Woodside Avenue, London, N10 3JA

0208 883 6540

St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

Our Admissions Policy

If you would like to read our Admissions policy for 2022 - 2023, please click here

If you are applying under our church criteria you need to download our Supplementary form here  and return it directly to us at school. 

If you are applying under any other criteria such as 'siblings' or 'distance', you do not need to fill in a Supplementary form.

Please note we have recently changed our Admissions policy so that if the school is oversubscribed, places will be allocated equally between children from a Christian background (faith-based admission) and children who live closest to the school (community-based admission.  We welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds to St James Primary.

For any help with Admissions, please call our School Office on 0208 883 6540 or email them on

Admission Policy Details

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 2022,  You can download our form here. The Common Application Form (CAF) should be submitted to the home authority - for Haringey residents this is Haringey Admissions Service, also by 15th January 2022.  

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 2023 and 31 August 2023, parents who do not wish for them to start in school year 2022-2023, but to be admitted in September 2022 for school year 2023-2024 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 2023 should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full of children transferring from the 2022-2023 Reception Year group. Alternatively they may decide to apply in the normal round (no later than 15 January 2023) for a Reception Year place in September 2023, 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 worshiping 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.
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. Please note a ‘looked after child’ include children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, child arrangement or special guardianship order. 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. Remaining Places
The remaining places will be allocated equally between faith-based and community-based applicants up to a maximum of 15 each. If the remainder is an odd number the extra place will go to a faith-based placement. If there are insufficient faith-based applicants the remaining places will go to community-based applicants.

3. a. Faith Based applicants allocated in the following order:
i. Up to 10 places for St. James’ Church applicants
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.  (In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship).

ii. Remaining faith-based places for Local Church applicants
Children whose parents have been committed members of, and are regularly* involved in worship at a church of a Christian denomination, which is recognised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CGBI) or the Evangelical Alliance within 2 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 that church. (In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship).

b. Open community-based places for all other children from the local community with any or no- faith background


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. The priority order of the oversubscription criteria does not apply to these pupils.

*For a definition of “regularly”, please see note 1(b).

Notes to the admissions criteria:
1. a) The school will write to the Minister(s) named on the Supplementary Information Form asking for confirmation of commitment and regular attendance. The governors reserve the right to seek clarification of a minister’s status 

b) ‘Regularly’ is defined as normally attending church at least fortnightly having done so for a period of 18 months

c) Parents who have recently moved into the area and have therefore not been involved at a local church for the required time but have attended another church up to their move are asked to provide details of the Minister of their previous church so that the school can contact them to confirm their commitment and regular attendance at that church. Attendance at the previous church will count towards the period referred to in criteria 3a if the parents have attended the church regularly.

The provision of this Supplementary Information is vital if you wish to be considered under these criteria.


Distanced based criteria


Deciding factor

Within each of the criteria, when deciding between applicants who have equal entitlement, the Governors will give first priority to the children whose main permanent address is closest to the school as measured in a straight line from the school gate to the Ordinance Survey point of the child’s home address, using a computerised mapping system.  Where more than one child has the same distance random allocation, independently monitored will be used.


For more details on Admissions or how to appeal a decision, please contact the School Office on 0208 883 6540.

To view our Admissions policy in full for 2022 - 2023, please click here.

To view our Admissions policy in full for 2021 - 2022, please click here.


Making An Appeal

If your application for a place in unsuccessful and you would like to lodge an appeal, you must so within 20 school days from the date of notification.  Please see our Admissions policy for more details.