Admissions

GREATSTONE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY

 

ADMISSIONS

 

Admissions Authority

The Admissions Authority for Greatstone Primary School and Nursery is the Governing Body. Responsibility for decisions on Admissions is delegated to the Personnel Committee. Three members of the Personnel Committee who are not members of staff will form an Admissions Committee.

 

Admissions Policy – Nursery

The purpose of Greatstone School Nursery admissions policy is to ensure that the facility is accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. Greatstone School Nursery is a 52 place nursery. In the event that the nursery is over subscribed the following criteria will be applied in priority order as follows:

  1. 3 year old children.
  2. Current family association – where a brother or sister is already on roll at Greatstone Primary School and the family continues to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted or has moved to a property within two miles.
  3. Health reasons – the evidence for this must be strong and the Governors will require written evidence from a qualified person. Parental health is not a criterion.
  4. Nearness of a child’s home and ease of access to school as measured by a straight line from home to school.

 

Birth certificates must be shown prior to admission

 

On admission we will:

  • Provide parents and carers with information: Regular newsletter and dates for their diary etc.
  • Inform parents and carers where our Policies and Procedures are displayed and we advise all to refer to these documents regularly, as these are updated throughout the year.
  • Ensure parents and carers are aware of the Equal Opportunities Policy in place
  • Consult with families about the opening times/session availability, to avoid excluding anyone.
  • Ensure that only persons named on the child’s registration document by parent/carer will be allowed to collect them, unless prior consent has been given.

 

Published Admissions Number

The Published admissions Number for the school (i.e. the minimum number of children admitted in any year group) is 52. However, the Governors of Greatstone primary School have restricted the size of any class to 30 and are determined to ensure that this class size limit upheld.

 

Admissions Policy – School

It is the policy of Greatstone Primary School to admit pupils at the beginning of the Autumn Term for all children who will attain the age of five during the following academic year. Pupils will be admitted without regard to ability or aptitude. Parents who wish to defer their child’s entrance until the start of the Spring Term will be provided with a place, if one is available, at the beginning of the Spring Term.

 

Oversubscription

Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need which names the School will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.

In the event of oversubscription the Governors will allocate places to children according to the following criteria in priority order:

  1. Children in Local Authority Care or adopted from Local Authority Care
  2. Current family association – where a brother or sister is already on roll at Greatstone Primary School and the family continues to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted or has moved to a property within two miles.
  3. Health reasons – the evidence for this must be strong and the Governors will require written evidence from a qualified person. Medical, health and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the School’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Priority will be given to those children whose mental and physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally, this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
  4. Nearness of a child’s home address and ease of access to school as measured by a straight line from home to school. A child’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence and not an address at which the child might sometimes stay or sleep due to the parents’ own or special domestic arrangements. This address must be the child’s home address on the day the application form is completed and which is either:
  • Owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian, OR
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement.

If parents/guardians are living separately but share responsibility for the child, and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, the School will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of weekdays.

 

In the event of an exact match between two applicants, the matter will be referred to the Governing Body’s Admissions Committee for consideration

 

Parents/Guardians will be informed, in writing, of the outcome of their application, for new entrant places, by the last day of March in the academic year preceding the child starting school.

 

After a place has been offered, the School reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:

  • When a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time;
  • When a parent has failed to notify the School of important changes to the application information;
  • The School offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.

 

Parents/Guardians who apply for places other than at reception age will be offered a place if one is available in the appropriate year group. If a place is not available in the appropriate year group, then the application will be placed on a waiting list and places offered as and if they become available in accordance with the criteria set out above.

 

The Standard Number for the school (i.e. the minimum number of children admitted in any year group) is 52. However, the Governors of Greatstone Primary School have restricted the size of any class to 30 and are determined to ensure that this class size limit is upheld.

 

Appeals

Any parent whose child has been refused admission has the right to appeal against the decision.

  • The appellant will contact the Chair of Governors in writing, within 20 days of notification of an unsuccessful application
  • The Chair of Governors will convene an Independent Appeals Panel to hear the appeal. All members of the Panel must be independent of the School. The appellant will be given 10 school days notice of the hearing
  • The Admissions Authority (the Governing Body) must supply a Presenting Officer
  • The Presenting Officer will put the case in support of the decision to refuse a place
  • The appellant will make representations to the panel in support of their appeal
  • The Panel will consider the appeal and make a decision. This decision is binding on the parties concerned and will be communicated to all parties in writing within 5 school days of the hearing.

 

The admissions policy is reviewed annually

Date of next review October 2017