Admissions Policy for 2020-2021

St John's Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior and Infant School, Huddersfield

The Published Admission Number for the school year 2020-2021 is 30. 

A Church of England Voluntary Aided school for boys and girls. (Age range 4 - 11)

Headteacher:   Mrs K E Benford

                         Fieldhead,

                         Off Leymoor Road

                         Golcar

                         Huddersfield

                         HD7 4QQ

Tel:                    01484 644444  

Email:               office@stjohnsji.co.uk

Chair of Governors: Mrs Sylvia Hanson

Our school is a Church Aided School - this means that the members of St. Johns Parish Church and Diocese of Wakefield have contributed financially towards the building of the school and continue to care for it, both buildings and people.

Decisions about admission to the school are made by the School's Governors NOT the Local Education Authority or the head teacher.

As the Church is closely involved with the school, we feel it is right that the Admission Policy should reflect this. Our school is also a neighbourhood school serving the ecclesiastical parish of Golcar within the Kirklees Authority and this is also reflected in the policy. 

The governors publish a brochure to help parents decide on their choice of schools and to give other important information about our school. Please read this carefully before applying for admission. You would also be very welcome to visit the school, but please arrange this with the head teacher before you come.

The brochure tells you how many children the school will admit to the reception class during this year. This number has been calculated according to the capacity of the school and has been agreed with the Local Authority (L.A.). This brochure also contains information about your rights of appeal in admission matters.

St John’s CE (VA) J & I School will admit children with Statements of Special Educational Needs in which St John’s CE (VA) J & I School is named on the Statement.

The oversubscription criteria for admissions are set out below in order of priority and are subject to notes (a), (b) and (c) immediately following the criteria.

  1. Looked after children (a child who is looked after by the local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and previously looked after children (in accordance with paragraph 1.7 of the Admissions Code). In the case of previously looked after children, admission authorities may request a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the local authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made.
  2. Children whose parents are regular* worshipping members of St John's Parish Church, Golcar.                          

       Note: *Regular worshipping member is defined as:

a)    At the heart of the church: “attending church for worship at least twice per month” and over a period        of not less than 12 months prior to the closing date for applications        

b)   Attached to the church: “attending church for worship at least once per month” and over a period of         not less than 12 months prior to the closing date for applications.

 A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to provide confirmation of Christian commitment is available from the school. The form should be signed by the vicar, rector, priest in charge etc. During an interregnum the form should be signed by a church warden.       

Parents having moved to become resident in the parish will qualify upon proof of membership being provided by the priest of that other parish.

  1. Children whose parents are regular* worshipping members of another Christian church whose home residence is within St John’s Parish, Golcar. 

       Note: *Regular worshipping member is defined as:

c)    At the heart of the church: “attending church for worship at least twice per month” and over a period        of not less than 12 months prior to the closing date for applications        

d)    Attached to the church: “attending church for worship at least once per month” and over a period of        not less than 12 months prior to the closing date for applications.

A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to provide confirmation of Christian commitment is available from the school. The form should be signed by the vicar, rector, priest in charge etc. During an interregnum the form should be signed by a church warden.        

Parents having moved to become resident in the parish will qualify upon proof of membership being provided by the priest of that other parish.

  1. Children with a brother or sister (including half, step or adoptive) attending the school at the proposed date of admission. (Please see note (a) below)
  2. Other children.

*If there are too many children within a particular criterion, the children will be allocated places according to the distance calculation which is measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the school.

(Please see notes (b) and (c) below)

Notes

(a) The term ‘sibling’ is defined as:

  • A full or half brother or sister
  • A step brother or sister
  • An adoptive brother or sister
  • The children of parents living together in the same family household.

Step-brother, step-sister, half-brother and half-sister are defined as children who belong to only one parent living in the same family household.

Twins, triplets - where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the last place the “excepted pupil” rule applies and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.

(b)  Home Address and Residing In

The home address will be the address used for correspondence related to where child benefit is paid. In cases where there is doubt of the home address or where a child lives between two homes (split families) or other relevant circumstances, proof of the home address must be provided to the school to confirm the address used on the application form. Home address will be the address that complies with the above at the closing date for applications set by the local authority.

Families who are due to move house should provide:

(i) a solicitor’s letter confirming that exchange of contracts has taken place on the purchase of a property; or

(ii) a copy of the current rental agreement, signed by both the tenants and the landlords, showing the address of the property; or

(iii) in the case of serving HM Forces personnel, an official letter confirming their date of posting from the MOD, FCO or GCHQ.

(c)  Distance calculation

Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school.  Measurements are calculated using seven-figure grid references for each address taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESSPOINT® data.  This grid reference relates to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address.  The boundary of the building structure for the address is derived from Ordnance Survey Land-Line data.  For smaller, residential properties the grid reference denotes a point near the centre of the building.  For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure.  The distance calculated is accurate to within 0.1 metres.

 

(d)  The definition of a ‘looked after child’ is a person under the age of 18 who is provided with           accommodation by a local authority, acting in its social services capacity, for a continuous period of more than 24 hours, by agreement with the parents or in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989. Previously Looked After refers to those children who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order, (under section 46 of the  Adoption and Children Act 2002), residence order (under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989), or specialist guardianship order (under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989). Children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements (respite care) are excluded.