Admissions

Are you choosing a primary school for September 2023?
Yes – come and see us at St Paul’s CE Primary in Brentford.

St Paul’s CE Primary School has served the community of Brentford since 1873. Come and see us to find out what makes us the right school for you child.

You don’t have to be a Christian to come to our nursery or school. For admissions in September 2023, our admission criteria are the same as other local schools:

1) Looked after Children

2) Distance

As with all schools, priority is given to families with siblings already in the school, but we have plenty of places for all the children of Brentford.

Our Christian foundation underpins our work and is inclusive of all families of faith and those with no faith. We are a Brentford school for all the families of Brentford.

Why choose us?

When your child joins the St Paul’s family they will:

· Experience the love of learning through our unique curriculum, delivered by an enthusiastic and talented team who want you child to achieve the best they can, academically and socially.

· Grow as an individual; their talents will be identified and nurtured through a broad curriculum, which embraces our local community and will develop their understanding of the world around them.

We achieve good academic outcomes for children at all stages in the school as a result of a carefully planned and exciting curriculum, taught by an enthusiastic, caring and talented team of staff.

Come and see us!

The best way to choose a school is to see it in action. The fancy video is no replacement for a real tour of the school. We have tours and other events for prospective families throughout the year. Please see below:

Thursday 22nd September at 2 pm

Friday 30th September at 9.30 am

Friday 7th October at 9.30 am

Thursday 13th October at 2 pm

Thursday 20th October at 7 pm – Evening meeting

Tuesday 8th November at 2 pm

Friday 25th November at 9.30 am

Thursday 8th December at 2 pm

Friday 6th January 2023 at 9.30 am

Thursday 12th January 2023 at 9.30 am

Friday 3rd March 2023 at 9.30 am

Friday 21st April 2023 at 9.30 am

Thursday 27th April 2023 at 2 pm

For more information on tours and to reserve places, please call our friendly office team on: 020 8560 3297 or send an email to the school office on: office@stpauls.hounslow.sch.uk

Don’t just take our word for it, read what our children, parents and staff have said about us recently:

Our children say:

The lessons are enjoyable, you get to do discussions, which boosts your confidence.

I can play with my friends and learn something every day.

I feel safe and do lots of learning.

I like English because it allows me to be creative with writing.

I feel safe in school because teachers deal with problems well and help you when you are upset.

We get to make friends across the classes and year groups.

Our parents say:

My daughter likes going to the school. It seems to make learning fun and I’m surprised how much they’re learning at such a young age.

The school is very much part of Brentford community and this is evident in its culture and the values it instils in the children.

A close, small church school, that tries their best. Maintains Christian values for structure in the child’s life.

It is a very well-run school. Everyone seems to be really engaged and genuinely caring about the school and pupils. Lovely school.

My son loves this school, I really recommend it for all pupils. I can’t say anything is wrong about the school – he just loves it.

The school environment is perfect for the sound development of all the child. The child is always encouraged to have confidence. The staff and teachers are very caring and helpful and loving to the children.

This is a school in which every child will have a chance to improve and develop.

Lovely community, friendly school where teachers [and] head remember and are personable with the children. It’s nice to see the child’s name is always greeted by different teachers, child doesn’t get lost in the school/community system.

Our staff say:

We really know our children!

I stay at St Paul’s because I love working here.

Everyone is welcome.

Every day is different.

We await final feedback from our recent OFSTED inspection in June 2022, but are sure that there will be things to celebrate in their feedback too.

Nursery Admissions - September 2023

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 will be published in January 2023

In Year Admissions

We welcome in year admissions from families moving into the area or where a school move out of the normal admission round is necessary. Applications for places from Reception to Year 6 should be made through the Hounslow borough admissions team. If you need help or advice, please call our friendly office team on 020 8560 3297. In Year admissions for the nursery can be arranged through the school.

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 from September 2023 are identical to local schools.

FAQs/myth busting
Do I need to submit a supplementary information form?

No. For admission from September 2023 our places are all ‘open’ places. This means they are like any other school: 1. Looked After Children, 2. Distance. Just like any other school there is a preference for those with siblings already in the school. Other church schools may have admissions criteria which reserve or allocate a preference for church attendance, but we DO NOT. True to our foundation, we are here to serve the families of Brentford and others in our locality.

Why should I put St Paul’s first on 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.

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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