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STARTING SCHOOL

If your child will be starting school in September 2020 please see the link below.

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ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS

 

CATCHMENT AREA
The Parishes of Shipston-on-Stour, Barcheston, Honington, Idlicote and Tidmington, The part of the Parish of Stretton-on-Fosse east of but excluding the Fosse Way. The part of the Parish of Tredington lying south of the Darlingscote Road (included) and also east of the Fosse Way (excluded).

Prospective parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the Executive Headteacher to view the school during the working day. This can happen at any time of the year.

 

NUMBERS ADMITTED
The planned admission number (PAN) for each year is 60.

Children with a statement of special educational needs that names the school must be admitted. This may reduce the number of places available to applicants.

APPLICATIONS - STARTING SCHOOL
Children will normally be admitted at the beginning of the academic year in which they attain five years of age, which can be in advance of statutory school age. Parents have a right to defer entry. They must apply for the place in the school at the normal time and any place offered can only be reserved until later in the same academic year or until the child attains statutory school age (the term following the fifth birthday). Parents should discuss the implications of deferred entry with the Executive Headteacher.

 

The academy’s admission arrangements are part of the Warwickshire County Council co-ordinated scheme. 

The timetable and closing dates are published on Warwickshire Local Authority’s website 

 

Applications made later than the closing dates will be dealt with after those received on time. Parents will be asked to provide independent confirmation of the home address.

Late applications will be considered only after the applications received by the closing dates.

 

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
In the event of over-subscription, the Governors will apply the following criteria for admission to all applications and offer available places in that order of priority: -
 

  • Children in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority (under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989).
  • Children living in the priority area who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.
  • Other children living in the priority area.
  • Children living outside the priority area who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.
  • Other children living outside the priority area.

Within each criterion priority is given in order of distance between the child’s home and school. (shortest distance = highest priority) Distance will be calculated by the straight line measurement from the address point location co-ordinate of the applicant’s home address (as set by Ordnance Survey) to the centre point (‘centroid’) of the preferred school. (All measurements are subject to prepositional accuracy changes). This applies equally to those living inside and outside the County boundary.

DEFINITIONS APPLYING TO ALL THE CRITERIA
Sibling/brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission: brother or sister (including half brother or half sister, adopted, step brother or step sister) living at the same home address as the child applying for the place.

A sibling connection will not be accepted if the original place was obtained by using fraudulent or false information.

Home Address: where the child normally resides/sleeps when s/he attends school. Addresses involved in child minding arrangements (professional or with relatives) are excluded.

Where a school place is allocated on the basis of an address which is subsequently found to be different from the child’s home address that place is liable to be withdrawn.

Separated Parents: where a child lives with two parents in separate addresses the qualifying address will be that where the child spends (i.e. sleeps) the majority of the school week. If the child spends exactly equal amounts of time in the two addresses the parents themselves will need to nominate which address they wish to be the child’s main address for school admission purposes.

Twins, Triplets etc: where the final place in a year group is offered to one of twins (or triplets etc) it is normally our policy to admit the other twin, etc.) too, even if that means going above the admission number. However, it is not possible to do this where the admission would breach the limit on infant class sizes. In that situation only the one place will be offered and the parent has to decide which child will take up the place, if any.

 

APPLICATIONS MADE LATER THAN ADMISSION OR TRANSFER GROUPS (MID YEAR ADMISSIONS KNOW AS CASUAL ADMISSIONS) 

Such applications should be made direct to the school.

If a vacancy exists i.e. the number on roll is less than the admission number appropriate to that year group, a place must be offered, except where:
such an admission would breach the class size limit, or
the child has been permanently excluded twice (once since September 1997) in which case the duty to comply with the application is removed for two years from the second exclusion.

If more applicants occur at the same time than there are places available the priority will be assessed by comparing all the applications to the criteria for admission. Any available places will be offered to the applicant with the highest priority.

Offers made to casual applicants are normally made no longer than five school weeks before the child takes up the place.

ADMISSIONS ABOVE PLANNED ADMISSION NUMBER
Children in Public Care or Provided with Accommodation by an Authority: where the placement has had to be made in an emergency, and education has not been secured, or where education provision breaks down, then local authorities must secure an educational placement within 20 school days.

Moves of care placement can occur outside the normal admissions round when many schools are full. To avoid delays necessitated by the local appeals procedure the Governors will consider admission, without appeal, of looked after children living within their priority area even though their admission limit has already been reached or exceeded. An exception to this arrangement would be in an infant or primary school where admission would result in exceeding 30 pupils in an infant class.

Exclusion: Pupils who are permanently excluded from school are referred to Area Behaviour Management Panels in order that consideration can be given as to the appropriateness of a return to mainstream school. On the recommendation of the Behaviour Management Panel, the Governors will consider offering places to previously excluded pupils even though the school is full in the year group.


RESERVE OR WAITING LISTS FOR TRANSFER AND ENTRY GROUPS
Children with applications for reception and refused places will be added to the automatic waiting list for any school of their higher preference. This list is held by the Admissions Service. The waiting list will exist only until the start of the Autumn Term. Any vacancies which occur in the appropriate year group will be re-offered to children on the waiting list using the priority set by the criteria for entry.

Parents changing their preferences for primary or secondary schools are not penalised and are not given a lower position on the waiting list.

 The amount of time a child’s name has been on the list is not relevant and parents should be aware that a child’s position in the list can alter.

APPEALS
Applicants refused a place are entitled to an appeal hearing with an independent appeal panel. Parents should contact the school for information on the process and to register their appeal.

UNDER AGE AND OVER AGE APPLICATIONS
Warwickshire County Council’s policy is that all children should be educated within their appropriate age group. In rare cases where it might not be appropriate for the child to be educated in the normal year group, there is a detailed process to consider the child’s physical, emotional and social maturity before any decisions are made.

APPLYING FOR A PLACE AT SECONDARY SCHOOL OR GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Parents and carers who want to enter their child to sit the 11+ entrance tests for Warwickshire grammar schools should submit applications using the Local Authority's on-line application facility.

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