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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

0113 2853000

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

  1. Parents
  2. Admission and Home School Agreement

Admission 

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

Telephone: 0113 2224414

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 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, 30 hour, but flexible, morning or afternoon places will not be guaranteed.

Click here for Nursery application form

Children attend full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. The school does not allocate these 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. .

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 tlka to the Head Teacher. Leeds City Council will supply an official in-year transfer request form in these cases.

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. 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.

Early Years

We offer flexible places that run as follows:

  • all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning (2.5 days)
  • Wednesday afternoon , all day Thursday and all day Friday (2.5 days)
  • every day, a total of 30 hours

Children’s learning is through core and enhanced provision in both the indoors and outdoors environments.  We strive to encompass a range of curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children. We foster and value the children’s curiosity and independence which encourages engagement and active learning. 

We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners.  All our children are involved in the planning stage of new topics as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning.  The children are encouraged to be creative and express their creativity through many and varied opportunities which include sewing, pottery, role play, painting, model making, singing and dancing.

We value the positive relationships we have with parents and carers and constantly strive to improve this. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning and we support this through workshops during the year. For reception children, we send reading books home each night along with sounds and tricky words to practise. In nursery, each child has a Home/School book which can be used to share many important or special events in your child’s life for example:

  • Personal achievements such as swimming badges or riding their bike
  • A special event such as a party for a relative
  • Important milestones including a new tooth or a birthday
  • An activity you have taken part in, perhaps a visit to the cinema or to a friend’s house to play
  • Photographs, drawings, computer printouts, writing

These events are important in a child’s life and we value the opportunity to share them with children in school. We are able to talk to children about these events, which we use to build our relationships and to show we value their life experiences. The children enjoy talking about themselves which builds their communication skills and their self-confidence.

We take every opportunity to share with parents and friends the exciting learning the children have experienced. Assemblies are held every half term and include such topics as harvest, Christmas Nativity, Chinese New Year and Celebrating people who are special to us.

Throughout the year the children have the opportunity to welcome visitors into school and visit places of interest which may be walking to the local shops to buy pancake ingredients, posting a letter or visiting the local church. We believe these experiences help the children to understand the world in which they live.

Home School Agreement

Click here for Home School Agreement