Admissions and transfers

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At St Aidan’s, we are committed to providing high quality education to children in our neighbourhood. Some will have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability. The arrangements for admitting these children are the same as for all others.

For some years, St Aidan’s has been over-subscribed in all classes; a maximum of 30 children are admitted into each year group. The school follows Haringey’s admissions policy and in keeping with government recommendations, children in care are given priority admission.

Parents and carers who wish to apply for a place need to make an appointment  with the School Office (020 8340 2352) if they wish to view the school.  Parents and carers of children with SEN or disabilities are encouraged to visit the school prior to admission to discuss their child’s needs so that we are clear about the support that their child will need. Where possible, we will liaise with previous placements and involved professionals.

Casual and out-of-borough admissions (including children with Statements of Special Educational Needs) follow the same criteria for admissions and applications are considered as they arise.

Nursery

Children are admitted to the Nursery at the start of the term immediately after their third birthday. Admission to nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.

Reception

Children join Reception at the beginning of the academic year (1st September – 31st August) in which they will be five. During the summer term parents and carers of children who have been offered places are invited to an introductory meeting at which details of the school day are discussed.

Appeals

Parents whose children are not offered places at the school are entitled to appeal against the decision to the Local Authority.

Transfer to secondary school

Children transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6 when they are 11. Application forms and information about secondary schools are provided at meetings held at the beginning of that year, in the Autumn Term. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend one of these meetings to discuss the process.

Parents are required to list up to six choices for secondary school. Admission criteria vary, but siblings, proximity to the school and selection tests are the most significant factors in the allocation of places. The year 6 teacher will advise and support parents throughout the application process and will help with appeals should they become necessary.

Download the Induction and Transition Procedure.