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St Martins Church of England Primary School

Admission and criteria information for reception September 2015 & 2016

St Martins CE Primary school

St Martin's is a Church of England Primary School, founded on Christian principles and with a Christian ethos that underpins all that happens in the school. We expect that everyone who attends will be supportive of the Christian foundation of the school. However this does not mean that all our pupils come from a Christian background, and children from all faiths and none are warmly welcome to apply.

St Martin's CE Primary School is a part of the Pan-London co-ordinated admissions process and parents should apply for a place using this process through their home borough. 

All children whose statement of special educational needs names St Martin's CE Primary School will be admitted. 

Published admission number (PAN): There are 90 places available in Reception each year.

Over subscription Criteria

In the event that there are more applicants than places available all places will be allocated on the basis of the following over subscription criteria, which will be applied in this order:

  1. A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order, or a special guardianship order.
  2. Children who suffer from a long-term medical or psychological condition, which makes it necessary for them to attend St Martin's CE Primary School. This would be applied in exceptional circumstances. Applications must be accompanied by medical evidence from a GP or Hospital Consultant, or other appropriate professional, which would need to prove why the reason/s for this is exceptional. Official opening
  3. Children who have a member of the immediate family who suffer from a long term medical or psychological condition, which makes it necessary for them to attend St Martin's CE Primary School. This would be applied in exceptional circumstances.  Applications must be accompanied by medical evidence from a GP or Hospital Consultant or other appropriate professional, which would need to prove why the reason/s for this is exceptional.
  4. Children of staff at St Martin's CE Primary School Children who are recruited to fill a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  5. Children who have a sibling living in the same household who currently attend the full time school in 2016 and beyond (not the nursery) and will continue to do so on the date of admission. A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister with one parent in common, adopted brother or sister.
  6. Children living nearest to the school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the point set by Ordnance Survey at the child's home address and St Martin's CE Primary School using a computerised mapping system. The Local Authority uses this system and informs the Academy Trust on the distance measures..

Waiting List

If St Martin's CE Primary School cannot offer a place you will be offered the opportunity of placing your child's name on the waiting list. The Academy Trust will maintain this waiting list for one year in the order of the over subscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received.

Please note that the list will be re-ordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever a child leaves or is added to the waiting list. Therefore, it is possible your child may move up or down the list.

Distance calculations

Distance will be used as a 'tie-breaker' if two or more applicants are equally qualified for a place within any of the above criteria. The Local Authority will use the computerised mapping system to determine distances on behalf of the Academy Trust.

The distance will be measured to the doors of new entrance for St Martin's CE Primary School.

Applicants from the same block of flats, or applicants who live the same distance from the school will be selected in random order using the Local Authority selection process and places will be offered accordingly.

For this purpose, the address of an applicant is the permanent domestic address of the parents. Business addresses are not acceptable. If your child does not live with both parents, it is the address of the parent, guardian or carer with whom the child lives permanently or for the greater part of the week. If access is equal then it is the address of the parent, guardian or carer which you have nominated in connection with this application.

Children below compulsory school age

Parents/carers can request that their child attends on a part-time basis until they reach compulsory school age, or that the date that their child is admitted is deferred until later in the academic year,when they reach compulsory school age.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group.  When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the Head of School and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

The process for requesting such an admission is as follows:

  1. Parents write into the Head of School, requesting their child to be considered outside their normal age group with reasons to the request and any supporting documentation.
  2. A meeting to be convened between the Head of School and the parents to discuss the matter.
  3. A report to be compiled to the Executive Headteacher including:
  • The views of parents.
  • The views of the Head of School.
  • Information about the child's academic, social and emotional development submitted by the parent.
  • Any medical history and supporting documentation.
  • Information about whether the child had previously been educated out of their normal age group.
  • Information as to whether the child may have naturally fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.
  • The Academy Trust may choose to seek professional advice according to the nature of the reasons for the request
  • The Executive Headteacher will make a decision on the above and in the best interests of the child.
  • The Head of School will inform parents of the decision.


Parents have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. Information regarding appeal procedures can be obtained from the Academy Trust either by email, office@fraysacademytrust.org, or by phone, 01895 671 966. You should lodge your appeal documentation by Friday 15 May 2015 or, in the case of late applications, within six weeks of the refusal letter being sent.

Withdrawal of places

If the school and/or Academy Trust are given false or misleading information, the Academy Trust reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place to the child.

In-year admissions 

Applications for in year admissions can be made either through St Martin's CE Primary School direct or as a preference on the In Year Application Form from the Local Authority (LA).  Applications received by the LA will be passed on to St Martin's CE Primary School's Governing Body and the application will be processed by the Admissions Committee. If a place is available in the appropriate year group, an offer will be made to the family. If there are no places available this will be conveyed to the family and they will be placed on a waiting list. The family will then be directed to the LA to make an application with them for a different school.

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