The process of applying to a school can be a daunting one, particularly for parents who haven't done it before, but we endeavour to make it as simple as possible.
Our Admissions Policy and Supplementary Application Form can be found under the Policy and Document tab on the home page.
We hold an open morning in November each year, the date of which will be publicised on the website and in the local Parish Magazines. This is a chance to meet with the Headteacher, governors and members of FASH (the PTA), but visits are warmly welcomed from families at other times by arrangement via the school office.
As a Voluntary Aided school we are our own admissions authority which means that admissions are based on criteria in a policy agreed by the Governors. To enable us to apply these criteria it is necessary to complete the schools own admission form - Surrey Hills Admissions Form.
We are part of the Surrey Co-ordinated Scheme of Admissions which means that much of the administration to do with admissions is dealt with by the local authority and in accordance with the law, admissions are based on an equal preference system. A Surrey Schools Admissions form must be completed and Surrey encourage this to be done online wherever possible. Surrey Admissions Website Admissions forms generally have to be returned by a closing date around the middle of January and details of the current years dates can be found on the Surrey Admissions website.
Where Do our Children Come From?
Those within the parish of Westcott, Abinger,Coldharbour , Holmbury St Mary and Wotton are given priority over those outside the parish. However, if we have not reached our Planned Admission Number of 45,in reception, and 10 in Year 3, we take in children outside these areas by measuring distance of their home to the school as the crow flies (see the Policy for more details).
A letter/email informing parents of allocation of a place will be sent by Surrey County Council in April. Once the place has been accepted the induction process will commence. Parents are invited to a welcome meeting at which various aspects of school life will be explained, information handed out and school specific items of uniform will be available for purchase. The children will be invited to the school to meet their new teacher and classmates in school for two sessions during the second half of the summer term. Children at the local playgroups and nursery also have the opportunity to join us on a number of occasions.
Home visits are arranged prior to the children starting school in September.
School Admission Appeals Timetable:
In year or immediate entry appeals
Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
September 2017 entry
Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission in September 2017 will be heard according to the following timetable:
Offer: 18 April 2017
Appeals lodged by 17 May 2017
Appeals to be heard by 19 July 2017 (40 School days)
NB: Appeals will not start being heard until after the relevant closing date has passed.
Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.
If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial appeal, they must make sure that it is received no later than 5pm on the day preceding three clear working days prior to the appeal hearing date.
Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing. The Appeal Panel must decide whether it should be considered taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.