Registration & Admissions

Registration & Admissions

I am interested in your school. What do I do now?

Please call Maria-Luisa on 020 7251 2284 to arrange a visit.  To truly understand why Dallington is so different from other schools, you need to come and meet the children and staff and experience the spirit of Dallington.

Registration & Admissions

When do I need to register my child?

As soon as possible to avoid disappointment, although at least a year before their third birthday is preferable.

Registration & Admissions

What are the chances of getting a place?

If you register promptly, you will of course, increase your chances of joining our school.  We can give you more specific feedback on our lists once you have registered and when you visit, we can give you an idea of how many children are registered for a particular entry point.  Please bear in mind that family circumstances change, particularly when families register their child soon after they are born so our lists are a very moveable feast!  We know more, two terms before entry, when we send out our 'Invitation to visit' so once again, the best chance of securing a place is to register early.

Registration & Admissions

If you are oversubscribed, what number would my child be on the waiting list?

If, once places have been offered (on a first-come first-served basis),  your child is placed on our waiting list, we can then tell you their placement and an approximate date for when we may be back in contact, following the first 'round' of offers.

Registration & Admissions

Do most families live locally?

Approximately 50% do.

School roll and Group/class sizes

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in the school?

Currently 133 (as at November 2016)

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many groups are in each year?

This varies, depending on group sizes from one year to the next.  We are able to be flexible with the teachers and class sizes.  Some years have two classes and some have one.  Occasionally we have combined year groups.

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in each group?

Our average group size is 16.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Do you have Teaching Assistants?

Each year has at least one dedicated Teaching Assistant.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Why do you sometimes have combined year groups with two teachers?

Sometimes we choose to work in this way to enable some children to receive on-going support or revisit areas of learning that they have covered and to challenge the more able.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Why is there a combined group of Years 5 and 6 with two teachers?

This is always the case, as we enjoy the freedom to either separate the groups or combine them.  They are combined for project work but generally not for Maths and English as the children work at different levels of expectation.  Working within a flexible set-up gives children permission to revisit areas of learning without losing face within the group.  

School roll and Group/class sizes

What is the adult to child ratio?

1 to 7.  We currently have 20 permanent adults working with 133 children (as at November 2016).  We have a high adult to child ratio throughout the school.

Fees

Fees

Do you have a siblings’ policy?

We offer a 10% sibling discount on fees for second and subsequent children who have an elder sibling in the school.  Siblings are usually registered in plenty of time, by nature of the fact that their parents are coming into school.  

Fees

Can I pay in instalments, by direct debit?

Yes of course.

Fees

What are your bank details?

Our bank details are as follows:

Bank: Nat West
Sort Code: 60-00-01
A/C No: 95604464
A/C Name: Dallington School Limited
Iban/Swift Code: NWBKGB2L
​Iban No: GB75NWBK60000195604464

Settling in

Settling in

How will you help my child settle in to a full week?

We are aware that for some children, Dallington will be their first experience of nursery, having spent time at home with their family.  We are very supportive of children being eased into a full week and our staff will help you decide how best to settle your child into our nursery.  Some children do mornings with some afternoons, gradually building up a week of full days.  If you keep an open dialogue with your child's teacher of how he or she is getting on, this will ease the settling in period.  Please note that, financially, we only offer full-time places at Dallington.

Settling in

What can my child and I expect during their time in each year group?

At the beginning of each academic year, you will be invited to our Welcome Evening.  This is an informal talk/drinks evening held on each floor, with staggered talks to accommodate parents who have more than one child of different ages. We will introduce you to your child’s new class, speak about the year ahead and give you some ideas of how to support your child.  In addition, class teachers will send home practical information letters and timetables.

Settling in

As a Dallington parent, how can I get involved with the school?

We actively encourage parents to be involved in their child's education.  Moreover, we have a vibrant Parent/Teacher Association called Friends of Dallington, of which you are automatically a member on joining our school.  Spending time with a class, sharing your profession, your knowledge and skills with the children, can be a great way to become involved.

Playground 

Playground 

Do you have a playground?

We are keyholders to the playground on Seward Street (a 5 minute walk around the corner, off Goswell Road) where we have a kitchen and storage rooms for our sports equipment and nursery trikes and scooters.

Playground 

How often do the children go out?

Regularly, once a day to the playground.  More on a sports day or school trip day.

Curriculum & External Exams

Curriculum & External Exams

Do you follow the national curriculum?

We have to be aware of the National Curriculum, however the requirements of independent receiving schools are above those of the National Curriculum, therefore, we aim over and above this level.  We also give more time to the Arts and Sports.

Curriculum & External Exams

How do the children prepare for external exams in Years 6?

In addition to their daily classroom work, Year 5 children have a weekly session with our visiting Perceptual Therapist.  The children are given weekly practice in study skills and exam technique. 

Curriculum & External Exams

What are the chances of a child getting the secondary school place of their choice?

We have never not placed a child.

Curriculum & External Exams

Are there any extra curricular activities in which my child can be involved?

Yes! We have several after school clubs catering for different interests, the details of which are on our Clubs page.  Furthermore, individual instrument lessons are available in a wide variety of instruments from a talented and experienced group of visiting musicians.

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children do Sports?

From an early age the children are encouraged to develop their motor skills through gym, sports, dance and swimming lessons, as well as free play and a variety of constructional activities.

From Upper Nursery, all children attend weekly swimming lessons all year round, at a local swimming pool, with our own qualified instructor.

From Upper Nursery, all year groups have a weekly session with our visiting sports coach who introduces the children to tennis, cricket, football, basketball, hockey, rounders and tag rugby.  Years 5 and 6 go to a sports centre to do various activities such as badminton, Capoeira, volleyball and street-dance.  In the summer term, they go canoeing at Shadwell Basin, with a qualified instructor.

Curriculum & External Exams

My child loves to dance. What provision do you provide for this?

We recognise the importance of the Arts in our curriculum.  Weekly dance lessons start in Reception and are given by a visiting specialist who introduces the children to a variety of disciplines such as ballet, tap, modern, jazz and musical theatre.

Curriculum & External Exams

My child is musical. Is music included in the curriculum?

All groups have a weekly singing lesson with a visiting specialist and music appreciation is incorporated into movement and gym sessions. 

From Year 1, The Kodaly Method is introduced to the curriculum to give the children a foundation in rhythm and music theory.  In Year 2, the Recorder is introduced and then the Ukulele in Year 3.

The school has close links with the Barbican Centre and the LSO and we make frequent visits to their schools' concerts. 

Individual instrument lessons are available in a wide variety of instruments from a talented and experienced group of visiting musicians

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children do school plays?

Children from Year 1 onwards have a weekly drama session.  Regular performance opportunities are The Summer Extravaganza and The Carol Concert.  In addition, sometimes classes devise a piece or rehearse a play to perform to parents.

Curriculum & External Exams

Do the children learn languages?

French begins in Reception. The children in Years 3 to 6 are grouped for lessons according to ability and experience. 

Uniform

Uniform

Do the children wear a uniform?

We do not have a uniform at Dallington however the children are required to own and wear a Dallington Sports kit for Sports and Gym sessions.