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St Nicholas Primary School offers an excellent educational experience for your child.  We hope you will consider applying for a place.  If you wish to apply here are some steps in the process.
 

To begin to determine if we are the right place for your child approaching school age, we warmly invite you to visit St. Nicholas to tour the school and meet Mrs. Crouch, our Headteacher.

 

If you are interested in a Reception place for  September 2019, you are most welcome to book a school tour.  The Open days will be on the following dates:

Wednesday 5th December at 1.15

Friday 11th January at 9.30

 

Please contact the school on 01582 623620 or admin@stnicholasce.org 

Reasons to choose St. Nicholas school:

 

  • Our school is ranked as one of the top 9 primary schools in Hertfordshire (Times National newspaper 05/2018) based on our SATS data. We consistently achieve excellent academic results in Maths, Reading and Writing in year 6, which reflects the hard work of our pupils and the dedication of our staff.
  • Good Ofsted inspection (1 March 2017) coupled with outstanding attendance figures
  • Confirmed as an Outstanding school as outlined in the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report  (November 2017).
  • As the smallest school in Harpenden, all our pupils have the opportunity to lead and get involved in school life, including being part of sports teams and clubs, taking roles in assemblies and plays, becoming  a school councillor or a house captain in year 6.
  • We are an inclusive school that welcomes families of all faiths and no faith. Our values led Christian ethos is coupled with four key principles - kindness, hope, responsibility and perseverance - which are interwoven into the curriculum of our school  and enable all our children to feel safe and happy as they learn and grow with us.
  • St.Nicholas has a strong sporting track record, winning cups in football, netball and cross country. The school has also performed well over the years in District Sports and we offer swimming for one term, every year, for each year group from reception through to year 6.
  • We are blessed with highly experienced and committed teaching staff delivering outstanding and engaging learning across the school curriculum. Our teaching is further supported with a wide range of school trips that include geography field trips, science based visits and historical workshops. We also enjoy visits into school from authors, artists, design and technology based companies and specialist sports coaches. Our year 5 and year 6 children also benefit from residential trips in the summer term.
  • We have an after school provision provided by The Club which is popular among parents and carers.  We also have an early drop off club.
  • We have an active parent body which organises a variety of events, e.g. the School Ball, the Christmas Fair, a Pupil Disco, Film Night and a parent Quiz Night.

Step 1 – The Local Authority
An application for a Reception place needs to be submitted online. The deadline for applications for places for September 2019 is Tuesday 15th January 2019, online. You must accept or decline the place offered by Tuesday 16 April 2019.

Step 2 – St Nicholas School Process

If you are interested in a place at St Nicholas School, please contact the school for the relevant Clergy Form and Supplementary Information Form (also available below). These forms need to be completed and returned to the School Office as well as your online application to County.

 

Any applications not received by Tuesday 15th January 2019 will be considered as late applications.

If you have any problems or queries please do not hesitate to contact the School Office on 01582 623 620, where we will be glad to help. For more information, please read our Admissions Policy.

Admissions

 

Admissions  Year

2018

2017 

2016

Siblings

36%

50%

30%

Parish of St. Nicholas and Other churches in Harpenden

18%

27%

45%

Resident of Harpenden

45%*

23%

25%

 

*A couple of pupils live more than 1000 m from the school.

Consultation on 2020-2021 Admissions Policy

 

The Governors of St Nicholas Primary School Harpenden are consulting on a proposed new Admissions Policy for the academic year 2020-2021.

A summary of the proposed new Admissions Policy is set out below. Full details can be found in the attached document. If required, a paper copy can be obtained on request from the School.

If there are fewer applications than places available at the School, all applications will be admitted.

If there are more applications than places, the proposed new Admissions Criteria would apply. There would be three Criteria (rather than the current nine Criteria) which would apply in the following order of priority:

Rule 1: Children looked after

Rule 2: Siblings

Rule 3: All other children, wherever they live, with priority given to those who live the shortest distance from the School

The proposed Admissions Policy would begin with a statement that St Nicholas School is here to serve the local community, is open to children of any faith or no faith, has a Christian character and promotes Christian values.

The Published Admission Number for the School would remain at 22 pupils.

Under the proposed new Policy, parents would not be required to complete a Supplementary Information Form when applying for a place at the School.

Parents and all interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the proposed Admissions Policy by the deadline of 6th  January 2019. Please email the Chair of Governors at  governors@stnicholasce.org or write to the Chair of Governors at St Nicholas School, Church Green, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2TP.

The Governors will review the results of the consultation and take a decision on whether to proceed with changes to the Admissions Policy by 15th March 2019
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