Admission Arrangements

The school receives the majority of its pupils from the Galleywood Community Infant School which is situated on the same site and we have have very close links with. However, we do welcome children from other Infant and Primary schools transitioning from Year 2 to year 3 so please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you are considering St. Michael’s Junior School for your child in Year 3. We can ensure that they are included in all transition events that take place with children coming to us from Galleywood Infant School.

For admissions in September 2021 into Year 3 of junior schools, Essex County Council are now required to implement a fully co-ordinated scheme whereby parents of Year 2 children in an infant school will need to make a formal application and submit this to the Local Authority by the statutory national closing date of 15 January 2021. Offers of places will be communicated to parents by the LA in writing on 16 April 2021 (the statutory national offer day). The application form will be available to be submitted online from 9th November at Essex County Council School Admissions and a hard copy on request for those parents unable to apply online.

As long as there are spaces available, it is the policy of the Governors to admit the children of all parents who would like their children to be educated at this school, regardless of denomination, Church affiliation or otherwise. Our admissions limit is currently 60. The Governors maintain an ‘Admissions Policy’.

Where a school becomes over-subscribed it will not always be possible to offer children a place in their first choice of school so parents may wish to make alternative and definite arrangements for their children.  The 1980 Act does, however, give parents the right to appeal against decisions of the Governors regarding admissions.  Parents wishing to appeal should notify both the Local Education Authority in Essex, the Area Education Officer and the Diocesan Director of Education, Diocesan Education Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1NG within 14 days of receiving the decision of the Governors. Parents may find the Essex County Council School Admissions website useful.

Parents may find the School Admissions section of the Essex County Council website useful regarding admission arrangements. This can be found here.

Mid-Year Transfers

If your child is already in a Junior School or upper phase of a primary school elsewhere and you wish your child to transfer to St. Michael’s, please contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss the process with you. You will however need to make an application through Essex County Council and not with the school itself. Details can be found here. Once an application has been made through Essex Admissions, if there is no place available, it is the parent’s responsibility to ask the school for their child to be added to the waiting list. Applicants are not automatically added to the waiting list.

Applicants will remain on the school’s waiting list for that academic year. If a place has not become available, parents must reapply for the new academic year and again ask the school to be placed on the waiting list if there is no available space.

Where more applications are received than there are places available, the Governors will use the same admissions criteria outlined in our Admissions Policy.

Secondary Education

Our main feeder schools once children leave us in year 6 are Great Baddow High School, Moulsham High School and The Sandon School. Each year a number of our Year 6 pupils gain places at local grammar schools such as CCHS and KEGS.