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Admissions

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CHURCHGATE C. OF E. PRIMARY SCHOOL 2020 - 2021 – ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE 

As a Church of England School we will work in partnership with home and church to offer excellence in education rooted in the Christian Faith. We will serve and nurture all the children in our care that they may realise their full potential.

PLACES

There are 30 places to admit for the reception class in each academic year.

Criteria for the allocation of places

Churchgate School seeks to be a place of Christian Service so we give priority to:

  • Looked after children (Looked after children are defined as children who are in the care of the local authority or provided by accommodation by the Local Authority)
  • Children with a sibling at the school at the time of admission. (A sibling is as defined by the Local Authority in the ‘Primary Education in Essex’ booklet.)
  • Children living in the priority admissions area.
  • Children of those families * at the heart of the church who in order of priority:
    1. Are living the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow and attend worship there.
    2. Are NOT living in the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow but attend worship there
    3. Attend worship at another Christian Church.
    4. At the heart of the church are those who have demonstrated a commitment to weekly worship over a period of two years.
  • Children of those families who are committed to the church who in order of priority:
    1. Are living in the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow and attend worship there.
    2. Are NOT living in the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow but attend worship there
    3. Attend worship at another Christian Church.

Committed to the church are those who have attended church more than once a month over a period of two years.

  • Children of those families known to the church.
    1. Are living in the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow and attend worship there.
    2. Are NOT living in the parish of St Mary & St. Hugh, Harlow but attend worship there
    3. Attend worship at another Christian Church.

Known to the church are those who have attended church less than once a month over a period of a year.

    • Remaining places will be offered to those living closest to the school. Distances are calculated by the Local Authority by use of a Geographical Information System which accurately measures the distance from the home address to the school.

In the event of over subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will finally be determined by distance from home to school as described above. Those living closest being given the highest priority.

REFERENCES

For applications in categories 4 - 6 a reference from the Vicar/Leader of the church will be required to verify church membership and frequency of worship. For churches in interregnum or without a minister, a churchwarden or elder may provide such a reference.

LATE APPLICATIONS

The governors will, as far as possible, be willing to accept applications which are received late for a good reason - for example, when a single parent has been ill for some time, or a family have just moved into the area, or a family are returning from abroad – provided such applications are received before offers of places are made. Applications after the closing date should therefore be accompanied by a letter setting out the circumstances that have led to a late application.

WAITING LIST

Where the school is oversubscribed the governors will maintain a waiting list for the Autumn Term. If a parent wishes their child to remain on the waiting list for a longer period of time, they must indicate this in writing to the school.

APPEALS

If your child is not offered a place at our school you have the right to make representations to an independent statutory Appeal Panel.  For guidance on this procedure please write to:

The Clerk of the Independent Appeal Panel
PO Box 11
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1LX

Telephone No: 01245 430447

Fax No: 01245 430686