School Admission Arrangements
Bowburn Infant & Nursery School has an admissions limit of 28 pupils per class from Reception to Year 2.
Pre-School provision is based in our fabulous Nursery building. We offer free 15 hours provision for all 3 year olds and 15 free hours to those who meet the requirements. We also offer paid provision for our 2 and 3 year old rooms.
Parents who would like to visit the school and look around are encouraged to do so and are most welcome. Please write or telephone to make an appointment with the headteacher at any time of the year.
The age at which children can be admitted to school is determined by the Education Committee. Current Policy allows for:-
“Those children whose fifth birthday falls between the 1st September 2017 and the 31st August 2018, to be admitted at the beginning of the Autumn Term 2017”.
Our admission number approved for the year 17/18 is 56 per year group.
In the event that the school is over-subscribed then preference to admission will be given in accordance with the Local Authority’s admission arrangements.
During the summer term you will be invited to visit school. This will enable you to meet your child’s Class Teacher and ask any relevant questions which may not have been answered in this brochure. If transferring from our nursery your child will have spent quite a lot of time in school prior to admission and will already be familiar with the reception class teachers.
We operate a staggered entry to school in September, over one to two weeks, depending upon the size of the intake. A few children start school each day, so that the teachers and helpers can provide a lot of individual attention to ensure that children feel happy and secure. It is important to us that our children remember their first day at school as a happy one! In the first week the children go home after lunch and a story at 1.30 p.m. In the second week the children go home at 2.00 pm and will attend full time in week 3. Starting school can be tiring for four year olds.
To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
Nursery admission arrangements
Three year old provision
Once your child has turned three, they are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery provision. These sessions can be taken as am, pm or full day sessions where available. Parents can put their child’s name on the waiting list during the school year in which the child has his/her second birthday. Forms can be picked up from the nursery or from the school office contact us.
Two year old provision
Two year old places are available, either funded for those who qualify or paid places at £15 per 3 hour session. Parents can apply for funded or paid places the term before their child turns two. For further information on funded places please contact the nursery or the school office contact us.
Parents who would like to visit the Nursery and look around are very welcome to do so. Please write or telephone to make an appointment with the nursery teacher at any time of the year contact us
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the Local Authority or other agencies may be requested to ensure the school can meet any needs appropriately. Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
All of our school policies can be found on the website but the most important ones for parents of children with SEND are listed below:
SEND Policy SEND Policy
Equality Policy, Statement and Objectives Equality Policy
Accessibility Plan Accessibility Plan
Anti-Bullying Policy Anti-Bullying Policy
Behaviour Policy Behaviour Policy
Medical Needs policy Education of pupils with medical needs
Other relevant school policies school policies
The following are the main contacts for Special Educational Needs and Disability at Bowburn Infant and Nursery School School:
Christine Ormerod is the Head Teacher
Michelle O’Connor is our designated SEN Governor:
Christine Ormerod is our designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator. It is the SENCO’s job to:
1. Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
2. Liaise with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
3. Advise teachers on using a graduated approach to providing SEN support
4. Advise on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet the pupil’s needs effectively
5. Liaise with parents/carers of pupils with SEN
6. Liaise with and be a key point of contact for external agencies
7. Ensure that the school keeps the records of all SEN pupils up to date
8. Work with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements by phoning the school on 0191 3770606 or sending an email to: email@example.com
If you would like further information about applying for a place in our school or nursery or about your SEND requirements please contact us to arrange an appointment..