At St Aidan’s, we are committed to providing high quality education to children in our neighbourhood. Some will have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability. The arrangements for admitting these children are the same as for all others.
Children join Reception at the beginning of the academic year (1st September – 31st August) in which they will be five. During the summer term parents and carers of children who have been offered places are invited to an introductory meeting at which details of the school day are discussed.
Parents whose children are not offered places at the school are entitled to appeal against the decision to the Local Authority.
Transfer to Secondary School
Children transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6 when they are 11. Application forms and information about secondary schools are provided at meetings held at the beginning of that year, in the Autumn Term. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend one of these meetings to discuss the process.
Parents are required to list up to six choices for secondary school. Admission criteria vary, but siblings, proximity to the school and selection tests are the most significant factors in the allocation of places. The year 6 teacher will advise and support parents throughout the application process and will help with appeals should they become necessary.