Admissions


Admission Arrangements

Prospective parents are always encouraged to come and visit our school. Appointments can be made via the school Reception.

The admission arrangements are in accordance with the guidance issued by Essex Local Education Authority, entitled ‘Primary Education in Essex.’ This document sets out Parents rights and responsibilities regarding school admission in Essex. The following passage identifies the subtle, but significant change in admission arrangements:

“As required by law all infant and primary schools provide for the full-time admission of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday…the law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday.”

Applications for Places

Catchment area admissions will be administered by Essex County Council. Out of catchment admissions require the completion of applications and approval by the appropriate Area Pupil Services Team. If a school place has been secured through false information provided, the power exists to withdraw the place offered.
Admissions Procedure

Each school has a published Number Intended to Admit, known as NIA. The NIA is identified in the guidance issued by Essex Local Education Authority, entitled ‘Primary Education in Essex’. In 2014-15 Holy Trinity Primary School can admit 30 children.

Priority for admissions to the school up to the NIA is settled on the following criteria:

A brother or sister attending the school at the time of application and determination;
The straight line distance between home and school.

In the case of Community and Voluntary Controlled schools medical reasons may be considered if supported by medical evidence, irrespective of the previous criteria.

Application issues

If you are at all unsure about applying for a school place, please feel free to contact a member of the school Administration staff.

Tips on completing your applications

  • Use all your choices. If you leave choices blank, you may be allocated a school you really do not want;
  • Visit plenty of schools. Listen to the thoughts of others, but don’t be blinkered by the opinions of others. What may be right for their children, may not be right for yours;
  • Apply as soon as you can. We suggest that you get your application done early, avoid the late rush.
  • Take your children with you when you visit. It’s vital that your children get the opportunity to see the schools you visit; you may be shocked at their level of perception!
  • When you visit a school talk to the children and people that you meet, children in particular can offer a good insight into life in school and they will invariably be really honest in their appraisal!

Visiting Holy Trinity

At Holy Trinity it is our policy to invite senior pupils to show new and prospective parents around the school – our children are our greatest ambassadors and know so much about our school. They also empathise with your children and know what they will want to know.

To visit Holy Trinity call our office to make an appointment.

Applications for Places

Please register your child with the school by the annual application deadline of 15th January.

Catchment area admissions will be administered by the school. Out of catchment admissions require the completion of applications and approval by the appropriate Area Pupil Services Team. Decisions will be made, in consultation with Headteacher’s after the annual deadline of April 16th.

If a school place has been secured through false information provided, the power exists to withdraw the place offered.

Appeals Mechanism

If your child has been refused a place at your chosen school you have the right to appeal. An independent appeal panel hears these appeals. If you choose to appeal against your refusal, there will be a period of time for you to make the appeal. After that period you may still appeal but your chances of success may be jeopardised by the restricted number of school places.

If you are at all unsure about applying for a school place, please feel free to contact a member of the school Administration staff or Mr Smith, our Head teacher.

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