Highbury Infant School and Nursery

Tel: 01462 630500

E-mail: admin@highbury.herts.sch.uk

Information

 

Highbury Infant School and Nursery is a community school within the North quadrant of Hertfordshire County Council Education Authority. It occupies an attractive, open, grassed site in a quiet location close to and overlooking the town centre.

Highbury is a single-storey traditionally designed building. It was built in three phases between 1960 and 1967 and has six separate classrooms, a large hall, separate dining hall, computer  suite & library.

The nursery has its own entrance and secure outside play area. It is furnished and equipped to provide a rich learning environment for pre-school children.

Admission Arrangements

The school is able to accommodate 180 infant aged children (60 per year group) and two groups of up to 26 nursery children attending part-time, either a morning or afternoon session. The nursery is an integral part of the school. The school admits children in accordance with the Local Authority’s admission policy, admitting all Reception children in September. In recent years, the school has been oversubscribed. More details about school admissions are available on www.hertsdirect.org
 
Most children join the reception class from the school nursery class and move onto Whitehill Junior School in the September after their seventh birthday. A separate school application is needed from Nursery to main school, but children in main school are guaranteed a place at Whitehill, our link Junior school, as long as you opt for this in Year 2.

We hold an information meeting for parents the term before the children start. Children and Parents are invited to Story Club sessions beforehand and there is then a staggered part-time start for the children during the first week of the term they begin.

Class teachers are responsible for teaching all areas of the curriculum. 

All classes are of mixed ability and children may work either in mixed ability groups or in differentiated groups. There are several approaches to work in the classroom.  This may be a whole class teaching situation, group situations or on an individual basis. All classes are furnished and equipped to provide a rich learning environment with audio visual aids, computers, musical instruments, and science, technology and art materials. 
 
Nursery Admissions

Hitchin Partnership Admission Information for Local Authority Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19

The nursery admission process is changing from September 2017 for admissions for 2018 onwards. In place of a centrally controlled system which has previously been run by the local authority, nursery settings will now be operating their own admission process.

Local authority nursery schools and classes within Hitchin form part of the Hitchin Partnership. In order to provide consistency and simplify the process for parents, the partnership has agreed a timeline for admissions and a set of over subscription criteria.

Hitchin Partnership Timeline for Maintained Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19

By end of September 2017- Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes to make nursery admission information available on their websites

October/November 2017- HCC comms campaign to parents confirming new way of applying for a nursery school/class place, including social media

Monday 5th February 2018- Applications open via school’s websites for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes (online applications preferred)

Friday 16th March 2018- Applications close for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes

Friday 27th April 2018- Offers made to parents (via the same method as application was made)

Friday 4th May 2018- Deadline for parents to accept/reject places

Wednesday 8th May 2018- Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes meet to look at continued interest places

Children will be offered a nursery place to start in the autumn term of the academic year they turn 4 (falling between 1st September to 31st August). At Highbury we have 52 nursery places. These are split into two groups of up to 26 nursery children attending either five morning or afternoon sessions, providing 15 hours of free nursery education. Whilst we try to take into account your session preference, acceptance of a nursery place indicates that you are willing to accept a morning or afternoon place.

We hold an information meeting for parents in the summer term. Children are invited to visit and to attend a couple of story club sessions before they start.

• The morning nursery session is from 9.00-12.00 (including half an hour nursery lunch club).
• The afternoon nursery session is from 12.10-3.10pm (including half an hour nursery lunch club).

The nursery is an integral part of the school. A separate application is needed from Nursery to main school.

Should there be more applications than places, an agreed over subscription criteria will be followed. Please see below for the oversubscription criteria. If an application is unsuccessful, you may request to go onto the nursery’s continuing interest list and as a space arises, the criteria will be applied again.

Hitchin Partnership Over Subscription Criteria for Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes for the School Year 2018/19

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools will also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.

Parents may state their preference as to which nursery class, school or centre they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fourth birthday. However, if there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

a) Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).

b) A child ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan.

c) Other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities:

1) Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.

2) Children who have a sibling at the school (including, if an infant school, a sibling at the link junior school) at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age range of the school. Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides.

3) Any other children.

Proof of documentation to support any of the criteria above will be required.

If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured using Google maps straight line distance to the school. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.

Reception Admissions 2018/19

All Reception children are allocated a full-time place from the beginning of the academic year (September). An information meeting for parents is held the term before the children start. There is an opportunity to attend a couple of storyclub sessions in the summer term. Children attend mornings only for the first few days to help them settle in.
 
Parent Communication

The school operates a system called SchoolComs, which enables letters to be sent home electronically. Please ensure that the office has your current email address.

School Closure

Should there ever be the need to close the school in an emergency or due to severe weather, you will be notified by;

 

  • Email and mobile text (if you have an email address, but have not yet let us know, please give your details to the office)
  • There is a new schools closure notification system which Hertfordshire is now using. You are invited to sign up to receive messages by SMS and email. This is in case the school ever needs to close in an emergency, including severe weather. To sign up, you need to go onto the following link; member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725489

     

    This link will direct you to the “Sign Up” page where you should click “Sign Up” button located at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and follow the instructions from there. It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email.

     

    Each contact within the system can have 2 devices added for each communication type if they wish to, so in addition to adding your own mobile number and email address, you can include the mobile and email address of a partner or a grandparent. They would then receive messages in relation to the school’s closure. Alternatively, they could register themselves. If you have a child at more than one school, you can register for those schools too in a single registration process by selecting schools you have children at.

     

    Once you have signed up, you will receive messages relating to the status of the schools you have indicated.

There are occasions when the volume of schools closed, slows down the notification systems. Please let us know when there is a change to any of your contact details.

Story Club


Story club runs during the end of the Summer term. Please contact the school for the dates. All pre-school children are welcome to attend with their parent/carer. It is not necessary to have a link with the school, but it does provide a good opportunity for children starting in our Nursery or Reception classes to visit us before they begin.

Contact us

Address:
Highbury Infant School and Nursery
Standhill Road,
Hitchin,
Herts.
SG4 9AG
Tel:
01462 630500
Fax: 01462 630502

Email: admin@highbury.herts.sch.uk

Any queries from parents or members of the public should be directed firstly to Mrs A Flavin in the school office.

How to find us

Please note that if you are using a SATNAV, you must enter both the road and postcode (Standhill Road SG4 9AG), as the postcode alone will send you up a deadend.

You can use the interactive map shown below to see where we are located. (Click and drag)

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