Admissions

Are you choosing a primary school for September 2022?
Yes – come and see us at St Paul’s CE Primary in Brentford.

School Tours are run throughout the year. Details of the next tour can be found in the calendar.

Do you have to be a churchgoer to get a place at St Paul’s?
No- myth has it that we only want children from churchgoing families. The truth is that the majority of our children are not. St Paul’s remains true to its original purpose of serving all the children of Brentford.

St Paul’s Church of England Primary School has a distinctive Christian ethos, which is at the heart of the school and provides an inclusive, caring and supportive environment where children learn and flourish in a setting shaped by Christian values. St Paul’s welcomes applications from all members of the community, those with and those without a churchgoing background.

Nursery Admissions - September 2022
The school runs a 15 hour nursery, Monday to Friday, 9am - noon. The nursery is open to children whose fourth birthday falls within the academic year. In other words, they will celebrate their fourth birthday in the academic year in which they attend nursery.

Applications for our nursery should be made on the application form on Hounslow borough nursery admission form - irrespective of the borough in which you reside. The application form as well as the information guide from the London Borough of Hounslow can be found at the foot of this page. Applications open on 01/01/22 and the deadline for submitting your application is 06/05/22. Paper copies of the form can be collected from the school office. ALL Applications must be submitted to the school office along with the proof of residence set out in the Hounslow guidance.

How to be successful in application:

First of all, come and see us and other schools. You should get a sense of which school you and your child will feel most comfortable in. We very much hope that St Paul’s feels right for you.

Compile your list of schools in your application form in the order that you most want. For the best chance of getting a place in our school put us 1st on your list.

Number of places available and admissions criteria
We offer 60 places each year across two reception classes. The governors of the school set the school’s admissions criteria which operate in the event of over-subscription. The admissions criteria for our school can be downloaded at the foot of this page.

FAQs/myth busting
The admissions criteria provide 48 places for foundation pupils (those who attend church) and 12 places for open places, surely that means that non-churchgoing families don’t stand much of a chance of getting a place?

The admissions criteria are only applied at the point of over-subscription. St Paul’s will always have places for churchgoing families, but that rarely fills the 48 places in the admissions criteria. Foundation places that are not filled, then become open places, meaning that families who are not churchgoers stand a very good chance of being offered a place at our school, provided they have selected us 1st in the order of preference.

Why should I put St Paul’s first in my admissions list?

We only ask you to do this if you really like our school and would really like to come to us. It is important to choose us first as the local authority are obliged to offer you a place at the school highest up your preference list.

The governors of St Paul’s are responsible for the admissions to the school. We work with our local authority to process admissions. Once applications close, we receive a long list from the local authority with the names of all pupils that have applied for a place at our school. What we are not told is which preference each family has given to our school.

At the point of processing admissions, we are over-subscribed and must apply our admissions criteria. We then allocate places and return our list to the local authority. Some of the pupils to whom we have offered a place may not have put us at the top of their preference and may be offered a school higher up their preference list. This reopens a place at our school, however if other families on the list for our school have put us as a lower preference, possibly because they are not churchgoers, they will never know that they have been offered a place at our school, as they will only be informed of the school highest in their list of preferences which has offered them a place. This is why we encourage those families that like our school to put us first or second in their preference list.

In-Year Admissions
Mainstream In-year admissions to our school are for families moving into the area at any time of the year, whose children are already of school age. Applications should be made through the school admissions department for Hounslow Borough. Once the application has been accepted by the borough it will be passed on to our school. If we have a place, we will invite you to tour the school to process the admission. In the event of over-subscription, we apply our admissions criteria. If the year group is full, we will invite you to join the school’s waiting list.

Appeals

Parents have the right to appeal for a place at St Paul’s School when we (the admissions authority) have been unable to offer you a place. Your appeal will be heard by an appeals panel who are totally independent of the admissions authority and have had no involvement with any decision made to date about your child. Information about appeals, the appeals timetable and the appeals form are attached below.

Admissions 2023-24

Our admissions criteria from 2023 onwards have changed. We have simplified our admission criteria to make things simpler for local families. Our criteria from 2023 onwards are exactly the same as most local schools. Looked after Children have the highest priority, with all other places allocated in essence by distance. Our Church of England primary school retains its strong Christian ethos, but we are removing ‘foundation’ places from our criteria. You have never needed to be a churchgoer to attend our school, our new admissions criteria reflect this. From the 2023 admission round (starting in January 2023) you do not have to complete an additional supplementary form. Our 2023-24 admissions criteria were consulted on in 2021-22 and determined by governors in February 2022. They are attached below.



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