Admissions and New Starters

Lissy, Alfie and Lucia are here to show you around our school and tell you a bit more about it! You are also welcome to book a tour with our Headteacher, Mrs Lambert. Please email primary@calderlearningtrust.com or telephone (01422) 883213 and select option 4 to make an appointment.

New Starters September 2022

Hello to our prospective pupils and families for September 2022! We are delighted that you have visited our website to find our more about joining our school. The best advice we can give you for applying for your child's Reception place is to find out as much as you can about each school (and visit if you are able to) to find which one works best for your child and family. Of course we hope that we get the privilege of teaching your child and seeing them progress and grow through our school. 

For the past two Septembers our new Reception pupils have started school having been unable to experience transition days as they usually would due to COVID. However they all settled quickly into our Calder Primary family! For both years our Reception Class Teacher, Miss Moran, met the pupils and their families on Zoom and also liaised with their nursery or EYFS setting key workers to find out more about their learning journeys so far. We sent the pupils a special ebook with lots of photos and created some videos of our school to help them find out more about where everything is. Whilst parents couldn't enter our classrooms, they could bring their children into our infant outdoor area to settle them into activities with their friends before they left them for the day, which they can do all year (but by now many children are sending their parents off to work so they can get on with their games together!) Pupils had some fun tasks to do at home too including making an 'all about me' shoebox to bring in and share with their new friends. 

We hope that for our new starters in September 2022 we will be able to invite them and their families into school more to help them settle in and get to know everyone ahead of their first term. Either way, we will make sure everyone has lots of support for their transition and so makes a fantastic start to school life! You might like to visit our Christmas Fair, on Saturday 4th December 10.30-1.00 too. 

Each pupil in Reception has a buddy in Year 6 who writes to them over the holidays and sends photos and little gifts too. Our pupils look forward to the role of buddy when they get to their final year and support them at playtimes, lunchtimes, with reading and more!

 

Open Days and Visits 

For our Open Week, 15th-19th November,  we are making appointments for prospective pupils and parents/carers to visit our school and have a tour with Mrs Lambert, our Headteacher. If you're not able to make it during Open Week, or need an after school time this is no problem, please get in touch to discuss. 

We also have our prospectus here and our Youtube Channel here. Our school Twitter pages also give you a flavour of school life too and what we get up to  - @CalderPrimary  here 

Admissions

As a 4-16 through school, once pupils are admitted to The Calder Learning Trust in Reception, they automatically continue through Calder Primary and Calder High and do not need to re-apply for a secondary place unless they wish to attend a different secondary school or take the 11+. 

Our pupils use specialist facilities in Calder High including ICT suites, Technology rooms, Science rooms, Theatre, Dance Studio, Gyms, PE Fields and more. The Calder Learning Trust Head of MfL teaches Spanish from Reception to Year 6 and pupils in Key Stage 2 have additional specialist tuition in Music, Art and DT from Secondary staff. Consequently they are more familiar with the site and the staff before they move into Year 7. 

Further information regarding admission arrangements can be found on the Calderdale Council website

We welcome within-year admissions and we have vacancies in some year groups in school and a waiting list in others.

Our school uniform is available to purchase at Shaw Hardcastle in Halifax or online at https://myclothing.com/ and search for Calder Primary School.

Please see below for some more information about starting at Calder Primary School.