Bell Tower Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. TD15 1NB
The Admissions Code 2014 requires admission authorities (in this case, the governors of Holy Trinity CE First School) to consult on proposed changes to their admission arrangements. This consultation will apply to the admission arrangements for entry into Holy Trinity CE First School in September 2019.
The governing body of Holy Trinity Voluntary Aided Church of England School is the Admissions Authority for the school and they intend to admit up to 30 pupils to the reception year group in September 2019. This arrangement follows consultation between the governing body, the LA, all other schools in the area and all other Admission Authorities in the area.
The school is open to receive applications for admissions from the parents of all children. We must give priority to children in the care of the local authority (looked after children). Children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming Holy Trinity First School will always be offered places. If there is then greater demand for admission than there are places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below:
Where there are places available for some but not all applicants within a particular criterion, distance from home to school will be the deciding factor, with preference given to those whose home address is nearest to the school, when measured by the Local Authority’ computerised measuring system.
The school office will maintain a waiting list of applicants. In the event of a place becoming available in the appropriate class during the year and there being more applicants on the waiting list than places available, the selection criteria and tie breaker indicated above will apply.
By “looked-after child” we mean one in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under the Adoption Act 1976 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangements order’ is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion must be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).
An ‘adoption order’ is an order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
A ‘residence order’ is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989.
A ‘special guardianship order’ is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.
‘Sibling’ refers to blood brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of a parent’s/carer’s partner – in every case the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.
If applicants are seeking admission under the criterion of special medical needs, they will be asked to provide appropriate evidence, e.g. a letter from a doctor or specialist. The evidence must clearly demonstrate why the school is the only school that can meet the child’s needs. It should explain the difficulties that would arise if the child has to attend an alternative school. This evidence must be submitted with the application on or before the closing date. The governors must be satisfied that there is a specified medical reason which makes attendance at this school essential.
Multiple Births - Where there are more applications than places, children from multiple births will be given priority within each criterion. If a further tie break is necessary, distance between home and school will be used to prioritise applications.
Admission of children below compulsory school age and deferred entry to school
The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However, a child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age following their fifth birthday. For summer born children (those born after 1 April) this can sometimes be almost a full school year after the point at which they could first be admitted.
Some parents may feel that their child is not ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents are entitled to request in writing that:-
The school will hold any deferred place for the child, although, in the majority of cases, we find that children benefit from starting at the beginning of the school year, rather than part way through it.
The child must, however, start school full-time in the term after their fifth birthday.
If parents of summer born children wish to defer entry as outlined above and wish them to be admitted to the Reception Year in the term following their fifth birthday, rather than year 1, then parents should apply at the usual time for a place in September of the current academic year together with a written request that the child is admitted outside of his or her normal age group to the Reception Year in September the following year providing supporting reasons for seeking a place outside of the normal age group. This should be discussed with the Head Teacher as soon as possible. If their request is agreed, and this should be clear before the national offer day, their application for the normal age group may be withdrawn before any place is offered and they should reapply in the normal way for a Reception place in the following year. If their request is refused, the parents must decide whether to wait for any offer of a place in the current academic year (NB it will still be subject to the over-subscription criteria in this policy) or to withdraw their application and apply for a year 1 place the following year. Parents should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full with children transferring from the previous Reception Year group.
Further information and advice on the admission of summer born children is available from the Northumberland website www.northumberland.gov.uk