The Royal School
Update on provisional opening of the Free School; Now confirmed as September 2016
The Royal School is currently accepting applications for Reception, Years 2,3,4 and Years 8, 9,10 and 12 for September 2015
Until September 2016, The Royal School will remain a co-educational fee-paying, independent school. There are some places available for the 2015-2016 academic year. Pupils on the school roll at the point of becoming a Free School will remain members of the school and will cease to pay fees.
in the meantime, The Royal School is working with the Department for Education (DfE) on the admissions arrangements and other practical implications of their provisional approval for The Royal to open as a Free School in September 2016. During this period, the School has been working extremely hard to make the September opening a reality and has been reviewing from a school perspective the practical implications for pupils and staff of delivering the very challenging technical, financial and legal deadlines, which the DfE are requiring the School to have in place. In working through this, the School's paramount concern has been to ensure that it is able to achieve the imminent opening whilst maintaining the excellence of the educational offer to our pupils.
Please be advised that the School will also be announcing, over the next few weeks, admission plans for September 2016 when it will be operating in pre-opening free-school phase and as a continuing independent school. For further information regarding the Free School at The Royal, please click here. For the latest update from the Headmaster, please click here.
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Announcement regarding Young Royals
The Royal School Wolverhampton would like to announce a forthcoming change to arrangements within the nursery unit which will affect our Baby Royals, and to provide a little background to this recent decision.
There is an ever - increasing national belief in the importance of early years education in giving children the best start in life, with the current government committed to extending the hours to be offered to three and four year olds, alongside continuing support for pupils’ education from two upwards. This recognition of the importance of pre-school education, together with the high esteem in which our nursery and Early Years provision is held locally, has given rise to tremendous pressure for places at the Royal School across this age range.
In acknowledgement of our own commitment to the importance of this phase, and as part of our future vision to provide an all- through education to children in Wolverhampton, we have already made more places available in Reception from 2015 onwards, with three forms of entry from this coming September, under the existing arrangements for our stand alone unit. We will continue to discuss with the DfE both admissions arrangements to reception and the role of pre-school education as the Royal School becomes a Free school in 2016.
As a consequence of the planned expansion to the final, crucial stage of the EYFS, and the overall pressure on places, we have regrettably come to a decision that we will no longer be able to continue the Baby Royals Unit, and this will be closed from September 2015.
The children currently in the unit at that time will move up through the nursery and, in relation to Reception, will be subject to the admissions procedures, as they are agreed with the DfE at that time.
The School had already put on hold any future enrolments to the Baby Royals some while back. However, it will endeavour to place all those currently on the waiting list if at all possible, prioritizing siblings in the first instance.
Please be assured that The Royal School will continue to offer the highest standard of pre-school education to all those in its care, and that your child’s education and well being remains our first priority.