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 40 we take in children outside these areas by measuring distance of their home to the school as the crow flies (see Policy for more details).
A letter 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 for a Teddy Bears' Picnic and then 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.
Appeals Timetable – 2013/14
If you are not offered a place and feel you fit the criteria for admissions please follow the Appeals Procedure outlined below:
• Appeals within the main round of admissions must be officially lodged in writing, with the Appeals Clerk (details from the school office) by 16th May 2013
• Appeals lodged on time will be heard within 40 school days of that deadline ie. by 18th July 2013
• Late appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, or within 40 school days of the deadline given for lodging the appeal, whichever is the latest
• In-year appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
• At least 10 school days’ notice of the date of the appeal hearing will be given in writing (including e-mail), unless the appellant waives such notice
• The school must supply the Appeals Clerk with copies of their paperwork at least 10 school days before the date of the hearing
• Copies of papers will be sent out to all parties at least 7 working days before the hearing wherever possible
• Late evidence from either party must be submitted at least 3 working days before the hearing. If information is not submitted by this deadline the Panel may decide not to take it into consideration or to adjourn
• Decision letters (including e-mail) will be sent within 5 school days wherever possible