Parents wishing to admit their child to school should either visit school or telephone for an appointment. They will be issued with a Primary Admission form at the appropriate time which should be returned to school. Records are kept on a list of each child’s details.
Local Authority Admissions Policy
The current admissions policy is operated by St. Helens Council on behalf of the school via the publication “Admissions to Primary School – Information for Parents”, copies of which are available through the school. Points to note in this policy are:
1. A child cannot be registered at a primary school until a year before the child is due to be admitted.
2. Children become of statutory age at the beginning of the first term after they reach the age of five, but it has been practice in St. Helens Authority to admit children at an earlier date wherever and whenever possible. The Authority’s policy has been for all pupils to have the opportunity to be admitted to Reception Class on a full-time basis in September, i.e. at the beginning of the academic year in which the child is five.
3. Whilst parents can exercise preference as to which school they wish their child to attend, such a school would normally be the one which serves the area in which they reside.
4. An admission form can be obtained from the Headteacher of the school.
5. Procedures for admission:
a) Parents should contact the Headteacher of the school they wish to attend in order to complete an admission form. The forms should be returned to the school. This is normally done in the Autumn Term.
b) Parents residing outside the Borough of St. Helens should contact the Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Admissions Section, for further advice.
c) Every attempt will be made to meet parents’ first preference, but if demand exceeds the number of places available, a place may be offered elsewhere. It is, therefore, essential on the Admissions form to state a 1st, 2nd and 3rd preference of school.
d) At the present time, the admission limit for Queen’s Park CE/URC Primary is 60 pupils per year group. If demand exceeds this number, then priority is given to:
i. Children who have a brother or sister presently attending Queen’s Park School
ii. Children whose family home is nearest school, the measurement being taken from the front door of the family home to the nearest school gate via the shortest route along public highways.
e) A parent may appeal against the allocation of a child to a particular school by completing the Appeal Form which is provided when the first preference cannot be met. The completed form must reach the Children and Young People’s Services Appeals Board. The parent will have the opportunity to attend and make oral representations and may be accompanied by a friend or be represented. Parents will receive the decision in writing.