Starting Year Three
We are a large Junior School who are proud to specialise in child centred key stage two outcomes. Willesborough Infant School and Willesborough Junior School have worked closely together for many years as link schools. We are pleased to say that this close relationship has just become formalised, as the two schools have now become a Federation of Willesborough Schools.
We want your child to have the best possible transition from key stage one to key stage two. There are many opportunities for infant children and their families to experience junior school activities and events and for year two children the experiences they have increases significantly throughout the year.
Our transition programme throughout May, June and July offers the following;
- Year Three Welcome Evening for parents
- Informal learning walks for parents and children
- Learning Cafés, incorporating parent and child workshops and class visits for children
- After school activity clubs in year three
- Joint Parent/Teacher meeting with your child’s current year two teacher and new year three teacher.
- Team teaching experiences where year two children are taught core lessons by their current year two teachers and new year three teachers together.
We work in partnership with you throughout your child’s learning journey and transition process.
The Year Three Admissions process in managed by Kent County Council. The link below will take you on to the Kent County Council website where you can find out more about how to apply for a school place.
To apply for a year three place for your child in September 2020, you will need to complete a Common Application Form (JCAF). The application process starts on the 5th of November 2019 and closes on the 15th of January 2020.
KCC will email you on 16th of April 2020 after 4pm to tell you the outcome of your application. If you currently have a child at the infant school, you will get a junior school place but you must complete the application process within the time frame given.
In Year Admissions
From time to time, we are able to admit children into different year groups at different times if places become available.
In the event of over-subscription for in year admissions or at the start of a school year, the Governors will allocate places to children according to the following criteria:
1) Children in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents / carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).
2) Current attendance at the linked school – Willesborough Infant School.
Current Family Association – a brother or sister who will be in Willesborough Junior School or Willesborough Infant School at the time of entry. In this context, brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, step-brother or sister or foster brother or sister.
3) Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’ / guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
4) Nearness of children’s homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.’
SEN - Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need or Education (SSEN), Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.
In the event of over-subscription for in year admissions or at the start of a school year, the Governors will allocate places to children according to the criteria stated above.
Where two identical applications that cannot otherwise be separated using the admissions criteria, the application received first by date will be ranked highest.
Published Admissions Number for year of entry (Year 3) is 120
The school's Waiting List will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added to the list.
Requesting admission outside of the normal age group - We work in partnership with Willesborough infant school and we do not routinely consider admitting children outside of their normal age.
To request admission outside of the normal age group, you should contact the Headteacher as early as possible during the application period for the child's date of birth. You are not expected to provide evidence to support your request to defer your application, but where provided, it must be specific to the child in question. This might include medical or Educational Psychologist reports. There is no legal requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional, but failure to provide it may impede any decisions made.
Moving on to Secondary Education
Online applications for transfer to secondary school for September 2020, closed at midnight on 31 October 2019. If you applied online, you will be emailed on 2nd March 2020 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.
If you have missed the deadline please email email@example.com for further guidance on what to do next.
To ensure the best possible outcomes for your child as they move on to their secondary education we work closely with the schools we feed. These include; The North, Towers, Highworth, The Norton Kantchbull, Brockhill and Homewood. There are several opportunities for year six children and their families to experience and find out about secondary school transition. School to school transition activities include;
- Visits to year six classes by secondary teachers
- Visits to year seven by year six children
- Secondary taster days
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2020 you can appeal between 16 April and 14 May 2020 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 16 July 2020. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.