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Northborough Primary School


Soke Education Trust - Northborough Primary School has adopted the Peterborough Admissions Arrangements and can be found  below.  

Children usually start school in the September of the academic year in which they reach five years old. However, where the school or parents believe that an individual child is not ready for this, they should be permitted to agree on later or part-time admission. Legally, children are not obliged to attend school until the term following their fifth birthday.

Entry in to the Foundation Stage 

  • September - Application process for starting in Foundation begins. Opportunity for parents/carers to visit individual schools.
  • October - Parents, or prospective parents, visit school at their own request or by booking on to one of the schools prospective parent tours and may make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher if they wish.
  • Mid January - National Closing Date - Closing date for completed online applications. We strongly recommend that you do not delay your application to the last minute in case of technical problems. SIFS to have been returned to schools directly. 
  • April - Parents that applied online can log onto the council’s website from 12.30am to see which school their child has been offered. Allocation information will be published on the Peterborough City Council website. Letters will be posted 2 nd class to parents who did not make an online application. No decisions will be issued by telephone. 
  • Early May - Closing date for parents to either accept or refuse the school place offered. If the parent does not reply, the offer will be withdrawn
  • June - Parents are invited to attend a new intake presentation where teachers will give an overview into the life of the Foundation Stage classroom.
  • In June/July - The Foundation teacher will visit the main feeder nurseries.
  • July - Children and their parents are invited in to school for a 'taster session' 
  • September - Children to start school full or part time by pre arrangement.

Intake Procedure

At Northborough Primary School, our first concern is for the individual child and so we have a gentle Intake Procedure that ensures the children's first days at school are happy and calm, and causes little stress..

The children are divided into two groups and each group starts school on a part-time basis, attending for either the morning or afternoon session. This gives the Foundation Stage staff time to be with the children, spend time helping them to adjust to their new situation and to assess their stages of development.

As each group settles, the children are invited to stay for lunch. This can be a very distressing time for some children, overwhelmed by the number of children who eat the dinner hall. The Foundation children go through at 12.15pm (the rest of the school at 12.30pm) and teaching staff stay with the children to reassure them. 

After a short time, children are offered a full-time place, though it may be felt that some would benefit from an extended part-time attendance. This decision would be made by the school in consultation with the parents and will depend upon such criteria as how the child has settled, their age, and how they are coping physically, mentally and emotionally. The majority of children are attending school full-time by the second week in September. 

Criteria for Admission

  • Looked after children.
  • Verified medical need relating to the pupil. (The requirements are strict and need certification by a doctor or psychologist).
  • Children living in the school’s catchment area.
  • Children who have brothers and sisters in attendance at the school.
  • Children living closest to the school by the shortest available safe walking route.

For further details please see the Peterborough Guide for Parents.

Admission to school at other times

Children often start school at times other than the Foundation Stage. In the event of this happening with your child, every effort is made to make you and your family welcome and to make the transition to the new environment as smooth as possible. Please contact the school if you have any anxieties about your child. You are always welcome in school.

Number Admitted

The agreed admissions number for class groups is 30, with the overall school total being 210 pupils. These totals may only be exceeded if particular circumstances arise.

Appeal Procedure

Any parent of a child not being admitted is entitled to appeal to the Department for Education and Children for reconsideration.

Confirmation of Places

A letter is sent out as soon as places in the school are confirmed by Peterborough City Council Admissions Team.