Admissions

The Governors of Christ Church School aim to admit the maximum of 30 children to the Reception class each year. The school was originally established (in 1845) to serve the children of the parish, in a time when nearly all schools were founded by their local churches. With the advent of community schools, our role has changed. We now wish to serve those families who live near the school, and who desire a Christian education for their children.

We have 21 (70%) Foundation places for children of families who live in the area local to the school, and who attend Christian (Trinitarian) churches. As this school is attached to the parish of Christ Church, members of that church are given priority. After that, other churches have equal priority whether Church of England or other Trinitarian Churches.
The remaining 9 (30%) Community places are for any applicants, regardless of their beliefs and practice.

Admissions to our NURSERY class follow very similar rules. We have places for up to 52 children, and some provision for extending their hours beyond the statutory free entitlement (15 hours a week).

If you are considering our school for your child, we would like to invite you to come and see us, and suggest that you contact the school to arrange a convenient time. Further details, including some important additional rules and definitions, are available in the policies below.

Application Forms and Process

All applications for Nursery places are handled by the school. Please contact the School Office for forms, and to enquire about availability of places.

Applications for Reception and higher classes are coordinated by the Local Authority, and parents should contact the London Borough of Barnet in the first instance.

The London Borough of Barnet’s admissions information can be found here:

https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/schools-and-education/school-admissions

Parents wishing to apply for a Foundation (church-based) place must also complete our Supplementary Information Form – please contact the School Office.

Admission Policies

The governors typically have three policies current at any one time. We review the policy each year, about twenty months in advance, and submit it to the Diocese of London and to the Local Authority for approval. It is then open for public consultation, before being formally published.

Please click on the links below to view our admission documents:

To contribute to the consultation on our policy, please email the chair of governors: chair@christchurch.barnetmail.net.

Waiting Lists for other years

The governors hold waiting lists for all classes, and details of how these lists are prioritised are given in the Admissions policies. Please note that waiting lists can be very fluid, and children applying to the school are placed on the waiting list in criteria order, so can be placed above existing applicants. Also, existing applicants can move within the lists, if their circumstances change (for example, they move house, attend church regularly, or a sibling gets a place at the school). From time to time, governors will write to parents telling them of their childs position on a waiting list. If a vacancy occurs, governors will meet before the place is offered, to ensure that the waiting list is correctly ranked, and any new applicants have been included. The governors are volunteers, giving their time freely to help the school: but they will not usually meet to re-rank waiting lists unless there is a vacancy, or there are a large number of new applicants who need to be ranked.
Please note that the Reception Admissions Round uses slightly different priorities from in-year waiting lists. The Reception waiting list is reordered to match the other classes after the end of the first term at school.