We are an inclusive school. We are also a two form entry school. This means that there are two classes for each year group from Reception through to Year 6. Each class from Reception to Year 6 has a limit of 30 places. Our Nursery has a total of 78 places (39 morning and 39 afternoon).
Registering a child is simple. Before a child reaches Nursery age it is a matter of completing an informal request form, giving your child’s name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Your child will then be put on our waiting list. If a place is available, children are invited to attend our Nursery, part-time, no sooner than the term after their third birthday. Nursery children receive places primarily on an age order basis, and we follow Leeds City Council Admissions guidance. Parents may request a preference, but flexible, morning or afternoon places will not be guaranteed. Children attend full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. The school does not allocate places. Leeds City Council asks families to complete preference forms during the year before their child is due to start school. Once this form is returned, parents are responsible for informing Leeds City Council about any changes to circumstances that may affect the place at the preferred school. If a parent fails to complete a form we may still be able to accept a child if there is enough room in that particular year group.
New parents considering transferring their child after they have started at another school should first discuss this with their current school. If a transfer is required, they should contact us by telephone to make an appointment to meet the Head Teacher. Leeds City Council will supply an official transfer request form in these cases.
At our school we aim to provide a safe, secure, caring, and stimulating learning environment in which your child can embark on his/her education. We recognize parents as first educators and that each child already has a wealth of skills and knowledge that have been nurtured at home. We are keen to develop a relationship with parents, and we hope the partnership has a positive effect on each child’s learning. We are keen to foster good relationships between home and school and parents of new Nursery and Reception children are invited to attend meetings during the Summer Term to meet and talk to the staff. Our dedicated staff will help to give additional support to families during the child’s first months at Drighlington Primary School.
New families are asked to ensure that children do not bring into school any personal items such as toys or pencil cases. We have found that they become lost, damaged or can cause disagreements between children and lead to them becoming upset. We provide good quality writing equipment and this ensures children’s work is of consistent standard.
We put great emphasis upon getting transition right for children. When children first start school we plan visits so that they can meet their new teacher and new classmates. We think it is important that plans are amended if needed where children require additional time to adjust - in some cases the transition into school is very personalized. As children move through school other things are put into place. At the end of each school year all Y6 children spend at least a full day in their new High School to prepare for the following September and their move to Y7. All other children in our school spend a full day with their new teachers, so that they too can prepare for September. This gives them an opportunity to meet new teachers, and for new teachers to begin to get to know them.
Our staff always prepare handover information for the next teacher and this includes learning levels, information about key strengths and areas for development, and friendships. Our staff are also given allocated time to ensure that they handover the relevant documents and have time to talk to the next teacher. Where children have specific needs, our staff engage with parents before the end of the year, and prepare individual strategies such as transition books with photographs of the next teacher and support staff. We ask that families let us know if they have concerns about transition so that we can address them quickly and put into place secure action plans for children.
Whether starting school for the first time, or aiming to transfer mid-year, to apply for a place at our school from Reception to Year 6 please look on the local authority website (leeds.gov.uk) to apply online or contact Leeds City Council Admissions Team as shown below.
Click here for link to Leeds City Council Admissions Website
Floor 10 West
110 Merrion Centre
Telephone: 0113 2224414