The academy has a single class in each year group, and the governing body limits class sizes to a maximum of 30. Altogether there are about 210 children in the academy. Most of our children go on to the local John Bentley secondary academy, although some move to Chippenham and some go on to independent schools.
Most admissions are based on the distance a child lives from the school. However, priority is given to children in care or adopted from care, siblings of children already in the academy and to faith based admissions.
If you are interested in your child joining the academy, please phone us on 01249 812424 to arrange a visit. For all admissions you will have to complete a Wiltshire local authority admissions form, even if you live outside Wiltshire.
The academy prospectus can be downloaded by going to the prospectus tab on the reports drop-down menu or paper copies can be obtained from the academy office.
Children start school in the school year in which they turn 5. Before deciding where to send their child, most parents visit several schools. They normally do this during the autumn term of the year before their children are due to start. Please telephone to make an appointment and the headteacher will be glad to show you around the school and answer any questions you may have.
To gain admission parents or carers must complete a local authority admission form. This is available from the academy, from local preschools or online, from September of the year before the child is due to start. This form should be returned to the local authority, not the academy. For faith based admissions, you should also fill in the academy admission form, which is included in the prospectus, and return it to the academy. This will enable us to verify that your child is entitled to a place on a faith basis.
The first round of applications for places for September 2017 closes on 15th January 2017. Parents or guardians will receive written notification of the outcome, from the Local Authority on 16th April 2017. An offer of a school place must then be accepted in writing by the Local Authority deadline.
Do you expect to have more applications than places this year? The number of children in Calne varies every year, as does the relative popularity of the different schools. We usually have had a full intake of 30 children but please do not let this discourage you from applying. Last year all children who put down Holy Trinity as a first preference got a place.
Do I live in your catchment area? The academy does not have a catchment area in the same way that local authority schools do. We admit children from within the parish of Calne and Blackland in preference to children who live outside the parish, (except those who already have a sibling in the academy). Our pupils come from right across Calne and beyond.
Should I enter a second and third preference school on the application form? Yes. If a place is not available in your first preference school and you have not entered a second preference then you will be allocated a place at the nearest school to your home which has space. Schools are not told who has selected them as first preference until after places are offered, so places are offered strictly in line with the academy's admissions criteria.
Can my child attend school full time from September? All children are offered full time places from September. During the first two weeks of term we will induct new children in two groups, but after this most will be in school full time. However full time attendance at school is not compulsory until the term in which children turn 5.
Are children taught in mixed year groups? No. There are seven classes, one for each year group. Year groups are not mixed and there are no plans to change this.
Admissions to Other Year Groups
Do you have places in my child's year group? Most classes are currently at their capacity. However things can change quickly, so please telephone the academy to check that this is the most up-to-date information available. Telephone 01249 812424. If there are places then you should contact Wiltshire Local Authority admissions department and complete an In-Year Transfer Form. The LA will then liaise with us. If a place is not currently available you can still add your name to a waiting list. You need to confirm this in writing. Again, apply to the LA and they will liaise with the school. Pupils on the waiting list are admitted in line with the criteria in our admissions policy, not on a first-come basis.
The local authority's admissions department can be contacted on 01225 713010. Their website is here.
For full details, please read our admissions policy - click here for the 2016-17 policy which applies for admissions during the current year. The admissions policy for 2017-18 applies to admissions in September 2017-August 2018. The admissions policy for 2018-19 is published here for a consultation period, beginning on 11/11/16. Please contact us with any feedback. Paper copies of all these policies can be obtained from the school office.
If you are refused admission, you can appeal. You can download a copy of our Appeals Timetable here (for the 2016-17 academic year). You will also need an admissions appeal form - click here for years R, 1 and 2 and here for children in years 3,4, 5 and 6.
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