St Mark’s Primary School currently has eight classes arranged according to age, from Nursery through to Year 6. At present the maximum number of children admitted to any one class is 30. Children can be admitted to the Nursery soon after their third birthday. Full time places are available and will be allocated on the basis of the needs of children and families. Please complete the admission form below for admission to Nursery, Reception or for in-term admissions.
The Governing Body has designated 15 places to be offered to pupils whose families are faithful and regular worshippers at a church of a Christian denomination recognised by Churches Together in England, the Evangelical Alliance. Regular attendance at church is defined as at least twice a month for at least a year. (See Notes) If there are more than 15 applicants, places will be allocated according to the following criteria below. However, if there are less than 15 applications, additional places will be offered to those applying under Open Places.
An additional supplementary form will need to be signed by a Church Minister and accompany the Admissions Form. Supplementary Information Form
1. Looked after children, and children with an exceptional and professionally supported medical or social need (or those of their parents or guardians / carers) for a place at St Mark’s School. (See notes)
2. Children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. (See notes)
3. Children whose parents are faithful and regular worshippers at St Mark’s CE Church, The Oval, SE11. (See Notes)
4. Children whose parents are faithful and regular worshippers at a church other than the above, but of a Christian denomination recognised by Churches Together in England, the Evangelical Alliance. (See Notes)
5. The nearness of the home to the school. The school will require all applicants to provide proof of the child’s address. (See Notes)
In the event that two or more applicants have equal rights to a place under any of the above criteria, the Governing Body will apply the subsequent criteria, in order of priority, to these applicants.
If there are less than 20 qualified applicants for Foundation Places any unfilled places will become additional Open Places. Unsuccessful applicants for Foundation Places will be considered for Open Places.
The Governing Body has designated 10 places each year as Open Places, to be offered to pupils who do not qualify for a Foundation Place, but whose parents have chosen the school for the type of education it provides.
Parents applying for an Open Place do so knowing that the school aims to provide an education based on Christian principles and, therefore, the Governing Body hope that all pupils will take part in the Christian worship of the school and will attend religious education lessons.
If there are more than 10 applicants, places will be allocated according to the following criteria. These are stated in order of priority:
1. Looked after children, and children with an exceptional and professionally supported medical or social need (or those of their parents or guardians / carers) for a place at St Mark’s School. (See Notes)
2. Children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission. (See Notes).
3. The nearness of the home to the school. (See Notes)
4. In the event of there being a tie for the final available place the decision will be made by drawing lots.
Notes for Admissions
Looked After Children: A looked after child is a child who is looked after by the local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application is made, and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time the child is admitted to school.
Social / Medical: An application for a child with an exceptional and professionally supported medical, or social need, (or those of their parent(s) / guardian / carer) for a place at this school must have such an application supported by written evidence at the time of application. Such evidence should be provided by a specialist health professional, social worker or other care professional. The evidence must set out reasons why this school is the most suitable, and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
Siblings: Siblings are defined as blood relatives, step-siblings, half-siblings, adopted and foster siblings living at the same address. NB: Siblings must still be in school at the time the new sibling is admitted.
Applications for Foundation Places: Those applying for Foundation Places are required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which can be obtained from the local authority or the school.
Distance: Distance is measured by reference to the safe walking distance along public roads or footpaths, that are lit, from the house or entrance to flats to the main entrance of the school.