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We strongly believe in providing high quality education for young people in our community, whatever their age or stage. We have built up very positive relationships with primary schools; and our doors are open to children of all ages, offering opportunities for your children, to enrich their learning long before they join Lavington School. Our students love working and learning with younger children, and we welcome and value these strong partnerships.
Transition between schools can be exciting for students, but we recognise many feel nervous too. We work hard to ensure the change is smooth and students feel well supported and cared for. Every Year 6 child (and their teacher) will be visited in their primary school to ensure they are happy with arrangements before they start with us. This gives them the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have. There is a taster day in term 6, which gives the students the opportunity to explore the school and to experience lessons. Parents are also invited to visit the school for an evening to meet the tutor, pastoral leader and senior staff. On joining us, your child will be well supported by Year 7 buddies, peer mentors, friendly and approachable support staff as well as their tutor and pastoral leader. Any concerns or worries are quickly addressed and we find all students quickly settle into our community and are happy here.
Students joining us in other year groups are given a personalised induction programme and are well cared for. Help is always at hand to make sure they feel supported and secure in their transition.
Wiltshire Council is responsible for co-ordinating and administering all admissions locally. Parents are required to rank three schools in order of preference, and all applications – regardless of parental choice - are then matched to schools according to a child’s eligibility for a place, rather than by parental preference. Second or third choice applications may rank higher than first choice applications, and some first choice applications will be turned down.
It is worth noting that various factors - decisions by independent schools, appeals at other schools and people relocating to outside Wiltshire – release some places. In most years, we have been able to accommodate all first choice applicants by the time Year 7 start in September, especially since we increased our Planned Admission Number to 155.
Lavington School maintains its own waiting list once the application process has been completed. If any places become available at the school, applicants will be considered as outlined in the school’s policy.