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In - Year Applications

If you need to apply for a place for your child during the school year, please download and complete the below form (Appendix B) and return it to the school office by hand, post or email (to office@stjamesbwmat.org ) and we will then process your application.  When we receive an application we are legally given 10 school days to review and respond to your application.  We can hold an accepted school place for your child for a maximum of six school weeks.  We cannot confirm whether we have a space for your child without receiving your application as class numbers can fluctuate.

 

Please note that if we are at full capacity and your application is refused, we do not hold a waiting list, however you do have the legal right to appeal against the decision.  This requires you to complete and return an appeal form, and set your case before an independent Appeal panel.  Appeals are governed by the 2012 School Admission Appeals Code, issued by the Department for Education and this is available at www.education.gov.uk  You are encouraged to refer to this document before proceeding with an appeal.  The Admissions Authority will ensure that any appeal hearing takes place within 30 school days of receipt of a completed appeal form.

 

Admission form for in year applications to St James Church School

The Published Admission Number for entry to the Reception Year (PAN)

 

The admission number indicating the minimum number of places available in the Reception year is currently published as 60.

 

Children starting school for the first time in September (the ‘normal’ admissions round) will be admitted up to this PAN, without condition, in accordance with the School Admissions Code.

 

The Admissions Authority is entitled to increase the PAN at any time, where it determines that more places can be made available without prejudicing the efficient delivery of education or the efficient use of resources. Any increase to the PAN will be notified as an alteration to this statement.

 

Submitting your Admission Application Form or Appeal Form to the governors

Application forms and Appeal Forms may be posted or hand delivered to the school Office or submitted as an attachment to an email. Please be aware that: By submitting your Application or Appeal Form as an email attachment, you are effectively agreeing to the full terms of the declaration set out in Section 4 of the Application Form or Section 5 of the Appeal Form, in the same way that you would be if you signed the declaration in person. If you do not agree to this arrangement, please do not submit your application or appeal by email.

Important Public Notice

Statutory School Admissions Arrangement Consultation

Proposals to Alter The Admission Arrangements Applying For

St James Church School

 

The Consultation:

In accordance with the requirements of the 2014 School Admissions Code, the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust (The Admission Authority) in conjunction with the School Governing Body is proposing to alter the Admission Arrangements applying for St James Church School. It is intended that the revised Admission Arrangements will be introduced with effect from 1st September 2021.

 

You may view the proposed School Admission Arrangements below this document. 

 

The consultation will open at midday on Friday 6th December 2019 and will close at midday on Monday 6th January 2020. During this period, you are invited to submit any comments concerning the proposals directly to the School by letter or email:

 

Email:  Consultations@stjames.bwmat.org

 

Please write to:  Admission Arrangement Consultation

                              St James Church School

                              Cranmer Road

                              Taunton

                              TA1 1XU

                                         

The proposed alterations include:

 

  • A revision to the layout of the Admission Arrangements document in the interests of providing more information and additional clarity;
  • Revised oversubscription criteria which aim to simplify the prioritisation of admission applications in the event of oversubscription

 

What happens next?

Following closure of the consultation, the Admission Authority will meet to consider any comments returned during the consultation period. Within four calendar weeks of the consultation ending, a response will be published on the School website and consultees will be informed of this. Once agreed in final form the Admission Authority will publish the 2021/22 Admission Arrangements on the School website by Friday 31st January 2020.

 

 

 

Current Admissions Criteria where the proposed change is going to be made:

Current criteria:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who, at the time of application, is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 applies).
  2. Children who, at the time of application, have a sibling attending St James Church School, who will still be attending at the time of admission.
  3. Children living nearest to the school by straight line distance

Proposed new criteria:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who, at the time of application, is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 applies).
  2. Children who, at the time of application, have a sibling attending St James Church School, who will still be attending at the time of admission.
  3. Children of staff at the school either where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. 
  4. Children living nearest to the school by straight line distance.

 

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