Admissions Policy

St John the Baptist Nursery School Admissions Policy for Admissions for September 2020


Respective Functions of the Board of Governors and the Principal in relation to admissions.

The Board of Governors draws up the admissions criteria and delegates to an Admissions Sub-Committee/or the Principal, the responsibility for applying these criteria.  Any reference herein to the term the Board of Governors includes any Sub-Committee/or the Principal appointed by the Board of Governors for the purposes of applying the admissions criteria.

A timetable of pre-school admissions procedures setting out the dates by which an application is to be submitted is available at www.eani.org.uk/admissions under ‘Pre-School Admissions’. During the admissions procedure when applying the criteria punctual applications will be considered before late applications are considered.

Admissions Criteria 

The application procedure opens on 7 January 2020 at 12noon (GMT) and an application submitted by the closing date of 30 January 2020 at 12noon (GMT) will be treated as a punctual application. An application received after 12noon (GMT) on 30 January 2020 will be treated as a late application.

As the pre-school admissions procedure is in two stages the timetable also specifies the relevant dates at Stage 2 which will determine if an application is to be considered as punctual or late.

1. Children from socially disadvantaged circumstances born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (both dates inclusive) who reside in the Parish of Drumcree*.

Note: Children from ‘socially disadvantaged circumstances’ means a child whose parent is in receipt of (i) Income Support, or (ii) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or (iii) an award of Income Support which has been converted into an Employment and Support Allowance and the level of benefit remains the same, or (iv) Universal Credit. When parents apply for places for their child on this basis they must have their Benefit Verification stamped by the Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office to confirm that they are in receipt of a qualifying payment. This should then be sent by the parent directly to the provider of first preference.

*Children who reside in the Parish of Drumcree will be verified by the Sub-Committee/the map of the Parish/the Parish Priest.

2. Other children from socially disadvantaged circumstances born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (both dates inclusive).
3. Children of staff members of St John the Baptist Nursery School born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (both dates inclusive).
4. Children born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (both dates inclusive) whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in the Parish of Drumcree*.
5. Other children born between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 (both dates inclusive).
6. Children born between 2 July 2017 and 1 July 2018 (both dates inclusive).

Admissions Sub-Criteria

In the event of more than 52 applicants applying, then selection for admission will be based on the following sub-criteria using chronological age as the deciding factor at each stage:-

  • Children for whom St John the Baptist Nursery School is stated as first preference;
  • Children for whom St John the Baptist Nursery School is stated as second preference;
  • Children for whom St John the Baptist Nursery School is stated as third preference;
  • Children for whom St John the Baptist Nursery School is stated as fourth preference;
  • Chronological age starting with the eldest.

Where two or more children have the same date of birth (except twins or multiple births) final selection will be on the basis of the alphabetical order of the surnames.  If two or more children have the same surname, the alphabetical order of the first forename will be used and if required thereafter subsequent forenames.

Duty to Verify

The address stated on the application form must be the child’s permanent home address and permanent place of residence.  A child-minder’s or a relative’s address is not acceptable.

All applicants must provide an original Birth Certificate in order to verify the age of a child and submit this directly to the school.

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary documentation as it may determine to support or verify information on any applicant’s application form.

If the requested evidence is not provided to the Board of Governors by the deadline given, this will result in the withdrawal of an offer of a place.  Similarly, if information is supplied which appears to be false or misleading in any material way, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

Waiting List Policy

Should a vacancy arise after the issue of all 52 placement letters the Board of Governors has determined that all the remaining applicants to St John the Baptist Nursery School will automatically be put on a reserve list- this will be known as the WAITING LIST. In the event of any child not taking their place in the school the waiting list policy will be applied and will follow the same criteria for selection as the Admissions Policy until all vacant places are filled.

The school will contact you if your child gains a place by this method. Please contact the school if you wish your child’s name to be removed from the waiting list.