Admissions Arrangements

St John’s Meads Church of England Primary School is an academy within the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. As such the Trust is the Admission Authority responsible for all decisions in connection with admitting pupils and for the publication of Admission Arrangements which explain how the admissions process will be applied. The trust delegates the responsibility for admissions to the Governing body of the school.  The Arrangements has been written after consultation with the Diocese, Local Authority, Admissions Forum and other schools in the area. St John’s Meads has a Christian ethos and aims to provide a caring environment in which pupils are encouraged to reach their full potential in academic work and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Admissions Contact
School Tel 01323 730255
Headteacher  Mrs Katherin Weeks
Chair of the Transition Board Jenny Barnard-Langston

Prospective Parents – Admissions to Reception Class and Year 3 – September 2024

Please contact the school office to book a visit to the school.

Open Day Events: 

Wednesday 8th November:  9am

Thursday 9th November:  2pm and 6pm

SJM Admission Arrangements 2025

SJM Admission Arrangements 2024

East Sussex operates a co-ordinated admission scheme for primary schools. Applications should be made on the East Sussex County Council application form completed in accordance with the information provided in its School Admissions Booklet, available online via the East Sussex website.

Infant, junior or primary school 2024
Date What happens
September to December 2022 Start contacting schools to arrange visits
September 2024 Applications open
Apply for primary school
15 January 2024 Closing date for school applications
15 March 2024 The deadline to apply late for a school place with a good reason, for example you’ve moved into the area
16 April 2024 National offer day
15 May 2024 Deadline to make an appeal
June to 18 July 2024 Admissions appeals

Admissions – East Sussex Schools

St John’s Meads Church of England Primary School will admit a maximum of 30 children in 1 class to the Reception / Foundation Stage Class and 32 children in 1 class to the Year 3 class each year.

If you are due to start at our school, please look at our SJM Admission Arrangements 2024

You can apply for a school place online. Please click here to find out more.

There is a set of priorities that decide who gets a place. These include looked after children, siblings and how close you live to the school.  Please ensure that you read the requirements for completing a supplementary information form if applying under one of these priorities.

For in-year admissions (Sept 2023 – July 2024) please contact the school office on 01323 730255 and

If your application has been unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal against a decision on school allocation.

See Considering making a school appeal? for helpful advice, information and deadlines.

Your case will be heard by an Independent Appeal Panel. Appeal requests must be made by completing and submitting an online Appeal Form to the School Appeals Service at East Sussex County Council.

In Year Applications 

Parents who are interested in a place for their child during a school year should contact the school office to check the availability of places.  If places are available in any class, parents must make an online application with the local authority before a place is considered or offered by the Governing Body.  Places are allocated according to the strict guidelines of the Admission Arrangements and Policy of the school.

In Year application via the Synergy portal on the local authority website: 

Deadline for Appeals for In Year Places: Within 25 days of being told your application was unsuccessful. The Appeal will be within 30 days of the school receiving the appeal form.

Starting school

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.

For example, if your child’s fourth birthday is between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024 they will usually start school in September 2024.

Summer Born Children

School Appeals

St John’s Meads Church of England  Primary School is an academy within the  Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust.

The School’s Local Governing Body is the admissions authority responsible for the admission arrangements and its implementation. An independent panel will hear appeals.  To find out more about the Appeals Procedure, please follow the link below.

Appeals for infant classes

You need to go through the same process if you’re appealing a decision about an infant class. In reception, year 1 and year 2, the class size is limited to 30.

Your application can be turned down if all the classes already have 30 children.

Your appeal could be successful if:

  • giving your child a place will not increase the class size above the limit
  • the admission arrangements have not been properly followed
  • the admission criteria do not comply with the school admissions code

Appealing a school’s decision 

Appeal Deadline
In Year Appeals Within 25 school days of being told your application was unsuccessful All applications that are not part of the main primary, junior or secondary intake in September.  This could be any year group at any time of year.

You’ll be sent a letter with the decision about your child’s school from the local authority. If your child is refused a place, you can appeal against the decision. The letter will tell you how to lodge an appeal. You can only appeal once against a rejection.

Preparing your appeal

The admission authority for the school must allow you at least 20 school days to appeal from when they send the decision letter.

The admission authority will set a deadline for submitting information and evidence to support your appeal.

If you submit anything after the deadline, it might not be considered and may result in delays to your hearing. or 01323 730255

An Independent Panel will hear Appeals. The Governing Board coordinates with the local authority

Waiting Lists – General Information

Parents may ask for their child to be placed on waiting lists where it has been necessary to restrict entry to a particular year group.

Children can be placed on more than one waiting list but only for schools which were named on the school application form. An application must be completed with the local authority before a child can be placed on the waiting list.

How Waiting Lists Work

Waiting lists must follow the School Admission Arrangements/Policy criteria for entry.

It can be expected therefore that a child’s position on any waiting list can change as other pupils join or leave the list whilst it is running.

Applying to join the Waiting List

Contact the Headteacher, Mrs Katherin Weeks by emailing the school office in the first instance

Waiting lists will run until the end of the *2nd term in which the application is processedYou will need to inform the school if you wish to extend this time.

Parents can ask at any time where their child features on a waiting list.

*2 terms 1st September to 31st December: 1st January to 30th April: 1st May to 31st August:

If a place becomes available, parents will be notified in writing and given 14 days to decide to accept or decline the place.

If the child stays at his or her current school, he or she will be removed from the waiting list and the vacancy offered to the next child.


 East Sussex County Council – Admissions
 Infant Class Size Legislation