The purpose of this page is to provide a place with information for our new parents, as starting a new school can be a daunting experience. If you have questions that are not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact the school office. The admin team is working this year throughout most of the summer, so you shouldn't have to wait too long for a reply.
- 18 April 2017 - Offer of school places sent by second class post and email
- If the answer is negative, please make sure to tell the county council that you wish to remain on our continued interest list for round 2. (Follow the instructions that are provided in the letter/e-mail)
- The school will send those offered a place an e-mail asking for 1st and 2nd language preference. It is in the middle of our Easter holidays, so please be patient. We aim to enter everyone in our database and send an email to you at the latest Thursday 27 April. NB Check your spam e-mail regularly, in case our e-mails are sent there. We will ask you to return your answer by Tuesday 2 May at the latest. This e-mail has been sent out. Please contact me if you have not received it.
- Before the 4th of May - the school will inform you which language your child has been assigned to.
- 5 May 2017 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
- September 2017 - start of the school year: see below
We are working on updating the parent handbook for next year and it will be sent out after offers have been made and accepted. It is full of practical information about school life, so be sure to read it please. We are adding the information for secondary, so it may take a bit longer for us to publish.
Our PTA (Parent teacher organisation) will invite each class to meet up in a park in the summer holidays, so that the children can get to know each other in an informal setting. Please keep an eye on this website for the time and date.
The class will be split up in 2 groups to allow the children to get used to the school setting in a smaller group. An e-mail will be sent to you to inform you of the group. Please contact us if you have not received an e-mail (after checking your spam please) by 23/07/17 (July). (originally 17th, but we are running slightly late, apologies!)
Tuesday morning 05/09/2017 08.25 - 11.20
Thursday morning 07/09/2017 08.25 - 11.20
Wednesday morning 06/09/2017 08.25 - 11.20
Friday morning 08/09/2017 08.25 - 11.20
This will be a normal full school week starting at 08.25 (with drop off possible from 08.00) until 15.20. The 4-year-olds can be picked up early on Wednesdays at 11.20 before lunch. However, many parents have decided to keep the 4-year-olds in school on Wednesday afternoons too, which is fine. After lunch all children have quiet time.
bookbags: the school will provide every child with a bookbag, please feel free to personalise!
Every child in keystage 1 (Reception included) will be entitled to a free school dinner. We will send out more information on the menus before the end of the summer holidays. We need to inform the catering company of numbers, so please let us know if your child will not make use of them by returning the e-mail you will receive. It is important for the school to know, as we will only get refunded for the actual meals consumed. There is always a vegetarian option.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q: Where can I buy a school uniform?
A: There is no school uniform, so you can go shopping wherever you like. Just make sure that you don't mind clothes getting dirty, the Reception year spends a lot of time outside, also when it is muddy! The parent handbook will tell you exactly what you will need.
2. Q: How do you determine who goes in which class (which language) for reception?
A: First, we determine a ranking from 1 to 84, where number 1 would be a sibling. After the siblings, we use the ranking determined by entry to give priority. We will then send out an e-mail to all applicants offered a place and ask for their first and second preference. We then go down the list and offer applicant number 1 their preference, then number 2, etc, until a class is full. When a class is full, we give the next person their second preference. When 2 classes are full, the rest goes to the third class. So it is possible that we offer a French child a place in the Spanish class. Please remember that as a state funded school, we cannot make any decisions based on background and culture, and this is the only unbiased way we can make this decision.
3. Q: Can I accept the place, but remain on the waiting list for the other class?
A: The simple answer is – no-. We do not have a waiting list for the other class. When a child enters a class, but does not speak the language, the school invests a lot in helping the child get to the right level. It will only really work, if the child and family are behind the language and fully supportive. The child will be less motivated, if it is seen as a temporary waiting stage until a place comes up in the other class. It will also be disruptive for the other pupils in both classes.
It is possible to withdraw your child and reapply to the school. It has happened in the past that the governors have allowed a change in reception and year 1 to avoid the parents from actually doing so, where the person that wished to move had a clear priority over anyone else on the continued interest list. However, these cases are very rare, so if your heart is set on a certain language, we advise you to turn down the place, and ask to remain on the continued interest list for if a place comes up in that class.
4. How do I sign up for the After School Club?
A: Please follow the link: http://www.culhamafterschool.com/contact-us.html
5. Q: Do I need to start teaching my child French/German/Spanish/English?
A: No, most children can pick it up at school. Our teachers will make allowances for children that do not understand in the first months to make sure they settle in well and happily.