Admissions Policy

 Priestthorpe Primary School

Admissions Policy

November 2015

Approved:      26th November 2015

Review Date: November 2016

1.      Introduction

1.1       Priestthorpe Primary School is a Community school, which provides comprehensive education for children from age 5 to 11 in the main  school, and age 3 and 4 in nursery.

1.2       As a community school, the school determines the admission  arrangements in agreement with the Bradford Local Authority (LA). The LA is therefore the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school, and the LA admissions team process the annual allocations to reception class, as-well as in-year admissions and appeals.

1.3       The LA publishes an annual ‘Guide for Parents about Admission Arrangements for Schools’ as well as guidance on the co-ordinated admission scheme for Primary Schools, which can also be downloaded from the Council’s website (www.bradford.gov.uk).

2.      Aims and objectives

2.1       We are an inclusive school that welcomes all pupils, irrespective of  faiths, cultures, races, disabilities or family backgrounds.

 We admit our children in line with the Equality Act (2010), School  Admissions Code (2012), the School Admission Appeals Code (2012),   Human Rights Act (1998) and the School Standards and Framework Act (1998).

2.2       The number of places available is determined by the capacity of the school, set following DfE guidelines, to reflect the physical capacity of the school.

3.      Entitlement

3.1       Children are admitted into Reception in the September following their fourth birthday.

3.2       Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents can also request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. The admission criteria will apply to all children seeking a school place, whatever their term of entry. The place offered will be reserved on condition that it is taken up within the same school year.

3.3       Admissions of summer born children may be deferred to the following September but in those cases children will be offered a place to enter Year 1.

3.4       The Local Authority will consider any application for a deferred entry into Reception of summer born children: those children with significant medical, developmental or educational needs will be given priority where recommended by relevant professionals.

3.5       The admission of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is dealt with by a separate procedure. Such children will be admitted to the school named on the statement without reference to the oversubscription criteria below.

4.      Admission Arrangements for Reception

4.1       The school will admit up to 30 children to Reception.

4.2       In accordance with the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme, parents apply   to the LA for places at their preferred schools, by completing a single common application form. The co-ordinated scheme is designed to ensure that every parent of a pupil living in the Bradford district, who has applied for a primary school place during the normal admission round,   receives an offer of one school place on the same day

4.3       Priestthorpe Primary School will distribute admissions information to parents of children attending their nursery. We will also contact any parent who has expressed an interest in a reception place, whose child is not attending the nursery, informing them that information and forms are available from school and from the Bradford Council website.

4.4       Parents may apply for up to five primary schools. The closing date for applications will be 15th January each year. Parents will be informed of the decision in writing by the LA on 16th April each year (or the next working day if this falls on a weekend). Where the allocated school is not the highest ranked school, the letter will explain the reasons why The   letter will also inform parents about the waiting lists and their statutory rights of appeal against the decisions to refuse places at their preferred schools.

5.      Over-subscription Criteria

5.1       Where the number of preferences for a school exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to children in the following categories:

            1.         Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became  subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

            2.         Children who have exceptional social or medical needs,  supported by a written recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services.                        The letter must explain why the school is the only suitable school  to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.

            3.         Sisters and brothers of children living at the same address, who are at present on roll at the school, and will still be attending the school at the time of admission (siblings). Siblings includes children living with the same family at the same address eg. foster children, and step-sisters and brothers.

            4.         Other children.

5.2       Tie Break: When demand exceeds places in any of the above criteria, the distance between the child’s home and school, measured by a  straight line, from the home address to the main entrance of the school building, will be used to decide who is given a place; those living nearest being given the available places.

'Home address refers to the child’s permanent home at the date of admission. Where the child lives with parents with shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address to use when applying for a primary school. Proof of residency may be required at any time during or after the allocation process

5.3       Where the offer of places to applicants with identical distances would lead to oversubscription, the decision on who will be offered the place will be made by random selection.

5.4       Twins and Triplets: Twins or triplets – where a family of twins or triplets request admission and only one of the siblings can be offered a place, the remaining siblings will also be offered places above the admission number.

6.      Late and Refused Applications

6.1       Where circumstances justify a late application, those submitted before 12 February 2016 will be dealt with as those received on time. Any form received by the school after this date should be date stamped and returned to the Admissions Team as soon as possible. Once parents have made their five preferences, they cannot be changed without a genuine reason for doing so, for example if the family has recently moved address.

6.2       After 12 February 2016, late applications and justifiable changes of preferences will be considered after all those that were received on time.  

6.3       After allocations have been made on 15 April 2015, an unsuccessful application or dissatisfaction with the allocated school will not be considered reasons to allow further applications to be made during the ‘normal admissions round’, ie until 31 August each year. However, parents may submit a late application for an under-subscribed school or where a parent has applied for less than five schools, late applications up to a total of five preferences will be accepted.

6.4       The LA Admissions Team will maintain waiting lists for all community and voluntary-controlled schools until the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Parents can request that their child is placed on the waiting list for any of the schools for which they have applied.

6.5       A vacancy occurs when the allocated number falls below the published admission number for that school. Places will be allocated from the waiting list in accordance with the admission criteria and not when a name is entered on the list. It is possible for names to fall down the list if other names are added from later applicants who rank higher on the admission criteria.      

7.      Right to Appeal

7.1       Any parent whose child has been refused a place at the school has the right to appeal against that decision to an independent appeal panel. Parents cannot appeal for schools for which no application has been  made or for changes of preferences that have not been permitted.

7.2      A parent who applies late and is refused their preferred school has the right of appeal. Whilst we will endeavour to process all appeals as soon as possible, applications and/or appeals received after the relevant deadline dates may not be heard until after the start of the academic year.

7.3      Repeat appeals will not be considered for the same school within the same academic year unless there has been a significant change in circumstances such as a house removal. Repeat appeals are authorised by senior officers within the LA Admissions Team.

8.      In Year Admissions

8.1       In-year applications’ are defined as applications for admission to Reception which are submitted on or after the first day of the school year of admission, or applications for any other year group. An application must be made on the LA’s ‘in year common application form, which is available from the Admissions Team at Future House, Bolling Road, Bradford BD4 7EB. A copy of the form can also be downloaded from the Council’s website (www.bradford.gov.uk).

9       Admissions to Nursery

9.1           Children are admitted into the Nursery during the term after their third birthday.
 
9.2           Places are usually offered three times during the course of the year, at the beginning of each term in September, january and April but this may be applied flexibly in the interests of the child. Places can only be offered in the Spring and Summer terms if places are still available,

9.3       The school currently has a 20 place nursery within its’ Foundation Stage Provision. The aim of the provision is to be full across nursery and reception. If the Nursery is over-subscribed, places will be offered in in the following priority order, in line with the over-subcription criteria to Reception Class above (see clause 5.1 and 5.2)

      1.  Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became  subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

      2. Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, supported by a written recommendation  from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services.  The letter must explain why the school is the only suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.

      3.  Sisters and brothers of children living at the same address, who are at present on roll at the school, and will still be attending the school at the time of admission (siblings). Siblings includes children living with the same family at the same address eg. foster children, and step-sisters and brothers.

      4.  Other children.

When demand exceeds places in any of the above criteria, the distance between the child’s home and school, measured by a straight line, from the home address to the main entrance of the school building, will be used to decide who is given a place; those living nearest being given the available places.

9.4       Parents will be informed of the decision by the school. Where a place has been refused, parents will be told why this is the case.

9.5       A child who has a place in Nursery is not guaranteed a place in  Reception, nor do they have any additional priority for Reception places.

9.6       Regular attendance is required to maintain a place in Nursery.

9.7       No place will be allocated without the completion of a Nursery Admission Form.

9.8       Vacancies arising during the school year will be filled from the school waiting list, as above.

10.    Review

10.1    This policy will be reviewed annually in line with any changes to Local Authority Admissions Guidance & Procedures or in the light of any changed circumstances in our school or the local area.