Application for places in the Reception class is made through the East Sussex coordinated admissions scheme on standard East Sussex preference forms. Parents are also requested to complete a separate governors’ admission form, as the Governing Body, is the admitting authority.
In the event of applications exceeding the number of places available, the governing body has agreed the following priorities for allocating places in Reception;
1. Baptised Catholic children. [priority given to children living and worshipping in the parish of St. Pancras. Baptism certificates or other proof would be required to confirm that applicants are in category 1.]
2.Other local children who have chosen the school as their first priority and whose parents will accept and support the Catholic ethos of the school, followed by second and then third priority.
Overall priority is given in each category to children in exceptional need [including children in public care and those with exceptional medical or social needs, supported by documentary evidence from relevant professionals]. Separate procedures apply for children with a statement of SEN.
If there are more applications than places available in any category, the following tie breakers will be used:
Siblings of children already at the school;
Those living closest to the school [calculated using the standard LEA method.
Children are admitted to school in September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls and attend part time until the term in which they become 5, when they begin full time:
St. Pancras is a Voluntary Aided School which operates under the Trustees of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and offers a Catholic education. Applications are considered from Catholic families and other families who accept and uphold the caring and inclusive Catholic ethos of the school. The published admission number for the Reception class is 20.
For admission of children already at school and wishing to transfer to St. Pancras, parents should make an appointment with the Headteacher and complete a governors’ admission form for each child. Visits made to the school or appointments with the Headteacher do not form part of the selection process. The school does not operate a waiting list.
Parents who are refused admission for their child have the right to appeal. To appeal, parents should in the first instance write to the Chair of Governors. Appeals are heard by an independent panel which is empowered to give a decision binding on the Governing Body.
For clarification of any of the above procedures, parents are advised to contact the Headteacher.