Our current standard admission number is 50. From September 2016 this will be increased to 60 so we can accommodate up to approximately 420 children all together, depending on the age and pupil distribution across the school. We accept children from the September following their 4th birthday, until 11 years old.
Parents wishing to apply for a place at our school should contact school admissions at Northamptonshire County Council (www.northamptonshire.gov.uk or 0300 126 1000). Our admissions policy follows the county guidance where children with a statement of special educational need who express a preference for our school and children looked after are given priority followed by those children living in the village.
Parents considering which school to apply for can attend an Open Evening in the autumn term or may make an appointment to view the school at anytime. We have close liaison with Irchester ABC Playgroup and other pre-school providers who bring the children for visits. In the term before children start school, we hold a meeting with all parents to help prepare for admission. At this meeting parents receive an induction booklet containing additional information. Children attend induction sessions in July, to meet staff and to help them to feel comfortable about their new school. Individual consultations with parents, when the Foundation Stage teachers undertake home visits, take place in September, a few days before the children start school. All Foundation Stage children are assigned a Year 6 buddy.
We operate a staggered start to ease pupils into their new situation and they attend either morning or afternoon sessions for the first few weeks. After that Foundation Stage pupils may stay full-time.
Class structure across the school is two classes per year group. The Foundation Stage classes are the first year in school then the children move into Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2). At the start of Key Stage 2 (Year 3) the children move into the old junior school building; moving up through Years 4, 5, then 6. Although the children spend most of their time with their class teacher in the classes, for older children we group into ability sets for maths lessons.
Transition within school
We are aware that moving between key stages, even within the same school, can be an unsettling time for children and parents. Therefore at the end of the academic year we hold parent support information sessions, transition meetings and plan opportunities for the children to get to know and work with their new teachers in their new classrooms.
Moving on to Secondary School
At the end of Year 6, (aged 11) children transfer to secondary school. Irchester is in the catchment area for Wollaston Secondary School, with which we have close links. Parents will receive all the information they need in the autumn term preceding transfer to help make choices. All local secondary schools hold open evenings for prospective students, usually in October.