ASHURST CE AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL
Ashurst is a small village Church of England (Aided) Primary School for pupils aged 4 - 11 years. As an Aided school, admissions are decided by the Governing Body in accordance with arrangements made with West Sussex County Council (LA).
Parents seeking a placement for their child at Ashurst CE Aided Primary School must apply to the Local Authority for a formal Application Form and to the school for a Supplementary Information Form.
The last date for completed Application Forms to be submitted to the LA is 15th January 2021.
The last date for completed Supplementary Information Forms to be returned to the school is 15th January 2021.
Local Authority Admissions Information can be found here:
https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-places/ and from the WSCC Starting School Information for Parents & Carers link on our website.
The Admissions Panel of the school's Governing Body meets in the Spring Term to consider all pupils formally registered by the LA for entry the following academic year, and to decide on the allocation of places in accordance with the criteria for admission, stated in the school's Admission Policy.
Parents of all pupils formally registered as seeking a place at Ashurst CE Aided Primary School, are notified by the LA in April 2021 of the outcome of the Governors’ Meeting (date to be confirmed).
The school year consists of three terms: the Autumn Term which begins in September, the Spring Term which begins in January and the Summer Term which begins in April. Full-time educational provision in school normally begins at the start of the term of the pupil's fifth birthday.
Prior to starting school, children are invited to meet their teacher and join in general activities for one morning during the half term before their enrolment.
Governors' Admission Policy
In their Admissions Policy, the Governors have laid down the criterion by which applications for admissions to the school are considered, in the event of oversubscription:
The criterion order is as follows:-
1 ‘Looked After Child’ as defined by Section 22 of the 1989 Children’s Act:
Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 128
The Education (Admission of Looked After Children) (England) Regulations 2006.
2. —(1) In these Regulations —
"relevant looked after child" means a child who is looked after by a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time an application for his admission to a school is made, and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when he is admitted to the school;
2 Children of parents who reside in the ecclesiastical parish of Ashurst and whose parents are regular* worshippers of St James Church, Ashurst.
3 Children who will have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission and who reside in the ecclesiastical parish# of Ashurst.
4 Children of parents who reside in the ecclesiastical parish of Ashurst.
5 Children who will have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission and whose parents are regular* worshipers at St James Church, Ashurst.
6 Children who will have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
7 Children of parents who do not reside in the ecclesiastical parish of Ashurst and who regularly* worship at St James Church, Ashurst.
8 Children of parents who regularly* worship at a Christian church other than St James Church, Ashurst.
9 Other children.
The school’s admissions limit for each year group is eight.
When deciding between applicants who have equal entitlement under the above criteria, priority will be given to those children who live nearest to the school according to West Sussex County Council.
* Regular is defined as attendance at a Sunday service once a month over a period of two years prior to formal application ie in October. In the event of parents taking up residence in Ashurst Parish within the two year qualifying period, the Governors will accept a reference from the Parish Priest where the parents were formerly resident.
~ Reference to parents includes: legal guardians, either or both parents, or a sole parent.
Parents must approach the LA for information on the school’s ‘catchment area’.
Please note that for all of the criteria, the postal address of the child will be that of the parent or parents with whom he/she resides.
There is a ‘Right to Appeal’. For more information please contact the school.
Visits to School
Prior to starting school, children are invited to meet their teacher and join in general activities during the half term before their enrolment.
Parents seeking admission for a child to the school at ages between 4 and 11 should apply to the Headteacher. If the child is already attending another local school, the school's headteacher should also be kept informed.
Transfer at age 11
At age 11 most children transfer to Steyning Grammar School.