Is your child starting school in September 2023?
If your child was born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2023. We would be delighted to welcome you to Cross Farm!
We know that choosing a school for your child is a big decision – it can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for children and parents alike! We understand it can be a daunting process for parents, especially those who are going through this process for the first time - we are here to support families to ensure this important decision is the right one for each child’s learning journey.
We would encourage you to look at the different sections across our website as they contain a wealth of useful information about life at Cross Farm. Our Explore our Academy page includes an interactive map and a virtual tour of our academy. While this video was made to showcase our academy at a time when COVID-19 restrictions meant we couldn’t hold tours, it still gives a flavour of our wonderful academy. You are, of course, also welcome to contact us with any specific enquiries you may have.
Come & Visit!
We are so proud of our academy and warmly invite new families to visit us to experience first-hand the welcoming, inclusive and encouraging learning environment we offer. We would be delighted to welcome you on a tour on the following dates:
22nd of September
7th of October
16th of November
1st of December.
Please contact the Academy office on 01252 835847 to book a tour.
We look forward to meeting you.
How to apply
You can apply for a school place for September 2023 between 31st October 2022 and 15th January 2023.
If you live in Surrey, you can find further information about school admissions and apply online here or you can call 0300 200 1004. If you live in Hampshire, you can find further information about school admissions and apply online here or you can call 0300 555 1377.
From September 2023, Cross Farm has a Published Admissions Number (PAN) of 30.
The Kite Academy Trust is the admission authority for all its academies. The allocation of school places at initial entry (Reception Class) is co-ordinated by the Local Authority Admissions Team in accordance with our published admission arrangements (see below).
Once places have been offered by the Local Authority, any waiting list for places will be ranked according to our oversubscription criteria and managed by Cross Farm Infant Academy.
Applying for a place at a school during the academic year and outside of the normal round of admissions (as described above) is called an ‘in-year admission'. An in-year admission may be made, for example, if you move house and your child can no longer attend their current school. Any parent can apply for a place at Cross Farm at any time.
In-year admissions are managed by Cross Farm Infant Academy. Applications for an in-year place should be made using the application form below and submitted to:
Cross Farm Infant Academy
Alternatively, applications can be submitted to email@example.com
Guidance notes can be found below. A hard copy of these notes and the application form is also available from the academy office.
Upon receipt of an in-year application, the academy will aim to notify the parents of the outcome of their application in writing within 10 school days and no later than 15 school days. Where an application is refused, there is the right to appeal. Details of how to appeal can be found below.
Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements will be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.
Right to Appeal
All parents have a right to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend. The admission authority must offer a place at that school unless there is a legal reason for refusing a place. All parents have the right to appeal against any decision made by or on behalf of an admission authority as to the school their child attends under legislation produced by the Department for Education (DfE). For information about the appeals process, please visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/schoolappeals
Admissions Arrangements 2024/25
Our admissions arrangements for the academic year 2024/25 will be determined by the Board of Trustees of the Kite Academy Trust at their meeting on 8th February 2023.