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FAQs

Admissions

What is the school's Published Admissions Number?
The published admission number is 24. In September 2013, when the school opened 24 children were admitted into Reception, 24 into Year 1 and 24 into Year 2. In September of each subsequent year there will be an intake of 24 Reception children.

What are your oversubscription criteria?
Our oversubscription criteria and admission arrangements are set out in our Admissions Policy.

How many places will be taken by children of Founders?
In the September 2013, 2 Founders' children were admitted into Reception. There will be 4 more Founders' children taking up a place at the school over the next five years.

Buildings and facilities

What are the catering arrangements?
Our school has been designed with a full catering kitchen and we provide a range of quality hot meals. Edwards and Ward cook all meals on site using only fresh ingredients providing fresh, nutritious and healthy lunches to the pupils at school. From September 2014 the Government started funding ‘Free School Lunches ‘ for every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. For further information please contact the school office on office@thewellsfreeschool.co.uk.

How about outdoor space? Will competitive sports be available to the children?
There is sufficient space at the site to provide children with an outstanding education, both inside and outside the classroom. The staff make the most of the space on site and find creative ways to learn outside the classroom. There are also many opportunities for the children to explore and learn in the local environment as part of our bespoke curriculum. 

The children will be offered a wide range of competitive sports, and we are working closely with other schools and clubs to share facilities.

Staffing

Are teachers at The Wells Free School fully qualified?
Yes, The Wells Free School recruit fully qualified teachers.

School organisation and after school clubs

How will the school terms differ from local authority schools?
We have carefully designed our school year to ensure that our terms and holidays are of as even length as possible – either of six or seven weeks followed by a two week break (four to five weeks in the Summer). We hope this stability will help to boost the children’s momentum throughout the year and work to counter the attainment dip after the traditional long Summer break.

What are the timings of the school day?
After consulting with parents and the community, we have decided our school day will run earlier than other schools, starting at 8.00 a.m. and ending at 2.30 p.m. This is for a number of reasons, including easing traffic congestion, and helping parents who need to get to work early, or have multiple drop-offs.

Is there an extended school day?
Yes, we will endeavour to offer a diverse range of clubs on a daily basis to allow children to explore their interests and to discover new skills and pursuits. The provision and timing of these clubs will depend on the level of demand and the facilities. There are also a number of clubs run by external agencies to boost the provision.

Free School policy

What is a Free School?
Free Schools are all-ability, state-funded schools set up in response to what local people say they want and need, in order to improve education for children in their community. The Free Schools programme allows voluntary groups of teachers, charities, parents and education experts to open schools to address real demand within an area.

What does 'free' mean, and is the school accountable and to whom?
A Free School has certain freedoms in terms of school organisation, timetabling, staffing and curriculum. However, we will have regular Ofsted inspections to hold us to account and we are judged against the same criteria as Local Authority schools. The children will sit KS 1 and KS 2 SATs at the end of Year 2 and Year 6, and we are subject to similar financial and data regulations. Ultimately the Free School is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through our Department of Education Funding Agreement.