Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. The best way to determine which school is best if to find out as much about the school as you can. We are proud of our school and encourage all prospective parents to visit us to see the school in action.
Admission to Reception
The maximum number of place available for admission to our reception class is 120. Children are normally admitted to the reception class in the September following their 4th birthday as Foundation Stage pupils, with a special Foundation Stage curriculum. They have their own classroom and secure outdoor play area and secure outdoor play area.
If you wish to apply for a place in our reception class, you will need to complete the online form by logging into the Citizen Portal as detailed on Sefton Council's website:
The website has a Guide for Parents and an Admissions Information Guide. Even if you currently have a child in our nursery school you will still need to complete an application form.
How Churchtown Primary School Manage Admissions
The Local Authority is responsible for allocating places. Offers of places are issued by post and online. Successful applicants are invited to an induction meeting where they will have opportunity to view the school before their child starts in September. At the meeting, details of school routines and procedures are shared and opportunity is given for parents to discuss information that will help their child to settle quickly and happily into school.
All children who will be joining us in the September will also be invited to pre-school taster sessions in June and July where they will meet their teacher and other staff members. They will also be able to familiarise themselves with the classroom and meet the other children who will be in their class. Parents are encouraged to support these activities so that you and your child become as familiar as possible with us, our routines, building and staff and so that your children feel confident and secure in starting school on their first day.
During the summer term our reception class teacher will visit the nurseries and/or houses of our new children due to start in September. We believe this to be an important part of our induction programme as not only does it give you and your child the chance to meet and get to know the teacher it also provides you with an opportunity to talk about any issues or concerns you may have.
We are very proud of our induction programme. We endeavour to ensure a smooth transition from home to school for all our children. Children starting our reception class in September are admitted for full days. Our school operates an open door policy meaning that we are always ready to discuss any concerns parents' may have regarding their children's education and welfare.
In Year Admissions
If you are looking for a place at our school because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another primary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and-or general wellbeing, you are entitled to apply for a school place. Applications for entrance into other year groups can be made at any time. We do advise contacting us prior to making an application to check that there are places in the appropriate year groups. If you would like to visit our school before applying then please do contact us to make an appointment.
Further information on In-Year Admissions and school transfers can be found on Sefton Council's website at: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/inyearadmissions including the relevant guidance and application forms.
Admissions Outside Normal Age Group
Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of the normal year group is being requested and the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place.
To do so parents should refer to Sefton Council's website at:
Please refer to the policy below in the supporting documents section.
Year 6 Transition from Primary to Secondary
At the age of eleven, children transfer to the secondary stage of education (Key Stage 3). To request a Year 7 secondary school place for September, you must make a formal application through the admission's team at Sefton Council via their website.
Online applications for this process starts when your child moves into Year 6 and you must apply between September and 31 October. Offers are made in March.
Appeals for Admissions
Parents and carers have the right to appeal for a school place where an application has been unsuccessful. Appeals are heard by an independent panel. Further details are available on Sefton Council's website at: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/school-admissions/school-admission-appeals.aspx
In order to help you to understand the admission process better, we have produced a number of documents listed below. Please read the documents carefully. We hope you will find them helpful and informative. Further information is also available by visiting: https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/school-admissions/
If, after reading the listed documents, you wish to discuss any aspects of the admission arrangements, please contact the school directly via the school office or use our central email: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which school your enquiry is regarding.
Admissions Supporting Documentation
Our Open Days are a chance for prospective pupils and their families to see our school in action. With exciting displays, in-class demonstrations and activities, it is a great opportunity to meet and speak to members of our staff what we have to offer.
Our Open Days take place in Autumn term each year. If you are unable to attend, but would like to visit us on another day, please contact the school to arrange a mutually convenient date and time as outlined above.