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Most children join St James Primary in Reception Class when they are 4 or 5 years old.  However, others join us part-way through their primary education for a variety of reasons.  Whenever your child joins our school, we are committed to making it an easy and enjoyable experience for them.  

The documents immediately below are generic for all admissions to St James Primary.  You will find additional forms specific to that type of admission within each drop-down section. The information under each section will guide you through the process. Where procedures or dates vary from the Admission Policy, details are also shown in these sections. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Please pay particular note to the requirements in the Admissions Policy if you are applying under exceptional circumstances, sibling priority or faith criteria.  

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Admissions to Reception year in September 2021

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 wishing to make an application for their child to join St James Primary School in September 2021 should read the 2021-22 Admissions Policy and make an application to Surrey County Council by the closing date of 15 January 2021.  Applications are made on the Surrey County Council website.

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. 

Parents will be advised of the outcome on the evening of 16th April 2021.

Please see the Waverley School Booklet below for detailed information regarding all the local schools.  

Admissions to Year 3 in September 2021

We 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 2021 start with us.

As we do not have an official Year 3 intake (PAN), you are not able to apply for a Year 3 place at St James Primary using the usual Surrey admissions system.  However, this is advantageous to you, as you can make two applications if you wish; one direct to us and another for a standard Year 3 application through Surrey County Council. 

Parents must apply using the School managed application for Year 3 admission in September 2021 (SMA3) form below by the closing date of 1st March 2021. Applications will be considered according to our published admissions criteria in our Admissions Policy.

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. 

We will contact you ahead of the primary offer day on 16th April 2021 to advise whether or not we are able to offer you a place. At this point you could potentially have two offers, one from us and another via Surrey County Council. If we offer you a place, we require you to respond in writing to us to accept or decline the offer by our acceptance deadline, 30th April 2021, (which is in line with the Surrey County Council date).

Admissions to other years or throughout the school year

We accept admissions into other years and at times other than September, when we have available spaces.

We operate a waiting pool for each year group which we review and rank if a place becomes available. For such admissions or to join the waiting pool, parents should complete the School managed application form for in-year admissions (SMA - currently being updated) and return it directly to the school.  

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.  


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