*We are a growing school - we currently have a limited number of places from Year 1 through to Year 6*
Is your child due to start school in September 2021?
Choosing the right school for your child is so important and we know it can often feel like quite an overwhelming decision to make. At Bisley we don't try and sell you the school or tell you why you should come here; we just like to show you what we can offer to see if we are the right match for you. We are very lucky to have so many wonderful schools around us in Surrey Heath and Woking.
We love meeting prospective families, explaining more about our school and answering questions; however big or small. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances we are unable to hold physical parent tours. Therefore, we have put this page together to try and give you a flavour of our school. We hope that through the videos and information shared that we will be able to answer your questions. Content will be added to this page weekly, so please do keep checking back.
If there is a question, query, worry or concern that is not answered here please email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will personally reply. We will also add your question and answer to the FAQ section to share with others.
We also have our own Facebook Page which will help give you a flavour of us as a school and a glimpse of what we get up to! @BisleyCofEPrimary
Enjoy learning a bit more about us!
Mrs McConnell, Headteacher
Videos and virtual tours/information
Click here to see what our children thought about their time in Reception at Bisley
Click here to see a video we created at the end of Summer 2020. It gives a great feel for our school and the opportunity to see the staff and pupils
Click here for a virtual tour of Bisley Base who offer wrap around care for all children from Reception to Year 6
Click here to view our 2019 Parent Survey results
Downloads for prospective parents
Helpful links to our website pages
Click here for our Bisley Basics page which gives parents, carers and pupils a quick guide to Bisley School and our procedures; including uniform and the school day.
Click here for all information relating to Covid-19
- Admissions: For questions relating to the admissions process please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Fisher email@example.com
- Additional Needs: If you think your child may require additional support (academic or medical) please contact Mrs Charman, our SENCO who will discuss your individual needs with you.
- Pastoral Support: If you feel your child may require pastoral support please feel free to contact Mrs Miles who heads up our Inclusion & Pastoral Team firstname.lastname@example.org
- Early Years Curriculum: For questions relating to the specific teaching and set up in our Reception classes please contact our Early Years lead, Mrs Pilkington email@example.com
- General Questions: Mrs McConnell, our Headteacher is always happy for prospective parents to email with questions and she will personally reply to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying for a place
How do we apply for a Reception place?
If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you will need to apply for a school place between 02 November 2020 and 15 January 2021.
Online applications are made here: www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions
To request a paper copy please phone 0300 200 1004
How do I apply for a Year 3 space?
As we currently have a few spaces in our current Year 2 we will be able to take children. You do not apply for us through the online portal as our school will not show up (as we are a primary not a Junior school). As we are a Voluntary Aided school we are able to do our own admissions and so you come directly to us Please contact Mrs Fisher email@example.com who will be more than happy to help you.
How do I apply for an year place?
As we are a growing school we have a number of places currently available in Year 1 - 6
*Please note that the current Reception n (2020-2021) is full*
As we are a Voluntary Aided C of E school we can do our own admissions for children starting in Year 1 - Year 6.
This means that you do not have to go through Surrey County Council and you can come straight to us.
My child is summer born, can they start school the following year?
Parents of summer born children often worry that their child will be 'behind' as they are the youngest in the year. This is very often not the case and we actually find that often the summer born children make the most progress.
We do keep a special eye on our summer born children and unless there is a really valid reason (please see below), my professional opinion is that, in general children are best starting school the September after their fourth birthday.
The exceptions to this would be:
a child with an EHCP (draft or final) which recommends the child staying in nursery/pre-school for an additional year
a child with significant medical needs or a developmental delay which means additional professionals are working with the family and recommend that the child should stay in nursery/pre-school for an additional year
Please note that we do not think a child with additional needs, academic or medical or an EHCP should automatically be kept a year behind. Often the very best thing is for them to be in school where we can start support to help them be successful.
The DfE have produced this document which may help to give you further advice. Guidance for parents of summer born children thinking of delaying application
Frequently asked questions
Due to Covid-19 many of our usual procedures and protocols have changed slightly. As we do not know when our current Covid Risk Assessment will be able to be changed we have included answers as pre-March 2020 and current Covid practise. As we move forward we will assess what has worked better and improved due to Covid-19 and what practise we would like to return to 'normal'.
What time do children start and finish school?
Pre March 2020: Drop off between 8.40am and 8.55am and collection at 3.05pm.
Currently: Drop off between 8.35am and 8.55am and collection between 2.40pm and 3.05pm
How many Reception classes does Bisley have?
We have two classes, Squirrels and Hedgehogs. Each Reception class has a teacher and a support member of staff. Although the children are based in one class they can move between both and they share an outside area too.
What are the school uniform requirements?
Please have a click here for the full details. We try hard to make the uniform as family friendly as possible. For example children can wear school shoes or fully black trainers, school trousers, shorts, dress or jogging bottoms. We do not require children to wear crested uniform and usually suggest that if you do want to buy the crested items you purchase one of each, especially for photo day! We do have a second hand rail and all items are £1. This is currently held by FOBS (Friends of Bisley School) off site.
How does lunchtime work?
Children can choose to bring a packed lunch from home or have a meal from our school kitchen. Currently Reception to Year 2 all receive free school meals and so we suggest that you take this option up, however the choice is yours. If your child is having a school meal you make your selection on the day. The menu is sent home and advertised on our Facebook page in advance. Pre-Covid the children had 3 choices of meals (main / vegetarian/jacket potato or pasta) however, currently we have 2 options due to less staff allowed in the kitchen. When the register is taken the children state what they would like.
The children eat in the hall altogether as a year group. Reception staff supervise them so that they have a familiar adult with them at all times. Children ask to move onto their pudding which means we can monitor how much the children are eating. If a child hasn't eaten very much or we can see a pattern forming their teacher will contact you.
Do you cater for children with allergies or dietary requirements?
On the admission form there is a space for you to indicate that your child has a particular dietary requirement. The office will then send you a more comprehensive form to fill out. Once we have your child's details a photo of your child and their specific requirements is put up in the kitchen for the kitchen staff to see. The kitchen can cater for all allergies and dietary requirements. If you have a specific concern or query surrounding this please contact Mrs Fisher at any point and she will happily talk you through the process and answer any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
My child has a medical need. Can you accommodate them?
We will ask you to fill out a medical form so that we can gain a better understanding of your child's needs. We then ensure that staff working with your child understand what your child needs. For more complex health needs we will work with you to draw up a full medical health plan. If you have a specific concern or query surrounding this please contact Miss Cook at any point and she will happily talk you through the process and answer any questions. email@example.com
Do you offer Forest School?
We are very lucky to have four members of staff who are trained to deliver Forest School. All children in Reception have the opportunity to do Forest School for one morning a week for a whole half term. You are informed the day and which half term to ensure your child has the correct clothes with them. Forest School takes place on our school site. As the children move through the school there are plenty of opportunities for the children to continue to enjoy Forest School.
Are music lessons offered?
All children take part in whole class music as part of our curriculum offer. We do have peripatetic teachers who come into school to teach during the day. Currently we have piano, guitar, drums and brass. If there is something that your child would like to learn we will endeavour to find a teacher to deliver this in school. These individual lessons are paid for by the parent directly to the music teacher.
Who is the Headteacher?
Mrs McConnell has been Headteacher of our school since September 2016. She lives in Bisley herself and you may even see her out and about at weekends! Mrs McConnell's two children also attend Bisley School and are currently in Reception and Year 3. Living and working within the same community helps Mrs McConnell to lead the school with passion and authenticity.
How many times a year would we get formal feedback regarding our child?
Pre-March 2020 our usual pattern was to have a formal parent's evening in Autumn and Spring and a written annual report in the Summer with the option to have a meeting after the report has been issued. However, this term we have held our first ever virtual Parent's Evening and in the main it was very successful. As parents are not able to meet teachers inside the school or chat on the gate we are debating offering a virtual meeting each half term.
As a school we are very open and would always encourage you to raise any concerns or queries that you may have in relation to your child ASAP. You can contact teachers via their email and request phone appointments via the office at any point in the year.
Do you have staff who can support the children with anxiety or other worries?
At Bisley we have a fantastic Pastoral Team. They support children in school but also take time to support you as a whole family. There are many ways they offer support including working with your child, offering parents advice and signposting, supporting with a food parcel, just lending a listening ear and so much more. Please visit our Support for families page to meet the team and find out how to contact them.
What wrap around care do you offer?