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Admission Criteria

How to apply

 

All parents of children over three years old who contact us, are offered a tour of the school and are provided with a prospectus and registration of interest form.

 

Reception Class applications are considered in the spring before children are due to start school in September.

 

If parents decide to make a formal application for entry into Reception Class, they must also complete a Common Application Form which is obtained from, and returned to, the London Borough of Barnet. Parents are also able to make an application through the eAdmissions system which can be accessed on the London Borough of Barnet website: www.barnet.gov.uk/school-admissions.

 

The school receives final notification of the list of applicants from the London Borough of Barnet after a specified closing date. Supplementary forms for minister’s references are then sent out by the school.

 

Following receipt of all appropriate paperwork, the Governor’s Admissions Committee allocate the 30 available places using the criteria listed below. Parents are notified of the Governors’ decision by the London Borough of Barnet at the end of March/beginning of April.

 

Should any vacancies occur, previously unsuccessful applicants will be re-considered. The London Borough of Barnet will notify parents in May.

 

Reception Class Admission Arrangements

Admission to Reception is normally in September of the academic year in which a child becomes 5 years old. The older children attend mornings only for the first two weeks, the younger children attend afternoons only. From September 2012 after the first two weeks all the children will attend full time.

 

Applications other than Reception Class

Applications received for places in classes other than Reception are retained on file. If a vacancy occurs all relevant applications are considered using the Governors’ Criteria. A waiting list is kept for all classes in the school. Children’s details remain on the list unless the school is advised otherwise. In the event of a place becoming available in any year group, it will be offered in accordance with the Admissions Criteria. If a place is offered and refused, a child’s name will be removed from the waiting list.

 

Appeals

Parents whose children are not offered a place have a right of appeal. Any appeal for the September 2014 intake must be made in writing to The Clerk to The Governors, at the school address by 2nd June and the hearing will take place at a meeting on 9th July.  

 

 

Governors' Admission Criteria - September 2017

These are the criteria, in priority order, by which Reception Class places will be allocated this year, and by which casual vacancies are filled as they occur.

 1.     Children who are looked after by a Local Authority under the provision of the Children's Act of 1989. 'Looked after child' has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). A looked after child also encompasses a child who is adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been 'looked after'. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.  A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children's Act 1989. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989

2.    Children whose parent/s are committed members of and frequently worship at St Paul's Parish Church, Mill Hill. To fulfil this criterion, the parent/s must be on the Electoral Roll (unless a member of the clergy) of St. Paul's Church and have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement). . Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar (or, in the event of an interregnum, from the Churchwardens).

3.     Children whose parent/s are committed members of and regularly worship in other Anglican Churches within the Deanery of West Barnet, and for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school. To fulfil this criterion, the parent/s must be on the Electoral Roll of the Church concerned and have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement). Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar (or, in the event of an interregnum, from the Churchwardens).

4.     Children who will have siblings at the school at the time of admission. Siblings refer to all blood, half, step, adoptive and foster children who live at the same home address as the child already attending the school and will be attending the school at the time of the sibling’s attendance.

5.     Children whose parent/s are committed members of and frequently worship in Christian Churches and Chapels in St Paul's Parish, as recognised by the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, and for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school. To fulfil this criterion, parent/s must  have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement).. Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar or Minister of the Church concerned.

6.     Children for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school.

7.     Children who live in St Paul's Parish.

When deciding between applicants who ostensibly have equal entitlement under the above criteria, the Governors will have regard to the proximity of the applicant's home to the school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child's home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority's measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

Any remaining places will also be allocated according to proximity to the school as above.

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

The admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of statements by the pupil's home Local Education Authority. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Notes

The Admission Forum or the local authority may require the school to admit a child exceptionally, either outside the normal admission arrangements or in excess of the published admission limit, in order to protect the interests of vulnerable children and those with challenging behaviour.  These pupils will be shared between schools in ways that are fair, objective and transparent.

In relation to criteria 2, 3 and 5 and only for those parents who have recently moved permanently into the area, evidence will be required from their former minister of committed membership and frequent worship at their previous church to satisfy the minimum 2 years requirement. A statement on the form provided will be required from the minister of the church attended. 

In so far as these admission criteria require that applicants live in the area, this is subject to the arrangements in respect of children of UK Service Personnel (UK Armed Forces) in the School Admissions Code.

Governors' Admission Criteria - September 2016

These are the criteria, in priority order, by which Reception Class places will be allocated this year, and by which casual vacancies are filled as they occur.

 1.     Children who are looked after by a Local Authority under the provision of the Children's Act of 1989. 'Looked after child' has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents). A looked after child also encompasses a child who is adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been 'looked after'. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.  A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children's Act 1989. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989

2.    Children whose parent/s are committed members of and frequently worship at St Paul's Parish Church, Mill Hill. To fulfil this criterion, the parent/s must be on the Electoral Roll (unless a member of the clergy) of St. Paul's Church and have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement). . Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar (or, in the event of an interregnum, from the Churchwardens).

3.     Children whose parent/s are committed members of and regularly worship in other Anglican Churches within the Deanery of West Barnet, and for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school. To fulfil this criterion, the parent/s must be on the Electoral Roll of the Church concerned and have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement). Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar (or, in the event of an interregnum, from the Churchwardens).

4.     Children who will have siblings at the school at the time of admission. Siblings refer to all blood, half, step, adoptive and foster children who live at the same home address as the child already attending the school and will be attending the school at the time of the sibling’s attendance.

5.     Children whose parent/s are committed members of and frequently worship in Christian Churches and Chapels in St Paul's Parish, as recognised by the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, and for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school. To fulfil this criterion, parent/s must  have attended at least two Sunday services a month for a period of not less than two years before the date of the application for admission (subject to note 2 below as to this minimum 2 year requirement).. Evidence to verify this will be required from the Vicar or Minister of the Church concerned.

6.     Children for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school.

7.     Children who live in St Paul's Parish.

When deciding between applicants who ostensibly have equal entitlement under the above criteria, the Governors will have regard to the proximity of the applicant's home to the school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child's home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school using the Local Authority's measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

Any remaining places will also be allocated according to proximity to the school as above.

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs

The admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of statements by the pupil's home Local Education Authority. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Notes

 

1.         The Admission Forum or the local authority may require the school to admit a child exceptionally, either outside the normal admission arrangements or in excess of the published admission limit, in order to protect the interests of vulnerable children and those with challenging behaviour.  These pupils will be shared between schools in ways that are fair, objective and transparent.

 

2.         In relation to criteria 2, 3 and 5 and only for those parents who have recently moved permanently into the area, evidence will be required from their former minister of committed membership and frequent worship at their previous church to satisfy the minimum 2 years requirement. A statement on the form provided will be required from the minister of the church attended.

  

Summer Born Children entering Reception

 

The following applies to summer born children (April 1st - August 31st) admissions arrangements for the September following the child’s fourth birthday;

 

A place may be deferred until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age (the term after the fifth birthday).   For children born between 1 April and 31 August, this is beyond the final term of their potential first year at school.

 

For children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017, parents who do not wish them to start school in school year 2017/18, but to be admitted in September 2018 for school year 2018/19, should discuss this with the school at an early stage.  The details of the protocol to be used should be included.  Decisions must be made on the circumstances of each case and the best interests of the child.  Parental views, academic achievement, social and emotional development and where relevant medical views should be taken into consideration.  The views of the school’s head must also be taken into account.  The reasons for the decision must be clearly set out.

 

Parents may decide not to apply for a Reception place in the school but to apply for a Year 1 place in September 2018.  Parents should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full with children transferring from the 2017/18 Reception Year group.  Alternatively, they may decide to apply in the normal round (no later than 15 January 2017) for a Reception Year place in September 2017, but would need to provide strong supporting reasons for seeking a place outside the normal year group and apply via the protocol outlined above.