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FAQ

 

Which Year groups are open in the school?

We currently have a nursery class, two reception classes, two year 1 classes, two year 2 classes and two  year 3 classes and a year 4 class and a Year 5 class. All classes are currently full.  If you would like to register your interest please fill in the in year transfer form available from Oxfordshire County Council and you will be contacted should a space become available.  

 

When can older year groups join?

The school will grow from the bottom up with two reception classes joining each year until we have two classes in each year group.  We will not be opening up additional older classes at this time. The school will eventually be full around 2021.

 

What do I need to do if I would like my child to start at GEMS DPA?

Please go to our admissions pages for details.   Do also give the school a ring to arrange a visit or ask further questions. However, we do not currently have any spaces.

 

Will my child need a uniform?

Yes, all children right from nursery will need a uniform.  Please go to our uniform page for more details.

 

Will your term dates be different from that of other schools?

The dates will generally be in line with other local Didcot schools.

 

When will the school be inspected?

The school was inspected in June 2019 and was judged to be 'outstanding' in every area.  Please read the report.

 

How is an academy different?

The school receives funding direct from the DFE and this is the same budget as other schools.  Academies can choose to have different term dates, different curriculum (we enrich ours with languages from Year 1) and length of school day.  Our school day is slightly longer than other primary schools - we start at 8:40am and finish a 3:30pm.  There are many primary schools in Didcot that are academies now: Manor, Ladygrove Park, Willowcroft and some that are due to convert.  Our Trust supports the quality of the school through visits from the Director of Education.

 

How will we be kept informed about my child's progress?

Within the Early Years you will have access to your child's online learning journey.  There are two formal parent meetings a year, called learning reviews, with a third that can be arranged following the formal annual report at the end of the year.  Schools are only obliged to prepare one annual report a year, however, we provide parents with 3 reports: a settling in report, a mid year report (with academic summary) and end of year report.  You are also welcome to come into school to look at their work following a class assembly where your child will be delighted to talk you through their work.

 

How are clubs organised?  Are they for all year groups?

 We run a range of different clubs each term, some that are organised by school staff and some that are organised through outside providers.  Some clubs incur a small cost.  Clubs tend to be for children for Year 1 upwards (dependent on each club) subject to the content of the club.  There are very few, if any, clubs for reception as their day is a fairly long one.  School clubs are not a substitute for childcare.  There is a childcare provider on site till 6pm if you require this facility.

 

How am I kept informed of dates and events?

The newsletter is sent out fortnightly and contains a summary of the next two weeks and a full calendar.  The website is also kept as up to date as possible.  Please do keep checking this for updates as the school calendar is very busy and we do try to get dates onto the calendar as soon as we can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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