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Admissions 2020

Admissions Policy and Criteria for September 2020

As a Church Aided school, the Governing Body of Mark Cross act as the school’s admissions authority in its own right.

As our own admissions authority, we have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school. These admission arrangements are fully compliant with the regulations and legislation of the Schools Admissions Code.

Our published admission number is 15. This means that we will admit up to 15 children in the Reception intake. New pupils will be admitted to the School in accordance with the following order of priority:-

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children/Children with an EHCP.
  2. Children of parents (see note i) living within the Ecclesiastical Parish of Mark Cross and are regular worshippers in the Parish Churches of St. Mark’s or St. Denys (see note ii).
  3. Children who will have a sibling on roll at Mark Cross at the time of admission (see note iii).
  4. Children of parents living within the Parish (see note iv).
  5. Children of parents who are regular worshippers in the Parish Churches of St. Mark’s or St. Denys.
  6. Children of parents who are regular worshippers of another Christian Church.
  7. Children of parents living outside the Parish.

Clergy Reference Form: Criterion 2, 5 and 6 require a reference from the priest or minister of the Church attended by the applicant, confirming to the Governing Body that the criteria specified has been satisfied. Please click on the icon at the bottom of this page to print a copy. This should be returned directly to the school by 18th January 2019.


  • i) Parent - Reference to parents includes legal guardians and applies to either or both parents, or a sole parent. Where only one parent/guardian satisfies a criterion, the application will be treated equally with one where the requirement is met by two parents.
  • ii) Regular worshipper - Regular being those present for Sunday Services at least twice a month for a minimum of 18 months at the time of application, to be confirmed in writing by the Church Minister.
  • iii) Sibling - A sibling is a full, half or step brother or sister living permanently in the same household, including an adoptive or foster brother or sister.
  • iv) Parish Map - A map of the Parish of St. Mark’s is available at the school. Alternatively, please go to the following website: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ Enter St Marks Church postcode (TN6 3PJ) and a map will come up detailing the outline of the parish.

Deciding Between Applicants - When deciding between applicants within a criterion, priority will be given to those children living nearest the school. Distance will be measured by the County Council’s Geographical Information System from the home to the school. East Sussex County Council use SLD (Straight Line Distance) measurements.

Applying for a school place: Applications for entry in September 2020 can be made between 11th September 2019 and 14th January 2020 (Dates to be confirmed) via the following link (additionally please see note regarding Clergy Reference Forms): https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admissions/apply/

Appeals Process for Reception places-

Appeals for Primary Schools (including infant and junior schools):

  • Deadline for receipt of appeals for children starting September 2020 : 16th May 2020 (Date to be confirmed).
  • Appeals received by the above deadline will be heard between mid June and the end of the school year.

Appeals received after the above deadlines will still be heard. However if your appeal is submitted late, your case may not be heard until after all the appeals received on time have been dealt with.

Deadline for submitting additional evidence

You should send us all your evidence supporting your case when you make your appeal. However, where this is not possible you can send any extra evidence to us up to seven working days before the hearing.

You can also send additional evidence after this deadline or bring extra items with you on the day of your hearing, although it will be for the appeal panel to decide whether to accept any late evidence.

Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes also lead to your hearing being adjourned, or even postponed to another day.

Attending the appeal hearing

You are welcome to attend your appeal hearing and speak in person to the appeal panel. You are entitled to call witnesses and be represented at the hearing.

Telling you about the appeal decision

We will normally send you a decision letter which sets out the reasons for the panel's decision within five school days of your hearing. However, it can take longer at busy times.

Deferred Entry – This should only be considered when both the parents and professionals involved are of the opinion that the needs of the child cannot be best met within his or her age group even with appropriate levels of differentiation and support.

If the request to defer entry is agreed by the admission authority, the application is taken out of the normal round and parents will need to make a new application for the Reception class in the next normal round of admissions. Please note that it would be a new application and there is no guarantee that it would be successful.

Help and advice

If you need help in completing the form or still have any questions, please contact the following:

School Admission Appeals Manager

Information for Families

Coram Children's Legal Centre

Further information

Local authorities and independent appeals panels must comply with relevant law. This is set out in the School Admission Appeals Code published on the Department for Education's website:

School admission appeals current codes and regulations – Department for Education


If you have any further questions, please contact the School Admission Appeals Manager.

In Year Applications – Do please feel free to call us to discuss whether we have places available. Applications should then be made via the following link: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admissions/apply/

In-year appeals should be submitted by you within 20 school days of you receiving notification that your application was refused. The relevant admission authority must then arrange for your appeal to be heard within 30 school days of it being received by them.

The term 'in-year' is used to describe any application for a school place which is not part of the process for children starting either primary or secondary school for the first time.

Waiting List – this is held for one year.  Children will be placed on the waiting list once a parent makes such a request following the allocation of places in April.  The waiting list will be administered strictly in accordance with the above criteria, taking no account of the length of time that a child has spent on the list.  Parents who wish to place their child’s name on the waiting list for Years 1-6 must inform the school each September as these lists will be held for one year only.

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