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GST Admissions Policy Consultation 2021-22 

Monday 18th November 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020

As an academy within The Good Shepherd Trust, our policy wording has been reviewed and updated to reflect a consistency across all the Schools which form part of the Trust as a single Admissions Authority. This update has resulted in the following changes to the Policy:

Change to the Sibling definition – following the recommendation from a working group that convened in 2018, The Good Shepherd Trust Board adopted a generic Admissions wording which includes a definition of siblings, as stipulated by the majority of Diocesan Voluntary Aided Schools, that requires all to be living at the same address.

Change to the Waiting List definition – as explained above

Please note that the consultation period for any feedback on the policy is the 7 week period from Monday 18th November 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020.

Please address any feedback, as part of the consultation, to the following email address: admissions@goodshepherdtrust.org.uk or by post to Admissions 2021-22 Consultation Response, c/o The Good Shepherd Trust, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY.

Click here for our Admissions Policy 2021/22.

 

How to Apply for a School Place

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.

Click here for our Admissions Policy 2020/21.

 Supplementary Information form will also need to be completed and returned to the school office.

Click here for an in year school place application.

Important Dates for Primary School Applications for September 2020.

  • You can start your online application any time from 4th November 2019 but you must have completed it by 15th January 2020.
  • On 16th April 2020 you will receive an email with the outcome of your application and, if you have registered for ParentComms, you will also receive a notification with the outcome.
  • You will need to accept or decline your offer of a school place online by 30th April 2020.

Application Forms
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 All Saints 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. Click here for the form. 

Where do our Children come from?
Those within the rural parish communities of Westcott, Abinger, Coldharbour, Holmbury St Mary and Wotton are given priority over those outside the parish. However, if we have not reached our Published Admission Number (PAN) of 30 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).

Induction Process
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 for children in reception are arranged prior to the children starting school in September.

Appeals for September 2020 resulting from year of entry or transfer applications: 

Offer date                           Appeals lodged by         Appeals to be heard by

16th April 2020                   TBC                                     TBC             

 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.

Appellants must ensure that any further evidence not included with their initial appeal, is received by 5pm on the day preceding three clear working days prior to the date of the hearing.  Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

In year or immediate entry appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Westcott, Abinger, Coldharbour, Holmbury St Mary and Wotton Parish Maps