Admissions Policy

Next Review date: June 2016

St. George’s (VC) Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled school.  The Governors, who are the admissions authority, having consulted with the LA and other admission authorities, intend to admit into the Reception year class, in September 2015 up to 30 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.

In line with legislation, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names St. George’s (VC) Church of England School in the Statement will be given a place at the school and the Published Admission Number reduced appropriately before places are allocated to other pupils.

The following framework will be used to offer places:

Children will be able to enter school on a full-time basis (phased in part-time for the first three weeks) at the beginning of the September following their fourth birthday.

The school will try to encourage a September start if possible. However, parents may wish to defer their child’s school place until the start of the term following their fifth birthday.

Therefore facilities exist to admit these children at the beginning of the spring and summer Terms.

Admissions Policy

Applications for entry to the school for Year R should be made to the Governors via the Local Authority.  In the event of there being more than 30 applications the governors will offer places using the following criteria in priority order:

(a)  Looked After Children/Children in Local Authority Care. A child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers or who is subject to a care order under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

(b) A brother or sister is attending the school when the child starts.  In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural or adopted siblings; step or foster brothers or sisters.

(c)  Other children living within the Parish of Wrotham. (Parish map available for viewing at the school).

(d)  Any other children giving priority to those living closest to the school.

The distance is measured between the child’s permanent address and the school measured in a straight line using the Ordnance Survey address point data.  Distances are measured from a central point within the child’s home to a similarly defined point within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey.  The school measurements provided by the LA and further information on how distances are calculated are available in the Admissions Booklets provided by the LA.

Entry Procedure for Reception Year

The school holds an ‘Open Morning’ in October and November for parents to view the school and meet the Headteacher.  The school’s own supplementary information form will also be available and should be returned direct to the school.  Parents are encouraged to apply online direct to the LA but if this is not possible a Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) may be obtained, completed and returned to the LA or any Kent Primary School by 15th January 2016.

The Governors’ Admissions Committee will rank all applications and return a list to the LA who will advise parents by formal offer letter in April 2016 of the availability of places and give information about the right to appeal.

Parents will have until 16th May 2016 to accept or refuse the offered place.  A letter will be sent nearer the time of entry by the Headteacher inviting the child to attend an introductory session with their new teacher and classmates during the latter part of the term preceding their entry to our school. The Head and Reception class teacher arrange a meeting with parents of new entrants each year and outline the organisation of the school. The meeting usually takes place in the summer term.

Casual admissions to Years 1, 2,3,4,5 and 6 are covered by the Kent Co-ordinated Scheme and applications should be made to the school governors via the Local Authority.

Each case will be considered using the school’s admissions criteria.  In the event of a place being refused a parent may wish to appeal to an independent appeal panel.  The appeal panel’s decision is final.

Policy agreed by Governors on 30th June 2015

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