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Consultation on a proposed reduction in the published admission numbers (PAN) with effect from September 2020


The current published admission number (PAN) for St Andrew’s School is 45. This means the number of children admitted into reception each year is a maximum of 45.


The Local Authority, who are the Admissions Authority for the school, were asked by the school to consider a reduction in their PAN. With the agreement of both organisations, the LA is proposing to reduce the admission number from 45 to 30 places in reception from 2020. This means that from September 2020 onwards there will be 30 places pupils entering the school in the reception age-range.



Despite increases in the local housing stock, the predicted numbers of reception children currently in the school’s catchment area has been falling. The predicted numbers are calculated by North Somerset Council. Nationally, birth rates are also falling. The current reception intake for this academic year was 24.


Reducing the PAN to 30 will allow the school to plan ahead with more certainty both in terms of staffing levels and the school budget while at the same time ensuring, as far as possible, that all pupils in the Congresbury and wider school area can be offered a school place at their local school. This has always been in the forefront of Local Authority and Governor thinking.


Keeping a PAN of 45 leaves the school open to potentially having to take a small number of children over infant class limits causing uneconomic class sizes. It is a legal requirement that reception year and Key Stage 1 class sizes have no more than 30 pupils per qualified teacher.


The Admissions Authority will retain some discretion in Key Stage 2 regarding class sizes and in-year additional admissions. The Local Authority and school will also keep admission numbers under regular review. Where applications regularly exceed the PAN in the future, an increase in PAN will then be considered.


How to Respond

The consultation opened on 19th November 2018 and will run until 11th January 2019. You are invited to submit comments to the consultation which is available via the link below.


You may also submit responses in writing to:

School Admissions Officers

School Admissions Team

Town Hall

Walliscote Grove Road


BS23 1UJ


Or alternatively you can e-mail comments to:


Following the consultation period, the Local Authority will consider all comments received in determining the admission arrangements for 2019 and make a decision by 28th February 2019.

Admissions Information

The Local Authority manages the admissions process for our school and can be contacted by ringing 01934 888888 and asking for admissions or by following this link. If you would like to apply for a place please contact us and the local authority at the same time.

Starting School.

At present, the policy in North Somerset is that children have three years of Infant schooling, namely Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

The number of children in each class will vary from year to year. The school follows the procedures agreed by the Local Authority and admits a certain number of children into a given year group. The Headteacher is required to discuss admissions with the Local Authority if the number of children in a year group is within 6 of the admission level. Once this admission level has been reached the Headteacher is legally obliged to refuse further admissions. Parents may appeal against this decision to the Local Authority who may agree to a place being offered. The Headteacher will explain the procedures if he has to refuse admission to your child.

We will admit children in September 2017 born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013. There is a phased admission for the Reception children by admitting them on a part time basis initially. An induction visit will take place during the summer term prior to admission, for children and parents. Your child will have opportunities to visit the school and to meet their class friends and the adults who will teach them. At the beginning of September you will also be offered a home visit where the Class Teacher and Parent Support Advisor will visit you at home to discuss your child’s entry into school and answer any questions you may have. In October there is a curriculum evening to introduce parents to the curriculum and again, to answer any questions.


Admission forms for new children
When your child starts school you are asked to complete a registration form, which includes vital information about how and where to contact you in the event of an accident, illness or other emergency along with other key details to aid your child in starting school. We would like parents to contact us as early as possible which helps considerably with our forward planning. Registration forms are available from the school office during the preceding academic year in which your child is due to start school.