Welcome to Alderman Pounder Infant & Nursery School
We are delighted to be able to share with you our vision and values to help you get a true flavour of our school. We are confident that you will find us a welcoming school – one where your child will flourish and realise their potential, whatever that potential might be. We value getting to know all our children. This means we have a better idea of what motivates them and what success should look like for them.
We are committed to providing our children with the very best opportunities and experiences, and we are proud of the relationships that we have with our children, parents and the community. In partnership, we want to provide an outstanding education for the children at Alderman Pounder, to ensure they are well equipped to be confident individuals, lifelong learners and good citizens.
At Alderman Pounder we believe that all children have the ability to achieve wonderful things. Our aim is to ensure that our children are happy and enjoy their time at school. This is achieved by providing an environment where children feel safe to explore the new challenges and learning opportunities they encounter.
All our staff are passionate about making children happy, developing their confidence and inspiring them to be successful. This passion ensures that Alderman Pounder is a vibrant and creative place to be. We aim to help develop creative children who are inspired learners, are considerate citizens, are independent thinkers, have curious and enquiring minds and are caring friends.
We care about every child in our school. Through our strong commitment to pastoral care we strive to ensure that we provide outstanding support for all of our pupils and families. Alderman Pounder prides itself on supporting all children, regardless of their background or additional circumstances. We believe that a child’s potential should not be limited or pre-determined.
Our school also offers:
- Breakfast and after school club - We have fantastic wraparound care to support those families requiring before and/or after school provision. To find out more, click here.
- Holiday club - We are open 50 weeks of the year, allowing families to book their child into childcare provision during school holidays.
Flying High Partnership
The Flying High Trust is a partnership of schools across Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire. Schools work together to ensure we are relentless in ensuring our children receive the best possible opportunities and experiences. This is achieved through a true collaboration where all decisions centre on children and schools are empowered to adopt best practice, adapt it within the context of each school and fly!
What it means to be part of Flying High Trust – a message from our CEO
We aim for our schools to be the best in the universe!
By the end of their primary education we aim for all of our children to be ready for secondary school and be inspired to be the best they can be through our seven values. The values are fundamental to everything the Trust represents; they run through all elements of school improvement and are understood and owned by all members of the school community. Schools with their own clear USP (unique selling point) linked to their values blend together the Trust values with those held so dear within each individual school.
As a Trust Partnership our expectation is that all schools:
- Demonstrate a restlessness to continually improve, to never stand still, with the ultimate aim of providing the best opportunities and experiences for our children
- Strive to ensure every child fulfils their potential regardless of potential barriers to learning
- Commit to become an outstanding, self-improving school and to support the profession
- Development of all schools within the partnership
- Commit to a school-led system
- Commit to the values, principles, policies and procedures of the Trust
- To ultimately strive to be the best school in the Universe
In our schools you will see we work together to:
- Ensure schools feel connected to the Trust whilst maintaining their unique qualities, character and relationship with their community
- Ensure high quality teaching and learning
- Engage with our families and wider communities to raise aspiration for all
- Develop the whole child and create inquisitive learners
- Enable all children to be confident, building on strengths and improving in areas of need
- Enable children to understand the part they play in the world in the future - as a positive citizen and a driver of business and enterprise
- Support the development of all staff to be the best they can be and to realise their career potential
What you need to know when applying for a place
Before you apply for your child’s school place at Alderman Pounder for September 2022, please make sure that your child is the right age – meaning they were born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 inclusive.
If you apply online or using a paper form, you will be asked to pick four schools in order of preference.
One of these schools should be your catchment school, although it does not have to be your top choice.
The closing date for primary school applications in England is 15th January 2022.
You will then find out whether your child has a place with us on 16th April 2022.
You can find out more and apply online here…..
The school’s catchment area is south of Eskdale Drive, Beeston, and can be viewed here. We are proud of our tradition of warmly welcoming pupils from outside this area. All children are part of our family once they walk through our gates for the first time. If you live outside Beeston and have any questions at all about how applying for a place with us might work, then do get in touch with the office.
Primary School Admissions Timetable for entry into 2021 - 2022
Applications open for applications for places at our school on Monday 8 November 2021.
National closing date for first admissions: 15 January each year (admissions received after this date will be considered late, but will still be considered).
National offer date for all Infant, Junior and Primary Schools: 16 April each year.
Applications for places at our school are managed by Nottinghamshire County Council; the school does not deal with places directly. The school converted to an academy on 1st September 2018, joining The Flying High Trust Partnership, and will therefore be responsible for processing admission appeals only using the FHP Admission Appeals Form.
Please visit Nottinghamshire County Council website to review the process on how to apply for a school place, including confirmation of the school catchment area, important key dates and the Admissions Policy. Paper copies of application forms can be obtained by telephoning the Admissions Department on 0300 500 8080 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infant class size appeals
Infant classes must not contain more than 30 pupils with a single school teacher. When an infant class has already reached the legal limit of 30, appeal panels can only offer a place in very limited circumstances.
Following a brief induction meeting for parents towards the end of June, we provide an induction programme in the summer term for our new Foundation Stage children and their parents. Induction packs provide information about what happens in school and includes a number of forms for parents to complete and sign. New children start school full time after the summer holidays. If you think your child may take a while to settle, then a part time timetable can be discussed with a view to building to full time very quickly.
New children settle very quickly at our school; we encourage independence from the start but are also mindful that some need a little more time to get used to routines.
Those children, who join us part way through the year may start school on an agreed date which is negotiated with the school.
We have an admission limit of 70 children per year group, with 3 year groups, giving a maximum number on roll of 210 children. This does not include the Seedlings Nursery.
Please contact the school office on 0115 9252928 for further information.
Appeals procedures for admissions to 2021-2022
How do I make an appeal?
If you wish to appeal against an admission decision and appeal for a place at a community, voluntary aided, trust or foundation school or academy please complete the appeal form (see above - Admission Arrangements) for the school and return it to the address stated on the appeal form.
Appeals relating to late applications (reception)
If your application was made after 15th January 2021 (closing date for receipt of applications for primary school place) appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
How much notice of the appeal hearing date will I have?
Letters notifying parents of appeal dates and times are sent out in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this). If you lodge appeals for more than one school, you will get a separate date for each appeal, which could be some weeks apart.
If you wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to us 10 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable this additional information to be included in the final pack of papers for your hearing, giving the Panel and the authority the opportunity to consider the information in advance of the hearing. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline we may have to adjourn your hearing to a later date.
Decision letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.