St John & St James is an Inclusive school that welcomes children of Christian families, other faiths and none. The Governing Body and the school are proud of the Christian values and ethos of our school and hope that parents choosing to send their children to St John & St James will embrace and participate in the Christian traditions of the school. It is hoped that parents will be in sympathy with the Religious Education and Christian worship of the school which reflects the practice of the Church of England) as it permeates all the work and influences the attitudes and relationships of everyone within the school.
When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria, in order of priority.
When considering applications for admission to the school the Governors will admit candidates in the following order:
1. Children who are in public care (looked after children)
2. Children whose parents are communicant members of and ‘regularly worship’ (at least twice a month) at St John the Baptist & St James Church and St Johns.
3. Children whose parents are communicant members of and ‘regularly worship’ at any other local Church of England Church.
4. Children whose parents are member of and ‘regularly worship’ in local Churches and Chapels of other Christian Denominations ( i.e. churches affiliated to Churches Together in Britain & Ireland and The Evangelical Alliance and The Caribbean Evangelical Alliance).
5. Children of parents / carers not falling within the criteria above but who live in close proximity to the school.
In the event that there are more applications than places, the distance of the child’s home from St John & St James School in a straight line, will be taken into account for each category.
(a) Regularly worship – By regularly we mean worship at church by a parent / carer, at least twice monthly over a period of 12 months, prior to the admissions meeting in February. References will be sought via the Supplementary Information Form which should be returned to the school.
(b) Late applications – The forms of unsuccessful and late applicants (i.e. forms arriving after the closing date) are retained by the school for one school year. If a place becomes available, it will always be allocated according to the published criteria.
When admitting children, we follow the above procedure. If you are not offered a place at St John & St James CE Primary School, you have the right to appeal against the School’s decision.
Unsuccessful applicants may appeal against a decision regarding entry of a child who would be at least five years old within six months of the date of admission to the school.
The Governors wish to deal with appeals on a personal conciliatory basis in the fist instance, though any unsuccessful applicant may choose to opt for a formal hearing. A request for reconsideration of the refusal should be presented in writing to the chair of Governors.
Should parents wish to seek a formal hearing of their appeal, this should be presented in writing to the Clerk of Appeals Committee c/o the School within fourteen days of receipt of the decision to refuse a place. The appeal would be heard by an independent Appeals Committee and appellants would have an opportunity to represent their case in writing or in person. They could be accompanied by a fired or could be represented. Details of the date, time and place would be sent to them giving at least twenty one day’s notice from the time of posting to the date of the Appeals Committee Hearing, unless they consent in writing to shorter period of notice.
RAISING CONCERNS AND RESOLVING COMPLAINTS
From time to time parents, and other connected with the school, may become aware of matters which cause them concern. To encourage resolution of such situations the Governing Body has adopted a ‘ General Complaints Procedure’.
The procedure is devised with the intention that it will:
• Usually be possible to resolve problems by informal means
• Be simple to use and understand
• Be non-adversarial
• Provide confidentiality
• Allow problems to be handled swiftly
• Address all the points at issue
• Inform future practice so that the problem is unlike to recur.
The governors have adopted the LDBS Complaints policy. Full details of the procedure may be obtained from the School Office or from the Clerk to the Governing Body.
SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS
Parents must complete a school nursery application from by the end of March in the year their child is due to start nursery.
Parents wishing to apply for a Reception class place (the school year your child will be 5) must complete a London Borough of Enfield application form and also a St John & St James supplementary application form by the end of January. You can obtain both their form from the School Office.
Mid year application forms can also be obtained from the School Office.
We welcome visits from prospective parents and ask that appointed are requested through the school office.
Parents will be asked to supply written evidence confirming that they are practising Anglicans or Christians by having a section of the supplementary form completed at their place of worship. The enable to admissions committee to consider order of priority of places as outlined in the school’s admissions policy if over subscribed.
Provisional places will be decided by the admissions committee and parents will be notified by the end of the Spring Term.
Unsuccessful applicants may appeal against the decision as outlined previously.
“This is a school where smile abound, where children are loved and cared for and where the distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school has an excellent reputation in the community.” SIAMS, March 2011
“Pupils understand the difference between right and wrong and adults praise them for their good behaviour and attitudes.” SIAMS September 2014