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School Admissions

Calcot School serves a large area on the western side of Reading. A map, detailing the designated area, is available. The school caters for children of both sexes from 7-11 years of age. Calcot Infant and Nursery School and Calcot Junior School are all on one site. We work closely together to ensure continuity for the children. The schools are led by one Headteacher. The school is usually organised into single age groups. Our current planned admission number per year is 84.

The West Berkshire Council Admission Policy has been adopted by the Federated Governing Board. For a copy please contact the school office, or for further advice please contact the Headteacher.

Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school. The Headteacher is always pleased to discuss any aspects of education. Please telephone for an appointment.If you live outside the area normally served by our school (catchment area) you are advised to visit your designated school first. You are, of course, welcome to come and look around our school as well so you can decide which is most suitable for you and your child.

The Governors will accept children for full-time education as “rising fives” if both parents and teachers agree the child is ready and according to the admissions criteria set out below. These children will be taught the Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Governors will admit children in each school year up to, but not exceeding the school’s Standard Number. If the number of requests exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria apply in order of priority:

1. Children who are Looked After by West Berkshire Council.
2. Children whose home address is in the area served by the school.
3. Children who have brothers or sisters attending the school.
4. Children whose parents choose the school on denominational grounds.
5. Children whose parents have any other reason for their choice.

If we do not have enough places for all the children in one of the above categories, priority will be given to children who fulfil more than one of the admission criteria. If there are still insufficient places, a final decision will be made on the radial distance from home to school. Parents of children who are unsuccessful in gaining a place will be informed in writing on the date laid down by the LA, and will be told of their right of appeal.

The admissions process can be daunting for first-time parents so do ring us if you are unsure. Parents of pre-school children will receive the appropriate application form automatically. Parents of children wishing to change schools during the school year can download the appropriate form below.

The Admissions Department at West Berkshire Council can be contacted for advice on 01635 519771 or email them at admissions@westberks.gov.uk

 You can also read their online help at http://info.westberks.gov.uk/primaryadmissions

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