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Admission & Transition

Parents who might wish to enrol their children at the Butts School are invited to contact the school in order to arrange a visit or discuss the admission arrangements. Final decisions on admissions are made by the Local Authority. Our Admissions Policy is available on request from the school office, or in the policy section of this website (follow the school information link).

Comprehensive transition arrangements are in place for prospective Year R children.

During the summer term, prior to entry into school, the Early Years Foundation Stage staff (EYFS) visit all the pre-schools and nurseries, to meet new entrants and discuss their individual needs with pre-school staff.  Children also have the opportunity to attend school for a few sessions in the summer term to familiarise themselves with the environment and meet the staff. During the early autumn term the EYFS teachers will offer to visit every child in their own home, prior to the child’s entry to school. This is intended to re-establish contact after the long summer break and to help forge a sound relationship between parents, child and school while on safe home territory.

An information evening will be held during May or June, when parents of new entrants are invited into school to meet staff and discuss in detail what they should expect to happen when their child starts school and to answer any questions that might arise. An Early Years information pack, containing essential information, will be issued during this meeting. 

Individual, personalised letters are sent from Year 5 pupils to new entrants during the summer term, welcoming them into their new school. Children are encouraged to maintain this relationship on entry to school, e.g. through story reading and playtime shadowing.

Entry into school is dictated by the birth date of the child. The pattern is usually a couple of half-days with or without lunch, then straight into full days. By settling one group of children at a time, maximum adult supervision is possible.

We adopt the guidelines laid down by Hampshire County Council for admitting children into full time education. Parents will also be offered another opportunity to meet with school staff early in the first term, to discuss how things are going and ask any further questions that may have arisen.   They will also have the opportunity to attend a more formal meeting with the classteacher to discuss how their child has settled into school.  This will be followed up with a further meeting in the Spring Term to discuss how the child is progressing.  Informal contact takes place on request and information about the child is shared on an on-going basis.

The School Day

08:40

Doors open

08:50

Morning school begins

10:40 – 10:55

Playtime

12:00

Lunchtime

13:00

Afternoon school begins

14:35 – 14:45

Playtime (EYFS and KS1 only)

15:15

School day ends

We want to care for your child and see that he or she is properly supervised whilst in school. Children should not arrive before 8.40 a.m. or stay later than 3.15 pm unless they are attending breakfast club, after school club or extra-curricular activities organised by the school, although we do ask you to ensure that your child is collected promptly after such activities.

Although registration for the beginning of school takes place at 8.50am, children are invited into class from 8.40 am onwards to settle to early morning tasks. We aim to develop the children’s independence, and request that parents do not accompany them into the cloakroom or classroom, unless seeing the class teacher very briefly for a particular reason.

When collecting your child at the end of the school day please wait outside the classrooms or on the playground. Your child will be dismissed by the teacher so that we can ensure that he/she is accounted for and that letters and items to be taken home are distributed. Classes will not normally be dismissed earlier than 3.15 pm except in special circumstances (e.g. concerts, sports day) where you will be informed and asked to see the class teacher in order to sign out your child. Older children may walk home alone providing the school has received written authorisation from parents in advance.

Parents are not permitted to use the school car parks, as space is very limited and it increases the risk of accident or incident. Arrangements can be made, on request at the school office, for disabled drivers. Please park considerately in the vicinity of the school not obstructing paths or driveways.