Admissions

Written on: 23rd July 2016
Review on: 23rd July 2017
Staff responsibility: Mrs S Abdulla
Governor responsibility: Rose Gregory

Admission Arrangements

This policy will apply to all admissions from 1st September 2016, including in-year admissions. The authority’s Fair Access Protocol will be applied alongside the policy to secure the admission of vulnerable pupils from specific groups. It will be used during 2016-2017 for allocating places for September 2017 as part of the main admission round for EYFS (Year 4-5 year olds).

Admission Criteria

Telford and Wrekin Council is the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled primary and secondary schools. The admission arrangements are determined by the Local Authority after statutory consultations.

The LA will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midnight on Sunday, 16th January 2017 and before 11th February will be considered at the review stage unless exceptional circumstances merit consideration alongside on-time applications. Letters to parents offering a primary school place will be sent by the LA on Monday 17th April 2017.
The published admission number (PAN) for Teagues Bridge Primary School for 2016-2017 is 40.

For the main admission round, all on time preferences will be considered simultaneously and ranked accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer a place, the parent’s highest stated available preference will be allocated.

If the school is oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order. Places for applications received after the deadline will be allocated using the same criteria:

  • Those children who are in public care looked after by the LA or any other LA; and then
  • Children who live in the school’s defined catchment area if places are available for all these local children, then places will be given first to:
    • Those children who have exceptional health reasons where there is written medical evidence that admission to the school is essential for their medical well-being; and then
    • Those children who will have on the day of admission a brother (S), sister (S), step brother (S), step sister (S), half-brother (S) or half-sister (S) living as a family at the same address and who attend the school and then;
    • Other children living in the school’s defined catchment area.
  • Any places which remain available will be allocated to applicants from outside the school’s catchment area in the priority order as detailed above.

Permanent Residence

The child’s permanent residence is where they live, normally, including weekends and during school holidays as well as during the week, and should be used for the application. The permanent address of children who spent part of their week with one parent and part with the other, at different addresses, will be the address at which they spend the most time.

Distance Measurement

If the school is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the school have priority. The Local Authority’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to determine distances (from the Ordnance Survey home address point to the school office).

Pupils with EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan)

The governing body will admit any pupil whose EHCP names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion. Where possible such children will be admitted within PAN.

In-year Fair Access Placements by the Local Authority

The local authority must ensure that all pupils are placed in schools as quickly as possible. It may therefore sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in accordance with the provisions of any protocol approved by Admissions forum, based on legislation and government guidance. If an admission through fair access raises the number on role above the PAN, no further pupil will be admitted from the waiting list until a place becomes available within the PAN.

Waiting List

When all available places have been allocated, a waiting list will be operated by the local authority. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length are on the waiting list or any particular order expressed as part of the main admission round. Fair access admissions and school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list.

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised:

  • Each time a child is added to, or removed from , the waiting list;
  • When a child’s changed circumstances will affect their priority;
  • At the end of the school year, when parents with a child on the waiting list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following year.

At the time of receiving an offer of a school place parents will be advised of the process for having their child’s name on a school’s waiting list. Parents may keep their child’s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish and for as long as they wish.

Deffered Entry to EYFS (Reception class):

Pupils reach a statutory school age at the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday, but, in Telford and Wrekin, most pupils are admitted as rising fives. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted is deferred until later in the year or until the child reaches compulsory school age. Pupils will normally be admitted at the start of the school term. If parents of summer born rising fives wish to defer their admission until they reach statutory school age, admission will be considered by year 1, their appropriate year group.

Admission to Other Year Groups

Where there is an in year transfer, LA admissions team will contact the school and seek assurance that there are places available. The headteacher will return the request form, which will include acceptance of the admission if there are places available in that year group. Where a decision for the place is declined by the school, this may be due to a number of conditions within the present year group, these conditions may be detrimental to a new starter and therefore not the best setting for them at this current time.

The number allocated to keystage 1 is 40

There is no cut off admission number in KS2 but we would prefer that it does not rise above 30, as classrooms are best structured for this number and anything over this would impact on standards, behaviour, teaching and learning. With the support of the governing body, we will do our best to keep class sizes to a maximum of 30 in keystage 2, as this is in the best interests of the children.

You can visit the Telford & Wrekin admissions page for more information: www.telford.gov.uk/admissions.

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Download: Admissions policy 2017