The school recognises that a good start to school is vital if your child is going to do well.
We feel that the education of your child is a shared responsibility, and we try hard to make the start of school as trouble free as possible.
During the Summer Term prior to your child starting school we hold two meetings for parents so that we can explain how you can best help your child to prepare for their new experiences and routines. All new parents will be given a Pre-school Information Booklet, together with a booklet to share with your child. We also invite your child to spend time in school to become familiar with their new surroundings and the staff. First impressions count, especially to four year olds, so it is important that the children are made to feel special and to look forward to the new school year. It is an important time in their young lives and we do all that we can to make it right. In addition, there are several events during the summer terms such as sports day to which you and your child are invited to attend.
When your child starts school, there are a number of things that we expect he/she will already have mastered:
- be used to dressing/undressing themselves and coping with buttons and shoe laces;
- go to the toilet unaided and be able to wash hands afterwards;
- be able to say and recognise their own name;
- eat at the table politely and correctly;
- care for and respect his/her own and other people’s property;
- use common courtesies such as please and thank you;
- be able to sit and listen to a story and possibly talk about it;
- hold and use a crayon or pencil and scissors;
- know how to handle and enjoy books;
- be used to taking turns and sharing;
- be able to clear away toys and games;
- take ‘no’ for an answer;
- to ask for things using questions, not single words.
How to help your child at home before he/she starts school: -
- read to your child and discuss pictures;
- visit the library to choose a book;
- play games with your child and encourage perseverance at problems; e.g. completing a puzzle;
- prepare your child for separation by leaving him/her with a friend;
- talk about everyday things;
- use number in everyday situations, such as counting steps as you go upstairs or counting as you set the table;
- allow your child to draw, colour, paint, cut and stick;
- introduce ball skills e.g. catching, throwing and rolling;
- encourage your child to help around the house and do things for himself/herself;
- teach your child the sounds of letters and to write their name (lower case letters, not capitals, except for the first letter) and numbers;
- allow your child to help you with the shopping, cooking, dressmaking, etc., and talk about numbers, shape, size, texture, weight, colour etc.
Of course, it is important that you continue with many of these activities once your child has started school and throughout their time with us.
The John Harrox School has an annual intake. This means that children who will be 5 between 1 st September and the following 31 st August, can be admitted to the Reception Class (Foundation Stage) at the start of Term 1 in September.
When applying for a place in Reception, parents are required to fill in a form stating preference and return it to the Local Authority. The allocation of places will take account of the Planned Admission Number (PAN) of 40 in each year group (not classes). If there are more first preference requests than places at the school, they will be allocated using the criteria detailed in the Admissions Policy below.
A maximum of thirty children will be admitted to each Reception and Key Stage 1 class (unless exceptional circumstances arise). This is a statutory requirement.
If places are required in Y1 –Y6 (or Reception in mid-year) application has to be made to the school. A place will be offered if one is available (i.e. less than 40 in that particular year group). If no place is available parents have the right to appeal.
The school operates the standard admission arrangements for community and controlled infant or primary schools. These arrangements are detailed in the current booklet 'Going to School in Lincolnshire' or at https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/findaschool
Alternatively you can click on the link below to view the policy.
Joining the school later on
Sometimes children join the school when the term has started or later on in their school life. We make every effort to make sure that they are welcomed, looked after, and monitored so that they quickly make friends and can find their way around the school. Teachers give pupils time to settle in before making an assessment of their academic ability. This assessment, together with records from the previous school will enable your child to have the best start in our school. Parents are asked to contact the school if their child has a problem settling.