FAQ

These are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Dartford Bridge Community Primary School and our Nursery.

General

Q. Where can I buy school uniform from?
A. See our uniform page for full details.

Q. What is your school uniform?
A. Please check our web site at www.dartfordbridgecps.com under the ‘About‘ menu, or click here.

Q. What time do the children need to be at school?
A. Pupils are expected to arrive by 8.45am. to start their school day at 8.55am. All pupils that arrive late, after 8.55am, must report with their parent to the school office where the reason for lateness is recorded.

Q. What years to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 refer to?
A. Key Stage 1: Years 1 and 2.  Key Stage 2: Years 3,4,5 and 6.

Q. How can I get a place for my child in any year group (Reception – Year 6) in your school?
A. Please see these links for more information: Kent County Council Primary Admission and School Admissions Criteria.

Admissions Outcome

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Reception

Q. If my child is going to start Reception Class next year, and I would like to view your school before I make my choices, how do I make an appointment?
A. Open school tours for new parents wishing to view our school before registering for September 2016 Reception places were on:

DETAILS OF OUR SCHOOL TOURS

School tours take place in October and November, please refer to our SCHOOL CALENDAR for dates.

Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. No, just come along for 9.30am on any Wednesday that suits you and report to Main Reception at the campus to sign in and a member of the school staff will show you around with other parents.

Q. Are there any other supplementary forms to fill in?
A. No.

Q. If I had a tour does that guarantee me a place or give me an advantage over someone that names your school on their form and have not visited themselves?
A. No

Nursery

Q: When should I apply for a nursery place for my child?
A: After the child’s 2nd birthday.

Q: How do I apply to your nursery?
A: You will need to come along to school the term before your child is 3 to fill in a Nursery Admission Form at main reception and bring the child’s birth certificate. We can not post forms but you can download one here.

Q: Is it better to apply as soon as I have my baby?
A: No, it does not give you any advantage.

Q: If I file my application earlier, am I guaranteed a place?
A: No. There is no difference or benefit from applying earlier. The criteria for nursery is the child’s age so if we are full in September and your child reaches 3 in October even if you have your application on file when the baby is 1 day old it will make no difference.

Q: If I get a place offered at the nursery would that guarantee a place in reception?
A: No. Nursery admission is separate from the main school and has different criteria.

Q: When will I hear from you if I have or have not got a place for my child at your nursery?
A: Applications are gathered and looked at/near a point of admission round (Sept, January and April) so you will not hear anything from us until a couple of weeks prior to those dates as your application will stay on file until your child reach/near his/her third birthday.

Q: If I have a sibling at your school does that guarantee me a place at your nursery for my child?
A: No. Admission criteria for the nursery is based on the child’s age so if we are full in September, and have no places to offer in Autumn (or other terms), even having a sibling does not guarantee a place.

Q: If my child attends your nursery would he/she automatically move on to Reception class?
A: No.  You need to apply again via Kent County Council Primary Admission.

Q: What is your admission criteria for the nursery?
A: 1: Children in Local Authority Care. 2: Current family association 3: Bridge Residents 4: Distance of the child’s home to school.

Q: Is your nursery able to take children full time (9am-4pm)?
No. Our nursery only offers 2 sessions a day AM (8.45am-11.45am) and PM (12.30pm-3.30pm), school term time only. Children are admitted to either AM or PM depending on vacancies available.

Q: Do I have to have my child at your nursery to guarantee a place at Reception?
No. As there is no link between the two phases. Reception places are offered via Kent County Council on a separate admission criteria. So if your child is settled at another nursery there is no need to rush and change nurseries.

Q: What are the points of admission throughout the year?
A: There are 3 points of admission for Nursery throughout the year (September, January and April). Children will be able to take up their Free Entitlement from the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday, if we have places.

If your child’s 3rd birthday is:
Before or on the 31st August they can start nursery on 3rd September
Between 1st September – 31st December they can start nursery on 6th January
Between 1st Jan – 14th April they can start nursery on 22nd April
Between 15th April – 31st August they can start nursery on 1st September (the following academic year)