Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority's admission policy admits children to school who are four years old by the end of August before the commencement of the school year.
During the summer term there is a meeting for new parents/carers to discuss ways in which the children's start at school can be as happy and positive as possible. Two play visits are arranged towards the end of the summer term to enable children to meet their new teachers in their classrooms and become familiar with the school layout. We also have a "Teddy Bears' Picnic" where the children and new parents can come and have some fun on a Saturday morning, meet key members of staff, our wonderful (current) Reception children, and get to know the environment. In September, the teacher and teaching assistant will visit each child at home prior to them starting school.
In September, following the home visits, the new reception children are admitted over a few days so that the children can be received gradually into a settled environment. The order of admission is summer born, spring born then autumn born children. Parents/carers are encouraged to try and leave the children as soon as possible to help them get into the classroom routines. If a child has particular difficulties in settling, their teacher would make specific arrangements with you to support you and your child.
For more information and to apply please visit the local authority's website using the link below.
The arrangements for the admission of children to this school at age 4+ are made by the Council. A detailed and current description of the arrangements is contained in the local authority’s Admissions Booklets.
A hard copy can be obtained from the School Admissions Section, Children & Young People’s Trust, PO BOX 2503, King's House, Grand Avenue, HOVE BN3 2SU (tel: 01273 293653). A copy is also available for inspection in the school.
However, parents/carers may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:
- Children in the care of the local authority, or who were previously in the care of the local authority;
- Children with compelling medical or other exceptional reasons for attending the school;
- Children who in the coming September will have a brother or sister at the school or at a linked junior school;
- Children transferring between a linked infant and junior school;
- Other children.
- If it should be necessary to decide between children within any of these priority groups, this will be done by giving the places to those children who live closest to the school.
If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they can start school in September 2018. If you would like your child to attend Coombe Road Primary School you need to get in contact with Admissions at Brighton & Hove Council.
Telephone: 01273 293653
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If you wish your child to start in-year (for example, if you are moving from another area), you will need to get in contact with Admissions at Brighton & Hove Council (as above).
You will then be invited in to view the school and meet with the Headteacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This ensures that the transition from your child's previous school is less daunting.