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Admissions

Initial Enquiry

Our Parents’ Handbook and weekly newsletters are on line at www.gossopsgreen.com.  Hard copies are also available for prospective parents to collect from the school office. We hope that prospective parents/carers will visit the school on our open mornings, which enable them to see the school in action, to meet current parents, to discuss the range and standard of the pupils’ work and to see our attractive facilities and environment.  If this is not possible, visits can be arranged by appointment.

Admissions Policy and Entry Procedure

Admission to this school is co-ordinated by a team based in Horsham.  Application should be made to the Pupil Admissions Team (Area C), Adults and Children, Learning, County Hall North, Chartway, Horsham, RH12 1XA.  Tel: 08450 751007.  e-mail: admissions.north@westsussex.gov.uk.  Please keep both that office and the school office advised of any changes to your children's circumstances during their education (change of name, address, school etc) to assist in the forward planning of school provision for West Sussex.   Further details relating to admissions can be found by clicking here

Children in West Sussex can be admitted to school at the beginning of the academic year of their fifth birthday.  It will be at the parents’ discretion, in consultation with the class teacher and headteacher, as to whether Autumn entry into school is appropriate for children born in Spring or Summer, although it is unusual for parents to elect to delay.  If the decision is made to delay entry, a child's place will not be put in jeopardy.  

There is a long period of liaison, prior to a child entering school, during which parents may consult with staff. Pupils with special needs including those with disabilities are admitted in the same way as other pupils. Special transition arrangements will be set up if required.

Induction For Pupils

In the preceding Summer term, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teachers will visit the main pre-school groups which have children joining Gossops Green Community Primary the following September.  Children will also be invited to join the EYFS classes for an afternoon and during that time, Mrs Martin will meet parents to discuss general school routines and to answer any queries parents may have.  The school uniform shop will be open for orders.  EYFS children will also be invited to join part of ‘moving up morning’ when the whole school spends a morning in their ‘new class’.  At the end of the session, parents will collect their children from the main entrance, as some of their usual exits are used for school lunches for older children at that time.  Prospective parents will be invited to school events such as sports day and the Summer Fair.  Gossops Green Community Primary School staff will liaise closely with all feeder units to ensure that the transition to ‘big school’ is as smooth as possible.

Transport

Children under eight years of age, whose homes are more than two miles from school and who have been placed at Gossops Green by the admissions team because places are not available at their nearest school, are eligible to use a school taxi service or to claim a mileage allowance.   This service is extended to children over eight years who live more than three miles away.  All issues relating to transport matters for children attending this school are dealt with by the Transport Office based in County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RF.  They can be contacted on 01243-753530.

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