How to Apply
Children who have turned 3 on or before 31st August of the previous academic year can join Saplings at the start of the autumn term/throughout the year, at the beginning of the term in which their third birthday falls either for mornings or afternoons only, or for the whole day (8.30 am – 3.30pm) – subject to availability.
We prefer children to be able to dress and undress with minimum help and be able to use a knife and fork before they join. It is also a requirement that children are toilet trained unless there is a defined medical reason.
The whole School’s Admissions & Attendance Policy applies to Saplings as much as to the rest of the School.
Come and see us
All of the children who enter our Saplings are part of our School community. The Saplings staff, Head of the Junior School and Mrs Huntington extend a warm welcome to visiting parents, grandparents and friends and are happy to show you our facilities. They will be pleased to answer any questions, either about Saplings, or about the School as a whole. You can arrange a visit to the School here. A copy of the School’s prospectus is available here.
All parents, including Saplings parents, are given copies of the Parents’ Handbook.
The Park School is registered with the Department for Children Schools & Families (DCSF) as an early years provider and participate in the Government’s Nursery voucher scheme for 3 and 4 year old children.
Click here for full details about Saplings fees.
Keeping in Touch
We appreciates that sending a child to Saplings is a big step and that it is understandable that some parents may worry or feel anxious about their child’s well-being and happiness. For this reason, we invite you to spend half a day in Saplings with your child before they joins us, if you would like to. Once they have joined us, you are always welcome to visit the School at any time.
A child’s Classroom Teacher is responsible for their pastoral care and, with our small classes, will quickly get to know every individual child extremely well. The Classroom Teacher will be seen twice a day as parents/carers leave and collect children, and many worries can be speedily resolved by an informal chat. Alternatively, parents are welcome to make an appointment for a longer (or more private) conversation with him/her, or with the Head of the Junior School. Any concerns will always be treated in complete confidence.
We have a weekly newsletter for parents, which is full of news about activities and outings. A separate newsletter for Saplings parents is also sent home with the children via email every week. We also encourage children to take home their art work to be admired and displayed at home. Invitations are sent to parents for a number of events during the year, and very much hope they will attend:
- The Nativity Play
- The Carol Service
- Parent/Grandparent lunches
- Concerts and plays
- Sports Day
- An open day (1 or 2 per term)
Please view our What's On page for details of the above events.