Nursery Admissions

The academic year runs from September through to August.

Applications for N1 and N2 places can be made direct to the school,

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Applications for reception places are made through Oxfordshire County Council. Please see their website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk for further information. If you require any further help you are welcome to talk to any member of staff.

The minimum entitlement to funded nursery education is 15 hours per week, from the term after the child’s third birthday (based on a 3-term year). We offer these free 15 hours in the following ways:

  • Morning place: 8:55am  –  11:55am (inclusive of lunchtime)
  • Afternoon place: 12:10pm  –  3:10pm

Children will either attend mornings or afternoons, sessions are not flexible

  • Admissions are three times a year, for as long as places are available. Funding and entitlement are based on a three-term year, and places therefore start in term 1 (September), term 3 (January) or term 5 (April).
  • Parents will be notified that a place is available for their child no later than a term in advance (3 term year). Places are offered always for the full free 15 funded hours.

We do NOT allow parents to split their free entitlement with a private or voluntary sector provider.

  • Nursery places at West Oxford Primary School are in high demand and there is often a long waiting list. Therefore, if a child is consistently late or a place is not being used effectively it may result in the child loosing his or her place. Decisions of such will be made at the Early Years lead and Headteacher’s discretion.

When more applications are received than there are places available, the following County Council criteria is applied.

  • Children with a statement of special educational need that names the school in part 4 of the statement.
  • Looked after children, whom the Corporate Parent agrees should attend the school, and „previously looked after‟ children.
  • Disabled children who need to be admitted to a school on the grounds of physical accessibility. The definition of disability is that contained within the Equality Act 2010.
  • Children who live in the designated catchment area. If there are more applicants than places in this category, priority will be given in the following descending order:
  • Those children who, at the time of entry, have a brother or sister attending the primary school to which the nursery is attached.
  • Those children who live closest to the school by the nearest designated public route as defined on the Directorate for Children, Education and Families Geographic Information System.
  • Children living outside the designated area who have a brother or sister attending either the foundation stage or the main school at the time of entry. If there are more applicants than places in this category, priority will be given within this group to children who live closest to the school by the nearest designated public route as defined on the Directorate for Children, Education and Families Geographic Information System.
  • Children who attend day care or a voluntary or private sector pre-school on site at the school. If there are more applicants than places in this category, priority will be given within this group to children who live closest to the school by the nearest designated public route as defined on the Directorate for Children, Education and Families Geographic Information System.

 

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