SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

CLERGY REFERENCES AND TIMELINES

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SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2023|24

As a church we have very strong relationships with our local Christian schools and it is really wonderful that so many of our parents at St Mary’s are keen to send their children to them each year.  

All parents seeking a foundation place at any Church School will need a reference from the church they attend to support their application as either a ‘regular worshipper’ or a ‘member’.   

While it is possible to be a member of the church, but not a regular attender, to be considered a ‘regular attender’ a parent needs to attend church at least twice a month (26 times a year) for a period of time such as 3years, 18 months or 1 year, prior to their application, depending on the school.

Here at St Mary’s we have two ways of helping parents to mark their attendance:

  • A parent’s register, kept at the back of church, and able to be signed each week
  • Our weekly children’s registers taken for all our children’s groups

If your children attend a group on Sunday, there is no need to also sign the register.

It is really important to us that we are completely transparent and truthful in our reference process and so, while we understand that it can feel strange having to register our attendance at worship, we encourage every parent who will be seeking a clergy reference to make use of the register if their children are not signed into a children’s group.

Please note that those who have recently moved to the area and who worshipped previously in a different church, or faith community, will be asked to supply information so the school can seek a reference showing that the whole period is covered.

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ST BEDE'S

As a Christian school the majority of the places at St Bede’s are given to Christian families who have been regular attenders and members at local churches.  In 2023/4 there are 330 place available – 270 Foundation (Church of England & Catholic) places, 50 Free Church places and 10 Open places.

YEAR 7 ENTRY 2023/2024
The application process begins on 1 September 2022 and ends on 31 October 2024.

If you are seeking a place at St Bede’s, please visit the school website and read the Admissions policy 2023-24

Regular worshipper’ is defined as attendance of one or more parent/carers at worship at least fortnightly for at least three years immediately prior to application. Those who have recently moved to the area and who worshipped previously in a different church or faith community will be asked to supply information so the school can seek a reference showing that the three-year period is covered.

Here at St Mary’s we have two ways of helping parents to mark their attendance:

  • A parent’s register, kept at the back of church, and able to be signed each week
  • Our weekly children’s registers taken for all our children’s groups

If you are seeking a clergy reference from us, please let us know by 9 October 2022.  We will check our attendance records and get back to you by October 14th 2022. 

The period between September 1st 2019 and October 31st 2022 (the last three years before the admission deadline) has been dramatically impacted by the restrictions on worship caused by Covid-19.   As this is the case, parents and carers will be considered to have attended worship at the church on the same basis as their attendance between September 1st 2019 to March 15th 2020 and between September 12th 2021 to October 31st 2022. 

If you need any help with any of this, please do get in touch with Catherine Farrow (Head of Operations) by email or by calling the office.

REIGATE PARISH SCHOOL

ENTRY 2022/2023 – FOR LAST YEAR – NOTE THAT NEXT SUMMER’S APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOT YET OPEN

If you are seeking a place at the Parish School, please visit the school website and read the Admissions policy