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Reception Admissions

We would love to welcome your child into Reception to spend their primary years with us. Choosing the right school for your child is a really important decision.

Usually at this time of year, we welcome prospective families the opportunity to visit our school so you can see first-hand what we at Richard Coates Primary School can offer your child as they embark on their school learning journey. This year we need to do things differently to ensure that we keep everyone safe.

Why Choose Richard Coates Primary?

Although we are unable to offer our usually open days for you to meet the team and look around our Early Years environment we would like to give you the chance to find out all about us and what we offer.

Virtual Appointments

We are offering virtual appointments via Zoom or telephone, where you will be able to meet Mrs Brogden our Early Years Leader or Miss Anderson, our Nursery teacher.

We would also like to offer a social distanced tour of our setting at the end of the school day, to give you the opportunity to discover more about us.  

Please contact the school to request a telephone/Zoom appointment or a tour, to discuss what Richard Coates has to offer or complete the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Request an Appointment

Nursery Call Back

Find out more about us

We have provided some further information on what to expect at Richard Coates Primary in the sections below.

EYFS Introduction

Here in Early Years at Richard Coates C of E Primary School, we see all children as individuals and the learning starts from them. It starts from their experiences, the knowledge they already bring to school and their interests and we use these factors to shape the curriculum.

We seek to build strong links with the community, work in partnership with our parents and pride ourselves on developing creative critical thinkers in a highly inclusive environment. Our understanding that all children are individuals, means we aim to educate the whole child. Our curriculum is designed really carefully to ensure all children get the firm foundations they need, in knowledge and skills across all the areas of learning. We always want to make the learning irresistible and we place creativity at the core of what we do at Richard Coates, to help children develop strong learning behaviours.

We pride ourselves on creating an environment where children are inspired, curious, motivated and encourage children to have a real thirst for learning.

We understand the importance of children feeling safe, having fun with their learning and being excited. All children in Early Years at Richard Coates are given the amazing opportunity to discover, explore and learn both indoors and out and we use ‘hooks’ into learning to capture their imagination. The ethos and values your children develop in Early Years Foundation Stage, will continue as they make their journey through our school.

We have high aspirations for all our children, allowing them to be the best they can be and ‘let their light shine’.

Starting School Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering a place for your child at Richard Coates, you may have some questions that you would like answering.

We have an extensive list of common questions which you can access here

How to apply for a place in Reception

Places for children starting Reception are applied for through the local council. The portal opens on 1st November and the closing date for September 2022 admissions is 15th January 2022. 

You can find links in the table below to find some useful links on the application process by your Local Authority

Northumberland AdmissionsClick to visit site
Newcastle AdmissionsClick to visit site
Admissions Policyhttps://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:6a0f65c7-e4c2-45ad-a399-18ab4a41ae27

Admissions into Year Groups other than Reception

We have a limited number of places available across other year groups and admissions can be arranged through Northumberland School Admissions. If you are interested in a place for your child, either immediately or for the start of September 2022, please register your interest through the links above.

What Ofsted say about us…

“The Early Years curriculum ignites a natural curiosity in children.”

Ofsted 2018

“This is a very happy school. Its ethos is inclusive, it cares about all aspects of its pupils’ development and it puts its pupils and children at the centre of everything that it does.”

Ofsted 2018


Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

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This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.