Admissions Q&A

Faith

Do you have to be Jewish to apply to MJPS?

No, anyone can apply.

The school has a published admission number of 60 pupils for entry into Reception in 2016. Applications can be made under two categories; faith based and open places with 30 children in each category.

If either of these categories is undersubscribed, the extra places will be made available to children in the other category.

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

The school’s Admissions panel will confirm that the criteria agreed by the Department for Education has been met.

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

Look carefully at the criteria for faith places below. Decide which categories suit your situation best. Documentary evidence of as many of the following admissible aspects as are relevant to you can be provided All aspects have equal weight. You do need to meet one criterion.

a. Membership of a Jewish prayer group for at least 6 months in the 12 months before the application closing date.

b. Attendance by a parent / carer or child at a minimum of 4 synagogue or other organised Jewish prayer group services in the 12 months before the application closing date.

c. A child’s enrolment in any formal Jewish education for at least 6 months in the 12 months before the application closing date.

d. A parent /carer’s regular (at least monthly) involvement as a volunteer in any Jewish communal, charitable or welfare activity of at least a year’s duration in the 2 years before the application closing date.

e. A parent /carer’s regular (at least 6 individual occurrences) involvement in any combination of the following in the year before the application closing date.

i. Private or family celebration of Shabbat or Jewish festivals.

ii. Organised Jewish learning (e g London Jewish Cultural Centre courses, Limmud sessions, Jewish Museum courses).

iii. Jewish youth movement activities.

iv. Organised Jewish community activities (eg Mitzvah Day, Jewish Community Centre events, Jewish Book Week events).

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

Absolutely – synagogue attendance is likely to be the prayer group attended by many people but we also recognise that people may attend other established prayer groups too.

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

All applicants must complete the Common Application Form provided by their home local authority or apply online using the link from their local authority’s website (for Wandsworth residents www.wandsworth.gov.uk/admissions). Applicants for a faith-based place must also complete a Supplementary Information Form (also available from this link or by calling 020 8123 8075). Both forms must be returned by 15 January 2016.

Is one criterion more important than another?

They are all equal in our policy.

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

Yes, you can mark as many criteria as apply to you.

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

Evidence required for the faith criteria can be submitted from Jewish organisations of any denomination from anywhere in the UK or overseas. Please contact us directly via the MJPS website or by calling 020 89448731 for clarification.

My daughter 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)

Yes providing this meets the criterion in the Admissions Policy.  Please get in touch with the school if you need to discuss this further. info@mjps.org.ukor telephone and you will be put in contact with the person leading on Admissions.

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?

Jewish organisations, including synagogues, charitable and cultural organisations of all denominations (for example Orthodox and Progressive) are acceptable for validating our faith criteria. Please contact us directly via the MJPS website or by calling 020 8123 8075 if you need any further assistance in contacting the right organisation for your requirements.

Open Places

How do I apply for an open place?

All applicants must complete the Common Application Form provided by their home local authority or apply online using the link from their local authority’s website (for Wandsworth residents www.wandsworth.gov.uk/admissions ).

The information booklet, Choose a Wandsworth Primary School, is available from Wandsworth Council by calling Pupil Services on 020 8871 7316 or emailing Admissions@wandsworth.gov.uk . The booklet is available as a PDF from http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200086/schools_and_colleges/18/primary_school_places

In Year Applications

Can I apply for a place during the school year?

Applications for in-year admission must be made on a Local Authority In-year Common Application Form, available from Wandsworth Council at http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200086/schools_and_colleges/18/primary_school_places or via Admissions@wandsworth.gov.uk or 020 8871 7316.

Age Range

How old does my child have to be to go to MJPS in 2016?

The same rules apply as for any other Wandsworth school – if your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 they are eligible to start in a primary school Reception class in September 2016.

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, 2 or 3 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.

Location

What if I am Jewish but live outside Wandsworth?

You can apply for one of the faith-based places (50%). Please refer directly to the faith criteria.

Apply online or on your local authority’s paper application form. Your application will be passed to Wandsworth by your local authority as part of the Pan-London co-ordinated admissions process. You will also need to complete the supplementary information form on the web-site www.mjps.org.uk

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

Apply online or on your local authority’s paper application form. Your application will be passed to Wandsworth by your local authority as part of the Pan-London co-ordinated admissions process.

Applications

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 2016 – closing date for the receipt of application forms by the council and supplementary information forms by the school.

18th April 2016 – outcome letters are posted to all applicants by their local authority.

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 Wandsworth Education Appeals Service educationappeals@wandsworth.gov.uk. We fully comply with the procedures and practices of the Local Authority in which the school is located.

 

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