ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2021/22
Admissions are now CLOSED. Allocation day is 16th April 2021. This is dealt with by Herts County Council, and not the school.
As Aston St Mary’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School, the Admissions Policy is agreed and administered by the Governing Board of the school. The Published Admission Number is for 18 children. The Governing Board works closely with Hertfordshire County Council who will coordinate the admissions process on behalf of the Governing Board to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all parents. Children who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), where an agreement that this school is named, will be offered a place.
Important note: The above link to the Aston Civil Parish map on Google Maps is to be viewed on a desktop computer/laptop. Due to the variations in mobile mapping software the boundary may not display correctly if the map is viewed on a mobile device.
Further details about our school can be found here on our website.
We will admit over the school’s published admission number when a single twin/multiple birth child is allocated the last place at the school.
CHILDREN OUT OF YEAR GROUP
If parents/carers believe their child/children should be educated in a different year group, at the time of application, supporting evidence must be submitted from relevant professionals working with the child/children and family stating why they must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort. The Governing Board which is the admissions authority, through a panel process, will decide whether the application will be accepted. There is no guarantee that an application will be accepted and parents have no right of appeal against the Governing Board’s refusal to admit a child outside his/her normal age group.
Please contact the school to discuss in-year admissions. Places are to be applied for directly with the school. As all year groups are full, continued interest lists are kept by the school.
Unfortunately, this year, we are unable to welcome prospective parents to view the school due to the pandemic.
HOW TO APPLY
Admissions are now CLOSED and allocations will be sent out on the 16th April 2021. This is dealt with by Herts County Council, and not the school.
Parents/carers are also required to complete a School Information Form (SIF) available from the school or on our school website: www.astonmarys.herts.sch.uk/about-aston-st-marys/admissions and return it to the school. If a SIF is not completed, the Governing Board will apply the school’s Admission Arrangements using only the information supplied on the Hertfordshire County Council application form, which may result in the application being given a lower priority. This SIF should be returned to the school before 9.30am the 15th January 2021. Please include any appropriate accompanying documentation for categories 5 and 6.
It is the parents’/carers’ responsibility to provide all the information required. The school is not obliged to chase missing information.
The school reserves the right to amend the category applied under if the forms are not completed fully or the information cannot be verified. The Local Authority will notify all parents of the place offered or refused at the same time as it does for Community Schools. Details of this can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk\admissions.
SUMMER BORN CHILDREN
If parents believe their child/children born between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017, will not be ready to start Reception in the 2021/22 academic year, they may instead defer their application to start Reception the following year (2022/23). Parents who want to defer their child/children should contact the school directly to discuss further. Deferring stays with the child throughout their schooling.
PART TIME PLACES
Parents can request that their child/children attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age.
CONTINUING INTEREST LIST
After places have been offered, Hertfordshire County Council, on behalf of the Governors of the school will maintain a continuing interest (waiting) list. A child’s position on a CI list will be determined by the admission criteria outlined above and a child’s place on the list can change as other children join or leave it. The County Council will contact parents/carers if a vacancy becomes available and it can be offered to a child. Continuing Interest Lists will be maintained for every year group until the 31st December 2021. To retain a CI application after this time, parents must make an in-year application.
CROSS BOARDER CO-ORDINATION
Please apply for primary places on your home LA’s application form.
Parents wishing to appeal who applied through Hertfordshire’s online system should log in to their online application and click on the link “register an appeal”. Out of county residents and paper applicants should call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request their registration details and log into www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolappeals and click on the link “log into the appeals system”.
For transport information including booklets and guidance, please follow the link to the Herts Direct Admission pages: www.hertsdirect.org/scholearn/admissions
Places are offered using the following criteria applied in order.
If there is oversubscription in any category, the Governing Board will determine the allocation of places in that category by geographical proximity using a straight line measurement to the school. A ‘straight-line’ distance measurement is used in all home-to-school distance measurements for community and voluntary controlled schools in Hertfordshire. Distances are measured using a computerised mapping system to two decimal places. The measurement is taken from the Address Base Premium address point of your child/children’s house to the address point of the school.
Address Base Premium data is a nationally recognised method of identifying the location of schools and individual residences.
Places are offered using the following criteria applied in order.
Children in England ‘looked after’, and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Child Arrangements order or a Special Guardianship order.
Children outside of England looked after by the state (including from abroad) and children who were previously looked after by the state but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Child Arrangements order or a Special Guardianship order.
Children of parents or carers who reside at any address that is in the Civil Parish of Aston with a sibling at the school at the time of admission. (a copy of the map showing the civil parish of Aston is available on this page).
Children of parents or carers who reside at any address that is in the Civil Parish of Aston. (A copy of the map showing the civil parish of Aston is available on this page).
Children of parents or carers outside the Civil Parish of Aston who have siblings attending the school at the time of admission (see note a).
Children with parents or carers, at least one of whom is a practicing member of St Mary’s Church, Aston and children from the Aston congregation (see note b).
Children with parents or carers at least one of whom is a practicing member of any Christian denomination that are members of “Churches Together in England” or “Churches Together in Stevenage”. (See note b).
Any other children.
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The Governors have the same understanding of the term sibling as that found in the Hertfordshire admissions literature and website and who will still be at the school at the time the new child(ren) joins. This means the sibling will normally be in Reception to Year 5 at the time of allocation of places.
Sibling includes: brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, child of the parent/carer or partner, children looked after or previously looked after. This doesn’t include children temporarily living in the same house. For example, a looked after child in a short-term foster or bridging placement. In every case, the sibling must be living permanently in the same family home (at least Monday to Friday).
A practising member of a Church is defined as someone who attends a service in that Church at least once a month.
This attendance has been at this frequency for a minimum of one year prior to receipt of the application by theschool.
In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship. All such applications must be accompanied by a letter of confirmation by the minister or priest of the church concerned.
If applicants are new to the area, previous church connections can be used.