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Christchurch (Church in Wales V.A) Primary School Policy for Admission of Pupils 2013/2014

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The Governors are responsible for admissions to this Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School.

The Admission Number is 13 pupils for the year of statutory admission.

These arrangements and the oversubscription criteria (below) are reviewed annually.

Where places available exceed or equal the numbers applying, all applicants will be admitted.

The Christian character of the school plays a key part in the education of the pupils, and every child is encouraged to play a full part in the religious activities that are central to the life, work and witness of the school.

The Governing Body will give priority to applications for admission for Looked After Children in the care of the Local Authority, or provided with accommodation by them where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting.  Priority will also be given to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting.

When there are more applications than there are places available the Governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority.

  1. Children whose parent/s are active practising communicant members of the Anglican church. (a) Christ Church, Swansea (b) of churches/parishes in the Archdeaconry of Gower.
  2. Children who have a sibling who is a pupil registered at the school on the date when the applicant child is due to commence school. (see footnote for definition of 'sibling').
  3. Children whose parents attend a church of another Christian denomination.
  4. Children of parents living within the parish. (map available).

When deciding between applicants who, ostensibly, have equal entitlement under the above criteria, the Governors will have regard to the proximity of the applicants homes to the school and priority will be given to applicants who live closest to the school. (measured in a straight line from the front door of the family home to the school gate).

Parents not offered a place are entitled to appeal to an independent appeals panel established by the governing body in accordance with the current legislation and the Welsh Assembly Government's Code of Practice for School Admission Appeals.

Parents should do so in writing to the clerk to the appeals panel via the school within 14 days of notification not to admit.

Parents do not have the right of appeal against non-admittance of a child into nursery class.  Children admitted to the nursery do not have an automatic right of admission to full time education at our school.

Parents considering sending their children to the school are invited to visit the school by appointment with the Headteacher.

The Governing Body follows the county timetable for admissions to reception classes, for further information please contact the Headteacher on 01792 510900.


Definition of Sibling

For the sibling criteria to be applicable one of the following conditions must exist:

  • a brother and/or sister is to be permanently resident at the same address
  • a stepbrother and/or stepsister (including half brother/sisters) is to be permanently resident at the same address.

Distance from School

Distance to school will be measured in a straight line from the main entrance of the family home to the main gate of the school.

Place of Residence

The child's ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be a residential property at which the person or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the school.

Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child's ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be that property at which the child resides for the greater part of the week, including weekends.

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