The school usually admits children to our reception classes at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. The admissions procedure is administered centrally from Shire Hall, and places are allocated according to the following criteria:
1. Children who are looked after, have a statement of special educational need which names the school or for whom this is the only school that can meet their long-term medical needs.
2. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
3. Children living in the catchment area.
4. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission.
5. Children living outside the catchment area who have been unable to gain a place at their catchment area school because of oversubscription.
6. Children living outside the catchment area but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.
In cases of equal merit, priority will go to children living nearest the school, according to the shortest straight line distance.
For reception admissions for September the deadline for applications is early December and offers of places will be sent out in late April. For all other year groups allocations will be made in early June
There are usually some places available for children who live outside the catchment area, but the number varies from year to year.
Should you be unable to secure a place at the school you can appeal by contacting the Admissions Section at Shire Hall (01223 - 712755 or 01223 717391).
Families moving to Cambridge on a temporary basis from outside the U.K. must also contact the Admissions Office to determine whether their children can be offered a place at Morley.
Going to school for the first time is a big step in the life of a child, and for his or her family. We invite parents and children to visit the Early Years Base several times before they start to familiarise them with the school and the teachers. We also make home visits to establish a secure partnership between parents and the school. We try to ensure that the settling in period is as smooth as possible for all concerned. Children initially attend part time, making a gradual transition to full time attendance over the first few weeks, with the needs of the children as our priority. However we realise that this can cause difficulties for some families and we try to meet individual needs whenever possible.
Children starting school in classes other than Reception will be made very welcome. Parents are welcome to visit the school with their child prior to admission. When your child starts school other children will show them around the classroom and act as mentors while they are settling in.
Children who move from a different school will no doubt find that systems are different, especially if they are moving from a different country. Please encourage your child to ask if there is anything they don't understand. Teachers are happy to talk to parents, to answer questions and deal with any problems that may arise.