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Admissions

St. Martin's is an inclusive school and we welcome pupils of all faiths and none. Our Catholic ethos underpins the life of the school and is the basis on which our community is built.  To find out more information about our school, clickhere to watch our video, or why not come to an Open Day?  Our next Open Day is on 19th November - tours will be running from 10.30am - 11.30am and from 2pm - 3pm.  Families are also welcome to visit the school on a normal school day - please contact the school office to arrange an individualised tour.  

Admissions Policy

The Admissions Policy gives details of our current admission criteria.

To apply for a place at our school, please complete the Reading Borough online application form which can be found here and the supplementary form.  Hand the supplementary form into the school office along with your child's baptismal certificate (if available).  

In-Year Admissions

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made via the local authority by completing the in-year admissions application form which is available from https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/schools/admissions/in-year/

As a Catholic School, we ask that parents/carers also complete a Supplementary Information Form, in addition to the standard application form that is submitted to the local authority.  The Supplementary Information Forms can be found below or a hard copy can be provided on request by contacting the school office on admin@stmartins.reading.sch.uk.  Supplementary Information Forms should be returned directly to the school in hard copy or via email to admin@stmartins.reading.sch.uk.  If a Supplementary Information Form is not submitted directly to the school this may affect the priority given to the application and could affect the likelihood of your child being offered a place.

The local authority will forward your application to the school for consideration by the governors.

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2021/2022, will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed in the policy below or by contacting the school office to request a hard copy.  Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the local authority will notify you of this decision on behalf of the governors and the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details regarding waiting lists.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Erika Kirwa on head@stmartins.reading.sch.uk.  You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority:

Brighter Futures for Children - School Admissions
Telephone: 0118 9373777 (option 1)
E-mail: admissions@brighterfuturesforchildren.org
Website: Brighter Futures for Children - Website

Appeals

Parents/carers will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are not offered a place at our school.

The Appeal Panel will be independent of the school and the Governing Body. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the School Admission Appeals Code 2012 published by the DfE (Department for Education).

Parents wishing to appeal against an admission decision should apply to:

The Clerk to the Appeal Panel
Committee Services, Reading Borough Council
Civic Centre
Reading
RG1 7AE

Alternatively an application can be submitted on-line at www.reading.gov.uk/schoolsadmissions

Appeals for admissions in September must be submitted by RBC’s Schools deadline. Appeals will be heard during June/July. Appeals for in year admissions can be submitted at any time.

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