Applying for a place
As with all community and voluntary controlled schools in North Yorkshire, the Local Authority is in charge of managing the admissions process. This includes all admissions to the school, whether you wish your child to start school in September or whether you have moved into the area during the academic year.
The school is always happy to give guided tours to any parent/carer who is interested in applying for a place. Please contact the school to make an appointment.
To apply for a place at Castleton Community Primary School, complete the online form on North Yorkshire County Council's own website. Click the link and choose "School Admissions". If you would like a paper copy of the form, please contact the School Admissions Team on 0845 0349494. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school office.
Our policy is to encourage all new starters to be admitted at the beginning of the academic year. However, there is still parental choice as follows:
Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and 28/29th February should be admitted to the reception class at the beginning of the autumn term (September starters).
Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st March and 31st August could be admitted at the beginning of the spring term (January starters).
We encourage all children to attend full time from the start of the autumn term. However, we do make concessions if this is felt to be in the best interests of the child.
We aim to consider the needs of each child and would hope that the appropriate provision was made (and reviewed if necessary) following discussions with parents and previous settings.
To ease the transition into school life the children are invited to make visits to the reception class during the half term prior to admission. The children will have the opportunity to observe the regular procedures of registration, chat on the mat, working routines, classroom arrangements, storage and the use of activities, the use of different areas, preparation for lunch, playtime, use of the cloakroom and toilets.
During the first half of term in school the children will be assessed according to the Foundation Stage Profile.
At the end of the first half term an interview will be arranged with the parents to re-evaluate the information gleaned during the transition process and in the light of the child’s first weeks in school. Curriculum matters of a specific nature can also be addressed at this time if appropriate.
It is our intention that all children make a positive start to school life.
(From Castleton & Glaisdale Federation's Admission Policy, November 2014)