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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:  


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. 

Please also refer to Children with disabilities policy:


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 2014 - Aug 2015 for admission Sept 2018 the waiting list is closed July 2018. 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 between the ages of 4 and 5 years. Children enter academy in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the academy year). Therefore, Parents/Carers who would like their child to be admitted to this academy 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 the LA to be the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our academy. The regulations for entry to each academy, where the Admissions Authority is the LA, are published each year by the LA. Parents/Carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LA.


The LA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how Parents/Carers can apply for a place in the academy of their choice. Parents/Carers have a right to express a preference for the academy of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this academy. Application forms can be obtained from the Education Department of the LA and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. Please refer to:   The LA notifies Parents/Carers about the academy 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. In addition to the admissions criteria, priority will be given to children transferring from other BDAT academies.


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 appeal 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 appeal panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeal panel decides that we should admit a child to our academy, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our academy. (Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the School Admission Appeals Code 2014 ).



The Standard Number

The Standard Number is the number of children the academy can accommodate. The standard number for our academy is 210. We keep this number under review and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances allow.


Infant Class Size

The maximum class size in classes YR -Y2 (aged five to seven years) is 30 children.