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Blythefield Primary School is situated at the end of Blythe Street, directly facing the park. It was built in the ‘Wiltshire’ style in the 1930’s and is a ‘listed’ building because of special historical and architectural interest.
The school currently uses seven classrooms, a computer suite, a Key Stage 1 activity based learning room, a well stocked library, and a parents’ room.
The aim of the school is to be valued by, and of value to, the community in which it serves. The school has a team of teaching and non-teaching staff who are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for every child. We foster a community atmosphere with good relationships between pupils and staff and provide a happy, caring ethos.
At Blythefield we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and we aim to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible. We help children to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self- discipline and to have a positive attitude to their learning. Life long skills are developed as children experience active learning situations in literacy, numeracy and information technology. Creativity is in all areas of the curriculum however art, drama and music provide rich opportunities for development.The World Around Us gives children the opportunity to explore and learn through topics in geography, history and science. Personal development and mutual understanding focuses on encouraging children to become confident, independent learners who will consider others in their decision making processes. Physical education allows children to be creative and imaginative while participating in a range of physical skills.
In addition to curriculum subjects a number of extra-curricular activities have been offered depending on interest and demand. These have included drama, choir, guitar, gardening, cookery and a range of sports. Homework Club facilities are available in the local community.
Parents are kept well informed of their child’s progress through a parental information talk in September, individual consultations with the class teacher and an annual written report. Weekly newsletters also keep parents informed about school life.
As members of the local community, the Board of Governors take a keen and active interest in the school, the staff and the education of all the pupils. Application forms may be obtained from the school office. Parents are warmly invited to contact the Principal to discuss the application procedure or visit the school.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The Board of Governors has drawn up the schools admissions criteria and has delegated to the principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of these criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.
Only children of compulsory school age (i.e. children born on or between 2 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 inclusive) will be admitted to the school. In the event of the school being oversubscribed the governors will select children for admission to primary one using the admission criteria set out below.
The criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set down. When so applying the criteria, should the number of children who satisfy the requirement of any criterion exceed the number of places still available within the school’s admission number, the remaining criteria (i.e. those not yet applied) will be applied successively and in the order set down, to the group of children who satisfied the criterion which caused the number of places available to be exceeded, until all of the available places have been allocated.
CRITERIA
1 Children who will have a brother, sister, half-brother and/or half-sister enrolled in the school in the school year 2017/2018.
2 Those children who attended Arellian nursery in the school year 2016/2017 and who do not fall into criterion 1.
3 Children who live in the immediate area of the school. In applying this criterion the governors will award places to children on the basis of the walking distance from the front door of their home to the main gate of the school, priority being given to those who live the shortest distance from the school. (Please note that ‘home’ refers to parents’/guardians’ home and not to the home of a childminder).
After 1st September 2017 and during the 2017/2018 school year the above criteria will be applied to fill a vacancy arising within the school’s admissions number.

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