Applications for admission need to be completed in the Autumn term prior to starting, with notification of the outcomes sent to parents in early April.Specific dates and details are to be found in the relevant academic year Admissions Policy.
Important - Please note parents must complete the Roman Catholic Additional Information form for Catholic Schools with their application. (see pdf document below). This should also include a photocopy of your child's Baptism Certificate or proof of Baptism. When making an online application (LA website), it will be necessary to forward a hard copy of the Baptism forms to the LA or directly to school.
Induction to Reception Class
During the summer term, following notification from the LA, children and parents are invited to take part in an Induction programme prior to their September start. This includes a Parents Open Evening and children's involvement in a morning visit to school.
The Open Evening is intended as an information session and opportunity for parents to ask questions about arrangements for starting.
Information is also shared with parents for a staged September start whereby the children build up to a full day attendance i.e. Week 1 - mornings only; Week 2 - morning & lunch; Week 3 - full day attendance.
When children start in reception class, they are paired with a child in the final year of primary, Year 6. This is called the 'Buddy System'.
The Buddy System has been in use for several years and has been very successful. All children involved have found it a wonderful experience.
Buddies are fun for Year 6 and Reception. Year 6 go to assembly with them and sit with them. Buddies might even get each other presents. Year 6 visit their reception buddy each break time and play games with them. It is a great way for Year 6 to bond with reception children. The reception children also look up to their buddy, which means Year 6 have to be good role models!
'In Year' Applications
Application Forms and information concerning in year school transfers are available from the DMBC Admissions Team at the Civic Office and the DMBC website.
'In Year' transfers are discouraged in the best interest of the provision of continuous education for children. Where transfers take place they generally occur at the start of the new term i.e. Christmas or Easter.
All applications must be returned to the Admissions Team rather than school.
Please again be aware that the Roman Catholic Additional Information Form for Catholic schools must be brought to the school office as well as evidence of baptism or religious reference where appropriate.
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