We held our most recent open days in Novemebr 2019 and were delighted to see so many families interested in joining our school family.
Don't worry if you missed these events. Please contact the school office if you would like to see us in action - we'd be delighted to hear from you.
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
We know that choosing a school is a big decision for any parent and that the process of school admissions can be confusing. We hope that the information provided below, outlines some of the basic details and helps to make the process of transition as smooth and seamless as possible for you. We are here to help you as much as we can. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask to speak to our Admissions Officer, Ms Alder.
The Good Shepherd Trust is currently consulting on the Admissions Arrangements for our school for the academic year 2021-2022.
As an academy within The Good Shepherd Trust, our policy wording has been reviewed and updated to reflect a consistency across all the Schools which form part of the Trust as a single Admissions Authority. This update has resulted in the following proposed changes to our policies:
Change to the Sibling definition – following the recommendation from a working group that convened in 2018, The Good Shepherd Trust Board adopted a generic Admissions wording which includes a definition of siblings, as stipulated by the majority of Diocesan Voluntary Aided Schools, that requires all to be living at the same address.
Change to the Waiting List definition – as explained above
Please note that the consultation period for any feedback on the policy is the 7 week period from Monday 18th November 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020.
Please address any feedback, as part of the consultation, to the following email address: email@example.com or by post to: Admissions 2021-22 Consultation Response, c/o The Good Shepherd Trust, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY.
You should receive information leaflets from your child's nursery, pre-school or current infant school in the autumn term prior to your child’s admission to YR or Y3. If you do not receive one, you can contact Surrey County Council contact centre on 0300 200 1004.
Admissions Booklets for all Surrey Schools can be found here.
If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you will need to apply for a school place for September 2020. You can apply between 04 November 2019 and 15 January 2020.
The Local Authority prefer parents to apply online and you can do so by following this link. If you have any queries, you should call: 0300 200 1004.
However, if you do need a paper form, please collect a leaflet containing the telephone number from your current pre-school or infant school provider. If you want a receipt for your application, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope and the Admissions & Transport will acknowledge safe receipt of your form, once they have received it.
All applications must be made to the Local Authority directly. Guidance on completing the application form can be found here.
The Weald encompasses the ecclesiastical parishes of St Mary Magdalene at South Holmwood, St John the Baptist at Capel and St Peter’s Church at Newdigate. Maps showing these boundaries can be found on this webpage, in our school office or you can visit the parishfinder site here.
This link will take you to a useful booklet on 'Getting Ready for School'.
In Year Admissions
If you wish for your child to join The Weald family outside of the normal admissions round, you should apply to the Local Authority directly.
Information on your right and how to appeal a declined admissions application, can be found here.
Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Appellants will be given at least 10 clear school days’ notice of the appeal hearing date.
Appellants will be sent a copy of the school’s case 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.
If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial appeal, it must be received no later than 5pm on the day preceding 3 clear working days before the appeal hearing date.
The Appeal Panel must decide whether any additional evidence or information received after this date may be considered, taking into account its significance and the effect of a possible need to adjourn the hearing.
How are places allocated?
You should refer to our school's admissions policy for details of how places are allocated. You should complete the Surrey County Council parental preference form either online or on paper by the published deadline (see above). The Council will then allocate places according to the arrangements described in the school's admissions policy.
When do I hear about school places?
Surrey County Council will send out offer letters.
What happens next?
You need to complete the slip accompanying your offer letter and return it to your determined school, together with the following identification:-
Once this is done and you have accepted the school place you have been offered, your chosen school will contact you with all the Induction arrangements.