Admissions Arrangements

The Governors of the school have adopted Lancashire’s Admissions Policy which allows a child to start school in September at the beginning of the school year in which they have their 5th birthday. If you wish your child to start school at a later date, this is acceptable and will not affect his/her place at this school. However, a child must be receiving full time education from the beginning of the term after his/her birthday. During the summer term before the children are due to start school, we organise an induction programme when the New Entrants and their parents have the opportunity to visit school on several occasions. Therefore when the children start school in September, they are familiar with the class and school routine, and they will already feel secure in their relationship with the other children and staff.Ellel St John’s supports the principles of an inclusive education service and welcomes pupils irrespective of their ability or needs. No child will be refused admission on the grounds that they have SEN. The needs of most pupils can be met within the existing school provision and facilities but the school is developing a policy which plans for the improvement of the physical environment of the school in line with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Children of school age who move into the area of Ellel and surrounding areas may apply for a place at this school and start at any time if their application is accepted.

Parents who wish to enroll their child/children for a place here are very welcome to come and look around at any time by appointment. They also might like to attend the school’s concerts, functions and extra curricular events. Parents of pre-school children must return their application form to the school of their choice by mid November in the year in which the child is due to start school.  A firm offer of a place is made by the school Governors according to the admission criteria.

Admission Criteria

The number of places available for admission to the Reception Class will be a maximum of 30. This arrangement follows consultation between the Governing Body, the Diocesan Board of Education, the Local Authority and other admission authorities in the area. The Governing Body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the Reception Class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds this number.  By law, no infant class may contain more than 30 children.

Please click on the links below to access the current agreed admissions arrangements for entry to school in the Reception classes in September (These arrangements have been formally ‘determined’ by the Governing Body).

Admission Policy 2020

Please click here to view Lancashire County Council’s Schools Admissions website. There is a link here to the online application form.