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Consultation on Christ Church CE Primary School Admission Arrangements for September 2023   

Following the publication of the new School Admissions Code 2021 , the governing body of Christ Church CE Primary School are currently consulting on the school admissions policy for September 2023. The admissions policy has been adapted to ensure we are fully compliant with the new School Admissions Code (2021) and there have been no changes to the school’s oversubscription criteria.

The consultation period will run from 29th November 2021 until 7th January 2022. During this time, individuals and organisations are invited to express their views and any concerns about the proposed admissions policy for Christ Church CE Primary School.

The proposed Admissions Policy for the 2023/24 academic year is available to download below.

If you require a hard copy, please contact the school office on: 01246 273569.


In accordance with statutory DfE guidance, the consultation will run for at least six weeks and, as an interested party at Christ Church CE Primary School, we are keen to hear your views; therefore, we invite you to participate in the consultation if you have any concerns regarding the matter.

All responses to the consultation should be made in writing and submitted before 12 noon on Friday 7th January 2022 to:


If you wish to submit any correspondence by hand or by post to the school, please mark the correspondence:


FAO DDAT Consultation Team,

C/O Christ Church CE Primary School,

Tapton View Road,


S41 7JU.


Please note that all responses need to include your school’s name and should outline your personal details, including your name, address and relationship to the school.

At the end of the consultation period, the governing body will meet to consider responses. The outcome of the consultation will be published on the Christ Church CE Primary School website as soon as possible following a decision being reached by the Local Governing Body. Hard copies of the final report will be made available on request to all respondents of the consultation.

If you wish to further discuss this matter, or anything mentioned, please contact:



How to apply to join Christ Church C. of E. Primary School

Derby Diocesan Academy Trust is the admissions authority for our school.


Christ Church C. of E. Primary School has a one point entry system. This means that pupils enter school in the September before their fifth birthday. Parents/carers considering application to Christ Church C. of E. Primary School are most welcome to visit the school by appointment. Please contact Mrs Beresford in the school office to arrange your visit. We look forward to meeting you!


To apply for a place for your child at Christ Church C. of E. Primary School you will need to contact the local authority using the link below (or copy and paste into your browser). You may also telephone them on 01629 533190.



How Your Application Will Be Processed

Christ Church C. of E. Primary School is able to admit 30 children per year group. Having received all of the applications, in the event of there being more applications than places available, the following over-subscription criteria will be applied in the priority order indicated:


Individual pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted.


Places will then be allocated as follows:

1. Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

2. Children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission who have brothers or sisters* attending the school at the time of application and admission.

3. Children living ** in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission.

4. Children not living in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission.

5. Other children whose parents have requested a place.


Where, in the case of 2, 3, 4, or 5 above, choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, those children living nearest to the school (measured by straight line) will be given preference.

*A brother or sister is classed as: A brother or sister sharing the same parents; a half-brother or half-sister where two children share one common parent; a step-brother or step-sister where two children are related by a parent’s marriage; an adopted or fostered child.

A brother or sister must normally be living at the same address.

** The child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be a residential property at which the person or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the school. Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will be deemed to be that property at which the child resides for the greater part of the week, including weekends.


Once places have been allocated by the local authority for the Reception class each year, any remaining children who requested a place will be included on a waiting list during the summer term which is held by the Local Authority. This waiting list is organised using the criteria above.


Deferred and Part-time Entry

Christ Church C. of E.  Primary School admits children to the reception class in the September of the school year in which a child attains the age of five years. (The School Year runs from 1st September to the 31st August.) All parents/carers are entitled to a full-time place for their child in the reception class from September, but may defer entry until the beginning of the term after their child is five years old (i.e when the child reaches compulsory school age) or until the beginning of the summer term, whichever is earlier. Children may attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age. Parents/carers who have been offered a place at the school and wish to defer entry for their child and/or attend part-time must put this in writing to the headteacher at the earliest opportunity and before the start of the autumn term.


Appeal Process

Derby Diocesan Academy Trust will arrange an independent appeal panel on behalf of the Governing Body of Christ Church C. of E. Primary School. Parents should lodge their appeal within 20 days by writing to the Clerk to Governors, care of the school, who will pass it onto DDAT to arrange a hearing within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging an appeal (School Admission Appeals Code Section 2). The decision of the panel will be binding on the school.