Sissinghurst Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided school.
The Governors, who are the admissions authority, having consulted with the LA and other admission authorities, intend to admit into the Reception year class, in September 2018 up to 20 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.
Sissinghurst School normally admits up to 20 children into the Reception class during the school year. In line with legislation, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names Sissinghurst (VA) Church of England Primary School in the Statement will be given a place at the school and the Published Admission Number reduced appropriately before places are allocated to other pupils.
Admissions are accepted in other year groups where spaces are available. There are six classes and we aim to keep class sizes to 30 or below in line with government requirements.
In accordance with County Policy, the Governors admit children to our school in Year R within the following framework:
Children will be able to enter school on a full-time basis (phased in part-time for first three weeks) at the beginning of the September following their fourth birthday.
Applications for entry to the school for Year R should be made to the Governors via the Local Authority on the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) provided by the school or on-line. When the school is over subscribed the following criteria apply:
- Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children act 1989).
- Children living in the Parish of Sissinghurst who have a parent or guardian who has worshipped at least once a month on average at an Anglican Church for the last twelve months. (Signed confirmation from the Vicar must be provided).
- A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters. The sibling link is maintained as long as the family live at the same address as when the first child applied, or, has moved closer to the school than when the first child was offered a place, or has moved to an address that is less than two miles from the school using the distance measured by the method outlined criterion.
- Other children living within the Parish of Sissinghurst. (A detailed Parish map available for viewing at the school and a reduced size map is also shown on page 7).
- Children who may live outside the Parish who have a parent of guardian who has worshipped at least once a month for the last twelve months at Trinity Church, Sissinghurst. (Signed confirmation from the Vicar must be provided).
- Children and children of parents with medical, health, social and special access needs. Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under The Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Sissinghurst School. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Sissinghurst School. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Sissinghurst School.
- Any other children giving priority to those living closest to the school. The distance is measured between the child’s permanent address and the school measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
Entry Procedure for Reception Year
The school will hold an ‘Open Morning’ on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9.30am for parents to view the school and meet the Headteacher. The school’s own supplementary information form will also be available and should be returned direct to the school. Parents are encouraged to apply online direct to the LA but if this is not possible a Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) may be obtained, completed and returned to the LA or any Kent Primary School by 15th January 2018.
The Governors’ Admissions Committee will rank all applications and return a list to the LA who will advise parents by email on 16th April 2017 (or by letter sent first class on the 16th April 2018) of the availability of places and give information about the right to appeal.
Parents will need to accept or refuse the offered place. A letter will be sent nearer the time of entry by the Headteacher inviting the child to attend an introductory session with their new teacher and classmates during the latter part of the term preceding their entry to our school. The Head and Reception class teacher arrange a meeting with parents of new entrants each year and outline the organisation of the school. The meeting usually takes place in the summer term.
Casual admissions to Years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 are now covered by the School and applications should be made to the school governors. Each case will be considered using the school’s admissions criteria.
In the event of a place being refused a parent may wish to appeal to an independent appeal panel. The appeal panel’s decision is final.
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2018 you can appeal between 17 April and 18 May 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 19 July 2018 For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.
The easiest way to access a very detailed and accurate map showing the Sissinghurst ecclesiastical parish boundary is on the A Church Near You website:
Once on the website, click on the tab “Find Us” then click on the option “Parish Boundary View” Initially it usually gives you a schematic “Map” view which allows you to zoom in and out, which answers most queries. However from the “Parish Boundary view” page, you can also opt for “Satellite” view. It is also “zoomable” in and out. This is very precise and shows the parish boundary in relation to identifiable houses, gardens, woods, etc.