St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to our school website which I hope you will find both informative and a reflection of what is happening here at St. James School. We are a church school and our Christian values underpin a lot of our work and aspirations both for the children and the whole school community.




We have Open mornings throughout the year for prospective parents to visit. There is no need to book, but please be at the School Office by 9am as tours start promptly then. 

Open mornings for 2018-2019 are on

Tuesday 4th December - unfortunately we have had to cancel this open morning.

Friday 11th January

Tuesday 19th March

Tuesday 21st March

Tuesday 25th June

For our Year 6 Secondary School Admissions

you can use this quick link to Haringey Admissions.

You can also download a copy of the Haringey Secondary School Brochure here

In year places are available @ St James Primary School

Due to a number of families moving out of the area we currently have a few vacancies in some of our classes higher up the school. If you would like to apply for a place for your child please contact the School Office on 0208 883 6540 or email us at office@stjamesprimaryschool.co.uk.


Useful Information

If you are staring at St James in Reception this year, you may find this booklet useful - Starting In Reception At St James.

If you are starting further up the school, please click here for more information.

Our full School Admissions Policy for 2019-2020 can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

You can download our Supplementary form - if you are applingy against our Church attendance criteria here.  Please make sure this form is returned to the School Office.

We aim to make our Admissions Policy as clear and user friendly as possible: please feel free to ask questions if anything is unclear. You can call the School Office on 0208 883 6540 if you have any questions or email us at office@stjamesprimaryschool.co.uk.

Inevitably in a school as popular as St James Primary, we have more applications than we have places. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up hope at the outset. While we do particularly welcome children from churchgoing families, in most years we have a number of children who gain entry without any church connection. 

To give you a sense, this is how it worked for our admissions for 2018-19.   For our Reception class of 30 children, 0 child qualified under criterion 1 (Looked after children), 25 children under criterion 2 (Siblings); 4 qualified under criterion 3/4 (Church Commitment); and 1 under criterion 5 (Distance).


Our Admissions Policy 2018-2019

The school's Admissions policy is in compliance with the 2014 Code. The school has one main admission date at the start of the Autumn term each year, in line with the LA policy. The Reception class intake of 30 children is normally staggered at the beginning of the Autumn term.


Parents who want to apply for a place in the Reception class for their child should complete a Common Application Form (CAF) from their Local Authority naming St James C of E Primary School. This form should be completed during the Autumn term of the school year preceding the September in which they expect their child to start school. In Haringey, children of Reception age start school in the September of the school year in which they will become five years old.  Our school’s supplementary form should only be completed by those applying under Criteria 3 and 4 so that the governors may consider their application fully, and returned to the school by 15th January 2019,  The Common Application Form (CAF) should be submitted to the home authority - for Haringey residents this is Haringey Admissions Service, also by 15th January 2019.  You can download a St James Cof E Primary Supplementary form here.


Please note that offers are made for a full time place from the September following a child’s fourth birthday. The place may be deferred until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made. The school will hold any deferred place for a child. Where parents wish, a child may attend part time until they reach compulsory school age. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his /her fifth birthday (or on his or her fifth birthday if it falls on the prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August. For further information on admission of children below compulsory school age and deferred entry to school, please contact the School Office.


For children whose fifth birthday fall between 1 April 2020 and 31 August 2020, parents who do not wish for them to start in school year 2019-20, but to be admitted in September 2020 for school year 2020-21 should discuss this with the school at an early stage. Decisions will be made on the circumstances of each case and the best interest of the child. Parental views, academic achievement, social and emotional development and where relevant medical views will be taken into consideration. The views of the school’s head teacher will be taken into account and the reasons for the decision will be clearly set out.


Parents who decide not to apply for a Reception place in the school but to apply for a Year 1 place in September 2020 should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full of children transferring from the 2020-21 Reception Year group. Alternatively they may decide to apply in the normal round (no later than 15 January 2020) for a Reception Year place in September 2020, but would need to supply strong supporting reasons for seeking a place outside the normal year group and apply via the protocol outlined above. For additional information on admission of children outside their normal age group, please contact the School Office.


Parents may ask to be put on the school’s register of interest at any time before this. This will mean that parents will receive up to date admission criteria. However, it will not give any priority in admission.   


From time to time a place becomes available further up the school. The allocation of places is in accordance with the admissions criteria. Preference will be given to children moving into the area from outside the Borough who do not have a school place. Evidence will need to be provided that the child has recently moved in. ( please see ‘in year admissions’ under notes in our Admissions Policy).  


In reaching a decision concerning admission of a child to the Reception class, the governors will apply the criteria below, which are listed in order of priority. These criteria are designed to assist the governors in maintaining the ethos of the school. The aim is to provide the best possible education for the children within the context of a Christian community, which is both a worshipping and learning community. Prospective parents are very welcome to visit the school to get a first-hand feel for the atmosphere and values of the school.


Parents will normally be notified by their local authority if their application has been successful. The names of unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a numbered waiting list until the beginning of the school year for which they have applied. After this date details of unsuccessful applicants will be held on file and will be contacted if a place becomes available.



Our Oversubscription Criteria

 In the event of there being more applications than places, the following criteria will apply:

 1.‘Looked after’ children.

 Please note a ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became a subject to an adoption, residence, child arrangement or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under Adoption Act 1076 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangement order is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion should be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).


2. Children who will have a brother or sister in the school, at the time of entry into the Reception class.

The term ‘brother or sister’ includes foster brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or step brothers and sisters. It does not include other relations. The sibling must reside at the same address as the child applying for a place.


3. Church Commitment: St. James’ Church

Children whose parents have been committed members of St. James’ Church, Muswell Hill, London N10 for more than 18 months at the time of the closing date for applications, and who are regularly* involved in worship at the church.

* For the definition of regularly please see note 1b in our Admissions policy


4. Local Churches

Children whose parents have been committed members of, and are regularly* involved in worship at a church of a Christian denomination, which is recognized by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CGBI) or the Evangelical Alliance within 1.1 miles of the school, for more than 18 months at the time of the closing date for applications, and who are regularly* involved in worship at the church.

 * For the definition of regularly please see note 1b in our Admissions policy



  1. Other applications

Please note that children with a Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) or with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan where St James C of E Primary School is the named school will be admitted to the school. This policy does not apply to these pupils.


For further information and further clarification of our admission criteria and over subscription criteria and information on in year school admissions - please see our full Admissions policy below.  We review our Admissions Policy every year.  

You can download our full Admissions Policy for 2019-20 here

You can download our Supplementary Form for 2019 - 2020 here


You can download our Admissions Policy for last year (2018-19)  here

To help parents interested in the secondary school transition, here are some quick links to our local secondary schools



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