Admissions

Class Size: 30
Admission Criteria
1. Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children who come from a church background.
2. Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children.
3. Children who have a brother or sister in school at the time of admission.
4. Children who have regular worshipping links with St David CE Church.
5. Children of CE families who live in the parish.
6. Children of other denominations who live in the parish.
7. Children who have regular worshipping links in other areas.
8. Children who live nearest to school.

Notes
Criterion 1 and 2
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order.
Criterion 3 – sibling link
• Half brothers and half sisters;
• Step brothers and step sisters; and
• Foster brothers and foster sisters
Who live at the same address as part of the same family unit.

Residence
You must give the correct permanent home address. This is where the child and parent, or the person who has care of the child or parental responsibility, normally live.

If you are separated and your child spends time at each parent’s address, the address we use for admission to school is that of the main carer. We use the address of the parent who gets the Child Benefit for this.

Criterion 4 & 7 – Regular worshipper:
a. At the heart of the church – a regular worshipper at least twice a month attendance, over a period of at least 1 year.
b. Attached to the church – a regular but not frequent worshipper. For example one who attends monthly, over a period of at least 1 year.
c. Known to the church – an occasional worshipper.
The school has a supplemental form on which to confirm church attendance.

Tie-breaker
Where there are more children in one particular criterion than the number of places available, places will be allocated to the children who live nearest to the school. The distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the main entrance using the local authority Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey.
In cases where there are two or more children with the same distance measurement (for example if more than one child lives in a block of flats), where to admit another child would breach the infant class size regulations, a system will be used to randomly pick who will be offered a place. Please contact the school if you would like more information about this.

If we offer the last place available to one of twins (or triplets and so on) we will offer a place to the other twin or triplets too.

Late applications
Late applications (those received after the closing date) will only be considered after those received by the closing date. The only exception to this is applications for looked after children that are received by 15 February will be included with on time applications.
Waiting lists
Places may become available at a school after the offer date. To decide which children have these places, we will:

• put all children who we refused a place on the waiting list for the school;
• keep the list in priority order, decided by the oversubscription criteria for the school;
• offer places that become available to the next child on the waiting list; and
• keep the waiting list until the end of the autumn term 2010.

Important information about the waiting list: We cannot take into account the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list, only the admission criteria for the school. This means that your child’s position on the list may change if another parent asks to be put on the list and their child has higher priority in the admission criteria.

Deferred entry
Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Where entry is deferred, the place will be held open and not offered to another child. Parents cannot defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

Part-time attendance
Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, to a higher year group if the child is gifted and talented or to a lower year group if the child has experienced problems such as ill health.
The parents of a summer born child (born between 1 April and 30 August) may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1.
A decision is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case.
The process is as follows:
Stage 1 – request
Parents make a formal request to the Local Authority School Organisation Team in writing with any supporting evidence they wish to be considered.
• A request for early entry into Year 7 should be made before 31 October in the previous academic year in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 1 March.
• A request for delayed entry to reception class should be made at the same time as applying for a place for normal entry (i.e. by the closing date of 15 January) in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 16 April.
• A request for in year admission outside of the normal age group should be made on the normal in year transfer form.

We do not accept requests for early entry to reception class for children who will not be of statutory school age.

Stage 2 – decision
Requests for voluntary-aided, foundation and academy schools will be referred to the school to be considered.
Requests for community and voluntary controlled schools will be considered by the local authority. We will look at the following factors but these are not exhaustive:
• Parent’s views
• The needs of the child and the possible impact on them of being educated out of year group
• The child’s medical history and views of medical professionals if appropriate
• In the case of children born prematurely the fact that they may have naturally fallen into the lower age group if they had been born on their expected date of birth
• Whether delayed academic, social, emotional or physical development is adversely affecting their readiness for school;
• Any other information which the parent requests the local authority to consider.
Stage 3 – outcome
Parents are notified of the decision in writing by the School Organisation Team.
Request agreed:
If the request is agreed the application will be considered for the year group requested and ranked alongside any other applications. There is no guarantee that a place will be offered at the preferred school. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.
Where a child has been educated out of their normal age group, the parent may again request admission out of the normal age group when they transfer to secondary school. It will be for the admission authority of that school to decide whether to admit the child out of their normal age group.
Request refused:
There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a request for admission outside the normal age group. However, if the parents are dissatisfied they have the right to complain through the Council’s complaints procedure for decisions made by the local authority or under the school’s complaints procedure where the decision has been made by the school.

 

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