Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. Will the School open on time?

A. Yes, the School will be completed by late June or early July, and will open on 1st September 2019.

Q. Will the School offer wrap around care?

A. Yes, we aim to offer wrap around care from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Q. Will there be after school clubs?

A. Yes, we anticipate providing after school clubs.

Q. Will the School be available for community use?

A. Yes, we anticipate that the School’s facilities will be available for use by the community. This will be finalised before the School opens.

Q. Will the Nursery open at the same time as the School?

A. Yes, the Nursery is due to open on 1st September 2019.

Q. How many classes will there be?

A. There will be one class of 30 Reception age children at the start, with up to 15 Year 1 and 2 children in a separate class. This will grow by up to 45 children each year for the first few years.

Q. How big will the School be?

A. The School will eventually accommodate 420 children from Reception to Year 6.

Q. How big will the Nursery be?

A. The Nursery will accommodate up to 28 children per session, with up to eight 2 year old’s and twenty 3 and 4 year old’s.

Q. Will the Nursery be open term-time only?

A. The Nursery will be open for 49 weeks of the year.

Q. Will the Nursery offer 30 hours funding?

A. Yes, 30 hours funding will be offered if parents/carers are eligible to claim it.

Q. Will the School and/or Nursery have transition days?

A. The School and Nursery will not be open in time to have transition days, but we anticipate a part-time start for all children to help them settle into their new environment.

Q. Will the School follow the National Curriculum?

A. The School will use the National Curriculum as a basis for progression, skills development and assessment but will provide a broad, balanced and creative curriculum.

Q. What will the School do to keep my child safe?

A. The School will have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and all staff will be trained in safeguarding. All staff will also be subject to background checks (DBS) to ensure they can work with children.

Q. Will the school provide hot dinners?

A. Yes, the School will have its own kitchen to provide hot dinners.

Q. Will school dinners be free?

A. All infant children will be entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.

Q. Will the school be inclusive?

A. Yes, the School will welcome all children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), those for whom English is not their first language (EAL) and those who are entitled to the Pupil Premium (PPG) or Service Premium Grants.

Q. Will the school have a religious ethos?

A. The School will incorporate Religious Education (RE) into the teaching timetable, but as a non-denominational school we will welcome children of all faiths and none.

Q What are the plans for expanding the School?

A. At the moment we will expand by 30 pupils per year for the first two years and then review the situation.

Q. Are you taking Key Stage 1 children (Years 1 and 2)?

A. We will be taking Year 1 and 2 children from September 2019. You can express and interest in applying by visiting Admissions.

Q. Are you taking Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 to 6)?

A. At the moment we will not be taking Key Stage 2 children but this will be reviewed after the first 2 years.

Q. What is the School’s catchment area?

A. The School doesn’t have one. We will measure distance from a set point in the School to your front door. The closer you live to the School the more likely you are to get in.

Q. Won’t most parents want to drive to school?

A. We anticipate some parents will drive but most children will live within 1 mile of the school, so we will encourage walking. It’s healthier too!

Q. Will the roads around the School get congested?

A. The school will be very small at the start so we don’t have any worries in the first few years. Taunton Deane and Somerset County Council are, we’re sure, monitoring the situation.

Q. How do I apply to the Nursery?

A. You can apply by visiting the Nursery page.

Q. How do I apply to School?

A. The initial round of applications is now closed. You can make a late application for the Reception Year group by visiting Admissions and completing a Late Application form.