St. James' is a popular school and applications often exceed places available. We have to follow the admission criteria laid down by the Local Education Authority which are:
Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.
Attendance at St James’ CE Infant school – children attending the infant school are given priority for admission to the junior school.
Current Family Association - a brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (below). St James’ Infant and Junior schools are considered to be the same school for this criterion.
Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
Nearness of the children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
Please note, that these differ from the Infant school criteria, and that at the Junior school we do not need any supplementary form. By far the majority of our children transfer directly from St James' Infant School.
If you are unsuccessful in your request for a place you have the right to appeal against this decision to the Local Education Authority.
How to apply for a place.
Children transfer to St. James' Junior School in the September after their seventh birthday. The admissions process is managed by the Local Education Authority. The normal admissions process for year 3 places begins in November, and parents should apply online for a place at the school at www.kent.gov.uk. Parents can contact the school office for adviceFor advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email email@example.com.. Admission forms are available online or from the school office for those wishing to apply by post. Unsuccessful applications will remain on the waiting list and will be offered a place should a vacancy arise.
Parents wishing to send their child to the school can make an appointment to see the Headteacher and visit the school. During the Summer Term a meeting is arranged for new parents to meet the Headteacher, Assistant Head and the Year 3 class teachers.
If you wish to apply for a place at our school mid-year, please download the In Year Casual Application form below. Complete and post to Dawn Johnson, Admissions Clerk, at the school address.