Admissions and Attendance

Applying for a school place in West Sussex

Schools in West Sussex are categorised as community, voluntary controlled and voluntary aided.  Community and voluntary controlled schools serve catchment areas.  Voluntary aided schools serve wider areas. Chidham Parochial Primary school is a voluntary controlled school.

Admissions to community and voluntary controlled schools are the responsibility of the Local Authority and applications must be made through their offices via the internet at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/school-places/

Or via the postal service at:

West Sussex County Council

Pupil Admissions Office

Centenary House

Durrington Lane

Worthing

West Sussex

BN13 2QB

Contact Centre on: 033 301 42903 or e-mail:  admissions.south@westsussex.gov.uk

Under the Education Act parents can express a preference for any school but Parents do not have a right to choose a school. West Sussex Education Authority does however make every effort to meet parental preference where possible.  Further information about how places are allocated at this, and other schools in the County, is contained in the Authority’s Information for Parents Booklet a copy of which is available from the Pupil Admissions Office.  Further details relating to admissions can be found on the West Sussex County Council website www.westsussex.gov.uk under Education and Information for Parents, Admissions.

Transport

Transport matters for children attending this school are dealt with by the Transport Co-ordination Group, The Grange, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1RH, Tel: 01243 753530 email: school.transport@westsussex.gov.uk.  You can find links to more information at www.westsussex.gov.uk under Education and Information for Parents, Transport.

Admission arrangements

It is most helpful if parents considering sending children to our school register with West Sussex as soon as they can.  Parents who have children starting school for the first time will be asked, by West Sussex, to express their school preference, this is achieved through an online tool typically between October and January – do watch out for online adverts with more details. In line with county policy, all children will be given the opportunity to start school in the September of the school year in which they become 5.   We offer a flexible start on a full or part time basis.  This is planned on an individual basis, in conjunction with parents, according to each child’s educational needs.  For admissions during the school year, please also contact West Sussex County Council and complete a ‘in year admissions application’.  The school can always advise if there is space in the appropriate year group.  For more information and details about oversubscription, please contact West Sussex County Council via their website www.westsussex.gov.uk

School attendance and absence

Although parents are primarily responsible for ensuring that their child attends and stays at school, it is the school’s responsibility to support attendance.

We believe that regular attendance is important to ensure the best possible learning outcomes for all of our children. The school supports the view that every lesson counts and reports to you personally on termly pupil attendance.  Term time holiday is only authorised in exceptional circumstances and where children’s attendance is above 96%.  All holiday requests are given indivudal and personal attention of the Headteacher.  Only the school, not parents, can authorise absence.  If you wish to take your child away from school during term time you will need to seek approval from the Headteacher.   A form to remove your child from learning is available on request from the school office.  Most recent government regulations stipulate that unless there are exceptional circumstances no child may be absent during term time for holidays.  The school reserves the right to fine parents who do not uphold high levels of attendance.

Please do everything possible to help your child attend school and support their learning. Shopping trips, waiting in for a delivery, outings, parental illness, visits to relatives and lack of school uniform are not acceptable reasons for missing school.  Medical appointments should be arranged if possible outside the school day. Where this is not possible it is expected that pupils only miss part of the day.

Children need to be in class for registration at 9.00 a.m. Those who arrive after the register has been taken are marked as late and the time of arrival is noted in the register. Registers are closed at 9.30 a.m. We are required to mark children who arrive after this time as absent and this will be unauthorised unless a parent or guardian gives a valid reason.   If your child is absent, for any reason, please let us know either by telephone or letter on the first day of absence.  The reason for an absence is noted in the school register.  Unexplained or inappropriate absences have to be recorded as unauthorised. 

School Communications and Closures

The school uses Parent Mail as a source of instant communication with its stakeholders.  This includes the weekly Monday Messenger and letters for trips and visits.  Urgent messages are also sent home in this way, so that everyone is constantly updated.  On the rare event of the school being forced to close for bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, all parents would be notified via Parent Mail.  A message would also be displayed on the school website via our Twitter account.  We ask that all parents sign up to Parent Mail on starting the school so that rapid and clear communication is always possible.