Admission administration is dealt with centrally by Wiltshire Council for both, the ‘Reception intake’ and any ‘in year transfers’. Application forms are available from the Wiltshire Council School Admission Team directly or via their website. www.wiltshire.gov.uk . Completed forms, or online admissions must be returned to the School Admission Team by the submission date in the Spring Term (15th January) prior to starting for ‘Reception children’.
Parents and carers of children seeking to join the school in other years, should in the first instance contact the Wiltshire Council School Admission Team on 01225 713010.
Bratton Primary School welcomes all children regardless of special needs or disability. Pupils with additional needs may have extra visits before starting school and there will be close liaison with parents to ensure that the correct arrangements are in place.
Every effort is made to make a place available for your child in our school. However, schools have a limit on the number of children they can take. In the case of Bratton Primary School this is currently 30 children in Reception to Year 6. This figure is set by the Local Authority (LA) and agreed with Governors and Headteacher.
If the number of children wanting a place is below the set figure, your child will be offered a place. There may, however, come a point when there are too many children of that year group for them all to be given a place. If a place is not available on application you have the right to appeal to Wiltshire Council. Appeals are heard by an independent panel. A Guide to Admission Appeals can be obtained from the School Admissions Team via the Wiltshire Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk
STARTING SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME
Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school. We all need to work together to make the transition smooth and rewarding.
In the term prior to their entry, pupils are invited into school for visits. This will help them become familiar with the surroundings and routines of school. During this period, there will be meetings for parents to discuss our partnership with you and talk about any concerns you might have.
Following a successful application, pupils will be admitted to Bratton Primary School in the September of the academic year in which they are five.
JOINING THE SCHOOL LATER ON
Sometimes children join the school later on in their school life, ‘An In Year Transfer’. We have strategies in place that ensure they are welcomed, looked after, and monitored so that they quickly make friends and can find their way around the school. Teachers give children time to settle in before making an assessment of their academic abilities. This assessment, together with records from the previous school, will enable your child to have the best start in our school.
MOVING ON – TRANSFERRING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL
At the end of primary school, children transfer to a secondary school.
The large majority of children go on to schools located in the Westbury area, which are mixed secondary schools. We have strong links with local schools, through the on-going curriculum and community events. Year 6 pupils make several visits to these schools during their final year, as part of an induction programme. This is seen as a very positive process, ensuring a smooth transfer.