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Admission Arrangements

Here at St Philip's CE Primary Academy, we use Bradford Council to complete our admission arrangements for Reception.  All information regarding admission arrangements to Bradford primary schools can be found in the following guide for parents. 

A guide for parents about admission arrangements to Primary Schools

Below is an outline of our admissions procedure for Nursery, Reception and in-year across the rest of the school.

All pupils will be considered for a place at St Philip's following the Bradford Council Guidelines and our Admissions Policy.  All applications from pupils with Special Educational Needs or who have a disability will be treated fairly using the same criteria as all other applications. 

Pupil Numbers

Our standard admission number for Reception is 30. 

Admission Appeals

All admission appeals will be dealt in accordance with Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s appeals policy.

Nursery Admissions


Our Nursery caters for children in the Foundation Stage, between the ages of 3 and 5 years. Parents/Carers can put their child's name on the waiting list as soon as the child is born.

It is our aim to offer all children at least 3 terms Nursery provision prior to them starting in Reception. The majority of admissions to Nursery take place over the first few weeks of the Autumn term.

Children are offered places according to their position on the waiting list. The list is divided into months to ensure that summer birthdays have equal access. The same number of children from each month’s list are offered places. (This number varies according to the number of vacancies)

The waiting list is closed for a particular year of admission, at the end of the summer term prior to the children being admitted to Nursery e.g. DOB Sept 2010 - Aug 2011 for admission Sept 2014 the waiting list is closed July 2014. Children joining the list after this date would be considered for places only when all those eligible from the following year group, whose names had previously been on the list, have been offered places.


Reception Places


Our Reception class caters for 30 children between the ages of 4 and 5 years. Children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, Parents/Carers who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form by the date stipulated on the form.

At St Philip’s Academy we have chosen Bradford Council to be the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school. The regulations for entry to each school, where the Admissions Authority is the Local Authority, are published each year by the LA. Parents/Carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from Bradford Council.

The LA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how Parents/Carers can apply for a place in the school of their choice. Parents/Carers have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school. Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Service at Bradford Council and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. The LA notifies Parents/Carers about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.


Criteria for Admissions


Where demand exceeds the number of places available the following criteria will be used:

  • Siblings of children resident at the same address who are presently on roll at St Philip’s CE Primary Academy and who will be attending the academy at the time of admission.

  • The children of parents who are members of the Church of England or other Christian denominations.

  • Those children resident in the academy's priority area.

    Children are usually admitted into our Reception class in September. The academy's admission criteria will apply to all children seeking a place, whatever their term of entry. For admission under the second criterion, parents will be asked to demonstrate membership of the appropriate Christian denomination.


Years 1 – 6


We keep a waiting list for places in Y1-Y6, as vacancies arise places are allocated according to the criteria for admissions.


Admission Appeals


If we do not offer a child a place at this academy, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the numbers of children in the academy to increase too much.

If Parents/Carers wish to appeal against a decision to refuse entry, they can do so by applying to the LA.  An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by Parents/Carers who have been refused a place at our academy and who wish to appeal against this decision. An appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeals panel decides that we should admit a child to our school, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our school. (Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the Code of Practice on School Admissions Appeals, which came into force in September 2002).