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Dimple Well Infant School
Healey Road, WF5 8LB Ossett
01924 303035

Aims of the School

1.  To provide a happy, secure, caring and inclusive environment where all children are helped to realise their potential intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, culturally, spiritually, and aesthetically.


2.  To enable each child to understand through the life of the school that all people are equally valued and important irrespective of age, race, creed or gender.


3.  To provide a rich and interesting curriculum and to relate learning where possible to real life situations and first hand experiences.


4.  To teach basic knowledge and give practice in skills and reasoning which will prepare the child to live in a rapidly changing world where he/she will have to be adaptable and cope with sophisticated processes and techniques.


5.  To provide a sound grounding in basic subjects in the belief that this gives a firm foundation for future learning.


6.  To stimulate interest, curiosity, wonder and imagination.


7.  To develop a good self-image, self motivation and independence, and the ability to understand and express emotions.


8.  To establish that learning is exciting, rewarding and absorbing, and an enjoyable and positive experience, so encouraging an appetite for acquiring further knowledge, skills and experience.


9.  To foster the child’s awareness of the community in which he/she lives, and the wider world beyond.


10. To encourage the formation and continuation of a partnership between school and home, and to actively involve parents in their child’s education and in the life of the school.

Parental Involvement

We believe that it is in the best interests of the child for education in school not to become separated from home experiences and family relationships.  Partnership between home and school is of importance to us and we hope we can genuinely co-operate and work together for the benefit of your child.


Keeping you informed

Before your child’s entry into school you are invited with your child to a pre-school visit which includes an introductory talk and look round and an opportunity to discuss any concerns.  Thereafter we aim to keep you informed about your child’s progress and school activities by:


a)     Regular newsletters containing a summary of current happenings and future events.

b)    Parent’s Evenings which are held in school at least three times a year, when you are invited to discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher and headteacher;

c)     A written report from the class teacher at the end of the Summer Term.

d)     Having an “Open Door” policy where parents are welcome to call in and see members of staff before or after school.


If parents are concerned about any matter relating to their child they are urged to contact the child’s teacher or the headteacher.  Parents wishing for any other information are invited to contact the school and make an appointment to see the headteacher.



The above Agreement is sent out to parents and children at the beginning of each academic year so we can strengthen our resolve that school and home, working together provides the best education for all children enabling them to fulfil their potential.



There is no homework policy as such, but children are encouraged to participate in “topic learning” and “need led” tasks as appropriate.




A parent contract is entered into with school whereby parents agree to share their child’s core reading book for a minimum of 10 minutes each night.  This book correlates with the Guided Reading Book from which the child is still taught by the teacher in a group situation.



Enrichment books are also sent home.  These are chosen by the child at a level below the Core so that he/she can enjoy the story and develop fluency and confidence.


We consider the sharing of books as an opportunity for children to benefit from the interest and encouragement of their parents.



A Maths Games Library for parents is held on Mondays and Thursdays at 3.15 p.m.   It is an opportunity for children to borrow games to share at home and enables the child to apply mathematical knowledge.



There is a voluntary school uniform, but any clothes appropriate for school activities are acceptable and we leave this to the good sense and taste of parents.  We ask that each child undresses for P.E.   Bare feet are safer and improve the quality of work.   A pair of slip-on pumps in a named pump bag are required.   All clothing and footwear should be clearly named.


Voluntary uniform details

i)                   the school colour – royal blue

ii)                t-shirts – yellow

iii)              skirts/trousers/shorts – royal blue/grey

iv)               dressed – blue/lemon checked/striped

v)                 sensible footwear would be appreciated.


If you decide that your child will wear a uniform, sweatshirts, cardigans, t-shirts, skirts and trousers can be ordered through school, or you may prefer to make your own arrangements.






Admissions to the school are controlled by Wakefield Local Education Authority (the District Council).   Full details of the Authority’s policy on admissions are given in the “Guide for Parents”.  This is available in all schools and at the Education Department.


At this school, 46 pupils will normally be admitted in the school year beginning in September 2003.  This is the annual admission level (AAL) set by the Authority after consultation with the Governing Body of the School.


If the number of preferences received for a school does not exceed the admission limit, all preferences will be met.  All applications received will be considered in the following order:

1.       All first preferences received by the closing date;

2.     All second preferences received by the closing date;

3.     All late preferences received will be considered after the above in the following order:  first preferences then second preferences.


However, if there are more applications for admission to a school than there are places available, preference will be given to children in the following order:


a) (i) Children  who live in the school’s catchment area who have brothers or sisters

       attending the school at the time of admission (see note 3);      

   (ii)Other children who live in the school’s catchment area (see note 1);

   (iii)Children who live in that part of the school’s catchment area which is

       designated as an optin area (see note 2)

b)  Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the school (see note 3);

c)   Children whose needs can, for specific reasons (e.g. medical, social), be met only

     at the school (see note 4);

d)  Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the school.


In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, children living nearest to the school, measured as the crow flies, have priority


Children will be placed in the appropriate category depending upon their circumstances at the proposed date of admission.  In the event of any category being over-subscribed, places will be offered in the order of priority detailed above.





Explanatory Notes:


1.                Catchment areas


The LEA thinks it is important that schools should serve their local

Communities and so each one has its own catchment area.  However, parents are required to express a preference, stating their choice of school, even if this is the catchment area school.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that there will be a place for every child in their catchment area school, it cannot be guaranteed that this will always be the case.


If you are in any doubt about the catchment area school for the area in which you live, please contact your local school or the Admissions Team at County Hall (see next sheet for address and telephone numbers).


     2.      Option areas


The home address of some parents may fall into an area which forms part of the catchment area of two schools.  Parents will be informed if they live in such a designated ‘option area’ and will be asked to indicate their preferred school.


     3.      Brothers and sisters


This category includes children with brothers or sisters in attendance at the same school or a school on the same site, on the date of admission.


     4.       Specific reasons


If you feel there are specific reasons for your child to be included in this category, a letter of support from an appropriate medical specialist, social worker or other professional person involved with your child, should be attached in a sealed envelope to your Admission Preference Form.


     5.      Families living outside the district boundary


Children from families living outside the district boundary will be considered alongside those who live within the Wakefield Metropolitan District.

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