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Joining our School

If you are thinking of your child joining the school, you are welcome to arrange a visit.  Please contact the school office on 01223 566879 or e-mail the office.

Joining Reception and Years One to Six

Parents wishing to apply for a place for their child in one of our Reception classes or in a class in Years One to Six, please visit the Cambridgeshire Local Authority’s School Admissions website. This includes a new school catchment search facility so that you can find out if you are living in our school catchment area.  You can also apply for a place online.

Joining Pre School

If you wish to apply for a place the Pre School that runs within our school building, please visit their website by clicking here.

Joining the School During the School Year – Reception and Years One to Six

If you wish to join the school at a time other than the start of the school year, please visit this section of the Cambridgeshire Local Authority website.

If you wish to apply for a place at our school on Religious grounds then click here to download the appropriate guidance.

 

How places are offered

For admission into Year R in each September, the LA, on behalf of the Governing Body, will offer places to 30 children. This is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for that year group. In the event that more than 30 applications are received, the oversubscription criteria will be applied to determine priority for places. Both preferences are treated equally, regardless of whether they are first or second preferences.

Over-subscription Criteria

Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted.

N.B. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.

Where applications exceed the number of places available at the school, refered to as the PAN the following criteria are applied in order.

  1. Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC)
  2. Children living1 in the catchment area with a sibling2 at the school at the time of admission;
  3. Children living in the catchment area;
  4. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
  5. Children who live in the ecclesiastical Parish of the Ascension, Cambridge (see attached map)
  6. Children of regular worshippers of a Christian church;
  7. Children of regular worshippers of other World Faiths;
  8. Children living outside the catchment area, but nearest the school according to the shortest safe walking route from their home to the school site.

Notes

  1. The home address is defined as the address of the adult with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives and which applies at the time of application. Future addresses will  be accepted only if the move is intended to take place within 6 teaching weeks of the application an upon confirmation of tenancy or exchange of contracts. For further details, please see the full definition in the LA admissions booklet for parents.
  2. A sibling is defined as another child of compulsory school age living in the same family home.

In criteria 4 and 5, priority in a tie-break will be given to children living nearest the school according to the shortest straight line distance. The distance is measured using a straight line from the centre point of the home to the centre point of the school as determined by the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG)

For Years 1 to 6, the PAN is 30. If a place becomes available it will be offered to the child at the top of the reserve list for the year group or, if no reserve list exists, the place will be offered to the first child for whom an application is received.

Reserve Lists

When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. As part of the co-ordinated scheme for primary admissions, the LA Admissions Team holds the initial reserve list on behalf of the governing body until the end of the first week of the autumn term in the initial year of intake.

When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. Parents will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available for their child, but should be aware that their child’s place on a reserve list may change if an application is subsequently received that meets a higher criterion than their own. The governing body then manages the reserve list until the end of the autumn term.

Where mid-phase applications are received, children’s details will be automatically placed on a reserve list for the year group, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. Reserve lists will be held for a period of one term following the term for which the place was refused.

Appeals

The parent of any child who is refused a place at a VA or F Primary School has a right of appeal to an independent Appeals Panel. The panel consists of three people who are independent of the school’s Governing Body and the Local Education Authority. The panel will consider the circumstances of the case put before them and the Governing Body and parents must abide by the decision it makes.

Appeals for VA or F Primary School are currently arranged by the LA Admissions Team on behalf of the Governing Body. Further information and appeal forms are available from the Admissions Team.

 Infant Class Size Review

Please note that where a child is refused a place in an infant class because of the requirement to limit class size to 30 children, parents have the right to have their decision reviewed. This process is very similar to an appeal, but the circumstances in which the panel can find in the parents favour are limited by law. For further information, please contact the school office or the LA Admissions Team.

Definitions

For the purpose of admission to the School, the Governing Body has adopted the LA’s definitions of parent, sibling and home address. Details of these can be found at the back of the LA’s admission booklet for parents.

Applications made under the religious criteria

All parents wishing to apply under the school’s religious criteria must also provide a letter from their parish priest, minister or religious leader confirming the family is known and involved in the life of the church or worshipping community. This must be returned to the School by the LA application deadline or, for mid-phase applications, at the same time as the school’s application form is submitted. This letter will define which admission group the child fits into (please see list above).