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St James's Catholic Primary School

St James's Catholic Primary School

‘Put out into the deep’

Admissions

Why apply to St James's?

We are a three-form entry school accepting 90 pupils in Reception and 52 in Nursery. The Catholic ethos of St. James’s permeates every aspect of school life, with our key focus being that every individual child grows in the knowledge and love of Christ. We have been judged Outstanding by OFSTED (Jan 2015) and the Diocese of Westminster (June 2014).

 

Our SATs results are consistently above the national and local authority averages at Key Stages 1 and 2. In partnership with parents and the whole community, our purpose is to provide a high standard of education, giving the maximum opportunity to realise each child's potential.

 

A larger school has many benefits for the children including:

 

  • Dedicated, specialist staff (e.g. Music, French, Learning Support)

 

  • A wealth of experience amongst staff and opportunities for collaboration and sharing best practice

 

  • Excellent facilities:

    • large playing fields

    • separate playgrounds for children of different age groups

    • ICT suite

    • two school halls

    • Dedicated specialist subject class rooms for art, music, languages and learning support

 

  • Innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

    • The teaching of 'thinking skills' is an important part of the curriculum and we have been accredited as a 'Thinking School' by Exeter University

 

  • On-site breakfast and after-school clubs

 

  • A large and active parent body which raises significant funds to provide additional facilities for our children, as well as providing many social opportunities

 

We look forward to welcoming your child to St James's and helping them realise their potential. Our warm and caring environment and excellent teaching staff mean that children settle very quickly into life at St James's.

 

 

Which Parishes do we serve?

St James's serves the following parishes:

 

  • St Margaret's (East Twickenham)
  • St James (Twickenham)
  • St Francis de Sales (Hampton Hill)
  • St Theodore's (Hampton)

 

We warmly invite applications from practising Catholic families in these parishes. In recent years, we have been able to offer places to all practising Catholic children from these parishes. Please refer to the parish boundary maps.

The definition of Catholic

'Catholic' means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome.

 

This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this definition, it includes a looked after child living with a family where at least one of the parents is Catholic.

How places have been offered on National Offer Day (90 places):

(2023 Data not yet available)

 

 202020212022
Number of applications258229227
Places allocated to: 

Baptised Catholics as follows:

908185

Looked after or previously looked after children

110

Siblings

404336

Non-siblings within designated parishes

393339

Non-siblings outside designated parishes

11510

Christian children of other denominations

095

Number of appeals heard

200

Number of successful appeals

100

There is a waiting list

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School Tours

We are pleased to advise that school tours have now recommenced and are held every Friday at 9.30 am.  Please contact the office to book a place on the next available tour.

Admissions: Reception Sept 2024

The September 2024 Reception Admissions Process has now closed. Please refer to the Local Authority for late admission submission.

 

 

Parents/Carers must complete an online local authority admission application and in addition, complete the St James's supplementary Information Form and if available,  provide a copy of the child's Baptism Certificate and Certificate of Catholic Practice.

Certificate of Catholic Practice can be downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.

 

Please note that the Certificate of Catholic Practice must be signed by your own parish priest.

Additional Important Information:

 

Friday 9 February Final date for applications to be considered as on-time where due to exceptional circumstances they could not be made by 15 January 2024, and for people who moved after 15 January 2024 to evidence habitual residency in the borough.

 

Tuesday 16 April All on-time applicants will be sent an email during the evening (National Offer Day) informing them of the result of their application.

 

Tuesday 30 April Date by which parents must accept or decline their offer Friday 17 May Closing date for submission of appeals to be heard in the main round for schools in Richmond using the Richmond Independent Appeals Service.

Admissions: GTC

 

Please look to the GTC page for specific GTC school tours and the admission process.

Admissions: 2023-2024 In-Year  

The In-Year Admission Process is open all year round.                                                                                                             

Parents/Carers must complete an online Local Authority In-Year Admission application and in addition, complete the St James's supplementary Information Form and if available: provide a copy of the child's Baptism Certificate and Certificate of Catholic Practice.

 

Please download the In-Year 2023/2024 Admissions Documents.

A Certificate of Catholic Practice can downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.

 

Please note that the Certificate of Catholic Practice must be signed by your own parish priest.

 

Admissions: September 2024 Nursery

 

Please refer to our Nursery Page, for our Nursery provision.

As a reminder, our Nursery runs:

  • Monday-Friday (Children would be expected to attend all five sessions per week)

  • We will offer a 30 hour provision from September 2024.

  • Nursery follows the school term time schedule, in terms of School holidays (We are closed during half-term breaks and Christmas/Easter/Summer holidays).

 

In response to the feedback from our working parents, we are pleased to announce that from September 2024, we will be extending our education services from 15 hours to 30 hours per week!

 

We have listened to the challenges faced by working families, and this decision is driven by our commitment to providing support to meet the needs of our community.

 

The Nursery Admissions process for the September 2024 intake will open after the February half-term with the launch of our Open Event. 

 

Current St James’s and prospective parents/carers who are considering their nursery provision for their three year olds, please watch this space for more information!

 

A Certificate of Catholic Practice can downloaded from the Diocese of Westminster website.

 

Please note that the Certificate of Catholic Practice must be signed by your own parish priest.

Admissions: Consultation Reception  2025-2026

Please see below the proposed Reception 2025-26 Admissions Policy. 

Comments should be made in writing info@st-james.richmond.sch.uk. The consultation period will run until 22nd December 2023. 

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