Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St Philip Neri RC Primary School, Dunston 2019/20
Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published.
The policy for consultation for 2019-20 is available on our website in the category “About” under Admissions.
The consultation will run from Monday 4 December 2017 – Monday 22 January 2018.
A consultation response form is available by request from the school.
The governing body will consider all comments received before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.
Entry into Reception Class
Applications for places are dealt with by Gateshead Council. Gateshead Council will handle all questions and issues arising; we remain neutral in this process.
We have one intake each year, at the start of the Autumn Term. Reception pupils are normally admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday. Prospective parents are most welcome to make an appointment to look around our school.
Parents are usually asked to complete preference forms in the Autumn of the year before the child starts school. Places are allocated in the late Spring / early Summer Term – we have a maximum intake of 30 children. Following this stage, some parents choose to appeal if their choices have not been met.
Once we know our exact intake, we begin the process of ensuring every child’s entry into school is happy and relaxed. In the Summer Term before the September start, parents come to an Open Evening to find out more about how we work and ask any questions they might still have. This meeting also gives parents the opportunity to meet and talk with the Reception class teacher and other support staff. Soon after, children are invited to visit the Reception class for short visits. At the start of September, just before starting school, each child is invited to have a home visit by our Reception class staff.
Entry into Years 1 – Years 6
Parents of older children, moving into the area, are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school and to discuss admission with the Headteacher. Unlike admission into Reception, an application for a place can be dealt with directly by us. We’ll contact Gateshead Admissions Team for advice regarding waiting lists and then we can confirm with you in writing whether we can offer a place.