Admissions

Admissions

Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School has an admissions limit of 20 pupils per year group.  Our Lady & St Thomas RCVA Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive school and we are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any the school can meet any needs appropriately.

Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council.  As a Voluntary Aided School our admissions policy differs from the LA Policy and can be found here.  

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to School Places and Admissions, Children and Young People’s Services, County Hall, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5UJ. http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/2197/Changing-schools-during-the-school-year

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2021/2022, will be applied. Please see the school admission policy on this page for information on admission arrangements. Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list. Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible. Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority by contacting the local authority admission team at School Places and Admissions, Children and Young People’s Services, County Hall, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5UJ, on 03000 265 896 or by email at schooladmissions@durham.gov.uk

Starting School

Will your child turn 5 between 1st September 2021 and 31st August 2022?

Applications open on 14th September 2020 and close midnight 15th January 2021.

Link to LA Admissions   www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions 

Tel: 03000265896

Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN

Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school.  Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school.  You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs.  The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.

Key Policies

All of our school policies can be found on the website but the most important ones for parents of children with SEND are listed below:

  • SEND Policy
  • Equality Policy, Statement and Objectives
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Medical Needs policy

View our School Policies section to view or download the above policies. These policies are available from the school office.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

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