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.
See the front page of the school website for dates and times of tours.
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 complete a Common Application Form through the eAdmissions system which can be accessed on the London Borough of Barnet website:
Please note that the closing date for applications is 15th January 2021. You must complete an online application or the admissions committee will not be able to consider your child for a place, even if you have completed the supplementary information form.
Governor Admission Criteria
These are the criteria, in priority order, by which Reception Class places will be allocated in September 2021, and by which casual vacancies are filled as they occur.
- 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
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Children for whom St Paul's is the nearest Church of England school.
- 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.
Supplementary Information Form Reception 2021 Places
If you complete a "Registration of Interest" form, a supplementary information form (SIF) will be sent to you in December 2020. Please note, we do not send out the SIF form until December so that the information given is up to date.
The school receives final notification of the list of applicants from the London Borough of Barnet after the closing date.
Following receipt of all appropriate paperwork, the Governor’s Admissions Committee allocate the 30 available places using the criteria listed in the admissions criteria above. 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, or late applicants will be re-considered in May. The London Borough of Barnet will notify parents in May.
Variation to the Admissions Arrangements for September 2021
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. After the first two weeks all the children will attend full time.
Parents whose children are not offered a place have a right of appeal.
Any appeal for the September Reception Class intake must be made in writing to The Clerk to The Governors, at the school address.
Summer Born Children Entering Reception Class
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 and 31 August, parents who do not wish them to start school in school year of their fifth birthday, but to be admitted in September for school year following, 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 of their child's sixth year. Parents should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full with children transferring from the standard Reception Year group. Alternatively, they may decide to apply in the normal round (no later than January) for a Reception Year place in September, but would need to provide strong supporting reasons for seeking a place outside the normal year group and apply via the protocol outlined above.
In Year Admissions
If you are applying for a school place for one of our existing year groups, current Reception Class - Year 6, then you will need to apply online through the local authority. If you are applying under criteria 2, 3 or 5, you will also need to complete a Supplementary Information Form and return it to the school office.
Please note: The Admission Committee will only consider In Year applications if a place becomes available in a particular year group.