School: Abbey C of E VA Primary School (The)
Address: Grove Road St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 1DQ
Telephone: 01727 851802
Age Range: 4-11
This is a voluntary aided mixed-sex primary school. It's a very popular school and always oversubscribed (wouldn't you know?!). To realistically stand a chance, you ideally need to be Rule 1-4 (even 5 is pushing it!). Talk to the school for more info.
RULE 1. Children in public care (“looked after children”) or subject to an adoption order or special guardianship order at the time of application. The Hertfordshire admissions literature and website give further information for applicants under this category.
RULE 2. Children of staff.
RULE 3. Siblings of children already at the school at the time of entry. The governors have the same understanding of the term ‘sibling’ as in the Hertfordshire admissions' literature and website.
RULE 4. Children resident in the Designated Area as shown on the map available from the school (or see the list below) and whose parents are regular* members of the congregation of the Cathedral and Abbey Church.
RULE 5. Any remaining places will be equally divided between:
i. Those children resident in the Designated Area.
ii. Those who are not resident in the Designated Area but whose parents are regular worshippers at the Cathedral.
In the event of an odd number of places being available for allocation, priority will be given to category 4i, i.e. those children resident in the Designated Area.
Any unfilled place will then be offered in the following order:
RULE 6. Children whose parents are regular attenders** at another place of Christian worship. For the purposes of this policy another Christian church is one which is affiliated to Churches Together in England and/or Churches Together in St Albans and/or the Evangelical Alliance.
RULE 7. Any other children.
Tiebreaker for any of the above categories: the straight line distance measurement to the school as provided by Hertfordshire County Council (closest applicants will take priority).
* ‘Regular’ members of the congregation means attendance at Cathedral services for an average of twice a month for a period of two years prior to the application date. Families who move to St Albans and join the Cathedral congregation within the two year period should have attendance at their previous church confirmed by a member of the clergy.
** ‘Regular attenders’ applies to parents who have attended services at their own church for an average of twice a month for a period of two years. This should be confirmed by a member of the clergy at their church.
The Governing body will admit a child with a statement of educational need that names the Abbey School.
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