New Year R Admissions
Starting school is a huge milestone in a child’s life but also in their parents. At Bidbury we pride ourselves on being a big family who take care of one and look out for each other. Our primary focus in the mental health and well-being of children as this is primary to being able to access learning. Our learning approach is one of personalisation, to give each individual child what they need – be that further challenge or support.
You will be contacted in the Summer term prior to your child starting school and invited to make both formal and informal visits. We will explain how your child will be introduced to the school, the class teacher and their classmates.
Applications for places for older children and for new arrivals into the school’s catchment area may be made at any time via the Hampshire County Council Admissions’ Team and by visiting the school. Where there is a space, places will be allocated according to the Admissions Policy.
For Year R pupils we like to visit children in their own homes in the July before they s tart school (link to Home Visit booklet).
This gives the parents and child the opportunity to get to know the teacher and to recognise familiar faces when the child starts school. It also gives the parents a chance to talk to the teacher on home ground and to ask any questions about this important time in their child’s life.
It is expected that before being admitted children will be able to:
- use the toilet independently (and usually be dry during the day)
- have some independence in dressing and feeding themselves
- communicate their needs
- cope with the demands of a school setting
In Year Transitions
All moves to new year groups, e.g. Year R to Year 1, are managed through a range of transition events. This will include current teachers sharing information with new teachers, visits to work with the new teacher and to see their new classroom environments.