Admissions Policy - Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School Admissions Policy - Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School

Admissions Policy 

 

Date Wrote: March 2017
Date Reviewed: March 2018
Next Review Date: March 2019

Parents/carers should be aware before applying that in this school RE, collective worship and our whole ethos are based on the teachings of the Church of England.

Applications for admission must be made online using the Warrington Borough Council’s Local Authority common application form.

You must also complete a Supplementary Application Form available from the school or the school’s website. It is not currently possible to complete the School’s own form online.

Letters/emails informing parents/carers of whether or not their child has been allocated a place will be sent out by the Local Authority on the National Offer Day, 16 April. Parents/carers of children not admitted will be informed of the reason why the application was refused and offered the statutory right of appeal.

The number of places available for admission to the reception class in the year 2018 will be a maximum of 45. This arrangement follows consultation between the governing body, the Diocesan Board of Education, Local Authorities and other admission authorities in the area. The governing body will not place any restrictions on admissions to the reception class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds this number. By law, normally no infant class may contain more than thirty children.

The Governing Body operates a system of equal preferences under which they consider all preferences equally and the Governing Body allocates places according to its policy. In the event that there are more applicants than places, the governing body will allocate places using the following criteria, which are listed in order of priority:

Children in Care and Children who were previously in Care.Previously in Care are children who were in Care, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
Children with a brother or sister attending the school and expecting to continue at the school in the following year. This includes, full, half or step brothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit.
Children whose parents/carers are worshippers at least once a month for the last six months at services of Church of the resurrection (verified by church reference on the Supplementary Application Form).
Children whose parents/carers are regular worshippers at any church which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, having attended Church Services at least once a month for the last six months (Verified by church reference on the Supplementary Application Form).

Children registered as on roll at Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School Nursery. Children who have special needs on social or medical grounds (supporting letter from Social Worker or Medical Specialist are required and should be included, in a sealed envelope with the Supplementary Application Form). Other children.

Notes

“Resident” refers to the child’s permanent home at the proposed date of admission. When deciding between candidates who have equal entitlement under the above criteria, the governors will have regard to pupils living nearest the school defined as ‘direct distance’ measured using a geographical information address point system based on the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) from the child’s permanent place of residence to the school.

b) Professional supporting evidence from e.g. a doctor, psychologist, social worker, is essential if admission is to be made under the criterion for special medical or social circumstances, and such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school in question is the most suitable school and the difficulties which would be caused if the child has to attend another school.

A map showing the boundaries is available from the school.
d) Siblings include step, half, foster, adopted brothers and sisters living at the same address and full brother and sister living apart.
e) All children with birthdays between 1 September and 31 August of this admission period are admitted in September. For children with a birthday after Christmas or after Easter parents/carers may defer entry until later in the year and the headteacher should be consulted if this option is being considered.

Tie Breaker

A tiebreaker must be applied to decide which applicant will be offered the last place at a school when two or more applicants cannot otherwise be separated. In the event of the direct distances (in miles) being the same for two or more applicants and the last place to be allocated would be to one of these applicants, the measurements would be taken again in kilometres and the place will be offered to the applicant living nearest to the school in kilometres. In the event that the distances measured in kilometres are the same, a random allocation will be applied.

Late applications for admission: Where there are extenuating circumstances for an application being received after the last date for applications, and it is before the

governors have established their list of pupils to be admitted, then it will be considered alongside all the others.
Otherwise, applications which are received after the last date will be considered after all the others and placed on the waiting list in order according to the criteria.

Waiting List: Where we have more applications than places, the admissions criteria will be used. Parents/carers of children who are not admitted will have the opportunity to have their name placed on a waiting list. The Enquiries and Admissions Secretary maintains the waiting list. The names on this waiting list will be in the order resulting from the application of the admissions criteria. Since the date of application cannot be a criterion for the order of names on the waiting list, late applicants for the school will be slotted into the order according to the extent to which they meet the criteria. Thus it is possible that a child who moves into the area later to have a higher priority than one who has been on the waiting list for some time. If a place becomes available within the admission number, the child whose name is at the top of the list will be offered a place. This is not dependent on whether an appeal has been submitted.

The local authority must operate the waiting list until the 31 December. Parents/ carers of children on the list will receive a letter from the local authority explaining that the waiting list will cease on 31 December. Following receipt of this letter, if parents/carers would like their child to remain on a waiting list maintained by the school, they must contact the school office directly to confirm this. Parents/carers must request annually if they wish their child’s name to remain on the waiting list.

Address of pupil: The address used on the school’s admission form must be the current one at the time of application. If the address changes subsequently, the parents/carers should notify the school. Where parents/carers live at different addresses, the current-at-the-time-of-application, normal address of the child will be the one used. This will normally be the one where the child wakes up for the majority of Monday to Friday mornings. Parents/carers may be asked to show evidence of the claim that is being made for the address, e.g. utility bills of various sorts showing the child’s address as the one claimed. Where there is a dispute about the correct address to use, the governors reserve the right to make enquiries of any relevant third parties, e.g. the child’s GP. For children of UK Service personnel and other Crown Servants returning to the area proof of the posting is all that is required.

Appeals: Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is oversubscribed, parents/carers have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel. Parents/carers will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing. Parents/carers will also be invited to attend in order to present their case.

In accordance with the Local Authority guidelines please follow this link for information on timings if you wish to make an appeal: http://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/200310/ school_admissions/676/school_admission_appeals/2

If your child was refused a place in Reception or Key Stage 1 because of Government limits on Infant class sizes, the grounds on which your appeal could be successful are limited. You would have to show that the decision was one which in the circumstances no reasonable governing body would have made, or that your child would have been offered a place if the governors’ admission arrangements had been properly

implemented. Please note that this right of appeal against the governors’ decisions does not prevent you from making an appeal in respect of any other school.

Non-routine admission: In year admissions are coordinated by the local authority. For more information, please visit the Council’s webpage

Fraudulent Applications: Where the governing body discovers that a child has been awarded a place as a result of an intentionally misleading application from a parent (for example a false claim to residence in the catchment area or of involvement in a place of worship) which effectively denies a place to a child with a stronger claim, then the governing body is required to withdraw the offer of a place prior to the child starting school. The application will be considered afresh and a right of appeal offered if a place is refused.

Deferred Entry: Parents/carers can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in that academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents/carers can request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Excepted Places incl. Twins and Children of multiple births: The school admission code 2012 allows additional children to be admitted above the published admission number under very limited exceptional circumstances even when this breaches the infant class size limit. This is known as excepted admission. Please contact the local authority or school for more information.

Admission of Pupils with Disability: In accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act pupils with disabilities are treated with equal rights with respect to admission. The school will make every practicable and reasonable alteration to buildings, learning environments, staffing and approach necessary to accommodate the admission of all pupils who request a place.

In most cases, there will be a liaison with outside agencies including the Local Authority. Funding may be sought for exceptional cases. The above admission policy will be adhered to in all cases.
To prevent a child with a disability being treated less favourably than other pupils we recommend the following:

You contact the school’s Inclusion Co-ordinator at the earliest opportunity to discuss inclusion and admission arrangements. You visit the school prior to admission You raise any concerns you may have at the earliest opportunity

Admissions to the Nursery: The school has a separate admissions policy for the Nursery.

If you are unsure of any of the above procedures please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher or the school office at Cinnamon Brow C.E. Primary School.