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Reception 2021

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As your child is due to start Primary school in September 2021 you will need to apply for a school place.  As a Tameside resident, you should apply using the online application form which is available on the School Admissions pages of Tameside’s website at the following address from 1st NOVEMBER 2020.

www.tameside.gov.uk/admissions

The closing date for application forms is 15th JANUARY 2021.  Any applications submitted after the closing date will be treated as ‘late’.   It is really important to apply on time. 90.98% of parents who applied on time in 2020 were allocated a place at their first preference school; only 71.12% of those who applied late got their first preference. 

We have invested in our EYFS and have well-resourced indoor and outdoor learning spaces.  We pride ourselves on our engaging learning environment, exciting book led curriculum and close parental links.  All Reception children have weekly baking, music and PE sessions (with specialist teachers). We also employ our own Artist in Residence and Speech and Language Therapist. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID – 19 we are unable to host our usual tours. We’d still love to tell you all about our wonderful school via a virtual 'Meet and Greet' Session.

If you have any further questions or, wish to book yourself on a 'Meet and Greet' Session. Please phone the School Office on: 0161 330 1691 or email: help@st-peters-ashton.tameside.sch.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Our Admissions Criteria:

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children (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. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because immediately after being looked after they became the subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order].  Supporting documentation should be provided.

2. Children who are in receipt of the service premium. (The service premium is a separate grant paid to schools and local authorities to support children whose parent(s) are currently serving or have previously served in the armed forces.) 

3. Children of families who worship within The Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-Under-Lyne.  The child must have attended a Church within the Parish of the Good Shepherd (St.Peter’s, Holy Trinity,St.Michael & All Angels, St.James and St.Gabriel) thirteen times or more in the year immediately before the application. Verification will be required from the minister or church official [see supplementary form*].

4. Children whose parents are members of staff at St. Peter’s Primary School, where: i. the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or ii. the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.  

5. Children of families who worship at other Christian Churches.  The child must have attended another church in the membership of ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’ thirteen times or more in the year immediately before the application. Verification will be required from the minister or church official [see supplementary form*].

6. Other exceptional medical or family circumstances, for which evidence will be required.  Evidence must be provided from a doctor or other agency that he/she has exceptional medical needs which means that admission to a particular school is essential, reference will normally be made to the Community Health Physician, Social Services or the Educational Psychologist, as appropriate. Governors will make a decision as to whether to admit a child under this criteria using the evidence provided. If evidence is not provided the Governors will not give higher priority under this criteria. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

7. Siblings: this will apply where the applicant has one or more brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of application, who will still be attending at the time of admission.   The sibling criterion includes; natural sisters/brothers; half-sisters/brothers; step sisters/brothers; adopted sisters/brothers; sisters/brothers of fostered children, and in each case living at the same address. This allows for the admittance of children whose siblings will still be attending the preferred school.  

8. Any other children: Priority will be given to children who live nearest the school. Distance will be measured as a straight line from the child’s home address, using the address point assigned by the National Land and Property Gazetteer, to the main gate to the school property. Measurements will be made using the local authority’s school admissions data mapping software, which employs a Geographical Information System based on Ordinance Survey.   The address from which distance will be measured will be the permanent residential address, at the time of application, of the parent with whom the child is normally resident. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the home address is the address from which the child travels to school for the majority of school days per week. If the number of days is exactly equal the home address will be that of the parent who receives the Child Benefit.  In the event of distances being the same for 2 or more applications where this distance would be the last place/s to be allocated, the place will be allocated to the pupil that is nearer using walking distance as measured using the local authority’s school admissions data mapping software.

Important

Tie-breaker: If there is oversubscription in any of the criteria, then distance from home address to school [as described in no. 8] will be used to determine the allocation of places. If this does not distinguish between two or more applicants with equal priority for the remaining place, random allocation will be used as the final tie-breaker. This will be supervised by someone independent of the school. The Supplementary form is available from the school and the local authority. Please return the supplementary form to school by the closing date.

The closing date for application forms is 15th January 2021.  Any applications submitted after the closing date will be treated as ‘late’ and will not be processed until after those submitted o

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