Children are admitted at the beginning of the term in which they reach their 4th birthday.
An opportunity is given for new children to visit the school for two mornings at the end of the term preceding their official enrolment.
The details of these visits are distributed through the local Ysgol Feithrin in Pontyberem.
Parents are asked to contact the school as soon as possible if they wish their child to attend the school.
Admission to School is not an automatic process and there is a requirement for parents and carers to submit an application to an Admissions Authority by a specified date. Please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk in order to apply for a school place for your child.
The Council through its Admissions Manager must direct Governing Bodies, and through them the headteachers, to make it clear to parents that when an out-of-catchment child is admitted to any school that it may have an implication when the child transfers to secondary education. It does not follow that admission to a primary school automatically allows admission to the catchment secondary; it is the home address of the pupil which is the determining factor. Parental feedback during the Admission Appeals process suggests that there are cases where this information is not made clear.
Education: How We Use Your Information
All personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988. As such we take appropriate steps to protect against loss, theft, or unauthorised processing. Depending on the purpose for which we originally obtained it and the use to which it is to be put, information may be shared with other organisations. The leaflet ‘Education: How We Use Your Information’ (which is available from the school) explains this in more detail and provides relevant contact details should you require any further information.
SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS TO HELP THEIR CHILD BEFORE HE/SHE STARTS SCHOOL
- Talk to your child to prepare him/her for school. Tell him/her what to expect – meeting new friends, seeing his/her brothers or sisters, that school is a happy, exciting place. Talk to him/her about colours, numbers and shapes. Talk about interesting things he/she will do at school – painting, water, sand etc.
- Familiarise him/her to being away from you by leaving him/her with neighbours or relatives for short periods. Help him/her to share his/her toys by joining a Play Group/Ysgol Feithrin, or allowing friends to come to the house. Helping your child with his/her social development is very important before he/she starts school.
- Give him/her plenty of opportunity to draw and scribble using crayons, powder paint and thick pencils. Allow him/her to enjoy playing with sand and water and give him/her a safe scissors (for infants) with access to paper and glue.
- Take every opportunity to read and look at books together. Talk about the pictures and the story. Does your child like the story? It is important that you enjoy looking at books together. Also, it is important to show your child how to care for books.
- Teach him/her some traditional nursery rhymes, simple hymns and songs
- It would be of great help if your child could do the following skills before he/she starts school:-
- to go independently to the toilet
- to wash and dry his/her hands
- to dress and undress his/her coat
- to use a handkerchief (It is important to bring a handkerchief or tissue to school every day.)
- to be able to put toys and books away after playing with them.
After the child has attended school for six weeks or so, parents are invited to have an informal discussion with the reception class teacher.
During the child’s first term in school he/she is assessed by using the County Baseline Assessment.