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How to apply


Our goal is to provide outstanding education and life changing opportunities for all our children. We are part of CHAT Academies, established in 2010. CHAT currently runs 5 academies in North London, educating some 2,600 pupils.

We hope you will find all the information you need here to make a direct application to us. If not, please give the school office a call. They will be very happy to help.

Wendy Bowstead, Head of Business and Administration.

Nursery Admissions

Applying for a Nursery place in September 2020:

Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy in conjunction with Cuckoo Hall Primary Academy offer part time and full time places in nursery. All families are eligible for free part time places (15 hours for 38 weeks).  Some families will be eligible for free full time day care (30 hours for 38 weeks).

Parents will need to meet the following national criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare. You can check free full time day care eligibility here.

The Trust is responsible for the admission of pupils in to nursery classes at Woodpecker Hall Primary Academy. After the admission of pupils with a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the Academy, the Trust uses the specific criteria to decide which children should be offered places. 

If there are fewer applications for the Nursery classes than there are places available, everyone is offered a place.

Please note that having a place in our nursery does not guarantee admission to the academy's reception class. A separate application must be made for a reception place.

If you wish to apply for a place in nursery and your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you will need to complete a Nursery Application Form and directly submit the application to our school office for the September intake.

If your child is born 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016, then they will be eligible for the January 2021 intake. Please follow the same application as above. The school office will be happy to answer queries.

Read the Woodpecker Hall Nursery admission arrangements document.

Key Dates:

1 September 2019: Opening date for applications

15 January 2020: Closing date for on time applications.

12 April 2020: This is when you will find out the outcome of your application. 

Reception Admissions

Applying for a Reception place in September 2020:

The Published Admission Number ("PAN") for Woodpecker Hall Academy is 60. The PAN is the number of pupils in each year group that the admission authority has agreed can be admitted without causing resourcing problems for the school.

Our admissions authority is the London Borough of Enfield. If you wish to apply for a place in reception and your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you will need to complete an online application form from the London Borough of Enfield at this link.

Applications will be assessed against our Primary Places 2020 Admissions Policy.

Key Dates:

15 January 2019: Closing date for on time applications.

16 April 2019: This is when you will find out the outcome of your application.

In-Year Admissions: Change school during the school year

If you have moved into the area and are seeking a place at our school you will need to complete an In-year application form from the London Borough of Enfield available at this link. This application form can be used to apply for a place at any of the academies that the Trust runs and is also available from the academy office. This form should also be used if you are looking to transfer to us from another school.


Admissions – temporary amended regulations and guidance

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on Friday 24th April and can be found here.  These regulations will remain in force until 31 January 2021. DfE has drafted non-statutory guidance explaining the temporary changes and offering guidance for managing appeals during COVID-19 to support admission authorities in managing their admission appeals. These documents should both be read in conjunction with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Face-to-face appeal hearings should not take place until the government guidelines on social distancing indicate it is safe to do so. Admission authorities, clerks and panels should comply with the government guidelines applicable at the time of arranging and hearing the appeal.

Where face-to-face hearings cannot take place, hearings should be conducted by telephone or video conference. Where telephone or video conference is not possible, appeals conducted entirely on the basis of written submissions are acceptable.

The temporary regulations impose some new rules relating to appeal timetables. Please refer to the full guidance for details.

A reminder that our platinum partner, Browne Jacobson has published guidance to support schools and trusts.

Key Dates:

Friday 19 June 2020:    Closing date for appeals

To be confirmed:            Hearings will be heard early July via an online panel meeting, dates will be confirmed once appeals have been received.

Please see our Admissions Appeals form at this link if you wish to appeal against an admission decision.

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