To those who are not aware of the Accelerated Reader programme which runs here in Ballywalter PS here’s a brief outline:
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The pupils’ reading age and ability are assessed by the the internet-based software which also provides their teacher with an insight. The pupil can choose from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in the AR scheme, once finished reading they access computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Each pupil is set an individual word count target and once achieved they can choose from the “Rewards” cabinet in school.
This has proved extremely worthwhile and teachers have seen a marked improvement in Literacy skills and a real passion for reading blossoming in our school. Have a look below at some of our Remarkable Readers!
|Ballywalter Primary School
Controlled Primary School
12 Stump Road, Ballywalter BT22 2NT
|Enrolment No. 199
Admissions No. 28
|Telephone: 028 4275 8486
Fax: 028 4275 7218
|Principal: Mrs C Craig B.Ed (Hons) PQH (NI)
Chair of Board of Governors: Mr J Rogers
Respective Functions of the Board of Governors
The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee, which includes the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria.
During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered. The application procedure opens on 7 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 29 January 2021 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application. An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 29 January 2021 will be treated as a late application.
1. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that any information that is relevant to the criteria for admission to this school is included with the Application Form or provided to the first preference school.
2. All applications should be accompanied by a birth certificate in order to verify the age of the child.
3. The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on the application form eg proof of address.
4. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place.
Year 1 Intake
E M Y K T S L Mac Z Q O G N A Mc I H F V P R W D B C U J X
This order was determined by random selection.
Duty to Verify
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application.
If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place. Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Waiting List Policy
This Policy is available from the school.
Y1 admissions – after the beginning of the school year.
Criteria as above.
Admission to be within the Department of Education guidelines on permitted class sizes.
Criteria for admission, as for Y1.
APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS TO PRIMARY 1
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This week we are taking part in the national anti-bullying week programme. Children wore odd socks today to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate individuality. Pupils will also be taking part in lessons and activities over the coming days to celebrate anti-bullying week in a fun and informative way.
At Ballywalter Primary we always encourage our children to consider the needs of others and we love to take part in fundraising for various charities. For this year’s Children In Need appeal children and staff were invited to dress in something spotty for the day. Together with the Pre-School we raised a fantastic £321.00
The Accelerated Reader programme which runs from P4 – P7 encourages children to read for pleasure. A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books are available in a variety of reading levels. As the children read and complete quizzes on each book they are awarded a word score which goes toward the individual target set by the teacher.
It’s a really enjoyable way for the children to expand their reading and the rewards certainly are an added bonus!