Admissions

Children of primary school age moving into the catchment villages or wishing to join our school may be admitted throughout the year subject to available spaces and numbers on roll. If you wish your child to be registered, please contact the school office and they will advise you of the current application procedure. You are welcome to visit the school by prior arrangement.

Reception Admissions

Castor School admits pupils into the reception class in the September of the year in which they are five. We aim to make their start to formal schooling enjoyable and positive. We plan the intake of new children so that they feel secure and confident in school. There is a very gentle introduction to school procedures with pupils spending most of their time in their own classroom and outside play area, then gradually moving about in the whole school.

Starting Procedure

Children begin school part-time for a minimum of two weeks. Once the parents and teacher feel the child is settled, he/she may stay for the full school day. During the first week of term reception teachers and teaching assistants like to visit the child at home. This allows the teacher and parents to talk in confidence and helps the child to know his/her teacher a little better.

Staffing

Our Reception class has a qualified teacher and a teaching assistant. All teachers and teaching assistants who teach in Foundation Stage are appropriately trained in Early Years Education.

Registering your Child

Parents/carers are welcome to look around school before coming to a final decision. If you then wish to register your child you can apply on line using the Peterborough City Council website www.peterborough.gov.uk/admissions or you can apply by post by completing an application form which can be obtained from the Council directly or from your local pre-school and/or nursery by December prior to reception intake the following September. Parents will be notified in April stating which school your child has been allocated a place for starting school in September. Children of primary school age moving into the area might be admitted at other times throughout the year. 

Allocation of places follows Peterborough City Council’s policy on admissions criteria for primary schools.  A copy of this will be given to prospective parents/carers.