Admission Arrangements

The Keys Academy Trust sets the admissions policy for St Cecilia’s Church of England Primary School independently of the local authority. We are bound by the government Code of Practice for admissions and co-ordinate our admissions timetable with that of the local authority, for the admission of children into the Reception year. Parents should apply before the closing date in the January before the September of the school year in which their child will reach 5 years old. 

Church of England schools have always been for the benefit of their local community regardless of faith. This remains the position, as evidenced by the Diocese advocating that Church of England schools should not have faith based oversubscription criteria. There will be no faith-based criteria in relation to admission to St Cecilia’s CE Primary School

In accordance with the School Admissions Code, children with an EHCP naming the school will always be admitted and priority will need to be given to looked after or formerly looked children. However, the top priority will then be for the children of the local community.

The oversubscription criteria for St Cecilia’s Church of England Primary School will reflect those already in general use by Wokingham Borough Council for other local maintained primary schools within its own admissions procedures and in line with those recommended by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education.

Oversubscription Criteria for St Cecilia’s CE Primary School

1 - Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.  Children who have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. 

2 - Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the LA with the application, a child’s or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.

3 - Children whose permanent home address is inside the school’s designated area and who has a sibling at the school; who is expected to be attending the school when the child will enter the school.

4 - Children whose permanent home address is in the school’s designated area.

5 - Children whose permanent home address is outside the school’s designated area and who has a sibling at the school; who is expected to be attending the school when the child will enter the school. 

6 - Any other children

Places within each criterion will be prioritised on a distance basis, using the distance between the family's Normal Home Address and the school's nearest open entrance gate offering the closest first using a straight-line distance.

If it still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place. 

Pupils will normally be admitted at the beginning of the school year (1September to 31 August) in which they reach their fifth birthday. However, until a pupil reaches compulsory school age, parents may request a part-time place. 

On a case by case basis, the school will consider any applications for children to be educated out of National Curriculum Year Group. 

The school will operate within the locally determined Fair Access Protocol. 

DRAFT Admissions Policy 2022-2023