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St. Peter's CofE Academy, Alton

Admissions arrangements 2019-2020

We will admit children into the Reception year in one intake. This will be in the September for all children who are to be 5 in that academic year. 

Children will be admitted to the school on the following criteria, in preferential order without regard to race, gender, disability or special educational need. In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names a particular school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants:  

1.  ‘Looked after children’ (those who are in the care of the local authority see Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and previously looked after children (children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) will be given priority should the school be oversubscribed.

2. Children whose parents are members of the Church of England and who worship in the Anglican churches in the parish of Alton with Bradley-le-Moors.

3. Children of Christian families of any denomination within the parish of Alton with Bradley-le-Moors. 

4. Children who have a sibling (defined as brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, stepbrother or stepsister or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling) who attend and will be in attendance at the school at the time of admission.

5. Children of the parents of any Christian denomination outside the parish.

6. Children whose parents do not have allegiance to any Christian denomination living within the parish.

7. Children whose parents do not have allegiance to any Christian denomination living outside the parish.

Closing date for applications

For admission to Reception in September, the closing date is 15 January of that year. 

Deferred entry to Reception class

Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception Class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year until the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). The effect is that the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.

Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit the school to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group to Reception rather than Year 1. 

These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the Local Authority who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Headteacher of the school concerned. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group. 

Repeat applications 

Unless there are significant and material changes in the circumstances of a parents’ application for their child or the school, the governors will not consider a repeat application in the same academic year.

Late applications 

Applications received after the closing date will only be considered alongside those received by the closing date under the following circumstances

  • The family were unable to complete an application form before the closing date because they moved into the school’s parish/area after the issue of application forms or
  • The family were unable to comply with the admissions timetable because of exceptional circumstances that prevented the application arriving on time – the circumstances must be given in writing and attached to the application form.

Tie breaker

If there is over subscription for a particular year group, the Governors will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by shortest straight line distance measured from the main gates of the school to the home address (only, main, permanent residence of a child) using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.


Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may apply in writing to the Chair of Governors.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists for admission will remain open until the end of the Autumn term each year. 

In Year Applications 

‘In year’ applications should be made directly to the Governing Body of the school who will determine whether a place is available in the requested year group. The Governing Body will notify the Local Authority of the outcome of the application.

The Published Admission Number (PAN) for this school is 13.

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