Visit the School
There are a number of opportunities to visit the school during the course of the year. We encourage prospective parents and pupils to visit us both formally and informally to get a true flavour of the school.
We hold various Open Events throughout the year, including a specific Reception Open Evening, which prospective parents and pupils are most welcome to attend. Our Open Events are a great opportunity for parents and children to visit the school and nursery, either during the school day, evenings or weekends.
Visitors have the chance to see our facilities, meet pupils and staff and enjoy light refreshments. All are welcome to our events and there is no need to book. A meeting with Mr Thackway, the Headmaster, is also a key part of the admissions process.
We ask all prospective pupils for Crescent School to join us for a taster day which they will spend with their current year group participating in lessons and activities.
A taster day can be arranged with Mrs Helen Morley, our Registrar, or another member of the office staff. We are flexible about when we can offer taster days and will look to find a mutually convenient date. Where possible, we will choose a day when the timetable includes a child’s favourite subjects so that they get the most out of the day and we can see them at their best.
If parents have not already met with Mr Thackway, the Headmaster, we will ask them to do this prior to arranging a taster day. This is an important step in our admissions process as it gives us an opportunity to find out more about individual children so that we can pass on information to the form tutor should they go on to join us for a taster.
Taster days typically run from 9.00am to 3.00pm for applicants for Years 1 to 6. For those children who will be entering Reception the following academic year, the arrangements are different, one of our Early Years Team will go out to visit them in their nursery setting.
Children in Years 3 and above will be asked to take a paper in Maths and another in English, although we take care that this is done in a low-key manner so that they do not feel that they are sitting an exam.
In offering a place, we take the child’s performance on these papers into consideration, however we look at the results together with feedback from the class teacher regarding the child’s behaviour, involvement in class and willingness to learn.
Children participating in a taster day should wear their current school uniform. A school lunch will be provided for them. Children should also bring a water bottle and a snack for break time. They may also require a games kit including trainers for outside use and football boots.
We ask that you let us have a completed registration form and accompanying £50.00 registration fee ahead of a planned taster. Please include any medical and dietary information of which we should be aware and any information regarding specific learning needs.
Mr Thackway, the Headmaster, will provide feedback as soon as possible following a taster day. We may wait to receive references from the child’s current school or nursery setting before deciding on the offer of a place.