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Platt C E Primary School
Maidstone Road, Platt, TN15 8JY, UK Sevenoaks
+44 (0)1732 882596
www:http://www.platt.kent.sch.uk/e-mail:headteacher@platt.kent.sch.uk

Image : School Logo :  Platt C.E. (Aided) Primary School

Christian values and excellence

Welcome to Platt Church of England Primary School...

Platt Primary School takes boys and girls from reception class through to the end of year 6, when they are 11. The school was founded in 1846 as a National School run by the Church of England. It outgrew its original site next to the Church and in 1912 moved to its current location.
We have 133 pupils in six classes. The governors have also established a popular pre-school nursery, which shares the school site.
As a school, we celebrate children’s achievements in all aspects of their lives, and encourage them to grow in confidence and develop their own interests. Our most recent Ofsted report commended the children’s attitudes to work and their behaviour, as well as noting that ‘…their enthusiasm for school is excellent’.


EDUCATION

The school follows the National Curriculum and places great value on good results and excellence in numeracy and literacy. It also believes that children should have a broad and balanced education encompassing drama, music and sport.

The seven year groups are taught in six classes.

The school provides support both for children who are having difficulties and for more able children.

The school prides itself on its inclusive policy and will always try to ensure that all children’s needs are met.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

CLUBS

There is a very wide range of clubs offered. At present, these include gardening, chess, science, homework, creative writing, recorders, choir, orchestra, football, netball and a French club.

MUSIC AND DRAMA

We are proud of the children’s musical skills, which were highly praised in our last Ofsted report. We have a thriving choir, active and skilled recorder groups and, unusually for a primary school, an orchestra. Instrumental lessons are available and a charge is made for these.

There are Christmas productions each year and an end of year production by Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

SCHOOL TRIPS

Regular school trips, locally and further afield, enhance the curriculum. The risks associated with taking children off the school site are rigorously assessed and transport arrangements carefully considered.

All Year 5 and 6 pupils are offered the chance to go on residential trips each year. These develop team spirit and a firm bonding in the classes at the beginning of each school year. These trips allow talents, which are not necessarily demonstrated in the classroom, to shine through.

SPORT

All children do P.E. at school. Competitive inter-school fixtures are a regular part of the lives of the football and netball teams.

The school enjoys sports day in the summer.

ADMISSIONS

Platt Primary School has one intake of children into the reception class each year in September. We firmly believe that the transition to primary school from home or pre-school education should be as smooth as possible. All children are invited to spend time in the reception class before their ‘first day’ at school. Many children attend Platt School Nursery and so are familiar with the buildings, playground and school routines.

Parents are strongly advised to come and visit the school during the school day to see what is happening and take time to talk to the Headteacher about their child and the school. We have included in this prospectus some useful tips on looking at a primary school.

The school is allowed to admit up to 26 children each year into the reception class. If more than 26 children apply, then the Governors have the right to restrict admission. In this situation, the Governors would employ the following criteria in the order given:


i. Children who already have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.

ii. Children whose parents live in the parishes of St Mary’s Platt and Addington (maps are available defining the areas).

iii. Children in Platt School Nursery.

iv. Children whose parents are committed to the life and work of St Mary’s Parish Church, Platt or St Margaret’s Parish Church, Addington.

v. Children whose parents are committed to the life and work of another Christian Church.

vi. Children whose parents particularly wish them to be educated in a Christian school.

Any child with a statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) naming the school will be given priority for admission. Looked after children (ie children in the care of Social Services) will have priority within the exisiting criteria.

Should the 'standard number' of 26 fall within one of the above categories and it becomes necessary to decide who within that category can and cannot be accepted, those who live closest to the school as measured by public highways and designated footpaths will be accepted and those who live farther away will be refused admission.

The admissions criteria reflect the fact that the school is a Church school, where Christian values and standards provide the focus and inspiration for learning and for life.

The timetable for admission varies each year and the relevant details may be obtained from the school office.



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