We are a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School with 94 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.
In October, the Local Authority has information and application forms on-line 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. See link below.
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.
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.
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 names Pembridge as the ‘nearest school’ as defined by postal address (https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200144/schoolsandecuation/254/findaschool/1 or any equivalent replacement) and have a sibling in school at the time of entry.
- 3) Pupils whose home address is outside the ‘nearest school’ category as defined by postal address and who have a sibling at the school at the time of entry.
- 4) Pupils whose home address names Pembridge as the ‘nearest school’ as defined by postal address, whose family is actively involved in the worship, life and work of a Christian faith church, and who request a Church (faith) place supported by the appropriate Vicar/Rector/Minister. Faith in this context is defined as being adherent to the Christian Trinity.
- 5) Pupils whose home address names Pembridge as the ‘nearest school’ as defined by postal address.
- 6) Pupils whose home address is outside the ‘nearest school’ category as defined by postal address, and whose family is actively involved in the worship, life and work of a Christian faith Church and who request a Church (faith) place supported by the appropriate Vicar/Rector/Minister. Faith in this context is defined as being adherent to the Christian Trinity.
- 7) 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).
The Governors definition of ‘siblings’ is:
“brothers and sisters who are attending the school at the time of the applicant’s admission.”
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.
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.
Early Years Transition Support
Preparing your child to start primary school can be a daunting experience but we believe that good communication is key. 'School ready' is essentially about having strong social skills, coping emotionally being away from parents, being relatively independent in their own personal care and having a curiosity and desire to learn. Please ask in school for support and guidance.
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.
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.