Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy is different from neighbouring Local Authority schools because it maintains strong links with the Diocese and as such has a distinctive Christian ethos. We provide for children of Christian parents seeking a Christian education and welcome parents of other faiths or of no particular faith.
The Admissions Policy of the Governors seeks to maintain the Christian character of this Church of England academy while offering opportunities for children of different faiths and cultural backgrounds to learn together.
If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy, you should send your Supplementary Information Form to the Headteacher. You must also complete the Local Authority Preference Form. If you do not complete the Local Authority preference form you cannot be considered for a place at Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy even if you have completed the school's supplementary information form. Copies of both these forms are available from the Main Office in the school.
Christian Ethos Statement
Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy is a Church of England Primary Academy with a distinctively Christian ethos. This underpins the values of the school and reflects its nature. We ask all parents applying for a place here to recognise and support this ethos and its importance to the school. This does not affect the rights of parents who are not of the faith of the school to apply for and be considered for a place here.
The criteria used to allocate places have been set by the Governing Body of Holy Trinity
C.E. Primary Academy and are as follows:
- Children who are looked after by the Local Authority (in line with section 22 of the Children Act). See Note 1.
- Children with a brother or sister currently attending this school (as defined by the Local Authority) who will be at the school at the date of admission. See Note 2.
- Children who with their parent(s) or carer(s) are regularly involved in the worship and work of Holy Trinity Church, Birchfield. The written support of the vicar will be required. See Note 3.
- Children who have attended Holy Trinity Academy Nursery class. See Note 4.
- Children who with their parent(s) or carer(s) are regularly involved in the worship and work of any Christian Church in the ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity Church, Birchfield. The written support of the vicar or minister will be required. See Note 3.
- Children who with their parent(s) or carer(s) are regularly involved in the worship and work of any Christian Church in an ecclesiastical parish sharing a boundary with that of Holy Trinity, Birchfield. The written support of the vicar or minister will be required. See Note 3.
- Children who live within the ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity, Birchfield, (maps showing the Parish boundary are available in the school and the Church) of any faith or none and who are in sympathy with the ethos of this Church Academy.
- Other children.
- Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names Holy Trinity C.E. Primary Academy will be offered a place first. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.
- For those applying under the faith criteria the Supplementary Information Form must be completed. The Vicar/minister/pastor of the church must complete that part of the form specified with the name of the church attended. Regular attendance means attendance at church worship at least once a month.
- Under priority 2 a brother or sister must live at the same address and could be:
- A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
- a half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one parent; a stepbrother or stepsister, where two children are related by a parent's marriage or civil partnership (a formal arrangement that gives same-sex couples the same legal status as married couples);
- the separate children of a couple who live together; or
- an adopted or fostered brother or sister.
- There is no guarantee of transfer from nursery to reception class. Parents must apply on the Local Authority Common Application form for a place in a reception class.
- If offering places within any one of the criteria would cause the schools admission number to be exceeded, then children living nearest will be offered first. Distances are measured by the Local Authority admissions system using ADDRESS-POINT®. ADDRESS-POINT provides a national grid co-ordinate and a unique reference for each postal address in Great Britain. The grid reference is provided to a resolution of 0.1 metre (10cm). The accuracy of each ADDRESS-POINT is such that each point will fall within the addressed building. If two or more applicants share the same distance to a school and a place is available the applicant to whom the place will be offered will be determined by the Local Authority by random selection.
- Waiting lists are produced in strict order of priority, against the over-subscription criteria and are managed by the Local Authority. Waiting lists are kept until the end of the Autumn Term. After this a Local Authority change of school application form will need to be completed.
- Applications or changes to your application received after the closing date and before the Governors' admissions meeting will be deemed to have been made late, but will be considered if possible. Applications received after the Governors' decision meeting will also be deemed to have been made late and will be considered after applications with the same priority that were received on time (unless there are particular circumstances which, in the opinion of the Governors, prevented you from applying earlier).
- If possible places will be offered at the same school to twins, triplets and children from other multiples births, as long as this would not result in a breach of infant class size legislation. If only one place can be offered the parent will choose which child should have the place.
- The home address is the place where the child is permanently resident with his or her parents. When a child lives between two addresses, the address used for offering a school place will be where the child lives for most of the school week (Monday to Friday). Documentary evidence may be required. if care is split equally, parents can choose which address will be used.
- Applications for a school place at any time other than the normal time for admission (in-year admission) should be made to the Admissions Team of the Local Authority in whose area you live. The application will be processed by the Local Authority. If there is a vacancy in the relevant year group a place will be offered.
- The Governing Body recognises its duty to comply with the Local Authority Fair Access Protocol to provide fair access to school for pupils who need a school place because they have missed, or are at risk of missing, education.
- Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse their child a place in the school may appeal in writing to the Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.
Supplementary information forms are available from the academy.
A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for or is the legal guardian of the child. Where admission arrangements refer to "parents attendance at Church" it is sufficient for just one parent to attend. Family members include only parents as defined above and siblings.
For the academic year 2017/2018 the Governing Body has offered up to 26 part-time places in the Nursery. For a place in our Nursery class parents must fill in an Admission form before the set date in March if they wish their child to be considered for a place in the following September. We also ask to see the child's Birth Certificate and take a copy of this for our records. If the Birth Certificate is not British, we are obliged to ask to see proof of eligibility to be in the country. Children are considered for the Nursery in the academic year in which they become 4 years old.
A child in the Nursery MUST be brought and collected at the appropriate time by an ADULT. This is a condition of accepting a place in the Nursery.
Doors to the school are opened at 8.45am for children to come in for the 'Meet & Greet session.
Nursery times are 9.00am - 12.00pm Monday to Friday.
Children who are accepted into the Nursery class are not guaranteed places in the Reception class the following year. All Reception places must be applied for centrally (see next section). Nursery children fall into criterion 4 on the Admission Criteria.
We currently offer up to 30 places in the Reception class. Parents must fill in an Admission Form for the Local Authority AND a Supplementary Form for the School before a set date in January if they wish their child to be considered for a place in the following September. We will ask to see the child's Birth Certificate and take a copy of it for our records. If the Birth Certificate is not British, we ask to see proof of eligibility to be in the country. We will also need to see proof of the address at which parents live with the child e.g. a current utilities bill. Children are considered for the Reception Class in the academic year in which they become 5 years old. Children who have attended our Nursery class still have to complete the Local Authority Admission Form to be admitted to the Reception class.
The Admission Policy will be applied by the school but places will be offered by the Local Authority. Families will receive forms from the Local Authority to be completed and returned to them by a stated date in January.In order to be considered for a place at Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School, applicants must also complete an Admission Form for the School itself.
For all those wishing to appeal for a reception place in 2017 please note that in order to guarantee an appeal hearing being heard before the summer holidays and appeal forms must be submitted to the school by 22nd May 2017
A child in the Reception class MUST be brought and collected at the appropriate time by an ADULT. This is a condition of accepting a place in the Reception class.
Reception Class times are 9.00am - 3.15pm. Monday to Thursday.
9.00am. - 1.15pm Friday.
Nursery and Reception Parents
The parents of new children being admitted to both Nursery and Reception must attend an Induction meeting in May/June prior to the children starting in September. It is very important that parents attend the meeting because a great deal of information about the school is given out and it is an opportunity to meet the child's Class Teacher and discuss any important issues with them. Children attend on the same day and spend some time in their new classroom and with their new teacher.
At the beginning of the Autumn Term and before the children start school, the two Nursery staff will make home visits to all the children who will be starting in the Nursery class in September. These meetings are set up to help with the information gathering process for the Foundation Stage Profile and are an important part of helping your child settle into school. At the Induction Meeting parents will receive an Appointment Card giving details of the date and time of the appointment for the home visit. Unless this visit has been completed, your child will not be able to start in the Nursery class and the Nursery place may be withdrawn and offered to another child on the Waiting List.
Parents of children starting in the Reception class must attend a meeting in school with the two staff from the Reception class. The Appointment cards will be given out at the Induction Meeting giving the date and time of the appointment. These meetings are set up to continue the information gathering process for the Foundation Stage Profile. Unless this appointment is kept, your child will not be able to start in the Reception Class.
Years 1 - 6
From September 2012, parents who wish their children to move here mid way through their Primary schooling must fill in an internal School Admission Form for this School if they wish their child to be considered for a place here. This Form is available from School. We also ask to see the child's Birth Certificate and take a copy of it for our records. If the Birth Certificate is not British, we are obliged to ask to see proof of eligibility to be in the country. We will also need to see proof of the address at which parents live with the child e.g. a current utilities bill. If children are moving from another school then parents must understand that the Headteacher will contact the other school to find out any relevant information about the child/ren. Children will be admitted to a class if there is a vacancy in the year group. As from September 1999 the maximum number in each class is 30 children. This means that we cannot take in more than 30 children in any year group. If there is a vacancy in a year group, the child will normally be admitted on the following day in order to give the class teacher time to prepare for a new pupil in the class.
The links below provide a copy of our application form that you can download, complete and return to the academy.