Admissions to St Columba C. of E. Primary Academy
We warmly welcome new children and their families to our community at St Columba. Parents and Carers who are considering sending their children to our Academy are very welcome to visit. Please ring the Academy office (01329 843226) to make a mutually convenient appointment time for a guided tour with the Principal.
How do I apply?
All applications for school places at St Columba should be made to Hampshire County Council, we have attached the link below to their online admissions application area to assist you. If you would prefer to apply to St Columba using a paper form, these can be collected from the main Academy office.
The Local Authority operates a timetable co-ordinated admissions procedure for all schools and Academies in line with Government legislation.
The Local Authority will manage the process on behalf of the Academy according to the scheme which they will publish in their Admissions Booklet for that year.
Also contained within the booklet will be information on how to complete their application form on-line, dates for notification to parents of admissions decision and the closing dates for accepting places or lodging appeals. In case of any doubt on these dates, please contact the Local Authority or the Academy.
The Local Authority publishes the current admissions process on their website where you will also find details of the Fair Access Protocol. Please see the link below.
As a Diocesan Academy, we are the admissions authority and are therefore required to produce and publish an Admissions Policy on an annual basis. Copies of our admissions policies for the relevant years, can be found at the bottom of this page. You can look at the Trust website for further information about admissions by clicking on the link below:
When should my child start school?
Children reaching the age of 5 between 1st September and the following 31st August are admitted in September. There is no obligation for a child to start full time until the term after his/her 5th birthday.
In order to give you as much information as possible, we will invite you to a series of meetings prior to your child starting school. The initial meeting, held early in the Summer Term once you have received an offer of a place, will provide you with general information and answer any questions you may have.
We offer a programme of visits for you and your child during the second half of the Summer Term; children spend time in our Reception class with the staff whilst parents have the opportunity to find out about our curriculum for the Foundation Stage. These sessions are really useful for parents to get to know other parents.
Teachers will arrange to visit you at home, an opportunity to talk informally about your child. We also visit local pre-school groups to meet the children in a familiar group situation. This helps us understand your child's needs and interests before they start school.
Feedback from Early Years' Parents
“I have been really happy with the way my son has settled. Everyone is so friendly and helpful; they always have smiles on their faces which makes a big difference.”
"My daughter has learnt so much already coming here I love listening to what she has been up to every day."
"St Columba Academy is a fantastic school. The support of the Deputy Head and Head Teacher, words cannot say how much I appreciate them. The teachers in Year R are friendly and you are able to talk to them all at any time. The office staff are great. You are able to get any help when it's needed. This school is great."
"We are really glad we chose this school."
"I have been impressed by the amount of involvement we have been given by the school, both before starting school and since. Excellent staff in Year R. Have already recommended this school to other parents."
"I continue to be highly impressed by the standard of teaching and the Academy’s ethos. Staff do an amazing job. Very pleased that we chose St Columba. Our son has flourished in his first term."
In year applications can be made at any time during the year either online or using a paper application form. Please speak to the Academy Office if you require a form.