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Registration & Admissions

Registration & Admissions

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

Currently, we are offering a Personal Meeting via Zoom to each family who is interested in our school.  Please complete our form via the Admissions tab on this site to arrange your meeting.

Registration & Admissions

During School Closure/Lockdown, how can I learn more about Dallington?

We have a 360° Virtual Tour on our website so you can see our school.  Furthermore, please complete our Personal Meeting form via the Admissions tab on this site to arrange a 'virtual tour' with a member of our staff.

We realise this could never replace seeing our school in person and experiencing the unique atmosphere, however we will share all the content you would normally hear during our tour. 

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.

Registration & Admissions

Can my child attend your nursery part-time?

Currently we only offer full time places in our nursery however, some families choose to ease their child into a full week when they first join Lower Nursery.  The fees remain the same.

School roll and Group/class sizes

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in the school?

Currently 103 (as at 2021)

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.  Mostly there is one group per year, but on occasion, some years have two classes.  Occasionally we have combined year groups and sometimes year groups work together.

School roll and Group/class sizes

How many children are in each group?

As at January 2021, classes have between 8 and 19 children.  Our mean average group size is 13. 

Please be aware that the class sizes you see when you take a tour may well differ from the class sizes we have when you join.

School roll and Group/class sizes

Do you have Teaching Assistants?

Each year has a 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.  Furthermore, sometimes this enables a teacher to share their specialism with other year groups and for children to collaborate with children of different ages.

School roll and Group/class sizes

What is the adult to child ratio?

As at 2021, we have 16 adults working with 103 children .  We always have a relatively high adult to child ratio throughout the school.

School roll and Group/class sizes

What is the ratio of adult to child, in your nursery?

Each adult has a maximum of 8 children in their 'key group' - those children on whom they focus and record their progress.

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.

Lunchtime & the Playground 

Lunchtime & the Playground 

Do you provide lunch?

We provide a healthy snack and drink for morning and afternoon breaks.  For lunch, children either bring in a packed lunch or parents can sign up for Sunny Lunches - hot, healthy meals delivered to school by our local cafe.

Lunchtime & the 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.

Lunchtime & the Playground 

How often do the children go out?

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

Lunchtime & the Playground 

Where do the children do Sports?

At the Seward Street playground, at King Square and Years 5 & 6 do Kayaking at Shadwell Basin during the summer term.

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 in study skills and exam technique. 

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 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 sports coach who introduces the children to tennis, cricket, football, basketball, hockey, rounders and tag rugby.  In the summer term, Years 5 & 6 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 our Performing Arts teacher.

Curriculum & External Exams

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

All groups have  weekly singing with our Performing Arts teacher 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.  The Recorder and Ukulele are introduced later.

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 performance and The Carol Concert.  In addition, sometimes classes devise a piece or rehearse a play to perform to parents.  Talented musicians also have the opportunity to perform at recitals held throughout the year.

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 and sessions last between 30 minutes and an 45 minutes depending on the age group. 

Curriculum & External Exams

How do you monitor progress in the nursery?

Our experienced practitioners are working with, observing and recording the progress of the children all the time through a mixture of adult-led and child-initiated activities.  We use a software platform called Early Essence onto which we save photographic evidence and comments written by your child's key worker and attributed to the Early Learning Goals as laid out in the EYFS Curriculum.  Parents are given a login to this portal and are encouraged to not only follow their child's progress but to also contribute to this digital scrapbook, by adding photos and events from home life.

Curriculum & External Exams

What specialist teachers do you have?

In addition to the specialisms that each of our Class Teachers have, we also have a Performing Arts Teacher, A French Teacher and Instrument Teachers offering individual instrument lessons.

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.

Extended Provision

Extended Provision

Are the after school clubs part of the extended provision?

We offer a Breakfast Club & After School Club each day of the week, morning and afternoon and during part of the holidays to ALL children. 

Enrichment Clubs are offered in a variety of activities to different year groups.  These sessions finish at 5pm at which point children can join After School Club, should parents wish.  Details: https://www.dallingtonschool.co.uk/extended-provision

Other

Other

How does the open plan work with classes sharing a space?

In Transition and Middle School our year groups share an open-plan space.  This is one of the elements of our founding ethos.  From an early age, our children learn to work cooperatively and to share their classroom, respecting each other's space and need for a peaceful and productive learning environment.  Our timetable supports this approach, synchronising where possible break times, focused sessions and noisier activities. 

Working in this way, children across year groups are able to model behaviour, share ideas, make friends and collaborate in whole floor activities.  Likewise, teaching staff are able to model best practice, support each other, share ideas, collaborate.  Everyone knows everyone.  It works on many levels.