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The Local Education Authority continue to advise against schools holding parent visits and tours at this time.
STATEMENT FROM THE LA ON HOLDING EVENTS IN SCHOOL OR RUNNING TOURS
Educational settings continue to work hard to keep their students, staff and wider schools communities safe. We thank educational settings for putting into place measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to everyone for following the restrictions.
The risk of infection continues to be high as we enter the winter months. Until 2 December Brighton and Hove remains in the national restrictions and from the 3 December it will be in Tier 2 (High Alert). We want to emphasise that we strongly recommend that schools do not hold prospective parent events in person on the schools premises but instead offer on-line and virtual events. Whilst schools can continue to operate in a COVID-Secure manner, the Council strongly discourages non-essential visitors.
Tier 2 guidance states that, aside from some exemptions, “you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place”.
Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus even if they do not have any symptoms, through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing.
We therefore also strongly recommend that schools do not host Christmas and other seasonal events/performances to visitors including parents/carers.
We realise that this may be disappointing for some parents but our priority is to keep our children, families and communities safe.
A COMMENT ABOUT OUR AMAZING FILM
It is always very tricky to capture a Primary School or any organisation on a film. This is our efforts to ty and capture what we are about at Fairlight.
It was filmed prior to the Covid Pandemic and not really meant as an advertising or sales tool. It was made to celebrate what we do and share this within our own community.
The content of the film- what the children talk about and what was filmed- was chosen by the School Council members who both appear in the film as well as the many others who did not want to appear on screen.
As you can see from the film the children are very articulate about the school and what takes place during the day both in the classroom as well as in other areas such as the playground.
Mr Jordan talks about various aspects of the school that you can both see and fills the gaps in what the children didn't talk about or share. The original film was over an hour so has been massively cut to make this short clip.
It shows the amazing building and fantastic play space.
A "traditional" Inner City School as Mr Jordan describes it. Three sided with playground in the middle.
As you can see the children and Mr Jordan celebrate the amazing learning, fabulous play and inclusive approach to education.
NEW PARENT VISITS
Unfortunately, with the new guidance around Lockdown we will have to put all new parent visits to the school on hold.
For all associated with the school we are disappointed about this as we know how popular the tours have been already this year and in previous years. We also have an amazing school to show off and it is shame you cannot see it in person also.
I know this is not ideal however as I am sure parents will understand the safety and well-being of the children, staff and families at the school and potential future families is of upmost importance to us.
I know a few other local schools may be continuing to offer tours however, we value the safety of all members of our community above promoting the school at this time. I hope you understand this position and share our disappointment that some Headteachers have placed pupil numbers and school budgets above the safety and well-being of their community.
We do hope that we might be able to start tours and visits again in the future, if government guidance around Covid safety measures and the situation improves locally and nationally.
A year or so ago we made a short film about the school. Having viewed it again recently in light of the difficulties in hosting visits, we feel it is still a good representation of the school as it is children sharing their views of the school. In addition, a slightly younger, less bearded and definitely less grey haired Headteacher.
Take a look to see the school and what the children say.
A huge thank you to parents Tom and Melanie Hickmore at Nice Media for making this film https://www.nicemedia.co.uk/
If after watching this film and viewing information on our website you have any questions please email these to the Headteacher, marked NEW PARENT CONTACT and Mr. Jordan will endeavour to reply with answers or point you towards the relevant information.
CHOOSING A SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD
In the first instance when deciding on which school to send your child I would direct parents to the School Website and to particularly the Reception pages where we have information, photos and even videos to show you the amazing learning that is happening at Fairlight. This should give you a flavour of the school. You may want to visit other parts of the website also to see what we do at Fairlight.
Of course how far you live from the school and the number of people applying to the school with either a closer postcode or higher criteria for attending the school will ultimately decide if you can send your child to the school it is good to have a look and good to have options.
Under normal circumstances you would visit the school however at this time this is not possible as I am sure you understand.
Joining Fairlight Primary & nursery School
(UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES)
New Children Joining us in Reception
Choosing a school for your child is a big decision and one that we would love to support and be part of. It is always advisable to come and have a look at the school as you know your child best and you can discuss their individual needs or requirements. It is also good to see it first hand for yourself and not base your decision on what you have heard or what you might have read but most importantly on what you see and feel and know about your child.
If you are looking to send your child to Fairlight to join Reception in September 2020, please contact the school office on 01273 601270 to book to look around the school on one of our very popular Headteacher tours.
The whole family is welcome to come and see the school on a normal hard working and learning day.
Deadlines for Applications for Reception is Tuesday 15th January 2020.
Moving to Fairlight Primary & Nursery School
Children move schools, circumstances change. As a school we work hard to support children and families through this process and have lots of experience in this area.
Admission enquiries are welcome for children aged 5 -11yrs for our main school and to arrange a visit to the school. Please contact the School Office for details of when you can visit the school as well as if places available for this current year. You will also need to contact Brighton and Hove Admissions https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/school-admissions/school-admissions.
Transfers within a school year may take several weeks to arrange and places are normally allocated for the next available half term. If you are moving house and the house move does not tie in with this timescale you will be able to start school in the middle of the term if a place is available.
For any children moving school we will need to discuss with parents and also the previous school how to make this experience as positive as possible.
We have 14 classes, 2 in each year group from YR1-YR6.
Foundation Stage - Reception - 60 children
KS1 (Year 1 & Year 2) - 120 children
KS2 (Year 3 - Year 6) - 240 children
Total Admission Limit - 420 children
You are welcome to look around our school at any time. If you would like to make an appointment to visit the school, please contact us on 01273 601270.
Throughout the Autumn term, we arrange group visits for parents of prospective Reception parents, during the day. Please contact the office to book a place on one of our group visits.
Arrangements for the admission of children to this school at age 4+ are made by Brighton and Hove City Council. A detailed description of the arrangements is contained in the guidance 'Infant, Junior & Primary School Admissions in Brighton & Hove 2015/2016 which can be found at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions. A hard copy can be obtained from the School Admissions Section, Children & Young People's Trust, PO BOX 2503, King's House, Grand Avenue, HOVE BN3 2SU (Tel: 01273 293653).
Parents and carers may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, places will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:
- Children who are currently or were previously in the care of the local authority.
- Children with compelling medical or other exceptional reasons for attending the school.
- Children who in September 2019 will have a sibling at the school or at a linked junior school.
- Children transferring between a linked infant and junior school.
If it should be necessary to decide between children within any of these priority groups, this will be done by giving the places to those children who live closest to the school.