Getting a place for reception year can be very tough, and that’s why we have decided to write this article. First of all, you can talk to your teaching assistant. They have the knowledge required, so they are the best persons to talk with. You probably would still like to read about Choosing After School Clubs for your Kids too. For now, let’s see how to get a perfect place for reception year.
- Local Council – First of all, contact you local council to find the school you have at your disposal in your area of residence. Then ask for the admission criteria for the schools you are interested in. You can also ask your local council to apply for school places in other areas, in case you like to enroll you child in a specific school. Local Council also has teams to help parents get their kids into schools, so it is the best place where you can get advice.
- School’s website – You can search for the school’s websites when you are getting a place for reception year. In there must have all the information you need to better choose one. In their websites, they must refer the amount of money they get from taking underprivileged children, and also what they do with it. They also need to refer the details of the curriculum, admission criteria, their behaviour policy, disability policy, special educational need policy, and they also must provide the links to Ofsted reports and to performance data.
- Find out about a school – After you have made a list of the schools you are interested in, you must get to know them better. So, you should visit the school when you are getting a place for reception year (most of them gave an open day so you can get to know them), read the school’s most recent Ofsted reports, and talk to other parents so you can collect much information as possible. Also, check the school league tables (you can check the exam results, which are good indicators of the school quality).
Have in mind that in reception, year 1 and year 2, the class size is limited to 30 kids per class, so your application can be turned down if they already have this number of children.
You might also think about enrolling your kid into a public, or particular, school. There are advantages and disadvantages in both cases, so you need to think very well about both situations.
So, if you follow these steps I am sure you will make a good decision and your kid will be in the best school he could be! Are you ready for the hard times? Hope we were helpful in getting a place for reception year!