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Admissions to our school

As a voluntary aided church school, St James Primary is its own admissions authority and we follow the DfE Admissions Code of Practice.

All Surrey schools operate the equal preference system and the administration of admissions for this school is now managed in association with the Surrey County Council Admissions and Transport Team.

Parents are invited to visit the school at our Open Morning which is usually in October or early November or on an individual basis with the Headteacher on a further three mornings in November, December and January.

Admissions to Reception year in September

Children join us at age 4 in the Reception year and stay with us until leaving for Secondary school, aged 11, at the end of Year 6.

Parents making an application for St James Primary School should complete a Surrey County Council Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to the Local Authority by their closing date.  Applications may be made online or by completing a paper Parental Preference Form for primary schools which should be requested from the Local Authority by emailing schoolbooklets@surreycc.gov.uk or telephoning 0300 200 1015.

Parents applying for sibling priority under Criteria 3 must put on the CAF the name and date of birth of any qualifying siblings, who will be on roll at the time of admission.   If this information is not submitted, applicants will be considered under lower criterion in the event of the school being oversubscribed.

Parents applying under Criteria 4, 5 or 7 must also submit the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF), so that the application can be considered correctly in the case of oversubscription.  The completed SIF must be sent directly to the school by the Local Authority’s published closing date.  If the SIF is not submitted, applicants will be considered under lower criterion in the event of the school being oversubscribed.

The Published Admission Number (PAN) for children in the Reception year is 30.

Admissions to Year 3 in September

We do admit children into Year 3 if there are available places. Whilst we cannot guarantee we will have places, we often have flexibility to admit children at the beginning of the Junior phase and parents are welcome to apply for a September start with us.

Parents must apply using our Application for Sept Admission to Year 3 form. Applications will be considered according to our published admissions criteria. Parents applying under Criteria 4, 5 or 7 must also submit the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF), so that the application can be considered correctly in the case of oversubscription.  The completed SIF must be sent directly to the school by the March deadline.  If the SIF is not correctly submitted, applicants will be considered under lower criterion.

We will make offers in line with the Surrey offer date and our acceptance date is in line with Surrey County Council.  Please note, parents are able to make an application direct to us as well as to other schools via the Surrey online system.  Parents will potentially receive two offers but may only accept one.

Admissions to other years or throughout the school year

We accept admissions into other years - children often wish to join us in Year 3 when they leave other local Infant schools - and at times other than September, when we have available spaces.

For Admissions to other years and at other times of the year, parents should complete Surrey’s In Year application form and return it to them. If wishing to be considered under criteria 4, 5, or 7 parents must also complete our Supplementary Information Form and send it direct to the school; if one is not submitted, applicants may be considered under a lower criterion.

Appeals

Appeals against an admissions decision must be made according to the Admissions Appeals Timetable. Parents who have not been allocated a place are entitled to appeal against the Governors’ decision to an Independent Appeal Panel.

Please contact the school office for details on:

info@st-james-elstead.surrey.sch.uk or telephone 01252 703248.

 

For further information, please refer to www.surreycc.gov.uk/school-admissions.

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