Admissions Q&A

 

To help you find the answers to your questions, please select the relevant subject area. 

If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact us using the section at the bottom of this page. 

 

Faith

Do you have to be Jewish to apply to MJPS?

Who will decide if applicants meet the requirements for faith places?

How do I work out whether to apply for a faith place or an open place?

One of the faith criterion refers to prayer groups.  Does that include synagogues?

I am Jewish, how do I apply for a faith place?

Is one criterion more important than another?

Can I tick off more than one evidenced criterion when applying for a faith place?

We have only just arrived in the UK or South London how do we go about meeting your faith criteria?

My child attended a Jewish nursery in the United States* before we arrived in the UK.  We have not managed to organise a nursery place for her yet in England as we have so recently arrived.  Will her attendance in the US count. (*this is an example)?

I am new to the area, can you put me in touch with relevant organisations that can confirm that I am meeting the faith criteria on the supplementary form?

 

Open Places

Do you have to be Jewish to apply to MJPS?

How do I apply for an open place?

 

In Year Applications

Can I apply for a place during the school year?

 

Location

What if I am Jewish but live outside Wandsworth?

What if I live outside Wandsworth and am not eligible for a faith place?

Age Range

 

How old does my child have to be to go to MJPS in 2019?

What age does the school go up to?

The school is for children aged 4 – 11 years (Early Years Foundation and Key stages 1 & 2).  MJPS had a single form intake at Reception in 2013 and 2014. From 2015 onwards, the school has had a two form Reception intake until we are fully populated from Reception to Year Six in 2019.

Can I apply for my older child too?

If you have a child eligible for Years 1-5, and we have a place, you can apply.

What about my younger child/children?

The Admissions Policy states that children will be admitted in the following order of priority where there is oversubscription:

1. Children looked after and those who ceased to be children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order. 

2. Children with a professionally supported exceptional medical need or exceptional social need for a place at a particular school, as decided by the Governing Body (please refer to note 2 of the Admissions Criteria for more details). 

3. Brothers and sisters of children on the roll of the school on the date of admission (for a definition of siblings, please refer to note 1 of Admissions Criteria on the website). 

4. Children in order of straight line distance from home to school as measured by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System.

 

Oversubscription

What happens if there are more than 30 children who apply under the Jewish faith criteria?

If there are more applications than places within any faith-based place or open place category, the order of priority where there is oversubscription is as follows:

After the admission of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

1. Children looked after and those who ceased to be children looked after because they were adopted, or because they became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order;

2. Children with a professionally supported exceptional medical or social need for a place at the school as decided by the Governing Body;

3. Brothers and sisters of children on the roll of the school on the date of admission (for a definition of siblings, please refer to note 1 of Admissions Criteria on the website);

4. Children in order of straight line distance from home to school as measured by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System. Additional notes regarding this policy can be found on the admissions policy page. 

Who should I ask to sign my compliance with faith criteria evidence
 form? 

It depends under which criteria you are submitting evidence. Each 
communal organisation eg synagogue, charity or youth movement will have authorised a person or people to sign your form. The Headteacher of a Jewish preschool or Religion school will be able to sign forms. Evidence of participation in private or family festival celebrations must be signed by a responsible non-family member.

Who should I ask to sign my compliance with faith criteria evidence
 form? 

It depends under which criteria you are submitting evidence. Each 
communal organisation eg synagogue, charity or youth movement will have authorised a person or people to sign your form. The Headteacher of a Jewish preschool or Religion school will be able to sign forms. Evidence of participation in private or family festival celebrations must be signed by a responsible non-family member.

 

Application

How can I guarantee a place for my child?

There is no way to guarantee a place in a state funded school. However there are some things that you can do to help improve your position during allocation and if you refer to the Wandsworth Applying for School Places brochure there is information which may clarify this.

eg “List the schools in the order you prefer them. If your child can be allocated a place at more than one school, the council will use this information to offer whichever of these you most prefer. The order cannot be changed later.” 

What is the timetable for applications and allocations?

The timetable for applications and allocations for this year are as follows:

15th Jan 2019 – closing date for the receipt of application forms by the council and supplementary information forms by the school.

16th April 2019 – outcome letters are posted to all applicants by their local authority. If you apply online, you will be emailed the outcome of your application on the evening of 16 April 2019.

Do you have a waiting list?

Where in any year the School receives more applications for places than there are places available a waiting list is maintained by Wandsworth until the end of August in the year of admission. Any offer of places from the waiting list is in strict order of the oversubscription criteria.

If we do not get a place will I be able to appeal?

Parents who wish to appeal an admission decision with respect to their child have a right to appeal. The Governing Body has an Independent Appeal Panel and appeals should be made to the Governing Body at chair@mjps.org.uk.  We fully comply with the procedures and practices of the Local Authority in which the school is located.

Can we help you?

If there is anything you cannot find or have a query, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email: admin@mjps.org.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 8944 8731