Guilden Morden Church of England (VC) Primary Academy

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Admissions

Admissions

 

ADMISSIONS 

Admissions into Guilden Morden Church of England Primary Academy

We welcome prospective parents to visit our school to take a look around and meet the Head Teacher.  However, as this is not possible at the moment due to Co-Vid restrictions, please do take a look at our video introduction.

 

Why choose Guilden Morden? 

Please click on this text to access an video introduction to our school

 

Please click on this text to access the video, 'A word from our Chair of Governors'

 

Please click on this text to access a video of parent interviews

 

 Our school’s catchment area consists of the villages of Guilden Morden, Steeple Morden and the surrounding villages.  ‘Reception-aged’ children are admitted to school in the September of the school year in which they become five years old. The school year runs from September 1st to August 31st of the following year. Parents of children in other year groups can apply at any time. If the year group is full the parents will be offered the right to appeal.

 

Although we are an academy school, the Cambridgeshire County Council, Local Authority (LA) takes responsibility for all admissions. Please follow this link for further details.

 

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/

 

Schools are notified of their allocation lists in April when the local authority sends letters of offer to parents. It would help us to start to plan ahead if parents choosing Guilden Morden Church of England Primary Academy also complete our own admission enquiry form.

 Places are allocated according to our Published Admission Number (PAN) and the LA’s admissions criteria. Since September 2009, our PAN has been 10. If our school is over-subscribed, criteria for selection will follow the LA admission priority:

  • verified medical need
  • residence in the catchment area of this school (Guilden Morden or Steeple Morden)
  • sibling registered at this school on the date of admission
  • applications from out of catchment area according to proximity

 

Reception children being admitted into our school are given the opportunity to spend time in the school class before they start as a 'taster session to allow children to become familiar with the enviconment and staff. Parents are also invited to meet their child’s teacher and other staff at a ‘meet our school’ afternoon.

Before your child starts school, we ask you to fill in a medical form. Please keep us updated of any changes. We also need to see your child’s ‘long’ birth certificate to verify legal details as well as confirm Parental Responsibility.

Our new Reception children have a phased start during September. This phased organisation gives us valuable time to spend with parents to help settle the children quickly and effectively into school. For children who are part of our Pre-school, 'The Ark', the process of getting to know the school, the staff and the other children starts during the year before they are due to come over to the school.  At the start of September, we plan home visits to support the transition process. Reception start during the 2nd week back in September. They have a staggered start.

  • One week of mornings only

  • One week of mornings and lunchtime (going home after lunch)

  • They will then join us for the full day.

If there are specific needs, then we will negotiate this process with their parent in order to ensure the child settles into school effectively.

Please note that future arrangements may be subject to change.

 

For further information about any issues relating to applications including appeals (the process, the forms and the timetable), please follow this link

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/