Welcome to 2018-19 Reception
Take a look at the timeline, find out what happens in the first couple of weeks and read our FAQs!
Language confirmation has been sent out now.
Please contact us (after checking your spam) if you have not received the e-mail.
Congratulations to everyone that has been offered a place this year. We had a very large number of applicants though, so it means you may not be as high up in the admissions ranking as you would expect, which may impact the language we will offer you. An e-mail has been sent to ask you for your language preference. Please contact us if you have not received the e-mail.
Not successful - Continued interest list
The number of applicants was this year rather high, so it means a lot of people are left disappointed. We will reply to your individual e-mails, but after we receive the continued interest list from the county council, so we can give you the most reliable information possible. This will take some time. Please make sure you do follow the instructions on your form to add your child's name to our continued interest list, and do come along to our Summer Fete on 30 June!
- 16 April: answers sent: 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. We aim to enter everyone in our database and send an email to you at the latest Wednesday 25 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 Monday 30 April at the latest, so we can confirms everyone's language before the deadline of 3 May.
- 3 May 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
- June - We will send login details to the parent portal to those who accepted the place, so you can check that all details, like the name of your child, are correct before we print any labels - this has been delayed as we have not yet received the list from the county council with whom accepted the places.
- 12 June 2018 – second allocation round: This will include all late applications and those that requested to be on our continued interest list. We usually have some places for this round.
- The week of 25 June: several "meet the teacher" sessions for parents and children - more details will be sent out by e-mail closer to the date.
- 30 June 2018 - Come visit the school for our Summer Fete!
- September 2018 - start of the school year: see below
We will update the parent handbook for the coming year, but in the meantime, the one of 2017-18 should be fairly accurate. It is full of practical information about school life, so be sure to read it please.
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 23/07/18 (July).
Wednesday morning 04/09/2018 09.00 - 11.00
Thursday morning 06/09/2018 09.00 - 11.00
Wednesday afternoon 05/09/2018 13.00 - 15.00
Friday morning 07/09/2018 09.00 - 11.00
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 11.05 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.
6 Q:. Children are like sponges, so can I expect my child to speak French/German/Spanish in a couple of months?
A: No, while children would learn the language rather quickly in a full French/German/Spanish environment in and outside of school, remember that the children only have 2,5 school days in the second language. Generally, children will start to understand during the first year, but it will be over 2 years before they really start to speak it actively (and the character of the child in question plays a major role too, of course).
7. What are the calendar dates for 2018-19.
Please click here for the dates.