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St Andrew's Junior School  Hatfield Peverel

St Andrew's Junior School Hatfield Peverel

Admissions

Admission Arrangements

Applications for a school place are via the Local Authority Admissions website;

www.essex.gov.uk/admissions

The published admission number is 60.

An application for a place will be prioritised according to the following criteria.

  • A child with a statement of special educational needs that has named Hatfield Peverel St. Andrew’s Junior School in the statement will be admitted to the school.

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the published admission number, the following criteria will be applied to all applications, in the order set out below, to decide which child or children to admit first:

  1. Children Looked After and children attending Hatfield Peverel Infant School who request a place at St. Andrew’s Junior School will be allocated a place providing an application is received by the closing date.
  2. Children living within the Ecclesiastical Parish of either Hatfield Peverel or Ulting with a sibling attending the school or Hatfield Peverel Infant School.
  3. Children living outside the Ecclesiastical Parish of either Hatfield Peverel or Ulting with a sibling attending the school or Hatfield Peverel Infant School
  4. Any other applications.

In each individual oversubscription criterion priority will be given to:

  • The proximity of the child’s home to St. Andrew’s Junior School will determine which child is to be admitted. Proximity will be judged using a straight-line distance from the mid-point of the main pedestrian gate to the child’s home, with those living closer to the school being accorded the higher priority.

A waiting list will be kept by Essex County Council until the end of the first week of the autumn term and thereafter by the school until the end of the first term.

Definitions

The definitions listed here apply to their use in the admissions and oversubscription criteria.

The ‘home address’ is the address at which the child resides on a permanent basis, or is ordinarily resident. If the child lives at more than one address it is the address of the parent or person with parental responsibility and/or that is in receipt of child benefit for the child that is considered as the home address. Verification of this may be required.

The Local Authority - ‘LA’ - is Essex County Council.

A ‘Child Looked After’ is a child who is in public care.

The ‘published admissions number’ is the number of children which the school has decided to admit each year in the annual schools admissions round into Year 3. The number is 60 and it is set in consultation with the LA and other nearby schools.

A ‘sibling’ is defined as “a child living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address as a child who attends the school. This includes brothers and sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters. Biological siblings will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence.”

Miscellany

More information in relation to our admission arrangements, including a map showing the Ecclesiastical Parishes of Hatfield Peverel and Ulting, is available from the school office.

If your child is refused a place at our school you have a right of appeal to an independent statutory Appeal Committee.

Your appeal should be addressed to the Clerk of the Appeal Committee,

c/o Hatfield Peverel
St. Andrew’s Junior School
Church Road
Hatfield Peverel
CM3 2JX

If your application is refused (whether you appeal or not) a waiting list for admission will be maintained in order of priority according to the admissions criteria.

We make every effort to ensure the smooth transfer of children from their previous school. Parents of our new intake will be invited to a meeting at the school during the summer term. A further opportunity to look round the school will be offered during the open evening in the summer term.

During the Summer term the children at Hatfield Peverel Infant School visit the school at playtimes, watch assemblies and meet their teachers.

The two schools have established many links. We hold training days and staff meetings together, and we take every opportunity to work collaboratively so we can develop our approaches to teaching and so ensure continuity in the delivery of the curriculum and the assessment of pupils.

Prospective parents are very welcome to make their own arrangements to visit the school and speak to the Headteacher at any convenient time. Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

During the autumn term the junior and infant schools hold two joint open days for prospective parents which offer the opportunity to tour both schools and meet the headteachers and some governors.  Details of these open days are published in the local press and in school newsletters.

Admission, care and access of disabled pupils

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as one who has “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.

At present there are no children attending the school matching this definition given in the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) although in the past the school has had to accommodate children in wheelchairs and on crutches.  The governors always apply their published admissions criteria to applications for admission to the school.  Application for admission would not be refused on the grounds of disability. 

The school buildings currently facilitate reasonably easy access for the disabled, including ramps and toilet facilities.  In the event of a specific admission need, the school would take immediate steps to review accessibility to the building and the further facilities.  Documentation in large print, Braille and recorded media can be provided on request through Local Authority services. As part of their planned maintenance programme of the school site, governors give due consideration to the access needs of all children and staff.  Governors also ensure that all pupils have equal opportunity in curriculum provision and other school activities.