Admissions Arrangements

St John’s Meads Church of England  Primary School is an academy within the  Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. The School’s Local Governing Body is the admissions authority responsible for the admission arrangements and its implementation. The Arrangements has been written after consultation with the Diocese, Local Authority, Admissions Forum and other schools in the area. St John’s Meads has a Christian ethos and aims to provide a caring environment in which pupils are encouraged to reach their full potential in academic work and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Admissions Contact office@meads.e-sussex.sch.uk
School Tel 01323 730255
 Headteacher  Mrs Katherin Weeks
Chair of Governors Mrs Jan Meyer (January 2021)

Parents of children who are starting school in September 2021 are welcome to call the school office to make an appointment to speak with    Katherin Weeks by telephone as we are not currently able to invite parents in to view the school.   

Call the school office 01323 730255 with your details and contact number and we will arrange the telephone appointment.

Please see below links to our School Prospectus, the Admission Arrangements/Policy and the *Clergy Reference form which needs to be submitted by 15th January  2021 if an application is made under Criteria 2 or 3 of our Admission Arrangements.  There is also information on how places were allocated in previous years.

School Prospectus

Admission Arrangements 2021

Clergy Reference Form 2021

Allocations to Reception Class in previous years

During the COVID19 pandemic, churches and other religious buildings have been closed by law for public worship and for other uses.

Since the school’s over-subscription criteria include church attendance, (at a specified frequency and period of time) parents and their children are unable to meet this criterion under the terms of our current admissions arrangements.

“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”.

Latest Guidance on Admissions Variant- Diocese of Chichester Education Dept

If you have any questions regarding this variant please contact the school office by email: office@meads.e-sussex.sch.uk

East Sussex operates a co-ordinated admission scheme for primary schools. Applications should be made on the East Sussex County Council application form completed in accordance with the information provided in its School Admissions Booklet, available online via the East Sussex website.

Key dates for applications

  • Apply online from 12 September 2020
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2021
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2021
  • Induction days: summer term 2021

In Year Applications (2020)

Parents who are interested in a place for their child during a school year should contact the school office to check the availability of places.  If places are available in any class, parents must make an online application with the local authority before a place is considered or offered by the Governing Body.  Places are allocated according to the strict guidelines of the Admission Arrangements and Policy of the school.

In Year application via the Synergy portal on the local authority website: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admissions/in-year

Deadline for Appeals for In Year Places: Within 25 days of being told your application was unsuccessful. The Appeal will be within 30 days of the school receiving the appeal form.

office@meads.e-sussex.sch.uk or 01323 730255

Detailed Guidance on School Admission Appeals 

Appeals Procedure for Reception & Y3 Admissions September 2021

An Independent Panel will hear Appeals. The Governing Board coordinates with the local authority, East Sussex County Council Timetable to administer appeals

Starting school

Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the school term following their fifth birthday. This means they must attend school on a full time basis from this point. Children are able to start school in the September before their fifth birthday.

If your child turns five between:

  • 1 September 2021 and 31 December 2021 they are allowed to start school at the start of term one (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term three.
  • 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2022 they are allowed to start school at the start of term one or term three (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term five.
  • 1 April 2022 and 31 August 2022 they are allowed to start school, at the start of term one, term three or term five either full or part time.

Department for Education Guidance ‘Advice on the admission of summer born children’

Waiting List

Children refused a place may, at their parents’ request, be put on a waiting list, where priorities will also be determined by over-subscription criteria set out in the Admission Arrangements

Waiting Lists – General Information

Parents may ask for their child to be placed on waiting lists where it has been necessary to restrict entry to a particular year group. Children can be placed on more than one waiting list but only for schools which were named on the school application form. An application must be completed with the local authority before a child can be placed on the waiting list.

How Waiting Lists Work

Waiting lists must follow the School Admission Policy criteria for entry and, if there are more children within the same criterion, priority is given according to the School Admission Policy. It can be expected therefore that a child’s position on any waiting list can change as other pupils join or leave the list whilst it is running.

Applying to join the Waiting List

To apply: Contact the Headteacher, St John’s Meads CE Primary School, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 7XS.

Waiting lists will run until the end of the *2nd term in which the application is processed.  You will need to inform the school if you wish to extend this time. Parents can ask at any time where their child features on a waiting list.

*2 terms 1st September to 31st December: 1st January to 30th April: 1st May to 31st August:

If a place becomes available, parents will be notified in writing and given 14 days to decide to accept or decline the place. If the child stays at his or her current school, he or she will be removed from the waiting list and the vacancy offered to the next child.

In Year Appeals

St John’s Meads Church of England  Primary School is an academy within the  Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. The School’s Local Governing Body is the admissions authority responsible for the admission arrangements and its implementation. An independent panel will hear appeals.  To find out more about the Appeals Procedure, please follow the link below.

Appeal Procedures and Guide

Resources

 East Sussex County Council – Admissions
 Infant Class Size Legislation