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We very much welcome applications to join our school. The Local Authority manage our Admissions Rounds. If you would like to know about spaces in specific year groups please just call our school office and we will be happy to share this information with you.
Admissions Policy: 2021/22
This is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School within the Diocese of St Albans. The Governing body of the school is the admission authority. The Governors will admit up to the planned admission number of 15 children to the reception year group during each academic year. The Governing Body is required to abide by the maximum limits for infant classes of 30 pupils per class. Children here are aged from 4 to 9; entering the Foundation Stage then progressing through years 1 – 4.
Parents are most welcome to visit the school to see the children at work, meet the staff and ask any questions they may have. Visits can be arranged by telephoning the school office (01767 627215) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents can complete an application for their child to join the school at any time from the autumn term of the year in which their child turns 4 years old, up to the age of 9 years old. Admissions to Northill C of E VA Lower School are arranged through the co-ordinated scheme operated by the Local Authority’s School Admissions Service and the School Governors, as the Admission Authority, will allocate the available places in line with this policy.
Applications for admission in September 2021 should be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated scheme. The timescales for the application process are set out on the Central Bedfordshire School Admissions website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions . It is essential that the Local Authority’s Application Form is completed and returned by the closing date. If the form is not returned by this date your application will be considered in the late allocation. Parents will be notified by the Local Authority’s School Admissions Service of the outcome of their application.
Allocation of Places
Parents offered a place may defer the date of their child’s admission until later in the year, or until the child reaches compulsory school age. All children must join the school in the Reception year or a new application will need to be made for a Year 1 place. Parents can request part time attendance until the child reaches compulsory school age.
The Form Entry for our reception year is 15 pupils. In the event of there being more applicants than places available the places are allocated with the following priority.
Children will be admitted at other ages where there are vacancies. Requests for admission into other year groups should be made to the Central Bedfordshire School Admission Team.
Places are allocated on the basis that:
All children who are unsuccessful with their application will be placed on a waiting list and if places become available pupils will be admitted using the above mentioned criteria. This is not a case of first on the waiting list being offered the first available place. The waiting list for the normal year of entry will be maintained until the end of the autumn term.
Parents who have not been allocated a place for their child have a right to appeal to an independent panel as part of the co-ordinated arrangements and will receive information about the appeals process with the refusal letter.
In accordance with regulations, children must start school from the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday. This is termed the statutory age for school admissions.
‘Looked after’ children
The Children Act 1989 defines a child who is ‘looked after’ as a child or young person who is accommodated by the local authority (Section 20) or a child or young person who is the subject of a full care order (Section 31) or interim care order (Section 38).
Previously ‘looked after’ children
A previously ‘looked after’ child is one who immediately after being ‘looked after’ became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. An ‘adoption order’ is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society
A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister of the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living at the same address. The sibling must be in the school at the time of application and be likely to remain in the school at the proposed date of admission. ‘In catchment’ siblings will have a higher priority than other ‘in catchment’ children.
Very Exceptional Medical Grounds
‘Very exceptional’ medical grounds refers to cases where there are exceptional medical reasons which make it essential that a child should attend a particular school and where the preferred school is the only school locally that could meet the child’s needs. A medical report from the child’s doctor or consultant must be submitted with the application form, setting out valid medical reasons why it is essential for the child to be admitted to the school in question and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The Governors reserve the right to seek further information in order to determine whether it is essential for a child to be admitted to the preferred school on medical grounds. Admission on medical grounds cannot be considered where the medical condition relates to that of a parent/carer, brother or sister or other relative/childminder.
A pupil’s home address will be regarded as the address of the parent/carer with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives. This will not usually include grandparents, aunts or uncles. Where a child spends time with parents/carers at more than one address, the address used to allocate a school place will be the one at which the pupil is ordinarily resident and where the child spends the majority of the school week (Mondays to Fridays) including nights. If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against original official documentation e.g. council tax bill, a recent utility bill (gas, electricity or water), a rental agreement, child benefit annual statement or family tax credit information.
This policy will be reviewed annually and in line with any subsequent changes to guidance.