This policy outlines the purpose and management of child admission to this school.
The staff is always happy to talk with prospective parents and show them around the school, preferably by appointment.
Parents wishing to apply for a place at our school should use the County Council common application form.
An up to date list of children awaiting admission is kept in the school. Arrangements are made for new entrants to spend some time in school to meet the other children and staff during the term prior to their admission.
Reception. For admission to Reception, the child’s fourth birthday will have fallen in the preceding academic year.
Applications for places in Reception are made to the Local authority in keeping with their admissions dates. This takes place during the Autumn term with applications considered and places allocated in the Spring for the following September’s intake.
Parents wishing to apply for places in Reception should notify school and collect an application pack during October, November or early December to apply for a place in the following September’s intake.
Reception children normally attend full time from the beginning of the school year. If you think this might not suit your child please discuss this with the Headteacher.
The school will meet its statutory duty under the 1996 Education Act to admit children with a statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named. We will then allocate the remaining places in accordance with this policy.
The school’s PAN (Planned Admissions Number) is a maximum of 8 pupils per year group. This number is reviewed and formally determined by the governors by April 15th each year.
For entry into Reception in September places are allocated to parents who return an application before consideration of any parent who has not returned one.
The oversubscription criteria are listed in order. Words marked with a number, for example 1, 2 and 3 are explained separately in the definition and notes section.
- The child is in the care of the local authority(1)
- There is a brother or sister (2) at the school who will still be attending when the child is due to start.
- The school is the nearest one to the home address, as defined in note 4.
- The distance from the home to the school, priority will be given to the child living closest the school, as defined in note 5.
Definitions and notes
- A child in the care of the local authority is provided with accommodation by them in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989, at the time of application.
- Brother or sister.
A full brother or sister, whether or not resident in the same household.
Another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996.
In the case of twins, or brothers and sisters in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the school, both will be considered together as one application. The school will be allowed to go above its admission number by one, except in cases where infant class regulations prevent this from happening. If this happens we can only legally offer one place. We will offer the parent one place for one child and a different school for the other child. Alternatively we could offer both children a place in another school and if this school qualifies for free transport we will provide it for both children.
- The nearest school is found by measuring the distance from your address to all schools by driving distance along public highways. We measure electronically along public highways using the post office address point of the home to the post office address point of the school.
By home we mean the address where the child lives for the majority of the school term time with a parent who has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for her or him.
It could include a child’s guardians but will not usually include other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles etc unless they have all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property.
Where your child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the home address for the purposes of school admissions will be that of the parent who lives closest, as measured by driving distance, to the school in question.
If you have more than one home, we will take as the home address the address where you and your child normally live for the majority of the school term time.
- The nearest address to the school is found by measuring the distance from your address to the school by driving distance along public highways. We do not measure to any other schools. We measure electronically along public highways using the post office address point of the home to the post office address point of the school.
- If any of the oversubscription criteria have too many applicants then the tie-break will be by distance using the method in note 5. If this is not sufficient to determine who should be offered the place then a random method will be used involving the families involved in the tie-break. This will be administered by an independent person.
- Reserve list
For admission into Reception the governors will keep a waiting list which we call a reserve list. If you do not get a place at your first preference school your child is automatically put on the reserve list for any schools above the one you were offered. This list is in the order of the oversubscription criteria, as required by the School Admissions Code of Practice. This means that names can move down the list if someone moves into the area and is higher placed on the oversubscription criteria. The governors do not take account of the time you have been on the list.
The procedures for appeals relating to admissions will be in accordance with all relevant legislation. They are independent and organised by the County Council Legal Services Section and entirely separate from the admission system. The decision of the appeal panel is binding on all parties.
You should send your appeal to the school by the end of March and your papers will be passed onto the Legal Services Section
- Mid-year admissions
The governors will accept admissions into other year groups if there are places. If there are more applications than places then the oversubscription criteria will be used to decide who should be offered the place. If there are no places then you will be told of the independent appeal system.
- Fair Access
The government has stated that all local authorities must have a Fair Access agreement that allows hard to place children, for example those that have been permanently excluded, to be given a place before any oversubscription criteria are applied and before anyone is considered from the reserve list. Such children are shared out to make sure no one school has to take too many of these children.
11, In order to meet the government’s military covenant aimed at helping service personnel, and Crown Servants returning from abroad we have adopted the following arrangements. For late co-ordinated applications and mid year applications we will aim to remove any disadvantage to UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces) by applying the schools oversubscription criteria to their address. We will check to see if the address is within the distance of the last child admitted in the last admission round that was oversubscribed on offer day. If the address is within the distance the governors will be asked to consider admitting providing all children in public care and siblings have already been admitted. This will be irrespective of the fact that the school has had appeals or appeals are scheduled.It maybe that the governors still cannot admit because of organisational or curriculum difficulties within the school. If this is the case, the Local Authority will approach the second and third preferences stated.
- The school offers places up to its Admission Number (8 per year group)
- The school exceeds its Admission Number only as a result of Independent Appeals
- The school has applied the published over-subscription criteria fairly and consistently
- No refusal is made on the grounds of behaviour except in the case of pupils who have been permanently excluded twice
- No offer is made conditional upon assessment for special educational needs
- No offer is made conditional upon signing a Home/School Agreement
- Pupils with special educational needs but without an ’EHC plan’ are treated as fairly as any other applicants
- Pupils with disabilities are treated no less favourably than others
- The waiting list/reserve list is kept up to date and applicants are ranked according to the published over subscription criteria
All the above is subject, however, to any Government legislation in force at the time
If you are dissatisfied with the governors’ decision on your application for a placement at the school, details of the appeal procedure are available, on application, from the school office.
The admissions policy is available to parents on the school website and by request in the school office.
Last reviewed: Oct 2016