Joining the School
Schooling is not compulsory in England for children below the age of five, but many parents welcome the fact that Mill Rythe Infant School admits children at the start of the school year, each September, whose birthdays occur from 1st September and up to and including 31st August during the following year. This means that some children join year R a few days after their fourth birthday while others, with birthdays in the autumn, are nearly five years old when they first come to school.
Children have a gradual introduction into school, starting part time in the second week and full time by the fourth week. In the third week they stay for for lunch and outdoor play. This means that the school can fulfil the government's guidelines. Please ask for a copy fo the most recent Induction Programme.
If you feel that your child is too young to cope with full-time schooling, or your family circumstances (such as a new baby arriving) mean that you prefer your child to attend on a part-time basis for longer than the normal period, please make an appointment to discuss how best we can accommodate your child's needs.
During the Summer term prior to entry, we hold activity sessions to which your child will be invited. This gives our Year R staff and the new pupils a chance to get to know each other.
An induction evening is held in June to which you will be invited when a variety of different professionals and stakeholders, including governors, parents, the School Nurse and Dental Nurse, can answer your questions and give you essential information about school life - their contributions and the role you can play.
You will also be given the opportunity to sign up for a Home Visit - when a teacher or a teaching assistant are released from school duties to call on children in their own home and get to know them and you personally.