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Application for Reception 2024

Do you have a child born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020?  If so you must apply for your child to start primary school in September 2024 by Monday 15 January 2024.

For applications for starting school in September 2024, National Offer Day is Tuesday 16 April 2024.  The deadline for receipt of appeals is Wednesday 15 May 2024.  Details of how to appeal is included in the relevant admission policy.

The staff of all of the Schools in Frays Academy Trust recognise that choosing a Primary School for your child is an important decision. 

Each school in the Trust has its own individuality while sharing the common ethos founded on the Christian principles of respect for one another, honesty and self-reflection. Although a Christian based Academy Trust, all of the schools welcome applications for children of all Faiths, or none. We are respectful of everyone’s differences and celebrate this diversity.

At the heart of the School are the core values of Curiosity, Creativity, Compassion and Collaboration, which produces an environment in which the pupils feel welcome, safe and included. Laurel Lane Primary School offers a solid start to life-long learning, preparing children for the future. The School aims to deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum, the content of which has been carefully crafted to enable pupils to build upon existing knowledge and develop a deep understanding of concepts. 

In Reception, the concept of ‘Learning Through Play’ is used to develop our pupils’ knowledge in 7 curriculum areas. These 7 areas are divided into 3 prime areas, and 4 specific areas. The 3 prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development, and Communication and Language development. The children explore these areas through practical, play based, activities set up in the classroom and the outside area which change regularly, according to the topics being covered. The 4 specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. There are ‘carpet sessions’ to focus on the teaching of basic maths and literacy skills to the class as a whole, which are then practised in small groups with a teacher. Every child’s individual progress is constantly monitored to ensure they are ready for the transition into Year 1, when a more formal style of education begins. The children will have Homework activities to support the work done in class which will include learning and practising phonics or tricky words, number games, and ‘craft’ tasks – making things related to the current topic. In addition to this, every child will have a reading book which is changed weekly and sent home daily for you to enjoy with your child and involve you in their education. We encourage 10 minutes daily reading practice at home.

Each year, the school admits 60 pupils in Reception. There are 420 full time places for children in Reception to Year 6, with 2 classes in each year group. There are two Reception classes at Laurel Lane Primary School which can each have a maximum of 30 children, in line with Government guidance. The two classes share a large classroom with its own child-sized toilet facilities, and access to an enclosed outside area which is an exciting extension to the classroom.

Every child is entitled to a free school meal until the end of Year 2. These are cooked freshly, on site, every day with a choice of meals available, including a vegetarian option. Children can also bring in a packed lunch if they prefer, but all children eat together seated in the hall.

For details of how we process in-year applications please see the relevant admission policy.