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Applying On-line for a School Place

Applying Online for a Nursery, Primary or Secondary School Place for September 2018

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/schools-education/school-admissions/

Why should I apply online?

Some of the benefits of applying online are:

it's quick and easy to use
you can apply from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week
there is no risk of your application being lost in the post
you can change your preference up to midnight on the published closing date
you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received
the offer of a school place will be sent via email so you do not have to wait for the post

 

HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL ADMISSION POLICY AND ARRANGEMENTS 2018/2019

Nursery School 

Maintained nursery is managed by a governing body and is usually on the site of a primary school.

Maintained nurseries in St Helens offer places for three and four year-olds the year before they start school, but they may be able to go sooner if there are enough places (Broad Oak, Thatto Heath and Robins Lane offer some 2 year olds places).

Your child can get 15 hours of free nursery care each week for 38 weeks each year.

The hours are normally divided up into morning or afternoon sessions on 5 days per week. The School will contact you with details of the session times for your child after a place has been allocated by the Local Authority.

September 2018 Admission

If your child will turn 3 between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, he or she can start a maintained nursery in September 2018. If you wish to be considered for a place at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday i.e. admission in January or April 2018 please see below. 

You can apply online for a maintained nursery place for September 2018. 

 

Spring or Summer 2018 Admission

If your child turns 3 after 31 August 2017 and you wish to apply for spring or summer 2018 admission, you need to complete an application form and return it to St Helens Council by 13 October 2017. 

Before you apply 

  • Read the Nursery Education Booklet which contains useful information about the application process including: how places will be allocated, definition of home address and how late applications will be dealt with.
  • Clarify any issues you are not sure about with staff in the School Admissions Team on 01744 671035 or email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk

30 Hours Free Childcare

From September 2017 some working parents will be eligible for up to 30 hours of free childcare/ early education per week (for 3-4 year olds).

This may have an impact on the number of pupils that maintained schools can offer places to. The places allocated by the Local Authority are for the Universal 15 hours of Free Early Education that all 3-4 year olds are entitled to. If you are interested in taking up the 30 hours Free Childcare you should contact the nursery to find out if they will be offering places and whether there is any availability. You should apply for an extended entitlement place through the nursery after you have secured the 30 hours free childcare eligibility voucher from the Childcare Choices website.

Find the link below for the booklet: 

 

 Nursery admissions booklet 2017-2018

 

 

Primary Schools 

Applying for a Reception Year Place


1. A common application form will be enclosed in the primary education information for parents’ booklet and published on St Helens Local Authority (LA) website no later than 12 September 2017. Parents will also be able to apply for a school place online.


2. The form will invite parents of St Helens children to express three preferences for schools both in and outside St Helens LA. They will also be asked to rank their preferences and, if they wish, the reason for these. Parents can return completed forms to any primary school in St Helens or directly to the Local Authority. A tear off slip will be attached to the bottom of the application form and be given to the parent as proof of receipt. For those parents who submit an online application an email receipt will be
provided. The closing date for applications will be 15 January 2018.


3. Parents living outside St Helens LA can obtain a copy of the booklet from St Helens People’s Services Dept or St Helens Council’s website. They will, however, be advised to complete their home local authority’s application form.

Supplementary Information

  1. St Helens schools do not use supplementary information forms, therefore, parents who apply for voluntary aided schools and wish their application to be considered against the priority faith criteria are asked to complete some faith questions on the common application form. Non St Helens residents should complete the faith questions on their home local authority application form. Where this information is not requested on the home authority’s form St Helens LA will write to the parent on behalf of St Helens voluntary aided schools. 
    2. If a St Helens parent is expressing a preference for a voluntary aided school in another local authority they will be advised to contact that authority in order to determine whether supplementary information is required. Where a school receives a supplementary form from a St Helens resident it should not be regarded as a valid application unless the parent has also completed a common  application form and the school is nominated on it.

Late Applications
1. It is important that parents return their form by the 15 January 2018 closing date.
2. Late applications received after the closing date, but received in time to be included in the initial allocation will be considered. However, as the exact date of allocation cannot be predicted, parents have no guarantee that any application received after the closing date will be included.
3. Parents who apply after 15 January 2018 but before 16 April 2018 and their applications could not be included in the initial allocation will only be offered their preference if the school has less applications than available places.
4.They will receive a decision letter by 30 April 2018 and be advised of their right of appeal if any preference has been refused.
5. For applications received after 16 April 2018, parents will normally be notified within ten working days of the school that has been allocated to their child and advised of their right of appeal if any preference has been refused.

Co-ordinating the Offer of a Single Place

1. The Local Authority will inform other local authorities of initial offers to be made to their residents and request details of initial offers they will be making to St Helens residents by 23 March 2018.
2. During the period up to 30 March 2018 the Local Authority will continue to liaise with neighbouring local authorities to resolve multiple offers and a single offer will be made using the ranking of schools given on the preference form.
3. Where the applicant is a St Helens resident and the Authority is unable to comply with any of the preferences stated on the form and, if applicable, is informed that another admission authority is unable to offer a place at the parents preferred school, then the next nearest appropriate school with available places will be allocated. If the applicant resides outside St Helens the Local Authority will offer no alternative school.
4. All schools in the St. Helens area will be informed by 13 April 2018 of offers being made to parents on 16 April 2018.

Appeals
Parents will be informed about their right of appeal and how appeals can be made in
the offer letter.

 

The online application system has now closed for 2018 Reception Year applications.

Before you apply
Read the Primary Education Booklet www.sthelens.gov.uk/media/6738/1700240-primary-admissions-booklet-2018-19.pdf

which contains useful information about the application process including: how places will be allocated, definition of home address and how late applications will be dealt with.
Consider how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs.
Clarify any issues you are not sure about with a member of the School Admissions Team on 01744 671029 or email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk

Secondary Schools

Applying for secondary schools in 2018

Applying for secondary school 2018/19

Please click the link above for more information.

If your child will turn 11 between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, he or she will transfer to secondary school in September 2018.

The online application system has now closed. If you have not already applied you should contact us (details are below) as soon as possible to request an application form. 

Before you apply

  • We advise you to attend the Open Evenings of the schools you are interested in. 
  • Read the Secondary Education Booklet which contains useful information about the application process including: how places will be allocated, definition of home address and how late applications will be dealt with.
  • Consider how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs.
  • Clarify any issues you are not sure about with staff in the School Admissions Team on 01744 671035 or email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk