Admissions to Primary and Nursery School
Children will be admitted to the reception class on a full time basis in the September at the beginning of the academic year in which the child is five. Parents of children who are due to commence primary school in September 2020 should make sure that application forms or the online applications www.sthelens.gov.uk/admissions have been completed and returned by the 15 January 2020.
Any forms received after this date will be considered only after all other applications which were received on time. If you submit a paper application, a letter will be posted to you notifying you of the place allocated to your child.
If you apply online, you will receive an email at approximately 8.00am on the 16 April 2020. Again the responsibility for the completion and return of the form lies with the parent.
All allocation of places is managed centrally by the Admissions Department of the Local Authority. Their telephone number is 01744 671035.
The school has an admission number (i.e. the number of places available). The number for the school is published in the Primary Admission Booklet.
If more applications are received than the number of places available at a school, then it means the school is oversubscribed. When this happens, the oversubscription will be applied in order to decide how places will be allocated.
Criteria for admission to Primary School is as follows:-
- *Looked after children and previously looked after children;
- Children who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of likely admission. This includes full, half or stepbrothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters, or a child of the parent/carer’s partner and, in every case, who is at the same address and is part of the same family unit;
- Children whose parents express a preference for a place at the school.
*A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, ot (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions (under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). A previously looked after child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
Oversubscription criteria for Nursery
Please note that having an elder brother/sister in the school to which the nursery unit is attached is not taken into account when allocating places. If more applications are received than the number of places available, the Local Authority will use the following criteria, in order of priority, deciding how places will be allocated:
- looked after children and previously looked after children;
- children resident within St Helens who have been identified as a Priority Nursery Applicant under the Local Authority’s Priority Nursery placement procedure;
- children resident in the Borough of St Helens
- children resident outside the Borough of St Helens