Admissions frequently asked questions

We have been extremely pleased with the number of enquiries for children to start school at Avonwood in September 2020.

There have been a number of questions that parents have asked during their visits which we have answered below.

If you have any additional questions about the school please contact us on 01202 727910.

Do I live in the catchment area for Avonwood?

The September 2020 admission policy for Avonwood can be found by clicking here.

The map below shows the traditional area served by Avonwood, Avonbourne and Harewood Colleges: South of the Wessex Way and in the districts of Dean Park, Mayrick Park, Westbourne, Kings Park, Pokesdown, Southbourne and Boscombe Although as an academy we do not have a catchment area. Please refer to our admissions policy.

Is there a teaching assistant in each class?

Each class has a full time teacher and teaching assistant. We are very fortunate to be able to call on specialist teachers from the Secondary Schools to teach a number of subjects, for example French, Spanish, Dance, Art, Music and PE.

Who provides the hot meals for Avonwood?

We are extremely lucky to have all of the meals freshly prepared by Trust on-site Chef. There is always a vegetarian alternative and a dessert.

What time does school start?

The gates open for children at 8:50am and school closes at 3:15pm.

A breakfast club runs from 7:30am and costs £4.00 a session to include cereal, toast and drink. An after school club currently runs until 6.00pm every day and costs £12.00 a session to include a snack and a drink.

What are the transition arrangements?

During the summer term Mr Jackson (Headteacher) or Mrs Williams (Assistant Headteacher) will visit or call all of the Nursery Schools to discuss our new starters with their key workers. This helps the creation of the class lists.

Parents are invited to an Information evening and the children are invited to two teddy bear club sessions in July. They bring a cuddly toy to these sessions and meet with their class teacher, teaching assistant and other children in their class. They bring home with them a photo book with relevant information about starting school.