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Change to Admissions Arrangements – September 2025: Consultation

The governors of St James the Great Catholic Primary School would like to give notice of proposed changes to the Admission Policy which will apply from the 2025-26 academic year and thereafter, subject to any further consultation.

The draft policy for consultation is available here, or a hard copy is available on request from the school at: office@stjamesthegreat.southwark.sch.uk

The main change in this revised Admissions Policy is:
  • the introduction of a new category giving priority to: ‘Baptised Catholic children, in possession of a Certificate of Practice .’

This will be ordered as a second priority. The wording of all other priorities has not changed, only moved down to add in the new second priority category.

Timescales:

This consultation requires a six-week consultation period, in line with the School Admission Code. The consultation period is from 18/10/2023 – 28/11/2023. Please send any comments or questions to us at office@stjamesthegreat.southwark.sch.uk by Tuesday 28th November so that we can determine our arrangements.


Remember that to apply for a school place you will need to complete the Supplementary Form as well as the Common Application Form (CAF). Thank you for considering our school for your child.

KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR POLICY INCLUDE

  • St James the Great Catholic Primary School is situated in the Diocese of Southwark and is maintained by the Southwark Local Education Authority.
  • The Governing Body of the school is responsible for determining and administering the policy relating to the admission of pupils to the school. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, by the advice of the Diocesan Trustees, and its duty to the school and the Catholic community.
  • The school serves the parish of St James the Great.
  • Having consulted the LA and others in accord with the requirements of the law, the Governing Body has set as it’s planned admissions number as thirty pupils.
  • Applications for these places must be made on line at org.ukby the published date.  Applicants must also complete a supplementary form (Supplementary Information and Priest’s Declaration Form), which should be returned to the school.
  • Completion of an Application Form does not mean that a child is guaranteed a place at the school.  Once the offer of a place has been made by the LA, the school will request two proofs of residential address and the child’s original birth certificate.
  • Pupils who are admitted to the school will enter the Reception Class in September.

Admissions Procedure

In addition to the Common Application Form supplied by the LA, which must be made on line at www.eadmissions.org.uk, the Supplementary Information and Priest’s Declaration Form, available from the school, must be completed and returned to the school not later than the closing date published by the LA.

The Supplementary Information and Priest’s Declaration Form MUST be completed if you wish your son/daughter to be considered for a place.