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Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

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Admission Arrangements


Here at Clayton St John CofE Primary School, we use Bradford Council to complete our admission arrangements. All information regarding admission arrangements to Bradford primary schools can be found by clicking on the following links.


Below is an outline of our admissions procedure for Nursery, Reception and in-year across the rest of the school.


All pupils will be considered for a place at Clayton St John following the Bradford Council Guidelines and our Admissions Policy. All applications from pupils with Special Educational Needs or who have a disability will be treated fairly using the same criteria as all other applications and as outlined in the parent’s guide above.


Admissions to Nursery 

All 3 and 4 year olds in Bradford Local Authority (LA), are entitled to free nursery provision for 3 hours a day or the equivalent of 15 hours a week. Additionally some children are also eligible for 30 hours free nursery provision. Clayton St John CofE Primary school is also a 30 hour provider.

At Clayton St John CofE Primary School we admit children after their third birthday and as near to the beginning of a new half term as possible. Parents/Carers will be offered some flexibility in how they take up the 15/30 hours per week but this is dependent on availability in the setting.


The majority of admissions to Nursery take place over the first few weeks of the Autumn term. Children are offered places according to their position on the waiting list. Parents/Carers can put their child's name on the waiting list as soon as the child is born.

We currently allocate 68 places in our Nursery. If at point of admission we have more children on the waiting list than available places we refer to the local authorities’ Oversubscription Criteria as detailed in our Admissions Policy.


It is important to note that allocation to the Nursery at Clayton St John CofE Primary School does not guarantee your child a place in the Reception. Please see our Policy on Admissions to Reception.


Admissions to Reception 

Our Reception caters for 60 children between the ages of 4 and 5 years. Children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents/carers who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the application form by the date stipulated on the form and send to Admissions.


At Clayton St John CofE Primary we have chosen Bradford Council to be the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school. The regulations for entry to each school, where the Admissions Authority is the Local Authority (LA), are published each year by the LA. Parents/Carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from Bradford Council.


Bradford Council publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how parents/carers can apply for a place in the school of their choice. Parents/Carers have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school. Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Service at Bradford Council or and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. Bradford Council notifies parents/carers about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.


Pupil Transfers

When a parent requests a change of school, wherever possible this should be done at the start of a school term thus avoiding disruption to the teaching programme.

‘In year applications’ for any year group throughout the school year are dealt with by the Local Authority. Please visit the ‘In-Year Applications’ section of the Bradford Council website for further information.


Criteria for Admissions

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order (see Note 1).
  2. A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.
  3. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted.
  4. Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, supported by a written recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services. The letter must explain why the school is the only suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.
  5. Sisters and brothers of children living at the same address who are at present on roll at the school and will still be attending the school at the time of admission (see Note 2).
  6. Children of parents who are members* of the Church of England or other Christian denominations for whom the preferred school is the nearest Church of England school to the home address (see * below).
  7. Children who currently attend another BDAT Academy (In year admissions only).
  8. Other children whose home address is in the school’s priority admission area.
  9. Other children whose home address is outside the school’s priority admission area.


1. A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of the local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in the Children Act 1989).

2. The terms “siblings” refers to children who live with the same family at the same address. Children living with the same family e.g. foster children and step-sisters and brothers are also included.


* For admission under criterion 4 and 5, parents will be asked to demonstrate membership of the appropriate Christian denomination by submitting with their application, a letter from their minister or other church leader confirming the parents’ regular and frequent attendance at church.


Admission Appeals

If we are unable to offer a child a place at our school, due to oversubscription then Bradford Council will allocate an alternative, please read the ‘Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for the Bradford Metropolitan District Area’ for further information. Any parent who is unhappy with the allocation has the right of appeal by applying to Bradford Council. An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by parents/carers who have been refused a place at our school and who wish to appeal against this decision. An appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeals panel decides that we should admit a child to our school, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our school. (Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the Code of Practice on School Admissions Appeals, which came into force in September 2002).