As a Community School, we follow the Cambridgeshire County Council Policy for first admission to school which is as follows:
By law children must start statutory education full time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Where admission is offered prior to compulsory school age, parents may defer their child’s entry into school until later in that academic year.
Our admissions policy allows children to start school earlier than the law requires. However, the law also allows parents to ask for their child to be admitted but lets them delay the start date until later in the school year. Your child must start school by the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday and the place must be taken up by the start of the summer term. If you inform us that you wish to delay your child’s entry, the place will be held and will not be offered to another child.
Parents seeking places in other year groups may apply to the LA at any time. If there is a place it will be offered. If the year group is full, the child will be placed on a reserve list and the parents will be offered the right of appeal.
Our catchment area is Tydd St. Giles village and the surrounding area bounded by the Lincolnshire border to the west and north and by the North Level Main Drain to the south and east. Newton village and the surrounding area bounded in the west by Block Drove, in the north by the North Level Main Drain to the Lincolnshire and Norfolk borders; and in the south by and including Ferry Lane, Sutton Road to and including Little Ramper and thereafter south to, but not including Fitton End. The catchment area also includes Foul Anchor, Four Gotes and the Fenland area of Tydd Gote. If there are more applications for places than there are places available, the Local Authority will give preference to children living nearestthe school according to the following criteria in this order of priority:
- Children with a statement of special educational needs naming that school
- Children in care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a resident order or special guardianship order
- Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission
- Children living in the catchment area
- Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission
- Children living outside the catchment area who have been unable to gain a place at their catchment area school because of oversubscription;
- Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line;
You can find more information about applying for a school place at the following address: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Follow the link for School Admissions and then Primary: reception, junior or middle. You will need to log in to the Citizen Portal which will be available from Thursday 1st November 2018. Cambridgeshire County Council must receive your completed application by Tuesday 15th January 2019. Please also register with the school by calling the school office on 01945 870374. Offers will be made on Tuesday 16th April 2019. Further information about the admissions process can be obtained by contacting Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0345 045 1370.
If you wish to apply to our nursery class which offers provision for children who are not yet of statutory age, you must complete the Council’s Parent/Carer declaration form which is available by clicking here, from the school office, the County Council website or the Early Years Funding team.
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early learning from the term following their third birthday. Some 2 year olds are also eligible for 15 hours a week of free early learning. To check eligibility click here or follow the link for information for parents on the County Council website. Subject to available places we offer fee paying places for 2 year olds not eligible for a free place. Please contact the school office for further information.