickly. During the Summer Term, prior to entry, an evening meeting is held for parents. At this meeting, arrangements are made for the children to make visits to school to meet the teacher and other children in their class. Our school nurse, PTA representative, Head Teacher and afterschool club representatives will also attend the parents meeting to answer any questions that may arise. Home visits by the teacher and teaching assistant to the child’s home are also part of our induction policy. Parents have told us that they find these visits very helpful. Children who attend the local pre-schools are also invited to the Infants on a group visit to the school with their pre-school teachers, and the class teacher will visit the nursery/pre-school where possible.
These induction arrangements give children an opportunity to become familiar with the teacher and the school surroundings. It is also an opportunity for parents to discuss any particular concerns or queries.
Transfer to Secondary School
In September following their eleventh birthday, children move to secondary school. Information related to school transfer at eleven years old is detailed by the Local Authority on a dedicated website, live from September each year.
For more information on school admissions you can contact South Gloucestershire Council