Admissions Arrangements

The Local School Board 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 closing date.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the school is oversubscribed, 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 (LAC), previously looked after children (PLAC) and children previously looked after from outside England (PLAC) (as defined below);
  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 booklet;
  3. Children attending our partner infant school (Howbridge Infant School);
  4. Children living in proximity based on straight line distance from the school;
  5. 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, please see instructions below.

Applying for a mid-year place at our school

All mid-year applications should be made directly to Howbridge C of E Junior School, using the mid-year application form available on our website (link below) or from the school office.

Mid-year applications are any application for a school place made to a year group, apart from September admissions to Year 3 (junior schools).

For applications into existing year groups, a place will be offered when the number of pupils in the relevant year group is below the admission number for that year group.

Please note: if a mid-year application is received during a school holiday period, we will respond as soon as possible when the school re-opens.

For Year 3 September admissions you MUST STILL apply in the usual way online via The Local Authority (Essex County Council).  Any applications for Year 3 for the new round of admissions in September received direct to the school and not through the local Authority will NOT be accepted by the school.   The Local Authority co-ordinates the school’s applications for the normal admissions round. Further information and the application form can be found at Essex Schools Admissions.

Admission Appeals

Parents have a right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel against Governors’ 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
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1LX