If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
We are always pleased to welcome prospective parents and their children in to school and the Headteacher will show you what we have to offer and answer your questions. Tours of the school are held regularly, so please contact the school office if you would like to visit.
Children are usually admitted to Courthouse Junior School in the September following their 7th birthday. All admissions within the Borough, whether they are a for a place in September or an in-year transfer are dealt with by a central admission team at the Town Hall. They coordinate admissions through a single application process, sharing information and, at the end of the process, send a single letter offering a place.
The demand for places at Royal Borough schools means that the local authority must operate admissions criteria to ensure the allocation of places in fair, objective and for the benefit of all children. If your child has a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational Health Care Plan, and requests a particular school, they are required to be admitted to that named school.
For all other applicants, the following criteria will be applied. They are set out in descending order of priority:
1. Children who are looked after (in the care of the local authority).
2. Children whose home address is in the area served by the school.
3. Children who have brothers or sisters still attending the school when the applicant would attend. This includes a half, step, adopted or fostered child permanently living in the same family unit. In the case of infant and junior schools, attendance of an elder sibling at either the infant or the junior school qualifies as a sibling for the partner school. Alwyn Infant School is linked in this way to Courthouse.
4. Children who attend an infant school that is formally linked with the junior school. Alwyn Infant School is linked in this way to Courthouse.
5. Children whose parents have any other reasons for their choice.
Chronic health condition
We admit children with chronic health conditions ranging from severe allergies, asthma and epilepsy to more life threatening problems. Once a place has been offered, please make contact with the school as early as possible if your child has any long term health condition so that an appropriate care plan can be put in place. Please be aware that their starting date at school may be delayed if we're not given enough time to put the care plan in place.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
We treat and teach every child equally. In the case of a child with a SEN or disability such as a visual or hearing impairment, ASD or ADHD, it is essential that the Headteacher is informed as soon as possible in order that any arrangements needed to provide appropriate support can be in place upon school entry. This support may range from a class teacher receiving advice from an expert in the field to substantial one to one help in the classroom.
Contact the school office to arrange to meet the Headteacher and the SENDCo who will happily discuss how Courthouse can meet your child's needs.