Admissions Policy 2017 - 2018
Admissions to an Aided school are the responsibility of the Governors, in agreement with the Diocesan Board of Education and the Local Authority.
In September 2017 the Standard number for the new intake into school for all year groups is 60.
The Admissions Panel at St. Thomas C.E. Primary School have responsibility for admissions.
When applications are received, the decision on which children will be admitted will be based on the following:
Criteria for Admission to St. Thomas C.E. Primary School
If the school receives more applications than places available, once places have been allocated to those children who have a statement of special educational need naming this school, the remaining places will be offered in the following order of priority:
1.Looked after children and previously looked after children.Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
2.Children whose medical or social circumstances mean that their needs can only be met at this school.
3.Children who will have an older brother or sister attending the St. Thomas C.E. Primary School at the time of their admission.
4.Baptised children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in regular attendance at any of the Anglican Churches within the Parish of St. Thomas with All Saints in Leigh.
5.Baptised or dedicated children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in regular attendance at a church within the parish which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or a local Churches Together organisation.
6.Children whose families are in regular attendance of another Church Of England church in the Leigh Deanery, and who live within the parish boundaries of Bedford St. Thomas.
7.All other children.
If more children fall into any one category than the number of places left, the Governors will offer places to the children who live nearest to the school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to a central point at the school using a Geographical Information System (GIS) which is based on ordnance survey.
In cases where there are two or more children with the same distance measurement (for example if more than one child lives in a block of flats), where to admit another child would breach the infant class size regulations, a system will be used to randomly pick who will be offered a place. Please contact the school if you would like more information about this.
If we offer the last place available to one of twins (or triplets and so on) we will admit the other twin or triplet too.
Child’s home address
You must give the correct permanent home address. When considering your child’s application, we will use the permanent home address we have for you at the closing date for applications. This is where the child and parent, or the person who has care of the child or parental responsibility, normally live.
If you are separated and your child spends time at each parent’s address, the address we use for admission to school is that of the main carer. We use the address of the parent who gets the Child Benefit for this.
Please see notes below where there is more detailed information on the criteria. If application is made under criteria 4, 5 or 6 proof will be required as to whether this particular criterion is met.
- Applications for previously looked after children must be supported with appropriate evidence i.e. a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order.
- Where admission is sought under special medical or social circumstances criteria, professional supporting evidence, e.g. from a doctor, psychologist or social worker, is essential. Such evidence must set out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable for the child and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
- Brother’ or ‘sister’ includes step, half, adopted and foster brothers or sisters living at the same address as part of the same family unit and full brother or sister living apart.
- Regular attendance is normally taken to mean a minimum of monthly attendance at church at public worship for at least the year prior to 1st September in the year before admission to the school (i.e. year before September 2016). Evidence of infant baptism or dedication of the child and of regular attendance of parent(s)/guardian(s) must be provided by a member of the clergy or Church Warden on the forms provided.
- Deferred entry - Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year. Where entry is deferred, the place will be held open and not offered to another child. Parents 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.
- Part-time attendance - Parents can request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.
- Nursery Classes - The admission criteria for schools are different than those for nurseries. Attendance at the nursery or a co-located children’s centre does not guarantee admission to the school. Parents must submit an application for a place in Reception class by the closing date.
- Waiting list policy - Places may become available at a school after the offer date at the end of April 2017. To decide which children have these places, we will:
- put all children who we refused a place on the waiting list for the school;
- keep the list in priority order, decided by the oversubscription criteria for the school only;
- offer places that become available to the next child on the waiting list; and
- keep the waiting list until the end of the Autumn term 2017.
Important information about the waiting list: We cannot take into account the length of time a child’s name has been on the waiting list, only the admission criteria for the school. This means that your child’s position on the list may change if another parent asks to be put on the list and their child has higher priority in the admission criteria.
Timetable for children due to start September 2017
- Admission booklets and forms sent out. On-line application service opens November 2016
- The completed form should be returned as explained in the on line booklet for parents “Admissions to Primary Schools 2017 -2018”. The closing date for applications will be the 15th January 2017
- Places will be offered to parents of children gaining admission on the 16th April 2017.
- Parents must indicate that they accept the place offered by the 2nd May 2017.
- Those parents not offered a place for their child will be sent the details of the Appeals Procedure, which is totally independent of the School Governing body. The closing date for appeals is the 17th May 2017.
RIGHT OF APPEAL: Where the governors are unable to offer a place because the school is over subscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents should notify the clerk to the governors at the school within 14 days of receiving the letter refusing a place. Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. You will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing.
Under the Code of Practice on Admissions to Schools, (2012), parents have the right to refer a school’s admission policy to the School’s Adjudicator if it fails to conform to the provisions of the Code.
Letters of appeal should be addressed to:Clerk To The Governors, St. Thomas C.E. Primary School, Astley Street, Leigh, WN7 2AS.