Visiting arrangements for prospective parents
We hold regular open mornings for prospective parents and children. Please see our 'Current Admissions' page for details of dates and times. We look forward to welcoming you to Bishop Ridley CE Primary School and showing you around.
The Local Authority has produced an informative booklet about the admissions procedures, which can be obtained from the Admissions Team, Directorate of Education and Leisure, Hill View, Hill View Drive, Welling, Kent, DA16 3RY (tel: 020 8303 7777).
Children joining our nursery will be invited in for a session at the end of the term prior to their admission, for them to meet their new teacher and become familiar with the nursery. Parents of children moving into the reception class are invited to attend our ‘New Entrants’ afternoon, when your child will meet their new teacher and spend some time in their new classroom. At the same time you are also invited to a meeting at which the Head Teacher will outline school procedures and policies and answer any queries you may have.
‘Children benefit from a carefully planned induction process and settle well once they start school because staff provide good care and support.’
Children start primary school with a variety of experiences and skills. Some may be used to sharing with others, playing co-operatively or independently, knowing some sounds and numbers, whilst other children may not be used to being in a large group of children. With this in mind we aim to make the transition from home to school as smooth as possible.
In the first week of term you and your child will be invited to an interview with your child’s new teacher at which you will be able to share any particular information you may have and for the teacher to meet you and your child on a one-to-one basis. It will also be a valuable opportunity for the teacher to assess your child’s level of achievement on entry to school.
In the second week of term the nursery children start their sessions, while children in the reception year usually come in for half a day and go home before lunchtime. In the third week of term they stay full time. Parents are then invited to attend a Foundation Stage workshop led by Mrs. Early, who explains more about the Reception curriculum at Bishop Ridley and how you as parents can help your child at home. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this meeting.
Towards the end of the Reception year the children are assessed by their class teacher using the ‘Foundation Stage Profile’. This is used to assess each child’s progress through the Foundation Stage, which is a programme of work followed by the children through Nursery and Reception and which is designed to prepare them for the National Curriculum which starts in Year 1.
‘Good teaching and a good curriculum provide children with a good range of opportunities to develop their skills and achieve well.’