Children begin school at the start of the academic year in which they will turn five years old and whether it is your first child is starting school or your fourth it is important that you choose the school that is right for your child. Our school website gives prospective parents a taste of what school life at Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School is like and the information on this page goes through the procedure and the children's eventual induction. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Choosing the Right School for your Child

When applying for a primary school, the most important thing is to ask yourself, 'Would my child be happy here?' and we would certainly encourage you to visit the school and to bring your child with you. 

After the October half-term, we will be holding parental tours for those families who are considering Bridge & Patrixbourne School for their children from September 2022; these will be with James Tibbles (Headteacher) or Michael Taylor (Deputy Headteacher) and usually last approximately 45 minutes.

As always, tours must be pre-booked and a maximum of two family groups will be shown around at any one time. The length of each tour varies but they generally last approximately 45 minutes. They are a great way to see the facilities that we have on offer; see the learning going on around the school and meet key members of staff - it's also an opportunity for you to ask questions to see if Bridge is the right school for your child.

Tours start from November and these can be booked by contacting our Admissions Officer, Morny Starling, on 01227 830276.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bridge School.

Information for Starting School in September 2022

Key Dates for Primary Transition

Friday 5th November 2021 School applications open 
Throughout November Individual school tours
Monday 17th January 2022 School applications close
Tuesday 19th April 2022 National Offer Day
Wednesday 4th May 2022 Places must be accepted/refused
Thursday 23rd June 2022 (TBC) Transition into School Parent Meeting
Thursday 1st September/Friday 2nd September 2022 Individual sessions
Monday 5th September 2022 Year R children start (half-days): 9am to 11am or 1pm to 3pm
Monday 12th September 2022 Year R children able to start full-time


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Year R children able to attend the Bridge Bees BASC (Breakfast & After School Club)?

Yes. As part of your welcome pack, there is a registration form for parents to complete. As your child will not yet be on our system, bookings will need to be made manually and this can be done by contacting Hannah Evans in the school office. More information can be found on the Bridge Bees pages of the school website.

The school also runs a holiday club that children can attend.

What are the lunch arrangements?

Children are entitled to free school meals for the first three years of their schooling and these are booked online using the ParentMail app. Instructions will be sent to parents how to register on ParentMail. More information about menu can be found on the School Meals page of the school website.

How is children's progress shared?

The school uses a programme called Tapestry to share children's learning with parents and parents are also able to contribute. 

What are the expectations for homework in Year R?

Very informal. We encourage lots of speaking and listening in the home as well as activities that help develop children's social skills such as playing games that encourage turn-taking. Daily reading is also strongly recommended. More information can be found on our Home Learning page of the school website.

Do you have after-school clubs for children in Year R?

In the Autumn Term, no - we don't usually. We would normally have an extra-curricular club for Year R children after Christmas.

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