We are holding an Open Day on Saturday 5th December for Reception and Year 3 places for September 2021. Please call 01306 881136 to book an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our school.
Draft and for Consultation: 2022/3 Admissions Policy Consultation
The Good Shepherd Trust is the Admissions Authority for Surrey Hills All Saints Primary School, School Lane, Westcott, Dorking, RH4 3QF.
The Trust is consulting on a proposed change to the 2022/3 admissions policy for the school and would like to hear your views. The Trust has a statutory duty to consult on admissions arrangements if we intend to make a change.
The consultation period will run from the 16th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021.
Information about the consultation will be provided on the Trust http://www.goodshepherdtrust.org.uk/1043/admissions and school websites https://www.surreyhillsprimaryschool.org.uk/page/?title=Admissions&pid=21 during the consultation period.
What is the proposed change?
The proposed change to the policy is the removal of the ‘nearest school’ criteria. This review has been triggered by a determination from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) in October 2019 (determination number ADA3589), which identified some concerns with the use of ‘nearest school’ and the objectivity and clarity regarding this. This change will simplify the admission arrangements and enable parents to better understand how their application will be considered.
How can I respond to the consultation?
If you would like to submit a response to the consultation, please email Miss Amanda Johnston on: email@example.com or write to: Miss Amanda Johnston, The Good Shepherd Trust, Academies Office, Larch Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1JY.
Please ensure that your response is entitled: 2022/3 Admissions Policy Consultation. You are able to submit a free text response. However, the Trust Board would find it helpful if you could include your name and the name of the school to which you are submitting a response. Also, if you are able to indicate whether you will be affected by the proposed change and if so, in what way.
Further details on the admissions consultation process can be found in the School Admissions Code: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/389388/School_Admissions_Code_2014_-_19_Dec.pdf
What happens next?
Please note that you will not receive an individual response to your submission and no changes to the proposed policies will be made during the consultation period. After the consultation has closed, all responses will be collated and presented to the Trust Board during the first half term of the spring term 2021. The Board will then decide whether to proceed with the proposed change as well as determining the admission arrangements for all other Trust schools for which no changes are proposed. Once determined the final admission arrangements for all schools will be placed on the websites of the individual schools.
Due to current Covid restrictions we are postponing our Open Day on Saturday 21st November. We hope to hold this in early December and will announce the new date asap. The Open Day will be led by our Senior Leadership Team and will give you the opportunity to see what we have to offer and ask any questions you may have. Once the new date is confirmed please call the school office on 01306 730747 to book a place for a Reception tour and 01306 881136 for a Year 3 tour.
In line with government guidance, only 2 adults can attend the Abinger tours (no children).
For Westcott tours, 2 adults and 1 child from the same family can attend a tour.
In the meantime, we have virtual tours available, please click here for a virtual tour of the Abinger site and click here for the Westcott site. If you have any questions, the school office will be happy to help on 01306 881136.
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.
Church SIF 2021 ESFA Approved COVID Amendment to Supplementary Information Form. Please complete and return this to the school office - firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Dates for Primary School Applications for September 2021
- 2nd November 2020: online applications open for school places.
- 15th January 2021: closing date for primary applications.
- 16th April 2021: primary outcomes will be sent by post or email. If you applied online, you will receive an email in the evening with the outcome and you can also view your school offer online. If you you registered for ParentComms, you will also receive a notification with the outcome.
- 30th April 2021: you must confirm whether you wish to accept or decline the place you have been offered.
- 17th May 2021: If you wish to appeal for a community or voluntary controlled school listed on your form, you should submit it by this date so that it can be heard by 19th July 2021. Other schools may have different appeal deadlines.
Click here for information on in year school places.
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).
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