We are a four form entry school which means we can welcome up to 120 children into Reception every September.
In September 2021, we will be making a change to our current Year 2 cohort. When this year group start Year 3 in September, they will be organised into three classes instead of four. This is due to fewer children being in this cohort, making it possible to organise them into three classes of 30 children. We expect this change to be in place for the rest of their time at Air Balloon.
All other year groups will continue to be organised into four classes. This change, in September, has been agreed by governors and the Local Authority and will not affect the quality of education the children in this cohort receive. If you have any questions about this change in September, please feel free to write to Mr Browse and the governors.
New parents are most welcome to visit the school. Please phone the school office to arrange an appointment. You will be shown round the school, see children in their classrooms, the outside learning environment and have the admission process explained to you.
To apply for a Reception place at Air Balloon, please visit the Bristol City Council School Admissions website: Click to Visit Bristol School Admissions Website
The Reception classes will be arranged as much as possible into four groups that are equal in terms of spread of ages, and distribution of boys and girls.
Each teacher will differentiate the work, that is, they will aim the work to the ability of the individual children in their classes, so that each child is working at a level they are capable of, and all have the opportunity of reaching their maximum potential.
For Reception children the initial entry to school is staggered over the first week of term. In the first week nine children will start on the first morning and afternoon, starting with the oldest. They will be added to throughout the week so that all children are attending by Friday. They will continue to attend either mornings or afternoons for the second week and then the third week they will all attend in the mornings and then stay for lunch. This is done so that the children are eased into school in smaller groups, and it is very important time for them to get to know their teacher and Early Years Practitioner, as well as to mix in a smaller group of children.
These part-time weeks give the teachers and Early Years Practitioners a better chance to undertake an entry assessment which we consider to be very important. If parents wish to continue part-time education for a longer period, we are happy to arrange this with you.
These arrangements are purely for the benefit of the children and have proved extremely beneficial in past years.
If you are thinking of transferring your child to Air Balloon from another school, we are happy to arrange for you to visit the school for a tour and to explain the transfer arrangements with you. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment. To apply for an in-year transfer, please visit the School Admissions page on the Bristol City Council website: Click here to visit the Bristol In-year admissions website