St James CE Primary School: admissions information

​St James CE Primary School, Harlestone Road, Northampton, NN5 7AG

Oversubscription criteria

The governors will admit all pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.

When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority.

  1. A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children on social or medical grounds where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social services. 
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission or had during the previous academic year (see sibling definition below).
  4. Children of worshipping members of any church that is a member of Churches Together in England and whose home address is in the ecclesiastical parishes of Northampton St James or St Mary’s, Dallington. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance.
  5. Children of worshipping members of any Church that is located in the ecclesiastical parishes of Northampton St James or St Mary’s Dallington, and is a member of Churches Together in England. This includes the Seventh Day Adventist Church which meets at the school. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance.
  6. Children living with their parents/legal guardians whose home address is in the ecclesiastical parishes of Northampton St James or St Mary’s, Dallington.
  7. Children of practising members of other faiths whose home address is in Northampton and who wish their child to be educated in a church school and Christian environment. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the faith leader with form SIF/B to verify allegiance.
  8. Children of parents who wish their children to be educated in a church school and Christian environment.

Tiebreaker

Where there are more applications in any one category, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school. Distances are provided by the Local Authority and are measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system.

Maps of the area

Maps showing the ecclesiastical parishes of Northampton St. James and St. Mary’s Dallington and the borough of Northampton are available to view at the school.

Home address

The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of the child in a residential property when the place is offered. The address must be the child’s only or main residence and is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under lease or written rental agreement of not less than six months’ duration

Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts or the signing of a formal lease agreement. The school reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support your claim to residence. Parents and guardians must notify the school of any change of address during the admissions procedure.

Please note that the school is unable to allocate a place to anyone moving into the country from abroad or within the U.K. prior to their arrival in the country. The school would then require proof of residency as stated above. The only exceptions are children of UK service personnel and other Crown Servants (including diplomats).

Definition of siblings

Pupils who will have a brother or sister continuing on the school roll at the date of starting at the school. The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a "sibling") is:

  • A brother of sister sharing the same parents
  • A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent.
  •  A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. The partners must have co-habited in a permanent exclusive relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners) for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Adopted children.

A brother or sister must be living at the SAME address when the application is made.

Definition of worshipping member

At least one of the parents or guardians of the child is regarded by the priest/minister/worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This does not necessarily mean that the parent is a "member" in a technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) is more than "occasional" and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent period of time.

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