Our admissions process is straightforward. As a non-selective school, places are offered at a first come basis. We recommend early registration to avoid disappointment.
Prospective parents and students are warmly invited to pop in and visit the school at any time subject to prior arrangement with the school office. We will endeavour to give you as much time as possible to tour the school, meet our Head, and ask any questions you may have about the education and life of the school.
For a place in our Nursery we recommend that you register your child by the age of 2 – please see the Nursery registration page for the enrollment process for children under 5.
REGISTRATION MAIN SCHOOL OR HOME SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
If, following your visit(s) you feel that The Vine Christian School is the right school for your child, the next stage in the admissions process is to complete and return our Registration Form found in the school’s admission pack. For a place in Reception we recommend that you register your child by the age of 4.
Upon receipt of which, the parent/carer and child will be invited to attend an interview with the Head and members of the governing body. Following a successful interview, the child will be registered, and a deposit of £450 becomes payable. This deposit is returned to the parents when the child leaves the school having first been set against any unpaid fees, fees of a term’s notice, and any charges. If your child has moved up from preschool into Reception, then the deposit is payable after the term your child turns 5.
Entrance is not based on IQ, achievement, or ability, however once a student has been registered, we will carry out a set of assessments to enable us to start them off at the exact stage of learning appropriate to their needs.
We have two main entry points into the School:
1. The Vine Christian Nursery (3 years) and
2. ABC’s (Reception – rising 5 years)
…but students are welcome to join at any point provided there is space in the appropriate class. We do currently have a few places available in most year groups so do please contact us if you would like to visit the school.
Children join The Vine Christian Nursery once they have reached their third birthday and remain in Nursery until the year in which they turn 5, when they join the ABC (Reception) class.
There are three intakes into school – in September, January and April.
We aim to make the school as accessible as possible to all students, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment or background.
Please do bear in mind that if you plan to enrol your child who has previously been in state education, then they will find the transition to our ACE curriculum easiest the sooner they move over.
PARENT ORIENTATION EVENINGS
As a school we hold parent orientation evenings. Parents/Carers are required, as part of their contract with the school, to attend a parent orientation evening, typically spread over two consecutive evenings, every two years, to cover a wide range of updates. These evenings are in addition to the usual parent/staff meetings to review students’ progress.