Admission to school
The process for applying to primary, junior and middle schools in Hertfordshire for September opened on the 7th November 2016.
You are very welcome to come and visit our lovely school. Please phone the school office on 01707 872395 to make an appointment to look round.
It is vital that parents and carers make their applications before the closing date of 15 January 2017.
The easiest way to apply for a school place for September 2017 is to visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions and complete the online application form. Online applications can be amended at any time up to the closing date and the school offer can be viewed and responded to before allocation letters are received.
Extensive information about the admissions process is available on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions
Leaflets explaining how to apply will be distributed to families at the beginning of November. They will be posted directly to families with children who will be Reception age.
Admission Rules for Ponsbourne St. Mary’s 2017/2018
Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names their school. Schools must also admit children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.
If there are fewer applications than places available at a school all applicants will be admitted. If there are more applications than places available, the criteria outlined below will be used to prioritise applications.
Rule 1: Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order)*.
Rule 2: Medical or Social
Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school*.
A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.
(Rule 3: Linked school
Not applicable at Ponsbourne St. Mary’s)
Rule 4: Sibling
Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application*.
This applies to Reception through to Year 5.
Rule 5: Nearest School
Children for whom it is their nearest community or voluntary-controlled school or an own admitting school or academy² using Hertfordshire County Council’s admission rules.
Rule 6: Distance
Children who live nearest to the school.
Children not considered under rule 5 will be considered under rule 6.
These rules are applied in the order they are printed above. If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie break will be used by applying the next rule to those children.
When there is a need for a tie break where two different addresses are the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random. Every child entered onto the HCC admissions database has an individual random number assigned, between 1 and 1 million, against each preference school. When there is a need for a final tie break the random number is used to allocate the place, with the lowest number given priority.
*Please see the ‘Explanatory notes and definitions 2017/18’ document for a full explanation/definition.
Summer Born Children
Children usually start Reception class in the September after their 4th birthday.
However, if your child is “summer born” (their date of birth is between 1 April 2013 and 31 August 2013), you might feel they're not ready to start school.
If your child is summer born, you can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2017, after their 4th birthday.
Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2018, after your child’s 5th birthday. Please do come and discuss this decision with us.
Staying at nursery another year
If your summer born child is in nursery and you want to keep the place another year rather than moving onto a Reception class, you must let us know before the end of spring term. That's before the Easter break.
If you don't let us know, we may offer the place to another child.
Free early education
You can get 15 hours free early education for 38 weeks a year from when your child is 3 up until the compulsory school age of 5.
If you decide to delay your child starting school, they will still get these hours until the age of 5.
Nursery Admissions Policy