Hutchesons’ changed its admissions framework and entry points following the successful launch of the Pre-school in 2018. Traditionally the main entry points have been P1, P5 and S1 with a limited number of spaces occasionally available in other years.
Going forward our admissions framework and main entry points are shown below. You should be reassured that suitably small class size is very much a part of our offering right the way through from Nursery to S6.
In August 2019 we introduced a nursery class for children aged from three years-old. A key feature of our ten-year strategic plan is to offer a whole school experience and these steps have been taken to allow pupils to join Hutchesons’ in the nursery class and continue their education with us until the end of S6.
We firmly believe that a successful and rewarding secondary education is built on the foundations of a Hutchesons’ primary education where the emphasis is placed on developing excellent numeracy and literacy skills in a warm, welcoming and stimulating environment.
We are enjoying the benefits of this small, teacher-led facility. Both Nursery and Pre-School years will have only one class each, although they will enjoy spending a lot of shared time together. We have local authority partnership funding in place for 1140 hrs.
There are two classes in each year from P1-3. Our main entry point is P1 and because many of our Pre-School pupils continue with us into P1 there are normally between 20 and 25 places available to new pupils joining in P1.
If you are unable to join us in P1 then we would strongly recommend entry by P4. We believe P4 is a very good time to join for both social and educational reasons. It allows your child to settle into their new learning environment and develop their own interests and friendship groups before embarking on some key emotional and cognitive developments in upper primary. Our year group increases from two to three classes in P4 with each having a mix of existing and new pupils.
In recent years P7 has become an increasingly popular entry point for pupils joining Hutchesons’ and there are many benefits of entering at this stage. It allows our teachers to address any gaps in their learning, identified during their entrance assessment, so they are fully prepared for the transition into the senior school. Our year group increases from three to four classes in P7 with each class having a mix of existing and new pupils.
Pupils from our Primary School are joined by a similar number of children from a wide range of other schools. There is the opportunity for children to join us in years other than the main entry points which are at Pre-School, P4, P7 or S1.
Please note that waiting lists may need to be in operation for entry into these other years. Precedence will be given to those already on our waiting lists at the main entry points.