Children have a statutory right to start school at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Children younger than the statutory age are admitted on a part time basis. This is Dorset County policy.
All children are admitted to school in the September following their fourth birthday and will attend full time from the beginning of the spring term in January.
The school is organised on a class basis, with the children spending the majority, if not all, of the school day with their class teacher in the early years. A timetable is necessary for the use of the hall, television, library and ICT Suite. Children will be taught individually, in groups and as a whole class depending upon the activity and the needs of each child. Great emphasis is placed on the needs of the individual child who will develop and progress at his or her own pace, supported by members of staff in the most appropriate way.