St John’s CE (VA) J & I School

Fieldhead, Off Leymoor Road, Golcar

Huddersfield, HD7 4QQ

Telephone: 01484 644444    

Email address: office@stjohnsji.co.uk

Head Teacher: Mrs Kathryn Benford

Chair of Governors: Mrs Sylvia Hanson

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ADMISSIONS  POLICY – FOR 2021-2022

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

The Published Admission Number for the school year 2021-2022. 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                        

                              E-mail:    office@stjohnsji.co.uk

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 a Educational Health Care Plan in which St John’s CE (VA) J & I School is named on the Plan.

Making an application

Applications for admission to the school in September 2021 should be made on-line between 1 September 2020 and 15 January 2021 at www.kirklees.gov.uk/admissions.

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.
  1. 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.

"In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has 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". 

  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.

"In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has 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". 

  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)
  1. 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.

6 Waiting List

Parents who wish their child to be included on the waiting list must inform the school in writing. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the published oversubscription criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round.

In accordance with paragraph 3.27 of The Admissions Code, as soon as school places become vacant, The Governing Body must fill the vacancies from any waiting list, even if this is before admission appeals have been heard. Placing a child’s name on a waiting list does not affect a parent’s right of appeal against an unsuccessful application.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised:

 each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list

 when a child’s changed circumstances will affect their priority

 at the end of each school year, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year. It should be noted that children who are the subject of direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with an In-Year Fair Access Protocol (paragraph 3.28 of The Admissions Code), must take precedence over those on a waiting list. Where an admission authority holds a waiting list, they must make clear in their admission arrangements that these children will take precedence over any child already on that list. Legislation enables this to be done immediately without the need to apply to the Schools Adjudicator for a variation in determined admission arrangements1.

7 Appeals

Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal to:

Admission Appeal Clerk, PO Box 1694, Huddersfield HD1 9DL

(Tel: 07949 707868) Email: churchschoolappeals@gmail.com

Within twenty one days of receiving the refusal letter.

Normally appeal hearings will be held within six weeks of the closing date for receiving the notice of appeal.

If your child was refused a place in Reception or Key Stage 1 because of Government limits on Infant class sizes, the grounds on which your appeal could be successful are limited. You would have to show that the decision was one which in the circumstances no reasonable Governing Body would have made, or that your child would have been offered a place if the governors’ admissions arrangements had been properly implemented.

Please note that this right of appeal against the governors’ decision does not prevent you from making an appeal in respect of any other school.

Church of England Supplementary Information Form

Primary Guide for admissions

School Prospectus 2020

Admissions Policy for 2022-2023