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Starting School

Applying for a place at Cumberworth First School

 Here are some frequently asked questions about applying for a school place.
Q. When do I need to register my child for primary school – Reception year group?
A. Children need to be registered for school between 1st September and 15th January of the year they are due to start school. As an example children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 must be registered between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018.
Q. How do I apply for a place at Cumberworth or another primary school in Kirklees?
A. You need to apply online
Q. What happens if I don’t register on time?
A. If you apply late, your application will not be considered until all on time applicants have been allocated school places. Applying late can severely reduce your chances of getting a school place at any of your preferred schools.
Q. Do I need to complete any other forms once I have registered online?
A. Cumberworth CE (A) First School is a church school and if you wish to declare a Christian commitment to support your application you should complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and return it directly to us at school. This form can be found under the SIF button on this webpage.
Q. How are places allocated at Cumberworth First School?
A. Places are allocated in accordance with our Admissions Policy. This form can be found under the Admissions Policy button on this webpage.
Q. When will I find out which school my child has been allocated a place at?
A. National Offer Day for Primary School places – Reception year group – is 16 April 2018. Offers of a school place are sent by email on National Offer Day to the email address you have used for your application. You will also be able to see your offer of a school place by logging into your Kirklees Parent Portal.
Q. If my child has been allocated a place at Cumberworth what will happen next?
A. We will be in touch with you by post within a few days of National Offer Day. For more information please see the ‘My Child has a place to start at Cumberworth’ section on this page.

My Child Has a Place to start at Cumberworth

Once a child has been allocated a place in Reception at Cumberworth First School here are some of the frequently asked questions from new parents:
Q. What do you need to know about my child’s pre-school setting?
A. In our first letter to you we will ask you to give us information about your child’s preschool setting. As a minimum we will need the name and contact details for the setting and the days and times your child attends. Please provide this information as soon as possible after it is requested.
Q. Why do you need information about my child’s pre-school setting?
A. The Reception class teacher will try to visit all the new starters in their pre-school setting prior to them joining us for their first visit (see below). She will meet, and join in some activities with, the children, talk to staff and take some photos of your child. Some of the photos will be on display in the classroom when your child comes to school on the first visit afternoon.
Q. How will parents find out more about school life and routines?
A. Parents will be invited to attend a meeting in school – usually in the last week before the Spring Bank half term. The 2018 meeting is on Tuesday 22nd May at 7pm. This meeting is for parents / carers only not the children. We will give you lots of information and answer any questions you have at this meeting.
Q. Will my child be offered a chance to visit school and his / her new class before he/ she starts in September?
A. The children will be invited in to school for some sessions in June or July. After one of the visits your child can stay for a short ‘taster session’ in Sunshine Club and be collected at 4pm if you wish. You need to let the office know if you are taking up the offer of the Sunshine Club taster session. For more information about Sunshine Club click HERE.
Q. Which door do we use for the visits?
A. You should come to the main entrance when you get here for the visits and you will go along the corridor to the Reception classroom. When you come to collect your child you should go round the back of school and wait in the enclosed Early Years area in sight of the classroom rear exit. You will use the same entrance and pick up place in September too. If your child is doing the Sunshine Club ‘Taster session’ you will collect your child from the Sunshine Club door at the opposite end of the front playground to the main entrance.
Q. What should my child wear for their school visits?
A. The children visiting will be fine in their ‘normal’ clothes but please make sure they have sensible footwear as weather permitting they will be spending time outside in the Early Years area. Open toe sandals are not suitable for school. The children should bring a coat and may need a sun hat if it is warm.
Q. What is the school uniform and where can I buy it?
A. The uniform is grey trousers, shorts, skirts or pinafore dresses with either a navy or white polo shirt and a navy sweatshirt or cardigan. The uniform can be ordered through Tesco’s website: (type Cumberworth First School in the search space under EMBROIDERED UNIFORMS and you will be taken to the items that are available with our school logo on) or from Top Class School Wear: You do not have to buy items with the logo on; plain polo shirts, sweatshirts and cardigans are fine.
Q. Does my child need a book bag?
A. We would recommend that you buy a book bag from school. They are just the right size to fit in our storage boxes during the day and are ideal for transporting letters, books, homework etc between school and home. They are available from the school office.
Q. Will there be a pattern of half days or a staggered start for my child in September?
A. The children will start full time when the new term begins in September.
Q: When our child starts full time school in September what time can we drop them off?
A: The school day starts at 9am and the doors open at 8.50am. Please don't arrive much before then unless your child is booked in Sunshine Club (7.30am - 9am) or has been invited to take part in our morning movement group (8.30 - 9am).
Q: What time should we collect our child from school when they have started in Reception?
A: 3.30pm. Reception and Year 1 pupils in Mrs Parry's class should be collected from round the back of school, just outside the Reception classroom. All other children should be collected from the front playground.
Q: How do we get a place in Sunshine Club?
A: At the new starters Parents’ Meeting in May you will be given a pack which includes a Sunshine Club booklet for the next academic year. Fill this in and return it to the school office as soon as possible to book your child into Sunshine Club. If you find you need to make alterations or book sessions at a later date please have a word with the office.
Q: What are the term dates? When can I book holidays?
A: Click HERE for term dates. Click HERE for our attendance policy. As a general rule holidays should not be taken in term time. You might be surprised how quickly the attendance of your child can drop, and the consequences this can have for their learning and development. If it is completely unavoidable talk to the Head Teacher before making a booking - but permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
Q: How can I help get my child ready for school?
A: We have two guides for you. One provides information for you about what to do and how best to support you child as they start school and you can find this in the Parents Guide to Starting School section below. The second guide is for your children – it’s like a story book for you to read together and you can find this under the New Starters - Childrens Guide section below.
Q: I am unsure about something or need to talk about my child's education and wellbeing. Who should I talk to?
A: If you are unsure about letters sent home, payment for trips, clubs, etc or your child needs some medicine then Marina (school office) is the person to speak to. Likewise she will be able to help with dates of forthcoming events, Sunshine Club and any admin related queries. If you need to discuss some aspect of your child's education, how they've settled in class or any questions about homework or reading books, please talk to your child's class teacher. If you have any more serious concerns then the person to talk to is the Head Teacher, along with your child's teacher (if it is a class based problem). REMEMBER the door is always open, we're here to make sure your child is as settled and as
happy as possible!

Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy:

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Supplementary Information Form (SIF):

Parents Guide to Starting School

Parents Guide to Starting School (PDF):

New Starters - Childrens Guide

New Starters - Childrens Guide (PDF):