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Due to current Covid restrictions we are unable to offer onsite tours however 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.

Admissions Policy 2020/21 Determined ESFA Approved COVID Amendment

Admissions Policy 2020/21

Admissions Policy 2019/20

Church SIF 2021 ESFA Approved COVID Amendment to Supplementary Information Form. Please complete and return this to the school office -

The Good Shepherd Trust Admissions Arrangements

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.

Primary School Admissions Poster.

Click here for information on in year school places.

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