Admission Arrangements

Quainton Church of England Primary School operates a one point of admission into Reception class every September.  We also accept in-year admissions. Our planned admission number is 30 children per class. This is based on our net capacity which considers the space available to children and the facilities at the school. This number has been agreed by the school’s governing body and the Local Authority.

The Local Authority is responsible for all of our school admissions, in addition to the 11+ and the secondary school transfer. Therefore, for further information please use the link and/or contact details below:

Tel: 01296 383250



Information about the 11+ and the secondary school transfer can also be found by viewing the following Microsoft PowerPoint document:


If your child is starting school in September 2023, the closing date for applications is in January 2023 - the exact date has yet to be confirmed.  We will be holding an open morning  on October 11th for parents looking to start in Reception in September 2023. Please arrive at 9 am for a chance to meet the Headteacher and then child led tours of the school. We look forward to meeting you.

We welcome new admissions to our school from both within and outside the catchment area. Here are just some of the comments parents have shared about our school:

“The teachers and the headteacher are very approachable and willing to discuss any issues.”

“The class teacher knows my child almost as well as me.”

“The choir and football clubs have brought my daughter out of her shell.” 

“My son has a wonderful teacher who always makes time for me. I have always had great communication with the school.”

“His teacher makes learning fun and her enthusiasm and energy shines through to the kids.”

“I feel that my daughter is extremely safe at school.”




Admissions Policy


1         Introduction


1.1      The governing body of Quainton Church of England School applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school. The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 introduced a new framework for school admissions as of September 2000. This policy conforms to the regulations that are set out in that Act and also further explained in the statutory School Admissions Code of Practice and the statutory Appeals Code of Practice.


2         Aims and objectives


2.1      We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.


2.2      All applications will be treated on merit and in a sensitive manner.


2.3      The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, we enforce the procedure set out below in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not. It is our wish to allow parents the right to have a place at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible, due to the excess demand on the school places available.


2.4      The level of ability of a child or any special needs that s/he may have plays no part in the admissions policy of this school.


3         How parents can apply for their child to be admitted to our school


3.1      As our school is a community school, the school determines the admission arrangements in agreement with the LEA. The LEA is therefore the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school. The regulations for entry to each school, where the Admissions Authority is the LEA, are published each year by the LEA. Parents can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LEA.


3.2      The LEA publishes a composite admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how parents can apply for a place in the school of their choice. Parents have a right to express a preference for the school of their choice and they should do so on the application form. Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school. Application forms can be obtained from the Education Department of the LEA and should be completed by the date stipulated on the forms. The school notifies parents about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.


3.3      In this area, children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form.




4         Admission appeals


4.1      If we do not offer a child a place at this school, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the numbers of children in the school to increase too much.


4.2      If parents wish to appeal against a decision to refuse entry, they can do so by applying to the LEA. An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by parents who have been refused a place at our school and who wish to appeal against this decision. An appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeals panel decides that we should admit a child to our school, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our school. (Details of appeal arrangements are set out in the Code of Practice on School Admissions Appeals, which came into force in September 1999.)


5         The standard number


5.1      The standard number is the number of children the school can accommodate. The standard number for our school is 30. We keep this number under review and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances allow.


6         Infant class size


6.1      We teach infant children (aged five to seven) in classes that have a maximum number of 30 children.


7         Review


7.1      This policy will be reviewed annually with the Admissions Authority in the light of any changed circumstances in our school or the local area.




Admissions Policy June 2021.doc