Nightingale serves the area of Taverham South and Ringland, but some children come from further afield.
It must be noted that children at Nightingale from outside the catchment area must be responsible for their own transport costs. It is important to note that these children cannot be guaranteed a place at Taverham Junior School or Taverham High School if those schools are oversubscribed.
Norfolk County Council‟s First Admission to School policy states that by law children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. All parents of children born between 1st September and 31st August must be offered a full time place from the September. Parents are entitled to defer their admission or request that their child attend on a part-time basis during the academic year and not later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
In the event of over subscription, preference will be given to children living nearest to the school, according to the following criteria in order of priority:-
- Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs naming Nightingale.
- Children in public care who live in the area served by Nightingale.
- Children who are due to start school, living within the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending Nightingale at the time of admission.
- Children who are due to start school, living within the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending Nightingale or the adjoining middle/junior school.
- Children who are due to start school, living within the catchment area and have no brother or sister attending Nightingale or the adjoining middle/junior school.
- Children who are due to start school, living outside the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending Nightingale at the time of their admission.
- Children who are due to start school, living outside the designated area and have a brother or sister attending the adjoining middle/junior school.
- Children who are due to start school, living outside the designated area and have no brother or sister connection with that or the adjoining middle/junior school.
Parents with children approaching school age should contact the school and details of admission and reception classes can be given. We try to accommodate circumstances allowing any additional visits parents may wish to make before accepting a place at school. For the academic year commencing September 2017 Nightingale will have a two form entry. Classes at present are unstreamed.
Transition into School
In September 2007 the school established a playgroup Nightingale Nursery, which is based on site. The children at the playgroup have full use of school facilities and playgroup staff plan with school staff. This ensures a happy and smooth transition into the main school and lays the foundations for a happy and successful school career. We also have a strong liaison with nurseries and playgroups in the area and we are members of the pre-school providers group where teacher and pre-school providers meet and train on a regular basis. The reception teachers visit these settings, particularly in the Summer Term, to enable children and staff to familiarise with each other. Nightingale holds an Open Day during November to which all parents of pre-school children are welcome to attend (official invitations to parents of children starting school in the forthcoming September Reception classes). During May/June our Reception team visit the main local playgroups/nurseries to see the children in their preschool setting. A timetable is subsequently sent to each parent giving details of their child’s visits to school and their ‘start’ date in September. There are two school visits to enable children to gain some insight into the life and routine of a busy classroom –
1. When the children are integrated with the current reception class
2. When the child spends an afternoon in the September reception class with their Class teacher and peers. An evening meeting for parents takes place during July to answer any questions and give the opportunities to visit classrooms .
A comprehensive interview between class teacher and parent takes place pre-school to help build up a child profile. Early in the Autumn Term there will be evening workshops to familiarise parents with the schemes of work and equipment the children will be using. Opportunities will also be given for discussion with the staff.