Year R Admissions
Children reach compulsory school age the term following their fifth birthday and most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday.
Parents will need to apply for a Year R place through Hampshire School Admissions by the closure date given.
At Green Oaks we offer you the opportunity to attend one of our Open Mornings at Oakwood in the Autumn Term.
At our Open Morning you will be able to attend a presentation from the Executive Headteacher who will talk to you about the vision, values and aims of Oakwood. This is followed by a guided tour of the school where you will have the opportunity to talk to Governors, staff and pupils.
At Oakwood we know how important it is for your child to feel safe, happy and secure when they start school.
We therefore work hard to build early relationships and start to get to know your child as soon as possible. Our Early Years Leader and Inclusion Leader visit our local pre-schools during the year and this enables them to meet the children, offer support, and begin to understand the children’s strengths and personalities. Once you have accepted a place at Oakwood you will be invited into school in the summer term to take part in our transition programme.
- Songs and Rhymes
This is the opportunity to come into school with your child and take part in songs, rhymes and creative activities together. The session is led by one of our Year R team and is for small groups only. This helps you and your child to start to get to know us in a safe and calm space.
- Stay and Play
You and your child are invited to come into Year R and to play together in our Year R environment. There is always plenty to do, inside and out, and this is the start of your child getting to know the Year R environment with the person they care most about – you!
- Letting Go
At this session you are encouraged to settle your child to play in Year R whilst you come and have tea, coffee and cake in the hall. This allows you to start to get to know other parents and carers, meet our Friends of Green Oaks representatives and chat informally with members of our Oakwood team. All the time knowing that your child is safe just down the corridor.
- First Steps
Now that you and your child are more familiar with Oakwood and Year R we invite you in to drop your child off at school, just like it will be on their first day in September. Your child will have time to play and meet the rest of the new Year R children – a time when new friendships start to be made.
- Home Visit
In September your child’s Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant will come to meet with you and your child at home. This gives you the chance to talk about starting school, ask any questions and make that important connection with your child’s teacher.
- Phased Start
It is important that the very first week at school is successful, that it allows staff and children to get to know each other properly, and that everyone feels safe and settled. We therefore ask children to attend either morning or afternoon sessions in the first week of school ready for full time altogether the week after.
More information about starting school and our transition programme will be sent to parents as soon as a place is accepted. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Year R and Oakwood and hope that you and your family form a long and happy association with us.
Applying for a school place in-year
This is when a child needs a school place outside of the usual transfer times, for example because of a house move or a change of school.
All in-year admissions will need to be made through a formal application through Hampshire School Admissions.
If you are interested in joining Oakwood in-year you are welcome to contact us to make an appointment to come and look around. We offer children who are joining us the opportunity to visit their new class before starting full time. This gives you and your child the chance to meet the class teacher and start to make new friends before starting at Oakwood.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oakwood and the Green Oaks Federation soon.