We welcome and encourage applications to join our school, from any children in our surrounding area. You need not live in Northill, if you wish your child to attend our school. Full details of how the applications are prioritised, are given in the information below.
Once registered with the school, children may start in the September following their 4th birthday. Registered children who have turned 4 by 31st May will be invited to attend part time (mornings) for the second half of the summer term. Summer-born children can be offered introductory sessions in liaison with their parents.
The Local Authority operates a timetabled co-ordinated admissions procedure in line with government legislation. The Local Authority manages the process on behalf of the school, according to the scheme published each year. The Governing Body, as the Admission Authority, allocates the available places in line with this policy. A child can be registered at any age up to the age of 9+ years. A request may be made to see a birth certificate or passport as confirmation of date of birth.
Information on completing the application online, and notification of dates of admission decisions are published in the Local Authority Admissions Booklet. The admission number for each year is 15. In the event of there being more applicants than places available, the places are allocated with the following priority:
- To ‘looked after’ children.
- To children living in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Northill, including Ickwell, Thorncote Green, Hatch and Budna with siblings at the school. (Refer to www.achurchnearyou.com which tells you which parish you are in when you enter a postcode) and see definition of 'sibling'.
- To other children living in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Northill (defined in 2 above).
- On very exceptional medical grounds.
- To other siblings.
- To children living outside the area defined in category 2 above, one or more of whose parents/guardians have, at the time of application, and for a period of six months previously, attended Christian public worship at least once in each calendar month. Written evidence of attendance from the parish priest, minister or other suitable person should be provided, by completing the relevant section on the application form. Christian worship means at a church which is a member or is eligible on the application form. Christian worship means at a church which is a member or is eligible for membership at Churches Together in England or the Evangelical Alliance.
- To any other children.
There may be exceptional occasions when the Local Authority requests the Governors, supported by medical services of the Health Authority, for a place for a particular child. In such cases the child will be afforded exceptional priority.
- If applying these criteria results in there being more children with an equal right to admission to the school than the number of available places, the tie break will be the distance the pupil lives from the school, measured in a straight line, using the Education Authority’s computerised mapping system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The distance will be measured from the address point of the pupil’s home to the main entrance of the school. Priority will not be given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria.
- Pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the school which it names on the statement, even if the school is full. Pupils identified for admission through the Fair Access Protocol will also be admitted even if the school is full.
- Parents applying for a place at the catchment area school during the normal admissions round will normally be offered a place. However, a place at the catchment area school cannot be guaranteed. If a pupil moves into the catchment area outside the normal admissions round (or after the allocation process) it may be more difficult to offer a place at the catchment area school if this would mean exceeding the admission number at the school. In such cases, the designated school for the pupil will be the nearest maintained school to the pupil’s home address which caters for pupils of the same age and has places available.
In the event of older children who apply to join the school the Education Authority co-ordinate admission with the local school on the basis of:
- Places being available in the class with the relevant year group in order that numbers in any class in Key Stage 1 or 2 will not exceed 30.
- The projected figures for future amalgamations of the year groups will not exceed 30.
Requests for admission into other year groups should be made on the In-Year application form and in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated scheme for In-Year admissions. The form is available from the school or Local Authority and can also be downloaded from the Local Authority website.
All children who are unsuccessful with their application will be placed on a waiting list for at least one term and if places become available pupils will be admitted using the above-mentioned criteria. This is not a case of first on the waiting list being offered the first available place.
The school’s full admissions policy can be viewed on the link below.
Upon admission a copy of the child’s birth certificate will be taken.