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Admissions

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Attending Loders Primary Academy

We welcome prospective parents to come and have a look around our school and meet up with the Head of School and the staff. Appointments can be easily arranged by calling the School Office on 01308 423418 or emailing lodersoffice@acornacademy.org  The school has an Open Day once a year – usually in October – when we welcome all visitors to see our school in action, meet the staff, governors, members of our PTFA and enjoy a cuppa.

You can view our Admissions policy on this website or contact Dorset Local Authority for more information about the admissions process.

Starting School for the First Time

We take pupils from the age of 2 at Little Acorns which means that the transition to formal schooling is seamless. Children come to our Foundation Stage Unit from a variety of settings and prior to their admission our Early Years staff will visit local pre-school groups to introduce themselves. We welcome application for Reception from all settings or none and parents or carers will need to complete their application for a place here, regardless of pupils already attending Little Acorns:

Click here for the Dorset admissions website

We have a programme of induction for pupils new to our Reception class in the summer term before they start school. Children are welcomed for a series of taster sessions, enabling them to familiarise themselves with the classroom and the school, meet their teacher and the teaching assistant and have a chance to play with their new classmates.

Click to download our Early Years brochure

Transferring to Secondary School

Most of our children transfer to The Sir John Colfox School, but some choose to transfer to Beaminster School, Woodroffe School and Colyton Grammar School. We have close links with The Sir John Colfox School and a full transition programme exists to enable children to make the move with ease and confidence. Parents will need to complete their secondary school application here: Dorset transferring to secondary school or call the admissions team at Dorset County Council on 01305.

In-Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Dorset LA’s admission scheme. Further information and application forms are available from Local Authority admissions team on 01305 or on their website:

Click Here To View Dorset in-year applications

The admission limit for each year group is 12. Where the number of applicants exceeds places available, the allocation of those places is made according to the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy.

Useful Links

Dorset School’s Admission Appeals Timetable

Local Authority to publish appeals: 28 February

  1. For a parent to submit an Appeal:At least 20 school days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a place at a school.
  2. Notice of the Appeal Hearing: At least 10 school days before the hearing
  3. Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence
  4. Admission Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the Appeal hearing.
  5. The Clerk (the person organising the appeal) sends Appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school.
  6. 5 school days before the Appeal – additional evidence from the Appellants. (Sometimes the Appellants wish to provide additional information after seeing all the papers)
  7. Decision letters sent to the Appellants. Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible) (The letter that informs the Appellant if their Appeal has been Upheld or refused)
  8. For applications made in the normal way. Admissions Round Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (see a. above)
  9. For In Year and Late Applications – Within 30 school days of the Appeal (those that came in after the deadline being lodge and have not been decided by the offer date) Appeals must be heard.

Admission Appeals:

Must always be heard by a properly trained, competent, experienced and knowledgeable, independent panel
Have an independent Clerk to the Appeal Panel present, who has a clear understanding and knowledge of the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code and can offer Guidance to the panel.

Admissions Policy 2018-19.pdf

Admission Policy 2019-20.pdf

Announcement

Come and see us on Tuesday 16th October 9.15-11.15am for our open morning.

Bug Hotel

12 Oct 2018

The children from this week's biodiversity club did an excellent job refurbishing our bug hotel. Hopefully we will see the hotel thriving with all sorts of wild visitors soon!

Play Leaders

11 Oct 2018

Mrs McGrath has worked with some new play leaders this week to relaunch our playground buddies scheme. We've provided new bibs and caps to make them more visible to the other children and they're acti...

River Asker project

04 Oct 2018

Cogden thoroughly enjoyed their river-themed day today with river expert Ian and master storyteller Martin. Ian has been working with villagers over the past few months to monitor some of the local ri...

Mountains in Monmouth

04 Oct 2018

Monmouth Class tried some experiments this afternoon to find out how different types of mountains are formed. From fold mountains to volcanoes, plateau mountains to dome mountains... ask someone in Ye...

Eype busy baking

03 Oct 2018

The school was filled with the delicious smell of baking today as Eype class got busy with some baking.

BSO Live Stream

23 May 2018

All of Key Stage 2 enjoyed a wonderful concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra today via a live stream weblink.  After some initial technical issues, everything ran smoothly and everybody was t...

Memories of the war

17 May 2018

Monmouth class were able to find out what it was like to grow up in World War 2 today when Mrs Higgins (Mrs Malyon's mum) visited the class. She shared lots of interesting stories and was accompanied...

Soup, glorious soup!

16 May 2018

Eype class chopped up some carrots, potatoes and squash today to make thir own soup. It was so tasty that some children even came back for a second bowl! Take a look and see what you think... {! gall...

The work of an architect

11 May 2018

Chesil class visited local bridges as part of their topic investigating architecture. Inspired by their vsisit from Seb's dad who is an architect and has designed bridges around the world, Chesil clas...

Springtime lamb

10 May 2018

Eype class enjoyed meeting a lamb brought in by Joseph's mum. At just five weeks old, this lamb is orphaned and has had to be bottle-fed which the children were happy to assist with.  

Entering Narnia

01 May 2018

Monmouth class have been entering Narnia through the wardrobe to enjoy their new class book 'the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. The children have enjoyed sitting on the snow to listen as the excit...

A trip to the woods

20 Mar 2018

In search of inspiration for a writing task, Chesil class visited the woods in Loders on Tuesday. In her recount Evelyn wrote: On the way there we saw the pigs, then we crossed the slippery brid...

Loders in the snow!

02 Mar 2018

Thankfullly this doesn't happen too often but when it does, it makes a lovely picture. Here is a photo of the school taken on Friday 2nd March when we were closed. 

Welly Walk to Wellplot

27 Feb 2018

On Tuesday, Ms Morgan and Miss Hill braved the cold to take Eype class for a welly walk to Wellplot. It was the first time out and about for 3 of our newer Nursery children. Here are some photos of th...

Bridport's war on plastic begins here

20 Feb 2018

Children from Loders Primary School work with local sculptor Peter Margerum to make art with a message: "Save our seas from plastic pollution" The one-day session, paid for jointly by the school and...

Tractor Visit

02 Feb 2018

As part of their topic ‘On the Farm’, Eype class were delighted when one of the parents drove into the school playground in the biggest tractor most of us had ever seen!  With its back wheels taller t...

The Big Write 2018

29 Jan 2018

Literary talent was on show again last week when the whole school took part in this term’s Big Write. This time pupils were asked to write on the subject of the mysterious well and tunnel that has bee...

Welcome Back and a Happy 2018

02 Jan 2018

School will reopen again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at the usual time.  May all the staff at Loders Primary take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year.

The Christmas Play

15 Dec 2017

By Tristan, Monmouth Class On the 13th of December we performed a Christmas play in Loders church. I was in it and I was a shepherd in the play. My mum and dad saw me on stage. We performed it twice...

The Christmas Dinner

15 Dec 2017

By Haze, Monmouth Class On Wednesday the 13th of December 2017 we all went to the Christmas dinner, which was amazing! I liked all of it but my favourite bit was pulling the Christmas crackers. We al...

The Annual Panto Trip

15 Dec 2017

by Lexi, Monmouth Class On Tuesday 12th of December we went to watch the pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Weymouth. We went on a coach to get there. When we got there, we put our bags on the floor and...

Water, Wells and What’s This?

13 Dec 2017

We recently rediscovered the well in the playground. Built sometime in the 19th century, we assume, the well existed before the school was built in the late 1860s, on the site of a farm and farm build...

Washingpool Farm – 20th June 2017

18 Jul 2017

The Seals had lovely a day out on Tuesday 20th to Washingpool Farm. Here’s 6 year old Evelyn’s account of the day: “On Tuesday we all went to Washingpool Farm. When the coach was arriving I was reall...

Year 6 Leavers Event at Salisbury Cathedral

18 Jul 2017

On Tuesday 20th June our year six children travelled with Burton Bradstock Primary School and Thorners Primary School to Salisbury Cathedral for a diocese year six leavers service. In the morning the...

May Fair – Saturday 13th May 2017

18 Jul 2017

The weather was fantastic for the annual May Fair this year. As usual, the children impressed the large audience with their Maypole dancing, and May Queen, Lucy R and May King, Owen S both gave brilli...