Admissions

Thinking of joining Orsett C of E Primary School – you’ve made a good choice!

Orsett is a one form entry school meaning we have an intake of 30 pupils a year.

Many of our Year groups are currently full but there are spaces in selected Year groups particularly in Reception – to Year 2.  In year applications to Orsett are dealt with by Thurrock admissions.  They can be contacted by visiting the school admissions website for Thurrock.  Alternatively please speak to the School office.

Our school Prospectus will give you a flavour of what Orsett can offer your children as well as our website which has lots of information.


Do you have a child who will be in Reception in September 2022?

Many of you will be beginning to think about which school is right for your child’s first year.  We very much hope that you will consider Orsett.

Our Prospectus will give you more information about our school as will our website – please do look around!

Please see below for details of the admissions process and our admissions policy for those families thinking of joining our school family in September 2022.

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

You will also find the electronic version of the Supplementary Form, which needs to be completed and returned directly to our school once you have applied to the Local Authority for a place with us.


Key Information about the admissions process for children joining Reception in 2022

Autumn:
Application process starts (online application from 1st November 2021)

The application process is completed online and can be found by following the following link:
https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/primary-school-admissions/applying-for-primary-school-place

We will hopefully be holding open mornings on Thursday 14th October and Tuesday 9th November at 9.30am.  These are obviously dependent on government guidance and rates of Covid-19 in the local area.  For the past 2 years we have been unable to hold open mornings but we very much hope that this year will be different!

Please contact the school office if you would like to book onto one of our tours or for further information.

Spring:
Application process closes (Saturday 15th January 2022)

Summer:
National Offer Day – parents informed of outcomes (19th April 2022 from 12.30am)

Induction for new parents and children takes place during the Summer term through our Little Orsett programme.  Contact with those families who have successfully gained a place is usually in May.

Currently we have one class per Year group.  In Reception and KS1 we have 30 children per class.  This rises to 32 in KS2.

W hope to be able to give tours of the school on Thursday 14th October and Tuesday 9th November.
These may have to be cancelled if guidelines change or we feel it is unsafe to hold them due to Covid-19 rates in the local area or school.  Please book onto any tours via the school office who will be happy to book you a space.

Children are welcome to attend or you can come and get a feel for our school without children.  The choice is yours.

Tours will be the same on each occasion however you are welcome to attend both should you wish to.

This year we hope to be continue with our Little Orsett transition.  This a 6 week programme in the Summer term before they are due to start school where the children come in for a morning or afternoon session every week.  Of course this is very dependent on current Government guidelines.

In September we aim to get the children into school as quickly as possible.  In most instances the children have a gradual transition over the course of the week starting with mornings, then adding lunch before completing a full day at the end of the week.  We don’t find that having a longer transition for most children is beneficial.

Of course if children need longer to transition into school this would be discussed on a case by case scenario – every child is different.

Details of the school performance can be found on our results page.
The school are typically in line or above national at each of the key phases of school.

The full reports for both SIAMS and Ofsted can be found in our Information Hub.  Please do read them – we are very proud of them.

There is typically one class teacher per class.
In reception there is always a member of support staff full time to assist the children in supporting their learning.

Across the rest of the school, support staff support children with additional needs, those who have barriers to learning or require intervention in order to make progress.  Support staff work across different classes.
The school has a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) who supports classroom teaching.