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Applications for reception are invited for September 2021 from families whose child attains 4 years of age between 01/09/2020 and 31/08/2021.

You can apply for a reception place online:

https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/

 

In line with the admissions code Governors review the criteria to ensure we are compliant with the regulations. Our admissions criteria’s are listed at the bottom of the page. For parents applying for reception in 2020 -2021 please read the criteria below.

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA 2020-2021 IN ORDER OF PRIORITY

St Paul’s CE Primary School is a one-form entry school with 30 places for each academic year group. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places the governors will use the listed criteria. 

For entry to St Paul’s CE Primary School, 50% of available places will be allocated under Foundation (Church) Criteria and 50% under Open Criteria (based on proximity to school).

If places are allocated for children with Statements of Educational Need and/or EHC plans, these will be deducted from the total number of available places (i.e.30).  The remaining places will be allocated 50:50 as above.  If the number of remaining places is uneven ( i.e. 29 places),  the 30th place will be allocated according to Foundation Criteria.

Applications should be made 

either 

for a Foundation Place 

or 

for an Open Place .


Candidates unsuccessful in their application for a Foundation Place will automatically be considered for an Open Place. 

In any criterion, where there are more applications than places, the governors will admit children living closest to the school first. Distances will be measured from the front door of the child’s home address to the main entrance of the school using the Camden Local Authority computerised measuring system. Parents may appeal against an unsuccessful application for a place if they believe that the admission criteria has not been applied correctly.

Foundation Places
All parents applying on our Foundation Criteria must complete our Supplementary Information Form in addition to the Camden form. Forms should be collected from the school office or downloaded from the school website and returned directly to the school by the 31st January.

These will be allocated according to the following criteria, listed in order of priority:

1. Looked After Children (i.e., children in the care of the Local Authority) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

2. Children who will have a sibling at the school at the time of entry and whose parent(s) are, and have been, regular and committed worshippers in St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill for not less than four years before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest to this effect, is required.

3. Children whose parent(s) (ii) are, and have been, regular and committed worshippers (iii) in St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill for not less than four years before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest to this effect, is required.

4. Children who will have a sibling (i) at the school at the time of entry and whose parent(s) (ii) are, and have been, regular and committed worshippers (iii) in St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill, St Mark’s Regents Park, St Peter’s Belsize Park, St Saviour’s Eton Road, or St John’s Wood Church for not less than two years before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest to this effect, is required.

5. Children whose parent(s) (ii) are, and have been, regular and committed worshippers (iii) in St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill, St Mark’s Regents Park, St Peter’s Belsize Park, St Saviour’s Eton Road, or St John’s Wood Church for not less than two years before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest (iv) to this effect, is required.

In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under the Foundation Place Criteria, the Governing Body will give priority to those children living in nearest proximity to the school. 

Please note:  "In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and have not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship". 


Open Places
These will be allocated according to the following criteria, listed in order of priority.

1. Looked After Children (i.e., children in the care of the Local Authority) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

2. Children who will have a sibling (i) at the school at the time of entry.

3. Children living in nearest proximity to the school. (v)

In cases where multiple siblings tie for the last available place, then all will be offered a place, even if this exceeds the planned admission number.

Deferred Entry

All children will be admitted in September. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents can request that their child takes up the place part time until the child reaches compulsory school age. A child reaches compulsory school age the term after their fifth birthday but not beyond the academic year applied for.

Admission out of normal Year Group

In the case of children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020, parents wishing to postpone admission from September 2020 to September 2021 should discuss this with the school at an early stage.   Decisions will be made on an individual basis and in the best interests of the child. Parental views, academic achievement, social and emotional development and, where relevant, medical opinion will be considered alongside the views of the Headteacher.

Late Applications

Late applications will be considered after all other applications.

Application Forms

All applications should be submitted to Camden Local Authority using their common application form. If you live in another borough and are applying to Camden schools you should complete your own local authority form and return it to them direct.

If you are applying for a Foundation (church) place you should complete a Local Authority Common Application Form naming the school and complete a Supplementary Form so that governors may consider your application fully.  The Supplementary Form should be returned to the school by the 15th January. We shall treat all data on this form as confidential and it will be processed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  You will be informed if we receive a request for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be given an opportunity to comment before any decision about disclosure under that Act is made.

Applications for an Open place do not need to complete the Supplementary Form but must complete the Local Authority Common Application Form naming the school.


In-Year Admissions

After Looked After Children, siblingsi will have priority for In-Year Admissions. Applications for In-Year admissions are made direct to the school by completing the Camden Application and returning the form to St Paul’s CE Primary School.

 If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will communicate the governors’ offer of a place to the family. If more applications are received than there are places available, then applications will be ranked by the Governing Body in accordance with the over subscription criteria. 

If a place cannot be offered at this time, parents may request the reason and will be informed of their right of appeal. A waiting list will be maintained by the Governing Body in the order of the oversubscription criteria (vi) and not in the order in which the applications are received.
                           

i By ‘sibling’ we mean all blood, half, step, adoptive and foster children who live at the same address as the child already attending the school.

iiBy ‘parent(s)’, we mean the primary care giver, with whom the child lives.

iii By ‘regular and committed’ worshippers, we mean parents who attend church services at least twice a month.

ivIf a family has recently moved and worshipped regularly, right up until their departure, at another Anglican parish, the application must be countersigned by their previous Parish Priest. In the case of a vacancy, or where there is no priest in the parish, the application must be countersigned by a Church Warden.

v Distances will be measured from the child’s home address to the main entrance of the school using the Camden Local Authority computerised measuring system and proof of address, e.g. Child Benefit/Council Tax/Electoral Roll documentation will be required both at the time of application and at the time of entry. In the case of two distances being the same, random allocation will be used.

vi Children without an offer of a school place are given priority immediately after ‘looked after’ children.

Starting school in Camden - admission guide for parents

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