Our admissions procedure is informal and friendly and seeks to ensure that parents receive full and frank information about the school and that there is a match between the school and the child.
We currently provide education and child care for boys and girls from 6 months to Year 6. Years 7, 8 and 9 open in September 2016. (Registrations are now being taken with generous bursaries on offer for families of ‘Early Starters’).
Philosophy of the school
Norman Court School is an inclusive school that welcomes boys and girls from all backgrounds, abilities, faiths and ethnic groups. The school has a Christian ethos.
The school is non-selective; we welcome pupils from a wide range of academic abilities and aim to respond to the needs of each individual child.
The school currently does not make specialist provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities but may be able to support their learning in some cases.
The school does not discriminate against children with disabilities but parents should be aware that the school is housed in period buildings across a large site.
The school operates a thriving and highly effective early years department.
Pupils are accepted into our Montessori Nursery from the age of 6 months. We operate 2 systems of care; one which operates for 51 weeks of the year for children up to the age of 3, and one which operates in term time only for children aged 3-5.
Early years government funding is available for eligible 3-4 years olds.
We expect pupils to progress from our early years provision into the Junior School but this is not a requirement.
Infants & Junior
Applications for admission into the school are welcome subject to places being available.
Parents are encouraged to view our school and to meet the Head Teacher and staff.
Trial days are available to help ensure your child will be happy at Norman Court.
Working with our appropriately qualified staff, classes are kept small and adhere to the following maximum ratios:
1:3 Children aged 6 months-1 year
1:4 Children aged 2-3
1:8 Children aged 3-4
1:14 Children in Years R, 1 & 2 (Infant Department)
1:16 Children in Years 3 to 9
The Nursery expects children to attend for a minimum of two weekly sessions.
Places are offered subject to acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of the Parents Agreement.
A settling in period is the time before a child joins the Reception Class/School when they can visit with their parents and stay for a while in order to get to know the staff, children and their new environment.
It is important that a child has spent some time in their new school and classroom before the actual starting day, this will help them to feel a little more settled and confident about their new environment. It also gives the parents the opportunity to ask any questions and find out a bit more about how their child will be spending their day and the daily routine as well as getting to know the staff. These visits are an important part of the child’s settling in process, it is a time when relationships with staff and parents can be built and the child can feel that they can start to build trusting relationships, within a safe and secure environment.
As a matter of policy we encourage parents and children to visit on at least three occasions for Reception children and one for all other year groups, before the first day (free of charge). The length of these visits can vary, but parents will be notified in advance of the formal settling in dates and times.
Children will be shown around the school grounds and where they will work, play, eat and keep their belongings. Parents will be able to discuss any particular issues they would like us to consider.
On their first day parents may want to stay a while to see that their child is settled and happy, however they need not feel obliged to do this and may leave soon after saying goodbye to their child.
Parents are invited to telephone the school at any point during the day to check that all is well.
A brief progress report will be offered by the keyworker/teacher when parents arrive to collect their children.
Admissions Procedure – Summary
Applications for admission are informal and friendly.
- Ask for some information about the school/view our website.
- Arrange to visit us to meet the Head Teacher and have a tour of the school.
- Children aged 5-10 are invited to attend a free taster morning to assess the suitability of our school for your child. (See Settling in)
- Once we have established that Norman Court is the right school for your child, fill in the registration form and Parents’ Agreement and return the forms to the school office together with the registration fee of £50.
- If a place is available at the time of receipt you will receive a letter offering you a place subject to a deposit payment of a £400. (Applies to applications for the Junior School). The payment is in addition to the termly fees and is returned when your child leaves the school subject to the Terms and Conditions.
- Payment of termly fees is required in advance on the first day of each term. A wide variety of childcare vouchers are accepted (please ask at the office.)