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Admissions Policy 2018/2019
The Governing Body of Gilsland C.E School applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school.
Following consultation with the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority the Governors have set the published admission number for access to the reception class as 7.
Applications to be made on the appropriate Local Authority’s website, according to your postal address. If you wish your application to be considered under the faith criteria you should also please complete the supplementary form which is included here as an appendix and hand it to school
An application for entry in September 2018 must be made by the closing date which is the 15th January 2018
Parents are encouraged to name three schools in order of preference on the application form.
The Governors operate a system whereby they consider all preferences equally. So the order of your preferences will not be used in considering your application. (It will only be used if a place is available for your child at more than one school.) Places at this school will be allocated according to this Admissions Policy and the Local Authority’s Coordinated Admissions Scheme. A letter informing parents of the success or otherwise of their application will be sent out by the Local Authority. Parents of those children not offered a place will be informed of the reason and offered an alternative school by the Local Authority.
All children will be admitted unless there are more applicants than places in which case the Governors will make allocations using the following criteria. These are listed in order of priority:
1. Looked after or previously looked after children See note 1 (overleaf).
2. Children who have physical and/or medical needs who would be disadvantaged by travelling to another school. Written evidence from an appropriate professional would be required for the Governors to consider admission in this category.
3. Children living within the catchment area* having a brother or sister attending our school at the time of their admission giving priority, if necessary, to those children with the youngest siblings. Brothers and sisters are those living at the same address including step, adopted and foster children.
4. Children living within the catchment area who with a parent attend at least twice a month, a church in membership of Churches Together in Britain of the Evangelical Alliance. Attendance may be at more than one church but should be for at least two years prior to the application date.
5. Children living within the catchment area*.
6. Children living outside the catchment area having brothers and sisters attending our school at the time of their admission giving priority, if necessary, to those children with the youngest siblings. Brothers and sisters are those living at the same address including step, adopted and foster children.
7. Children living outside the catchment area who with a parent attend at least twice a month, a church in membership of Churches Together in Britain of the Evangelical Alliance. Attendance may be at more than one church but should be for at least two years prior to the application date.
8. Children living outside the catchment area*. Giving priority to those who live closest to the school measured by the shortest walking route by road from the main school gate to the front door.
*A map of the catchment area can be seen in school.
The criteria outlined above will be strictly followed there being one exception. If a child has a
Statement of Special Education Need or an, Education Health Care Plan naming Gilsland Church of
England Primary School then irrespective of the criteria the child will be admitted as in these circumstances the Governors have a statutory duty to admit the child concerned.
A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order). Further references to previously looked after children in this Code means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
Previously looked after children includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002. Child arrangements orders are defined in the Children Act 1989, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. 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).
In some categories, where there are more applicants than places available, age will act as a determining factor but unless specified it will be distance. The distance is measured from the child’s home front door to the main entrance door of the school. The distance is determined by the shortest walking route by road. The Governors will use the Local Authority measuring system to ensure consistency of measurement. The closest addresses will have priority.
The address on the application form must be the current one at the time of application. Where a
child can live at more than one address the home address is to be the one where the child sleeps and thus wakes up for all or the majority of the school week. Where there is any doubt the Governors reserve the right to verify the information provided by the parent(s), for example, through the GP or the child benefit address.
In year admissions are those which occur outside the “normal” admission time. If you wish your child to attend Gilsland Church of England Primary School you should visit our school and admission details will be provided if we have a vacancy in the relevant year. If your child is refused a place you will be informed of your right to appeal.
If the Governors of Gilsland Church of England Primary School discover that a child has been awarded a place as a result of an intentionally misleading application from a parent, for example, an incorrect address and as a result it effectively denies a place to a child with a stronger claim then the Governors will withdraw the offer of a place. The Governors will reconsider the application and the right of appeal offered if a place is refused.
Summer born children do not attain compulsory school age until the September after they would normally start in Reception. In line with government recommendation, the Governors will admit these children into a Reception class a year later than usual at their parents’ request. These children will remain eligible for their full entitlement to schooling, and will subsequently transfer to junior school (where applicable) and secondary school with other children in the same year group in which they have been educated, rather than with their ‘chronological cohort’.
If we do not offer your child a place at this school, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the numbers of children in the school to increase too much. If the Governors are unable to offer your child a place because of over subscription you as a parent have a right of appeal under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 as amended by the Education Act 2002. You should notify the Clerk to the Governors of Gilsland Church of England Primary School within 20 school days of receiving the letter which will give the grounds for refusing a place. You must set out your grounds for the appeal in writing. You will normally receive at least 10 school days notice of the time and venue for the appeal hearing where you will be able to present your case in person. This right of appeal does not prevent you from making an appeal in respect of any other school. The Independent Appeal will be organised on behalf of the Governors by the Legal and Democratic Services at Carlisle.
Those children who are not offered a place may, if the parents so wish, be placed on a waiting list. The names will be placed on the list in the order of the admissions criteria. Late applicants will be slotted into the list according to the admissions criteria. It is thus possible for a child recently arrived in the area to have a higher priority than a child who has been on the waiting list for sometime. Irrespective of whether an appeal has been submitted, if a place becomes available it will be offered to the child at the top of the list. The waiting list will remain open for the whole of the first term in the year to which it relates.
We teach infant children (aged four to seven) in one class that has a maximum number of 30 children.
If your child was refused a place in a reception or key stage one class because of Government limits on infant class size, the grounds on which your appeal could be successful are limited. You would have to show that the decision was one which no reasonable governing body would have made or that your child would have been offered a place if the governors’ admissions policy had been properly implemented.
While no infant class is to contain more than 30 pupils there can be very limited exceptional circumstances. The admittance of such a child(ren) will be known as an “excepted pupil” for the time they are in an infant class or until the numbers fall back to the size limit. An excepted child would be one whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted otherwise than as an excepted pupil. It might also include a child who has a Statement of Special Education Need or an, Education Health Care Plan naming Gilsland Church of England Primary School or looked after child or a child of a U.K. Serviceman to be admitted outside the normal admission period.
The Governors of Gilsland Church of England Primary School will ensure as far as possible that twins, triplets or those children born in the same year are not separated. Such children will be given priority in any particular category.
If you have a child in Jigsaw Nursery and Pre-school then you must make a separate application for the Reception Class. A place in Jigsaw Nursery and Pre-school does not guarantee a place in our Reception Class.
During July all parents of prospective new starters will be contacted by their class teachers. All children have a graduated in-take during the Summer term to allow a smooth transition in September.
Where a Reception child has particular problems settling in, the school’s part-time arrangements may be introduced until such time as staff and parents feel it is appropriate to attend full-time
For more information please contact the school on 016977 47302, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Signed: ____Lesley Winter_____________________ Headteacher
Signed: ____Clare Hawkins____________________ Chair of Governors
Date: February 2016
Review Date: June 2017
Gilsland Church of England Primary School.
Supplementary form to be used if you wish your application for admission to be considered on faith grounds.
Name of your child:-
Date of Birth__________ Boy Girl
Name of parent(s)/carer(s)/guardian(s) __________________________________
Post Code ________ Telephone Number (daytime contact)_________________
The name of an older sibling who will still be attending our School at the date of the
proposed admission. ________________________________________________
The place(s) of Worship attended by at least one parent and the named child.
The name of the place(s) of Worship. ___________________________________
The name of the Vicar/Priest/Minister/Faith Leader ________________________
Address + Postcode _________________________________________________
How frequently do you attend worship with your child?
For how long have you been so attending?
One Year Two Years Three Years or more
Your Church leader will be contacted to confirm the details on this form.
Signed (Parent/Carer/Guardian) _____________________________