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Starting primary school

8. Supplementary Information Forms

Voluntary aided (church) schools and academies usually have a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which they require you to complete.

If you are applying for a faith school, it is important that you complete the form with all details which are relevant to your child and your family.

Please contact the school directly or visit their website to get a SIF and return it to the school when complete.

The information you submit on a SIF is used by admission authorities to rank your child's application against the criteria in their published admission policy.  

For primary schools, the SIF must be returned to the school by 15 January.

If you select three voluntary aided (church) schools or academies, please complete three separate SIFs, one for each school and return them to each school by the closing date.

If you do not complete a SIF for a school that needs one, your application will be considered after those applications which did include a completed SIF.

Due to the closure of church buildings for public worship from 17th March 2020, Church of England Schools and Academies have been asked to make a variation to their previously Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021 if they include Church Attendance as part of their Over Subscription Criteria. Advice and guidance on how to do this has come from the Church of England Education Office in consultation with the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and the Department for Education.

A standard wording has been agreed with the OSA to clarify the application of the attendance requirement for schools and to request a variation to their admissions arrangements for this specific situation. The variation is in fact a clarification as to how church attendance is to be calculated in these unique circumstances. That agreed wording reads:

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.

All Diocesan Schools and Academies have been asked to request a variation from the OSA (or RSC in case of academies) which adds this clarification into their Admission Arrangements 2021. This process is being administered by the Diocesan Boards of Education."

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The deadline to apply for a primary school place for September 2021 is 15 January 2021.

Any applications received after the deadline will be classed as late.