Children will be admitted in the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. The children will enter the Reception class full-time in September.
Julian’s is five-form entry school on two sites - Streatham and West Norwood. The school admits 60 children to the West Norwood site and 90 children to the Streatham site every year.
All parents/carers applying for a place should complete a Common Application Form (CAF), which can be obtained by contacting Lambeth’s Admissions Team on 020 7926 9503 and requesting a “Starting School in Lambeth” booklet. The CAF must be received at Lambeth Education Authority by the deadline stated on the Lambeth website. Parents/carers will be informed by the LA in the April of the year that they start school in September if the application has been successful. As Julian’s is a Foundation School, a Supplementary Application form (also available from the school offices) will also need to be completed and returned to the school.
As soon as possible after the closing date for applications Lambeth Admissions department forwards the school a complete list of applicants.
The school then ranks the list as follows, i.e.
1. Looked after children: applicants who are in the care of a Local Authority or provided with Local Authority accommodation by that authority (according to the Children Act 1989) and for whom the school can best meet their needs.
2. Siblings: applicants with another child from the same family already at the school.
“Sibling” is defined as a full, half or step brother or sister living at the same home address. It also includes an adopted or fostered child living at the same home address and dependent on the same primary carer. In all cases the sibling must still be on the roll of the school at the time of admission.
“Home address” is the address at which the pupil should live permanently and full time as the principal residence. It does not include short term rental or lease.
3. Medical and/or social reasons: in exceptional cases the Governing Body may admit children because they have professionally supported educational, medical or social needs that the school is especially able to meet, even though they would not otherwise qualify for admission. Medical reasons must be supported by written medical evidence. The evidence should come from at least two registered health professionals. An application being made for social reasons must be supported by written evidence from registered professionals such as social workers or other social care professionals. Medical or social applications must set out the particular reasons why Julian’s School is the most suitable school and what difficulties would occur if the child had to go elsewhere. Application under this criteria does not guarantee a priority place and cannot be considered without the appropriate supporting evidence.
4. Distance: proximity of the child’s home to the 2 sites, measured along the shortest walking route lit by street lighting, with those living nearest accorded the highest priority. Distance is taken as proximity from the home address to the school entrance in Leigham Court Road, Etherstone Road or Wolfington Road, as measured by the most suitable walking route. The school uses the same software that Lambeth uses for measuring distance and this is DATAMAP.
The list is then returned to Lambeth Admissions department which incorporate the it into their co-ordinated admissions programme.
Waiting lists are kept in order of distance from the school gates. If a place does become available during the school year, the school will notify the LA who then will offer the place to the child on top of the waiting list in the first instance and if not required, the place will be offered to the second on the waiting list and so on.
Julian’s School is particularly concerned to apply its admissions policy scrupulously fairly in the interests of all applicants and as place of residence is a very important criteria, we are obliged to do as much as possible to establish the genuineness of all applications. The child’s address is considered to be the child’s parents’/carers’ genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives for reasons other than guardianship, the friend or relatives’ address at the time of allocation will not be considered. Proof of address should include a council tax bill and or child benefit letter. Utility bills and bank statements are no longer accepted.
Unsuccessful applicants who wish to appeal may do so by writing to the Secretary to the Appeals Panel, c/o Julian’s Primary School, to request an appeal form and guidance. Any decision reached by the independent appeals panel is binding.