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St. Paul's is a one-form entry Church of England Primary School.

To apply for admission to the school, please contact the local authority on 020 8547 4610 or visit Kingston School Admissions Information.

If you wish to have church attendance taken into consideration when your child's application is considered, please complete the 'Supplementary Form' and return it to the school, not the local authority.  The local authority manages the waiting list for all primary schools in the borough.

Parents and children are most welcome to make preliminary visits to the School. Please contact the school office for an appointment to see the Head Teacher.

In Kingston, children have the opportunity to start full-time education from September.  If you prefer, your child can attend part-time until later in the school year but only until the child reaches compulsory school age.  Once places have been offered this can be discussed with the Headteacher.

Towards the end of the summer term children starting in September are invited to spend a few hours in the classroom.  This allows them to meet their teacher and will help make their first few days at school more pleasurable.  To help children settle more easily their start days and times are staggered.  The reception teacher also visits local playgroups and nurseries to introduce herself to the children before they start school.

We aim to treat every person as an individual and special arrangements are made for the admission of pupils with disabilities to ensure that the child’s needs are met.

Meet the Headteacher - for prospective parents

Due to the current guidelines, we are unable to hold our usual school tours for prospective parents. Instead, we will be offering the chance for you to meet with our Headteacher remotely, who will tell you more about St Paul's and what it is like to be a pupil at our school. There will be a chance for parents to see photographs of the school facilities and to ask any questions they may have. Our SENDCo will also be available at the meeting to answer questions. 

The meetings will take place via 'Google Meet' on the following dates and will last approximately an hour:

Tuesday 20th October at 10:30am

Wednesday 11th November at 1:30pm

if you would like to register to attend one of these meetings, please contact the school office and leave your name and a contact email. We will contact you the day before the meeting with a reminder of the time and a link to join. 

Admission Arrangements for September 2021/2022

Admission Policy September 2021/22

Supplementary Information Form

The governing body of St Paul’s C of E Primary School has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted whilst churches are closed or attendance at church is unsafe due to COVID19. This statement has been shared widely with churches in order to ensure that determinations made by relevant ministers concerning church attendance are being made on a consistent basis.

If a parent/carer attended a given church prior to the closing of churches for public worship, then where a parent/carer has not subsequently attended worship at a given church for a given period a parent/carer will be considered to have attended worship at that church for that period where either of the following apply:

  1. a) the church was closed for public worship;
  2. b) by returning to church the parent/carer would not be taking account of government guidance concerning shielding (available here) and protecting persons either moderately or extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19.

If there are more applicants than places the following criteria will be applied.

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.

2. Children who have an exceptional, medical or social need that makes the school the most suitable.

3. Sibling living in the same household at the time of admission.

4. Children with a parent/carer is an active member of the worshipping community in St. Paul’s, Hook or another Christian Church in the parish of Hook with Southborough.

Note: An active member of a worshipping community is defined as an adult attending at least two acts of Parish worship each month over a period of at least one year prior to application. 

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

Written evidence of applicants' commitment to their place of worship will be required at the time of application on the School’s Supplementary Information Form which must be returned to the school.

5. Proximity to school.

How places have been offered (30 places)

 

2018

2019

2020

Number of applications

127

150

140

Looked after children

0 0 0

Exceptional and medically supported reasons

0 0 0

Siblings

8 7 15

St Paul’s Church Hook

2 1 3

Another Christian Church in the parish of Hook with Southborough for whom St Paul’s is the nearest church school

3 1 1

Distance

17 21 11

Distance of last child offered

0.725km 0.739km 0.371km

Number of appeals heard

0

0

1

Number of successful appeals

0

0

0

There is a waiting list

Yes

Yes

Yes

Admissions Appeals

Forms to make an appeal against an admissions decision are available from the school office: office@sph.rbksch.org. Form must be within 20 school days of the place being allocated.