Dorset House is a non-selective school and, dependent on spaces being available, children are accepted throughout the year. After completing the Registration Form, assessments will be made to determine that Dorset House is the right school for the child in question. Prospective pupils will be invited to attend “taster days”, reports from the child’s previous school will be sought and assessments in literacy and numeracy will also be undertaken. Parents will then be invited to meet the Headmaster to discuss the progression of the application for a place at the School.
Dorset House does all that is reasonably possible to comply with the SENDA legislation in relation to the admission of pupils with disabilities or learning difficulties. However, the School has limited facilities for the disabled and also seeks to maintain a balance of abilities within each year group. The Headmaster has the responsibility for all decisions regarding the acceptance or non-acceptance of pupils with disabilities or special educational needs.
If a space is available and it is determined that Dorset House is the right school for the child in question, an Offer and Acceptance Form will be sent; acceptance of this offer will confirm a child’s place at the school. If the child is due to start within twelve months of the date of the Offer and Acceptance Letter, a deposit of £750 is due at the same time. The deposit is held by the school and is carried over from term to term until the pupil leaves the school. The deposit (without interest) will then be refunded by means of a credit to the pupil’s final bill; If there is any remaining credit balance of the deposit, this will be refunded by cheque.
Places offered are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are secured only by the receipt of the Offer and Acceptance Form, together with the deposit.
Children enter the Reception class in the academic year in which they will be five.
Prior to the first term, all families receive (as a minimum) the following information:
New pupils are allocated a guide, whose role it is to provide support, guidance and friendship during the early part of the new child’s school career. The guide will try to contact the new child during the holiday preceding the child’s entry and, if possible, arrange to meet.
All staff are informed about new children at pastoral meetings and are encouraged to review transfer information which is retained in the School Office.