Admissions at Northwick Manor Primary
Northwick Manor Primary School admits children from Reception through to Year 6. Each year group consists of three classes with a maximum of 30 children per class. Our admission criteria is governed by Worcestershire County Council and is based on locality. Please contact the council to establish current boundaries.
School tours for new children take place in October and November for the following academic year. To make an appointment please Tel:01905 454430 or use the contact form which can be found under About Us - Contacts.
Please follow the link below to the Worcestershire County Council website for admission policies, FAQ and applications.
Applications open from 1st September 2017 (online)
Closing date 15th January 2018. (online)
Notifications 16th April 2018 (online)
Transitions at Northwick Manor Primary School
Nursery to EYFS
Parents Induction meeting
This is held in May during an evening so that parents can receive more information about us at Northwick. Some of our year six children do a presentation, as well as staff members. Any parent who is unable to attend is sent all the information in a pack.
Visits to school
In the Summer Term all pre-school children allocated a place at Northwick Manor are invited into three different sessions in school. These are either for a morning or afternoon. This gives children an opportunity to meet the staff and children they will be with in September when they start. They also get the chance to experience what their classroom is like, the toilets, cloakrooms, outside areas and the resource’s available. It’s a taster of what Reception will be like. Parents are asked to stay for one of these sessions for a talk in the school hall where further sessions are given to them about life in the Reception class.
In September children have a staggered start for the first few weeks which allows them time to settle. The arrangements are explained at the Induction talk in May.
All of the main feeder nurseries (approx 100 nursery children) are invited in to take part in a morning of fun activities. We take turns to host the event with Perdiswell Primary who also have extensive grounds. Nurseries are asked to bring an activity and we have a total of 16 activities. EYFS and the Nurseries are split into teams and moved around the activities.
This gives the nursery children a further opportunity to experience school in a fun way, meet older children, teachers and other nursery children and staff. Feedback from nursery staff and children is extremely positive.
Northwick staff all feel this enhances the opportunities for the nursery children to experience school and meet staff and children. This is felt vital to enhance their smooth transition into school.
Parent and Child lunch
All parents and children who are due to start in September are invited in to try a lunch in school. By tasting food and seeing how lunch is set up any fears or concerns can be addressed prior to the children starting school.
Nursery Forest School
One of our main pre-school feeders is invited to bring children to enjoy a ‘Forest School’ session. This offers children further experience into what happens at school and how forest school runs. They are able to meet some of the EYFS staff again and work with them.
All Year Groups
All year groups have three transition sessions at the same time as the new intake coming to visit. This happens in the second half of the summer term.
We are organising some extra new events in the summer of 2018 to ensure that transition between these year groups runs smoothly and children have got to know staff.
We organise some extra transition sessions for children moving from year two to three. As well as the three transition sessions that the whole school attend year two and three have a transition project based on different themes. Children work in mixed groups and move around all of the classrooms. This gives them further opportunities to meet year three staff and help allay any fears about moving to key stage two.
Twice a week year two and three have their breaks together which gives a further opportunity for the children to meet the staff regularly and play with the older children.
When children start in year six they are given the opportunity to attend a weeklong trip to Paris. The idea being that they begin to develop some independence over the course of the week. They take responsibility for organising themselves throughout the week (staff obviously still help!!). It is a popular trip and lots of parents have commented over the years about how the trip helps their child to mature.
Year six have a variety of talks form the Police to help with transition. These range from safety when out, internet safety and a talk about Stranger Danger. These talks help the children to make that transition by offering helpful advice.
Trips for Children to their chosen or other High School
All of our feeder High schools invite children in on various dates to take part in experiencing life in High school which we support. We also try to arrange a variety of opportunities for the children in year 5 to visit High schools and always except invitations given to us in order for the children to experience life in High School. These can range from Art, writing workshops, dance to sports events. We are very keen to foster good relationships with our feeder High schools and enjoy working closely with them.
Our Access and Inclusion Leader Mrs Lauren Thomas organises individual events and meetings to cater for children with Special Needs or who need extra help with transition. This is so that children who need it can have an individualised transition process.
Transition to High School Booklet
This is sent out each year to parents of children in year 4 upwards to help with information about the process of choosing and gaining a High School place.