Northgate Primary School is in the process of expanding to become a three form entry school with 90 pupils per year. An extensive building project to enlarge the school by creating 7 new classrooms is planned to begin during the summer 2017.
The original school buildings opened in 1953 as Northgate First and Middle Schools and, to passers-by, they still look very much as they did then, but inside there have been many changes. As well as 18 classrooms and many group rooms, we have a fully equipped computer suite, cookery room, two libraries, two halls and extensive outside areas.
The school has a fully equipped Nursery Class and a Special Support Centre for children with hearing impairment. For September 2017 there will be three classes each in the Reception year, Years 1, 2 and 3.
The outside environment is split into three hard play areas; one for the children in Nursery and Reception classes, one infant playground for pupils aged 5 to 7 years and one junior playground for 7 to 11 year olds. The school field is extensive with many trees, pergolas, an adventure play area, stage, traversing wall, ponds, allotments and a wildlife and environmental area.
Parents and carers who wish their children to attend Northgate Primary School Nursery Class must register their child with the school office as soon as possible after their second birthday. In the summer term before they are due to start, places are allocated to children wanting a nursery place according to the criteria in the County Admissions Policy.
The admissions policy of the school is common to all Local Authority Schools in West Sussex. The policy is outlined in the booklet “Information for Parents” which is published by the Education Authority. If you have not received a copy you may obtain one by contacting the Area Education Office, Admissions Team.
Children are admitted to school full-time in the September of the academic year in which they are five. Children who have birthdays between 1st January and 31st August may attend part-time if, after discussion with school, it is deemed to be more appropriate.
Parents and carers seeking a place for a child between the ages of five and eleven should contact the Head Teacher and the Admissions Team, Chart Way, County Hall North, Horsham RH12 1XA. Tel: 0854 075 1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the summer term before starting school in the September, children and parents are invited to make preliminary visits to the school. During the visits, the children will be able to meet their teacher and take part in general activities. Parents have the opportunity to meet with the Head Teacher and obtain general information about the school.
At eleven, most pupils transfer to Hazelwick Secondary School. In the term prior to their transfer, the children are offered opportunities to spend at least a day at Hazelwick and there is extensive liaison between the two schools throughout the academic year.