In Warwickshire children normally start full-time primary education in the September of the school year in which they are five years old. With the policy of open enrolment parents may request a place for their child at any school/Academy of their choice; they will be allocated a place if the school/Academy has a vacancy. Each setting has a priority area and children who live within the priority area will be allocated places first. The priority area for Racemeadow Primary Academy is Atherstone, north of Long Street.
Selecting a school
We would be delighted to show parents and children around our Academy and to answer any questions you may have. As with all schools, parents who choose to send their children to Racemeadow will be asked to complete an admission form.
Induction of Foundation Stage children
There is close liaison between the Foundation Stage teachers at Racemeadow and staff at the Atherstone Early Years Nursery, other nurseries and pre-schools in the area.
Children being admitted into the Foundation Stage will be invited to spend some time with their new class teacher through ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. Also they will be invited to come to the Academy for half a day in the Summer Term. In this way we would hope to allay any fears and encourage children to look forward to starting their school lives here at Racemeadow.
Each year, there is a meeting for parents of the new intake when the school’s aims, objectives, procedures and practices are explained. This is an opportunity to ask any questions which may arise and to meet key staff who will be working with your children.
During the first week of the new academic year the Foundation Stage teachers will make home visits. The children then start school later in the week on a part-time basis attending for either the morning or afternoon session for 2 days and then most children attend the Academy full-time.
Transfer to Secondary School
At the end of Year 6 children move on to secondary education. Parents will receive full details of the options available to them from the Local Authority and have to make their choices by the beginning of the Summer Term. Most Racemeadow Primary Academy children transfer to The Queen Elizabeth Academy. Visits are made to the children by staff from the secondary school and the children spend a day (Induction Day) at their new secondary school. Parents are informed about the arrangements during the Summer Term. We also take part in a variety of transition projects.
There is close liaison between staff from the nursery, primary and secondary schools. This helps to ensure the smooth passage through, and transfer across, the different phases of education. The different schools ensure that the key staff meet together each year to plan the Transfer and Induction Programmes for your children. The Head Teachers from the local cluster of schools also meet on a half termly basis.