Children entering the reception class in September will be invited to spend a session with class teacher and new friends towards the end of the summer term prior to their date of admission. Parents are encouraged to attend a meeting before the child starts school when all information about the school will be circulated and discussed.
If you wish to make an application to our school, you must complete the common application form provided by the local authority by the dates provided and return it to the local authority.
The standard number agreed for admissions to the Reception class is 30.
Responsibility for admissions is delegated to the Governing Body Admissions Committee.
Please note that the governors will admit all children who have a statement of special educational needs in which the school is named.
In the event of over-subscription for the remaining places they will be allocated by the following criteria, in order:
- Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) and previously looked after children who were looked after, then ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)
- Children whose parent/s or guardian/s can demonstrate a regular/frequent worship at St Johns Church**
- Children whose parent/s or guardian/s regularly worship at another church within the parish which is a member of churches together in Britain and Ireland, or a local Churches Together organisation**
- Children who have an older brother or sister attending school at the time of their admission*
- Children who live within the parish of Farnworth and Kearsley***
- All other children
Children will be admitted to the Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday, and to the Nursery class at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fourth birthday. Parents may request that their school place be deferred until later in the school year and if they do this the place will be held for the child. They cannot, however, defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the school year for which the original application was accepted. Parents can also request that their child attends on a part time basis until the child reaches compulsory school age.
Where we have more applications than places, the admissions criteria will be used. Children who are not admitted will have their name placed on a waiting list. The names on this waiting list will be in the order resulting from the application of the admissions criteria. Since the date of application cannot be a criterion for the order of names on the waiting list, late applicants for the school will be slotted into the order according to the extent to which they meet the criteria.
Thus it is possible that a child who moves into the area later to have a higher priority than one who has been on the waiting list for some time. If a place becomes available within the admission number, the child whose name is at the top of the list will be offered a place. This is not dependent on whether an appeal has been submitted. This waiting list will operate until the end of the autumn term only.
Where twins, triplets etc. or other children born within the same school year might be split when allocations take place, and there are too few places available at the school to accommodate them all, the governors will consult with the Local Authority and the parent to consider whether all the siblings can be offered a place at the same alternative school (which may not be a preference school named on the CAF) or whether the parents can be offered places at two or more schools with a view to the parent deciding which child will take up which offered place.
*Regular attendance is normally taken to mean a minimum of once a month for a period of 12 months prior to the application being made. Attendance must be verified by a member of the clergy or other designated church officer on the form provided by the local authority.
**‘Brother’ and ‘Sister’ includes step, half, foster and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address and full brothers or sisters living at the same address and full brother or sister living apart.
*** Copies of the map can be seen at the school office and on the school website
Where there are more applicants for the available places within a category, then distance to the child’s normal home front door from the main gate of the school in a straight line measured on a map will be used as the final determining factor, nearer addresses having priority over more distant ones. The ‘normal’ home of the child will be taken to be the home in which the child sleeps for the majority of the school week.
To find out more information about St John’s admissions please contact Pupil and Student Services on 01204 332143