Children will be admitted into school in the September before their fifth birthday. All children can start full time in September following a short induction period when they will attend for a morning or afternoon session only.
Children do not legally need to commence full time school until the term after their 5th birthday. If parents do not wish their child to start full time in September, their child can start school after Christmas or after Easter if a place is available.
Provision is made for parents and their children to visit school in the summer term prior to starting in September. School procedures will be explained to parents while the children have the opportunity to meet the staff and play in the classroom.
A meeting is held in the child's first term allowing parents the opportunity to meet the staff and discuss any settling in issues.
Parents will be given written information on ways in which they can support their child's learning at home and general information on the school's day/year.
Children other than reception age wishing to enter school may be admitted provided that there are vacancies in the appropriate class. Across the Bradford district it is expected that children will remain at their allocated school for the whole of their primary education. Mid phase transfer is viewed as detrimental to pupils’ progress in all but exceptional circumstances. Pupils wishing to change school will only be agreed for the start of a new term (local Bradford agreement) except for those families who have moved house.
Arrangements can be made for parents who are considering applying to the school to visit during the course of the school day.
Parents are always welcome in school and Worthinghead have a ‘Parental Involvement in School Policy Statement’
Pupils with disabilities
Worthinghead Primary School is a single storey building with a ramp up to the main entrance and at many fire exits for wheelchair access. There is a disabled toilet facility on site. Many children with disabilities can be taught in mainstream schools and are admitted in line with the school's admission policy. Provision for adult support is made through the SEN statementing process.
To meet the requirements of the Disability and Discrimination Act, various improvements have been undertaken.
Aawareness of staff and governors has been raised on this issue. Ramped access has been installed at two further external classroom doors as well as the school hall. This also meets current fire safety recommendations. Handrails have been fitted to steps.
Worthinghead has been granted funding through the School Accessibility Initiative to become a fully accessible school in this planning area (Bradford South). Planning of this work is the responsibility of Asset Management, Bradford Council.
All teachers and supports staff have undertaken behaviour management training to develop strategies to support inclusive classrooms.