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St Thomas C E (VC) Junior School
George Street, Pontefract,WF7 5BG
01977 723560



Admissions to the school are controlled by Wakefield Local Education Authority (the District Council). Full details of the Authority�s policy on admissions are given in the �Guide for Parents�. This is available in all schools and at the Education Department. The policy is summarised below.

At this school, 115 pupils will normally be admitted in the school year beginning in September 2006. This is the admission number (AN) set by the Authority after consultation with the Governing Body of the school.

If the number of preferences received for a school does not exceed the Admission Number, all preferences will be met (see explanatory note 1).

All applications received will be considered in the following order:

1. Applications received by the closing date in the normal admissions round:

- for secondary applications the closing date is 21 October 2005: and

- for primary applications the closing date is 16 December 2005.

2. Late applications received between the closing date for the normal admissions round and the end of the summer term, for these applications, the following dates will apply:

- applications for secondary places received by 30 November 2005 will be accepted as if they had been received by the closing date:

- applications for primary places received by 9 January 2006 will be accepted as if they had been received  by the closing date.

Applications received after these dates: these will be regarded as late applications and will be considered after all applications received on time.

However, if there are more applications for admission to a school than there are places available, preference will be given in the following order:

(a) Children with a statement of special educational needs which names the school:

            (b) (i) Children who live in the school�s catchment area and who are in public care at the time of admission:

                  (ii) Children who live in the school�s catchment area, who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of admission (see explanatory note 4):

                  (iii) Other children who live in the school�s catchment area (see explanatory note 2):

                  (iv) Children who live in that part of the primary school�s catchment area which is designated as an option area (see explanatory note 3);

              (c) Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the school (see explanatory note 4): 

  (d) Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the school.

In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, measured as the crow flies, have priority.

Where a family of twins or triplets request admission and there is only one school place available, it will be left to the family to decide whether or not they wish to take up the place for one of their children and appeal for the second or third child in the same year group, or to decline the place.

Where a child resides with more than one parent/corer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.

Children will be placed in the appropriate category depending upon their circumstances at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to school. Changes in address will be accepted in accordance with the provisions of the Secondary and Primary Co­ordination schemes. In cases where there is an anticipated change in circumstances, documentary evidence will be required. In the event of any category being over­subscribed, places will be offered in the order of priority (a-d) detailed above.

For children with a statement of special educational need, certain other conditions also have to be satisfied. Further information can be obtained from SEN Group or Parent Partnership.

The offer of a Place at a School

Decisions will be posted 1st class to parents on:

Secondary schools                      : 1 March 2006:

Primary, infant & junior schools: 7 April 2006.

Explanatory notes 

1. Admission Numbers

Each maintained school has an Admission Number (AN). This is the number of children who can be admitted in the school year (2006/2007).

2. Catchment areas

The LEA thinks it is important that schools should serve their local communities and so each one has its own catchment area. However, parents are required to express a preference, stating their choice of school, even if this is the catchment area school.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that there will be a place for every child in their catchment area school, it cannot be guaranteed that this will always be the case.

If parents are in any doubt about the catchment area school for the area in which they live, they need to contact their local school or the Admissions Team at County Hall.

3. Option Areas (Primary schools only)

The home addresses of some parents may fall into an area that farms part of the catchment area of two schools. Parents will be informed if they live in such a designated 'option area� and will be asked to indicate their preferred school.

4. Brothers and Sisters

This category includes children with brothers or sisters (including step-brothers or sisters residing at the same address) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school, or a school on the same site, on the date of admission.

5. Families Living Outside the District Boundary

Children from families living outside the district boundary will be considered alongside those who live within the Wakefield Metropolitan District.  


If your child is going to school full-time for the first time during the school year September 2006 - July 2007

All applications must be made on Wakefield�s Common Application Form. If your child is already attending an early years class part-time in a Wakefield LEA school, you will receive a form automatically. If your child is not already attending an early years class part-time in a Wakefield LEA school, you should contact the school or contact the Education Department�s Admissions Team (see below). 

Application forms must be returned by 16 December, 2005. Late application forms will be dealt with only after those returned by this date and are therefore less likely to be successful in obtaining a place than preferences returned on time. 

If your child is already in full-time education

You should contact the headteacher of your child�s existing school who will be able to offer advice.  You must then contact the Education Department�s Admissions Team (see below).

Transfers between schools will normally only take place at the beginning of a school term and you should not remove your child from their current school until then.

If your child has a statement of special educational needs

Please see pages 32 - 35 of the �Guide for Parents: Primary� (see below).  


If your child attends the early years setting in a school, he or she will NOT automatically be entitled to a place in that school for full time education at the age of 5.

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