Admission Arrangements

We are a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School with 80 children currently on roll.  At present, our planned admission limit for each year group is 15.  As a Voluntary Aided school the Governors can, in very exceptional circumstances, choose to admit more than the planned admission limit to enable a balanced mix of children through the school.

Timetable

The Local Authority sends out information and application forms in October for the children starting school the following September.  Application forms should be returned to the LA by the deadline indicated – usually during the second week in January.

 The school is notified by the LA of applications after the deadline.  If the number of applications exceeds the number of places a committee of the governing body will meet to apply the over subscription criteria. 

Parents will be informed whether their child has secured a place for the following academic year by the LA.

Date of application

In line with DFE guidelines, priority must not be given to parents based on the date order in which applications were received before the deadline.

Over-subscription Criteria

If there are too many applications for places, the Governors will decide which children would be offered places at Pembridge CE Primary School according to the following admissions criteria, taken in order.

1)         Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

2)         Pupils whose home address is within the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA and who have a sibling in school at the time of entry.

3)         Pupils whose home address is within the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA and who request a Church (faith) place supported by the appropriate Vicar / Rector / Minister. Faith in this context is defined as being an adherent to the Christian Trinity.

4)         Pupils whose home address is within the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA and who have the ‘shortest available walking route to school’.

5)         Pupils whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA and who have a sibling at the school.

6)         Pupils whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA, but who are living within the parish boundaries of Churches within that catchment area, and whose family is actively involved in the worship, life and work of a Christian faith Church. This application must be supported by the appropriate Vicar / Rector / Minister.

7)         Pupils whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA and whose family is actively involved in the worship, life and work of a Christian faith Church. This application must be supported by the appropriate Vicar / Rector / Minister. When necessary the ‘shortest available walking route’ as defined by the LA will be taken into account.

8)         Pupils for whom the school’s admissions body has been made aware of additional factors which are deemed significant enough to prioritise (a letter from a doctor or social worker would be examples of supporting evidence).

9)         Pupils whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school as defined by the LA but who live nearest by the ‘shortest available walking route’ as defined by the LA.

Siblings

The Governors definition of ‘siblings’ is:

“brothers and sisters who are attending the school at the time of the applicant’s admission.

Church Places

When applying for a church place, the family will need to be reasonably regular and long standing church members, and the application will need to be supported by a letter from the local vicar/minister.  Additional criteria for church places, as recommended by the Hereford Diocesan Board of Education, and taken from the National Society’s admissions advice are available from the school office.

Medical reasons

Parents, who wish their children to be admitted on medical grounds, will be required to produce a medical certificate, or other appropriate information, preferably from an independent source.  The Governors acknowledge that occasionally there may be a very compelling medical/social reason for admission, and after consultation with the appropriate authorities (doctors, social worker etc.) such a need may be given a higher priority.

Your application, on either religious or medical grounds, will not be considered unless this supporting evidence is attached with your application form.

Transfers from Other Schools

If parents wish to transfer their child to Pembridge from another school, into any other year group apart from Reception, the matter will need to be discussed with the Head Teacher of the pupil's present school in the first instance.  If it is then decided to make a formal request for transfer, this should be then be made in writing using the standard form available from the school.

Arrangements to Visit the School

Parents who wish their child/children to attend our school are strongly encouraged to come and visit the school before making a decision. Appointments to view the school can be made through the school secretary and the Headteacher will be delighted to show you and your child around. We are also happy for your child to come for a ‘taster’ day should this be helpful for you.