Have found just the school for DS. Applied for a nursery place for next year - given pretty solid assurance by school secretay over the phone that this place is fairly secure (not a huge waiting list, etc). Now I'm not sure if this is in any way a guarantee of a reception class place the following year.
Does anyone know whenther nursery/preschool place = reception place...???
It's a small city centre school and I imagine could get easily over subscribed. I think I still need to go throught to huge LEA application process, but hate the thought of DS doing a preschool year here only to be given any old school place the following year when 'real school' begins.
Would appreciate any thoughts or experiences you have had. Thanx.
no it doesn't as my sister found out. she applied for places at the school her twins nursery was based in and they didn't get the places. she was quite annoyed until i pointed out that when she sent them to the nursery they did tell her there was no guarantee of school places there.
AFAIK, places for reception are given on a strict postcode basis first. So it makes no difference where they go to nursery, if you don't live within the postcode area, you won't get the reception place.
When you apply for a school place you can choose your top 3 schools from the ones you are eligible for but they are allocated by postcode first, so if your first choice isn't your 'nearest' (according to their computer) you may not get it.
Priority is also given to children in local authority care, children with SEN statements, children with siblings already at the school and something else which I can't remember off the top of my head.
There are a few faith / voluntary aided / foundation schools which have an admissions policy which gives status to nursery children, but in an LEA admissions process, nursery attendance has no bearing on Reception attendance at all. Even before the LEAs centralised the admissions process, nursery gave no advantage towards admission in reception.