Parents wishing their children to attend the St Peter’s CE Primary School should apply to the Local Authority (LA), who will send relevant details to the school. The school will require a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), in order to gain additional information to enable the Governors fully to apply the admission criteria. The SIF will not give any details of the ranked order of parental preferences. If a SIF has not been returned by the closing date, the Governors will base their decision on the information that is available.
In considering applications for admission the Governors will have regard to the following criteria in order of priority:
1. Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined on page 12 of the Primary Education in Essex 2014/2015 booklet).
2. Up to ten places will awarded to children whose parents are regularly* involved in the work and worship of St Peter’s Church, South Weald. In the event of over-subscription, places will be prioritised on the depth of the parents’ involvement in the work and worship of the church. (A reference will be required from the Vicar of St Peter’s Church.)
3. Meets the criteria for 2 but is not in the first ten places and has a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
4. The child has a sibling attending the School at the time of admission.
5. Meets the criteria for 2 but is not in the first ten places and the family lives within the Ecclesiastical Parish of South Weald plus the following additions: the eastern side of Honeypot Lane and Kavanaghs Road together with Weald Close, Ashford Avenue and Kavanaghs Terrace.
6. The family lives within the Ecclesiastical Parish of South Weald plus the following additions: the eastern side of Honeypot Lane and Kavanaghs Road together with Weald Close, Ashford Avenue and Kavanaghs Terrace.
7. The parents are regularly involved in the work and worship of another Christian church which subscribes to the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity (a reference will be sought from the Priest/Minister). Also considered under this category will be any children not awarded places due to over-subscription under Criterion 2 who have not met the requirements of Criterion 3, 4, 5 or 6. In the event of over-subscription, places will be prioritised on the basis of the parents’ involvement in the work and worship of the church.
8. The parents, although practising another faith, wish their child to attend a Christian school because of its specific religious ethos. The parents are regulary involved in the work and worship. In the event of over-subscription, places will be prioritised on the basis of the parents’ involvement in the work and worship.
9. All remaining applicants.
In the event of a tie for a place, it will be awarded to the child living the shortest distance from the school. Between children living within the area defined in Criterion 6, this will be the shortest walking distance, using public paths, of the child’s home from the school. The distance will be taken from the front door of the place of residence to the pedestrian entrance to the school.Between the children living outside the area defined in Criterion 6, this will be the straight-line distance from the child’s home to the school. These have been measured using a large-scale Ordnance Survey map (which is available for inspection upon request).
Between the children living outside the area defined in Criterion 4, this will be the straight-line distance from the child’s home to the school. Straight line distances are calculated by the Local Authority, as described on page 11 of the Primary Education in Essex 2014/2015 booklet.
*Church references (both from St Peter’s and from other churches): The Governors have accepted that “regularly”, in the context of worship, should indicate Sunday attendance at least fortnightly for at least eighteen months prior to the application. The parents’ involvement in the work and worship of the church is judged by reference to the following factors: the length of their attendance; the frequency of attendance over that period; their participation in church activities other than attending worship.
A parent is a person who has a responsibility for the child (within the meaning of the Children Act 1989) or is otherwise legally liable to maintain him/her.
LA sibling definition applies.
In the event of oversubsription, the LA will hold a waiting list until the end of the first week of the autumn term and continue to allocate places from the waiting list if spaces become available. After that date the school will hold a waiting list until the end of the autumn term for all unsuccessful applicants and longer by request. The above criteria will apply if a place becomes available; priority will not be given on the date that the application was added to the list.
Applications received outside the normal admission round must be made directly to the child’s home LA in accordance with their published co-ordinated in-year admissions scheme. Applications will be subject to the above admissions criteria.
If it is learnt that a school place has been secured through the provision of false information, then the place, in consultation with the Local Authority, will be withdrawn, even should the child have already started to attend the school.
The published admission number is 45
PATTERN OF INTAKE
The Governors’ Admissions Committee will admit pupils to the school in one staggered intake.
Pupils with their fifth birthday between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2014 will start school in the first week in September. They will attend only the morning sessions for the first two weeks of September. They will start full days during the third week in September.
Pupils with their fifth birthday between 1st January 2015 and 31st August 2015 will start school in the third week in September. They will attend only the morning sessions during the third and fourth week in September. They will start full days during the final week in September.
Parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age may defer their child’s entry until later in the school year. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and the place will not be offered to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Where parents choose to defer entry, the child will start at the beginning of a new school term/half term. Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Fore parents opting to take up a part-time place this would be mornings only.
Parents will appreciate that if a school is oversubscribed it will not always be possible for their child to be offered a place in their first choice of school. The School Standards and Framework Act (1998) states that parents who are refused a place have the statutory right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.