“I have come that you may have life in all its fullness.” John 10:10

 

Admissions
The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority for this Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. The Governors work closely with the Oxfordshire Local Authority (LA) to coordinate admissions.

Phil and Jim has a distinctive Christian ethos which is at the centre of school life. We provide an inclusive, supportive, and caring environment, shaped by Christian values in which children are motivated to acquire skills for life and a love of learning. We welcome applications from all members of the community without reference to ability or aptitude, and irrespective of whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or no faith, but we expect parents to respect the Christian ethos of our school.

Application for a Reception Place
Children are eligible to start full time education at Ss Philip and James CE VA Primary School in the September after their fourth birthday.
Admission to our school is by application. Applications for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) must be submitted to the Local Authority (LA) in which the parents live at the time of the application (e.g., if you live in Reading but are planning to move to Oxford you would apply to Reading Borough Council). You apply using the Common Application Form relevant to the home LA and according to their timetable for applications.

Applications for Other Year Groups
For admission to year groups other than Reception, applications should also be made via Oxfordshire County Council. The local authority coordinates in year admissions and the school works closely with them to review the applications that have been made.

Click the link to view: Oxfordshire County Council Admissions Website

Admissions Policies
The Admissions Policy for the academic year 2023-2024 was determined by the Governing Body on 21st October 2020.
The Admissions Policy for the academic year 2024-2025 was determined by the Governing Body on 8th February 2023.

Click the links below to view the current admission policies.
Admissions Policy 2023-24

Admissions Policy 2024-25

Admissions Policy 2025-26

Appeals Timetable
Click the link to view: Appeals Timetable

Catchment Area Map
Click the link to view: Catchment area

 

Church Place

In addition, for the academic year 23-24, if you wish to apply for a church place, you must also complete a Declaration of Christian Commitment Form. Both forms are available from the School Office and should be submitted to the school.

Supplementary Information Form
Declaration of Christian Commitment Form
Catchment Area

This is a short explanation of how the process works, but we recommend that prospective parents read the full Admissions Policy above.

Applications are assessed by allocating them to the following categories, which are listed in the order of priority in which places are offered:

  1. ‘Looked-after’ children, regardless of where they live, and children who were looked after but have ceased to be so because they have been adopted or have become subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.
  2. Children with disabilities who need to be admitted to an accessible school.
  3. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling in the school and wanting a ‘Church place’.
  4. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling in the school.
  5. Children living in the catchment area and wanting a ‘Church place’.
  6. Other children living in the catchment area.
  7. Children living in the northern part of the city with a sibling in the school and wanting a ‘Church place’.
  8. Children of ‘key staff’ (as agreed with the Governors).
  9. Children living in the northern part of the city with a sibling in the school.
  10. Children living in the northern part of the city and wanting a ‘Church place’.
  11. Other children living in the northern part of the City or the United Benefice of St Giles and SS Philip and James with St Margaret’s or the remainder of St Andrew’s Parish.
  12. Other children with a sibling in the school.
  13. Any other children wanting a ‘Church place’.
  14. Any other children.
    (All the definitions of these terms are given in the Admissions Policy above)

Once all the applications have been categorised, the applications within each category are ranked based on their distance from the school, so that, for example, all children with a sibling in the school (category 4) who live closer to the school will be ranked above those who live further away, but all of them, irrespective of distance, will be below the category of applications who have a sibling already in school and qualify for a ‘Church place’ (category 3).

Each year, the number of applications for Foundation Stage is different, which means that one year the limit (of 60 children) may fall in category 10, while in another year it may fall in category 6. In Years 1 and 2, class sizes are also limited by law to 30, which means that new places are less readily available. In Years 3 to 6, it is possible to have more than 30 pupils in each class; however, the total number of pupils in the school may not exceed 420. This, and the fact that the population of the area is relatively mobile, means that places do often become available in the older year groups.