Admission Policy

Admission of Pupils for the School Year 2013 – 2014

Policy and numbers Children will be admitted into Reception at the start of the Academic Year of their fifth birthday.

a) Children who reach five years between 1st September and 30th April (inclusive) will start full time in September.

b) Children who reach five years between 1st May and 31st August (inclusive) will start part time in the mornings in September and full time in January.

Parents do have the right for their child to start full time in September and also to defer their child’s entry until later in the school year if they wish. Where entry is deferred the school must hold the place for the child and not offer it to another child. The parent 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.

The number of intended admissions for the year commencing 1st September 2013 will be 58.

The responsibility for admissions lies with the Governors, but initial application for admission should be made to Essex County Council, Planning and Admissions, County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1GS for a Common Application Form, which should be returned to Essex County Council.

Completed application forms must be received by the LA by the closing date, for entry during the following academic year. All applications received by the closing date will be given priority over any applications received after the closing date. Date will be advised by the LA.

The school will maintain a waiting list for late/unsuccessful applicants for the duration of the Autumn term.

Over-subscription

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.

  1. Looked after children.
  2. Children living within the priority admissions area (a list of roads within the priority admissions area is available from the school.)
  3. Where the child has a brother or sister currently attending school.
  4. Remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance, with those living closest being given the highest priority.

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted if the school is named.

The Race Relations Act 1976 and the Amendment 2000 outlaws discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic and national origins.

Applications

The LA will send parents a Common Admissions form which must be returned to the LA by the date they specify.

Appeals

The school has established arrangements for appeals against non-admission which will include an independent element. Details of admissions and appeals arrangements are available.

This policy was agreed at the FGB meeting held on 20th June 2012