Admissions Arrangements Consultation 11th October 2021 – 21st November 2021

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Admissions Arrangements

 The Local Governing Body of Howbridge Church of England Junior School applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school. Our admissions policy conforms to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, the statutory School Admissions Code of Practice and the statutory Appeals Code of Practice.

There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area. Looked After Children, previously looked after children and children attending our partner infant school who request a place at the junior school will be allocated a place providing an application is received by the 15th January 2019.

Full details are available in the Primary Education in Essex booklet, available to view on line on the website  There is a separate process/form for Year 3 and for mid-year applicants.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the school is over subscribed, not all children whose parents apply can be offered a place.
In the event of oversubscription any remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in theorder given*:

1. Looked after children or previously looked after children (as defined by the Essex Booklet)

2. Children with a sibling attending the school or our partner infant school. The definition of sibling applies as defined by the Local Authority as set out in the Primary Education in Essex booklet;

3. Those living in proximity based on straight line distance from the school;
4. Remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority. Distances are measured by the Local Authority as defined in the Primary Education in Essex booklet.

Parents whose children are unsuccessful in obtaining a place can contact the school directly to request that their name be placed on the waiting list. This list is held until the 31 December.

Children with statements of special educational needs and/or EHC Plan that name the school on the statement are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.

In the case of applications after the start of Year 3 or mid-year transfers, parents need to contact Essex County Council School Admissions who will apply to the schools you list, including Howbridge Church of England Junior School, on your behalf.  A copy of the application form is available from our school, or can be requested from:

School Admissions
Essex County Council
PO Box 4261
Tel:  0345 603 2200

Alternatively, a form can be downloaded from School Admissions website:

Full details of the mid-year application process are provided in the mid year application form’s accompanying booklet.

Admission Appeals

Parents have a right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel against Governor’s decisions on admissions. Parents wishing to appeal should send the appropriate form (available from the school office) within fourteen days of receiving the decision to:

Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel
PO Box 11

Admissions Arrangements reviewed January 2019.