Etna Road St Albans AL3 5NL

Tel: 01727 849700
School Office e:admin@aboyne.herts.sch.uk

Reception

For general enquiries regarding the Primary admissions process please contact the Hertfordshire County Council Admissions Helpdesk on 0300 123 4043

 

School Tours

Due to the current Government Guidelines we are unable to hold tours of the school. However, our Year 6 Children have made a video tour of the school for you. Please see below.

 

 

 

Please note: Aboyne Lodge School is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, a temporary school has been constructed on our playground, we are still on the same site just in a different building.

The current Reception and Nursery Classes (EYFS) are housed in the Nursery and Lodge room at the front of the school site – this building has already been refurbished and we cannot wait to get back into our main school as the finish is fantastic and has created a wonderful warm learning environment for our Early Years classes.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

 

When should we apply for Reception?

Reception applications can be made from 2nd November 2020 to 15th January 2021

 

How do I apply for Reception?

Details of how to apply online will be sent directly to those families living within Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire County Council encourage applications to be made online. If you would like a paper copy to make your application please contact HCC Customer Service Centre. (Further details can be obtained from www.hertsdirect.org)

 

When are places offered?

Chilren going into Reception will be informed on Friday 16th April 2021.

 

How many children are offered a place?

The annual admissions limit for Aboyne Lodge School is 30 children and all children start school in September.

 

How are children offered a place?

Please click on this link to see previous years allocation stats:  https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/schools-directory/school.aspx?school=Aboyne+Lodge+School&schoolcode=423

More information can be found here:

Herts Direct Admissions

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The school works within the admissions policy of Hertfordshire Education Authority. Hertfordshire’s Admission Department administers the admissions process. There are separate processes for Nursery and Reception and parents need to apply for both stages as they are not linked.

Information about the application process should be sent directly to you from Hertfordshire County Council when your child is the appropriate age. If you live in Hertfordshire you can apply online via the
Herts County Council website.
You can apply for up to four schools in order of preference. If a school receives more applications than they have places available, admission criteria are used and places are allocated to those who best meet the published admission rules.

 

Can we visit Aboyne Lodge School before we apply?

Usually we welcome many visitors into our school, we know that the best way to make a decision about us, is to come and have a look. Unforuntately this year we are unable to have visitors in school as we need to protect our school community from Covid-19. We have uploaded a video tour (Above) which we hope gives you a small sense of our school.

 

If we were offered a place at Aboyne Lodge would we meet the Reception Class team beforehand?

Yes, under normal circumstances our Reception would do a home visit and if your child currently attends a nursery, they would also visit the nursery setting and speak with your child’s key worker. They would also arrange a home visit.

 

Do all new Reception children start on the same day?

No we do a staggered start over the course of 2 weeks. We start with 5 children on the first day of term, 10 on the second etc and build it up over the first week so everyone is in on the Friday of the first week. The first week is just half days so the children can get used to their new surroundings. On the second week we introduce our lunch routine so the children stay until 1pm. (Under normal circumstances parents are invited to come to school 1 day to have lunch with their child in the school dining hall. This was not possible in September 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions). By the third week of term our aim is to have all children in school full days.

 

What will the children learn?

There are seven areas of learning in the EYFS (early Years Foundation Stage) and the children will be supported to gain confidence in all of them.

  1. Personal, social and emotional development.
  2. Communication and language
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematiccs
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive arts and design

 

How will the school help my child to be healthy?

We will encourage your child to try different pieces of fruit or vegetables each day, and will provide them with well balanced free school meals at lunchtime.

The children will be encouraged to drink water hroughout the day , and can choose milke or water at mid-morning snack time.

 

My child has a severe allergy, how do you support this?

You will need to register your child with HCL (Herts Catering Ltd) who provide us with our school dinners. Once this has been approved, HCL will provide our school cook with an individual menu for your child.

All staff have been training in administering an Epi-Pen.

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