St. Andrew's Church of England Methodist Primary School

St. Andrew’s
Church of EnglandMethodist Primary School

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We are delighted that you are considering St Andrew’s as the school for your child! 

If you have not yet visited our school, please do contact the school office on 012 46 417243 to arrange for a tour with Mr Clapham who will be very proud to show you our school in action!

My child will start in Early Years Foundation Stage next September…

At St Andrews we are supported in our admissions into Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) for the following September by Derbyshire County Council. To apply for a place at St Andrew’s for your child who will reach school age by next September, please go the Derbyshire County Council website and search for School Admissions.  If you have any queries, please either contact Derbyshire County Council Admissions on the telephone number provided on the website or our school office on 01246 4172431.  Please note that there is a deadline for completion of applications and any applications submitted after the date stated on Derbyshire County Council’s website will be classed as a late application.

If the number of applications made exceeds the numbers of places we have in Reception, there may be a waiting list in operation.  The waiting list will be based on our Admissions Policy and time of application.

I would like my child to start at St Andrew’s as soon as possible…

If your child is starting school after the 1st September in a school year, this is known as an ’in-year admission’. Please contact the school office on 01246 417243 to discuss whether places are available in your child’s year group.

Our Admissions Policy

Published Admission Number:

The Local Authority has determined that the Published Admission Number for the School is 30.  The school welcomes applications from parents of pupils with special educational needs. A pupil with a statement of special educational needs which specifies the school will be given automatic priority for admission.

Admission Timetable and Process:

Copies of the School Brochure which contains all relevant information may be requested at any time from the School.  The Brochure is updated on an annual basis.  New pupils are admitted to Reception as follows:

  • A child whose fifth birthday falls on or between 1st September and 30th  April will start school in September.
  • The parents of a child whose fifth birthday falls on or between 1st May and 31st August can choose to have their child admitted full time in September OR they can defer the starting date to the term in which their child reaches compulsory school age.
  • Derbyshire County Council admissions arrangements and timetables can be viewed at

It is essential that all applications are submitted on the Local Authority form. Applications can be made to the Local Authority by telephone, on-line or using the paper form. Applications can only be submitted between the middle of November and the middle of January immediately before the school year in which the child will start school. Parents will be informed as to the result of their application by post at the end of March.  Exact dates differ from year to year and are published by Derbyshire County Council.

The Governors consider the overtly Christian ethos of the School to be important and relevant to all areas of the curriculum.  Daily Christian worship for the whole School is an essential element in the timetable. Although jointly aided by the Church of England and the Methodist Church, teaching and worship are non-denominational and children from all backgrounds are welcome. Parents have the right to withdraw children from Religious Education lessons and Collective Worship. 

Admission Criteria:

In the event that applications received by the governors exceed the number of places available, preferences for admission will be determined using the following criteria:

  1. Children in public care and previously looked after children. This includes any "looked after child" and any child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence order/child arrangement order or special guardianship order.
  2. Siblings, including half brothers and sisters or adopted/foster brothers and sisters of pupils already in the school and living at the same address at the time of the proposed admission.
  3. Children of whom at least one parent or carer has regularly worshipped at a Christian church, for a period of at least 6 months prior to the date of the application.
  • A Christian church is recognised as one which is a member of any one or more of these groups and organisations: Churches Together in England, Churches Together in Dronfield and District, the Evangelical Alliance, or the FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches).
  • Regular attendance means an average attendance of at least once per month.
  • Church attendance must be verified by a letter from the relevant priest, vicar, minister, pastor, elder or churchwarden.
  1. Residence in the ecclesiastical parish of Dronfield with Holmesfield, the normal catchment area of the school. A map of the ecclesiastical parish is available in school.
  2. Other children whose parents have requested a place.

Should the number of applicants of equal merit exceed the remaining places available, the shortest distance from home to school will be used as the final determinant.  Distance will be measured as a straight line from the front door of the child's home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school.  The current Local Authority system for measuring this will always be used.


All parents who have been refused a place for their child will be notified of procedures for their right of appeal. The names of children not offered a place will be entered on a waiting list in order of priority ranked by the admissions criteria. The waiting list will be maintained by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) until the date specified on the DCC website, usually towards the end of December following the September admission. If a place becomes available it will be offered to the first pupil on the waiting list.