Admissions Criteria (scroll down for further information and forms)
St John’s Walworth CE Primary School
2017/18 Admissions Arrangements
St John’s Walworth Church of England School has a distinctive Christian ethos which is at the heart of this School. There is an atmosphere of trust and happiness where children feel well cared for and secure in line with the teachings of the Christian church shaped by Christian values. This is done by educating the whole child – spiritually, physically, and intellectually; developing cultural and personal identities; providing high quality education; developing attitudes and behaviours in the children which creating a caring environment where all can develop so that they can fully participate in society following the example given to us by God through the teachings of Christ. We welcome applications from all members of the community and we ask parents to respect the Christian ethos of our school and its importance to our community.
The Governing Body is responsible for the admission of pupils to the School and admits 30 pupils to the reception class each September. The Governing Body is required to abide by the maximum limits for infant classes (5, 6 and 7 year olds), i.e. 30 pupils per class. .
The school’s supplementary form has a space for a reference from the priest/pastor/etc. from the church where the applicant worships, if applicable. These references are used to determine the rankings of applicants for criteria 2, 3, 4.
- Looked after children or previously looked after children (see note 1).
- Children whose families (see note 2) provide a written reference as requested on the supplementary form from the priest of St John’s Walworth Church, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ, or the nominated representative in the priest’s absence.
- Children whose families (see note 2) of other Anglican parishes or of a different denomination recognised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and who provide a written reference as requested on the supplementary form, from the priest (or nominated representative in the priest’s absence) of that church.
- Children who have siblings already attending St John’s Walworth CE Primary School (including half-brothers/sisters, adopted brothers/sisters, step brothers/sisters, foster brothers/sisters) who share the same home address for the majority of the week (see note 3).
- Children who live near to St John’s Walworth CE Primary School. Priority is given to those living nearest to the school (shortest safe walking distance from the child’s home address to the main entrance lobby doors on Larcom Street).
- Looked After Children are children who are in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions as defined by section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making an application to the school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after immediately prior to being adopted, or who became subject to a residence order, (now termed child arrangement order under the Children & Families Act 2014), or special guardianship order. The Governors will require written confirmation that the child is in public care and will be so at the time of admission to the school.
- ‘Families’ includes the child and parent (one or both) or legal guardian.
- Where a child spends time with more than one parent/carer in separate homes the school will seek evidence to establish where the majority of school nights are spent, and treat this as the home address.
Oversubscription criteria: If there are more than 30 applicants, places will be allocated according to the following oversubscription criteria after the admission of any children with a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) which names this school.
Tie breaker: In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the above criteria and there are insufficient places, the Governing Body will use distance, in the first instance, to decide between applicants; if applicants live equidistant from the school the Governing Body will draw lots to decide between applicants, this to be independently supervised.
Please note: Attendance at St John’s Pre-School, 64 Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ, is not in any way connected with attendance at St John’s Walworth CE Primary School, and does not qualify for, or guarantee, admission to St John’s Walworth CE Primary School.
Waiting List: Unsuccessful applicants may ask for their names to be added to the waiting list. Places that may subsequently become available will be allocated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria, in order of priority, as stated above. The list remains open for the academic year in which the child’s name has been added. If an application is received and a child is added to the waiting list, the list will be re-ranked in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
The school will write to parents/carers in the Summer Term of each academic year to ask whether they wish for their child’s name to remain on the waiting list for the next academic year.
Parents who are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Parents wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from the school. The form should be sent to reach the Clerk to the Appeal panel, c/o the School, within 20 school days of the date of the letter confirming the governors’ decision not to offer a place. Should some appeals be unsuccessful, the governing body will not consider further applications from those parents within the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in their circumstances.
Co-ordinated arrangements: The School is part of the locally agreed co-ordination scheme and the timescales for applications to be received and processed are those agreed with the local authority. Parents/carers must complete their home Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) and return the form to that Authority; if applying for a place at this School, parents must name this School as one of the preferences on the CAF. Parents/carers who wish to apply for place under criteria 2, 3 or 4 must also complete the school’s supplementary information form and return this to the School. Failure to return the supplementary information form will mean that the school cannot consider the application under the church criteria, in this case the application will be considered under the next most appropriate criteria based on the information on the CAF. Parents/carers who are resident in the London Borough of Southwark may apply online: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/downloads/download/2483/primary_school_admissions
Late Applications: The Governors will consider late applications in accordance with the procedure in the local authority’s co-ordinated scheme. This is explained in the LA admission brochure.
Special Educational Needs: Parents of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs, or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan are required to apply for school places separately through the local authority from whom advice is available. If a child with a statement, or EHC Plan, is placed in the school by the local authority before the normal admission round, the number of places available to other applicants will be reduced. The Governors will admit all those pupils whose statement, or EHC Plan, names the school in cases where the school can cater for the particular needs of the child, taking into account the needs of other pupils and the resources available within the school.
Deferred Entry: The School admits children to the Reception class in the September of the school year in which a child attains the age of 5 years. (The school year runs from 1 September to the 31st August.) All parents/carers are entitled to a full-time place for their child in the reception class from September, but may defer entry until the beginning of the term after their child is five years old (ie, when the child reaches compulsory school age) or until the beginning of the summer term whichever is earlier. Children may attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age. Parents/carers who have been offered a place at the School and wish to defer entry for their child and/or request part-time attendance must put this in writing to the headteacher at the earliest opportunity and before the start of the autumn term.
Education out of normal (chronological) age group: Children are normally educated in school with others of their age group; however, in exceptional circumstances parents/carers may seek a place outside of their child’s normal age group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case. Parents/carers must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child's best interests and may provide recent professional evidence to support this. Further details of how to make such a request are available from the school.
Fair Access: The School is committed to taking its fair share of pupils who are hard to place in accordance with the locally agreed fair access protocol. Pupils admitted under the protocol will take priority over any children on the waiting list and this may include, on occasion, admitting above the planned admission number.
Proof of the Child’s Address: Parents/Carers/Guardians of successful applicants are required to provide the Governors with 3 documents proving the child’s address, in the form of a Child Benefit Book (or if the child benefit is paid direct into a bank account, the most recent letter from the Child Benefit Office) and one other proof such as a utility bill, rent book, bank statement, etc. This will need to be shown to the School’s Administration Manager, and copies taken, before the place can be taken up.
Proof of the Child’s Age: After having been offered and a place accepted, Parents/Carers/Guardians of successful applicants are required to provide the Governors with proof of the child’s age in the form of a Birth Certificate. A will copy taken. This should be before the place is taken-up.