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Please note that Castle Hill is an academy and handles all of its own in-year admissions.  The Local Authority deals with admissions into the Reception classes for September each year. If you want a place at another time of year, or a place in another year group, please contact the school direct on 020 8397 2006. Please note all calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

 

Admission to all Reception Class, September Only

Admissions into the school in the Reception year group, in September only, are handled by the Royal Borough of Kingston School Admissions department. Please contact them directly in the first instance, if you require a place in September, if you require a school place at any other time please contact the school direct.

 

For entry into the September Reception class the Local Authority Admissions Department can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8.45am to 2.30pm and 4pm to 5pm (4.45pm on Fridays).

Address: School Admissions
Guildhall 2
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

Tel: 020 8547 5004

Email: school.admissions@kingston.gov.uk

Kingston Council

A link to School Admissions page can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Admission to Reception Class at other times and all other classes at any time

If you are interested in putting your child's name on our waiting list please contact the school direct as we handle our own in-year admissions, in line with the Local Authority's published criteria.  Please call the school on 020 8397 2006, to enquire about availability of places, or to register you interest in being put on our waiting lists.

 

Admission to Nursery Class

You may submit an application for a place in our nursery any time after your child’s second birthday.   The deadline for applications is the Friday before half term in the term prior to entry.  Children are admitted at the next entry point following their third birthday (September or January).  Your child must be three years old by 31st August to start in the nursery in September.  If we have a January intake then your child must be three years old by 31st December to start in the nursery in January.  We may not have a January intake every year.

 

Please use the application form below, or telephone/ call in to request a form.

 

Places will be allocated first of all to those children whose parents or carers who have submitted an application before the deadline.  Late applications will be considered if places remain after all the on-time applications have been allocated places.

 

If there are more applications than there are places available, offers will be made according to the following criteria.

 

  1. Children who are or were in public care, ie children who are looked after by a public authority and are in public care, and previously looked after children who were adopted, or subject to a residence order, or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after.  Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence (e.g. from a social worker).
  2. Children who have siblings (by which is meant full, step, half and adopted siblings living in the same household) at the attached infant, junior or primary school at the point of admission.
  3. Children who have an exceptional medical or social need requiring attendance at a particular school rather than any other school. Such needs must be supported, at the time of application, with reasons from the parent or guardian together with reports or letters from suitable professionals such as GPs, consultants or social workers. Circumstances cannot be taken into account unless information is provided at the time of application. Failure to provide such information at that stage may therefore affect whether or not the children are allocated places at the preferred schools. All information submitted will be regarded as confidential.
  4. Children living closest to the preferred nursery, measured by a straight line to the nearest school gate. All distances will be measured using the School Admissions computerised geographical information system.

 

Notes:

• Any offer of a place on the grounds of distance is conditional on the child living at the address provided on the closing date for application.  A business address, a childminder’s address, or any address other than the child’s permanent home will not be accepted. Proof of address will be sought and may be the subject of further investigation. Temporary addresses will not be used for the purpose of administering applications.

 

• We use the Council's standard method of measuring home to school distance in a straight line using the School Admissions computerised geographical information system and data supplied by Ordnance Survey. The starting point of the measurement is a grid reference point, which is supplied by Ordnance Survey, within the property. The end point is measured to the nearest school gate where the school has more than one gate. Please note that residents of every floor level in a particular block of flats are given an identical starting point, regardless of the distance to floor level. (For applicants from the same block of flats or who live the same distance from the school random selection by the drawing of lots is used as a tie-breaker). If a parent applies for entry into the same year group for more than one child and there is only one place available, the parent will be asked to decide which child should have the place. The names of the remaining brothers or sisters will be added to the waiting list.

 

• Late applications will not be considered until after all applications received on time have been dealt with. As a late applicant, if your preferred nursery is unable to offer your child a place, your child’s name will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the published admission criteria.

 

 • The school reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw places if false information has been given.

 

Please note that a school nursery place does not guarantee a place in the main school. Separate and different admissions criteria apply to reception classes. These are published in a separate brochure available from the Admissions Section or on the website at www.kingston.gov.uk   As the demand for primary school places is very high, parents should consider other schools in the area as well as the one they have applied for.

There are no changes to the admission arrangements for 2017/2018.

 


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