Joining Reception in 2023
Thank you for considering The Weatheralls Primary School as the setting for the beginning of your child's education. We appreciate that this is a hugely important decision. We will provide you with the information you need on this webpage and at the Open Events we are excited to be able to offer this year.
Applying for a Place at our School
A copy of the school's Admissions policy can be found by clicking the link below.
Cambridgeshire School Admissions
All the information you need to know about the admissions process is available in the First Steps guide below.
First Steps - A Guide for Parents
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is currently 90, which means we can only accept that number of children into Reception.
Do You Need to Apply?
If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, and you live in Cambridgeshire, you need to apply for Reception 2023. The deadline for applications is Sunday 15th January 2023 and families will receive an offer for a place on Monday 17th April 2023.
Children begin their learning journey at The Weatheralls Primary School in the Autumn term of the school year in which they turn 5-years-old. Our Reception children attend school on a reduced timetable to start with, but will typically increase to fulltime attendance within their first full week. If a more flexible approach is required, this can be explored with our reception teacher.
We are aware that starting school can be daunting for parents and carers and their children. We will support you with any concerns that you may have, through a thorough transition programme. This programme ensures that families have plenty of opportunities to communicate with the school so that each child’s individual needs and character are well understood. Typically, we offer transition visits to the school so that parents, carers and children may meet with the reception teacher (during the Summer Term) and home visits early in the Autumn Term. Other arrangements in place include:
- Visits by the reception teacher to those children attending local nurseries; this allows children to meet their new teacher in surroundings that are familiar to them.
- An introductory meeting – for parents and carers – to provide families with: key information; an insight into school life at The Weatheralls Primary School and an opportunity to share concerns about their child starting school.
- An invitation for all children allocated a place by the County Council to attend one morning and one afternoon familiarisation session towards the end of the Summer term.
If you have any specific questions, or feel that you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office via email: Office@weatheralls.cambs.sch.uk or telephone 01353 720456.