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Admissions Policy 2017 - 18

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Wildern School Admission Policy for 2017-2018

 

This policy will apply to all admissions from 1 September 2017, including casual admissions.  The authority’s Fair Access protocol will be applied alongside the policy to secure the admission of vulnerable pupils from specific groups. It will be used during 2016-17 for allocating places for September 2017 as part of the main admission round for Year 7.

 

Admission Criteria

Wildern is an Academy.  The Academy Trust is the admission authority for the school.  The admission criteria are determined by the Academy Trust, after statutory consultations.

 

The Directors (Governors) of Wildern School Academy Trust will consider first all those applications received by the published deadline of midnight on Monday 31st October 2016. Applications submitted after midnight 31 October 2016 but before 01 March 2017 will be considered together on 15 March 2017 for any available places. Late applications received on or after 01 March 2017 will be considered from 16 March 2017 onwards in order of receipt. Notifications to parents offering a secondary school place will be sent by the County Council on 01 March 2017.

 

The published admission number (PAN) for Wildern School for 2017-2018 is 372.

 

For the main admission round, all preferences will be considered simultaneously and ranked in accordance with the admission criteria. If more than one school can offer a place, the parent’s highest stated available preference will be allocated.

 

If the school is oversubscribed, places will be offered in the following priority order. Places for applications received after the deadline will be allocated using the same criteria.

 

1.         Looked after children or children who were previously looked after (see definitions), after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.

 

2.         Children or families who have a serious medical, physical or psychological condition which makes it essential that the child attends Wildern School rather than any other. (Appropriate medical or psychological evidence must be provided in support.)

 

3.         Children living within the catchment area of Wildern School who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit in the permanent residence) on the roll of Wildern School and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.*

 

4.         Other children living within the catchment area of Wildern School.

 

5.         Children living outside the catchment area of Wildern School who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit in the permanent residence) on the roll of Wildern School and who will still be on roll at the time of the sibling’s admission.*

 

6.         Children living outside the catchment area of Wildern School who, at the time of application, attend one of the linked primary schools. Linked schools: Berrywood Primary School; Botley C of E Primary School; Freegrounds Junior School; Kings Copse Primary School; Saint James' C of E Primary School, West End; Shamblehurst Primary School and Wellstead Primary School.

 

7.         Other children living outside the catchment area of Wildern School.

 

* This includes children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom the offer of a place at the preferred school has been accepted, even if the sibling is not yet attending.

           

N.B. School Closures statement.

            In the event of a school closure, pupils from the closing school may be given a higher priority (for example this might include the child being treated as in-catchment) within the admission criteria for any school nominated as the receiving school.  Specific arrangements will be determined by the Local Authority in accordance with the School Admissions Code and will be published at the time for the specific schools affected by a particular closure.

 

Definitions

 

  1. (a)This criterion provides priority for children who are (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 (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).  It can also be used for children who were previously looked after children but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianshipAn adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or section 12 of the Adoption Act 1976.  Child arrangements orders are defined under s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.  Section 14A of 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).
  2. (b)The child’s permanent residence is where they live, normally including weekends and during school holidays as well as during the week, and should be used for theThe permanent address of children who spend part of their week with one parent and part with the other, at different addresses, will be the address at which they spend most of their time.
  3. (c)‘Sibling’ refers to the children of parents who are married or cohabiting, where the parents and children are living permanently at the same address as oneIt may also be applied to situations where a full or half brother or sister is living at separate addresses.  Criteria 3 and 5 include children who at the time of application have a sibling for whom the offer of a place at the preferred school has been accepted, even if the sibling is not yet attending.

 

Distance measurement and Tie-breaker

If the school is oversubscribed from within any of the above categories, straight line distance will be used to prioritise applications; applicants living nearer the school have priority. Hampshire County Council’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be used to determine distances (from the Ordnance Survey home address point to the school office). Distances from multiple dwellings will give priority to the ground floor over the first floor and so on. On individual floors, distances will be measured to the stairs leading to the communal entrance. Where two or more applicants are equidistant, random allocation will be used to allocate the place.

 

Multiple births

If the last pupil to be offered a place within the school’s published admission number (PAN) is a multiple birth or same cohort sibling, any further same cohort sibling will be admitted, if the parents so wish, even though this may raise the intake number above the school’s PAN. The PAN will remain unchanged so that no other pupil will be admitted until a place becomes available within the PAN.

 

Pupils with statements of special educational needs or an EHCP

The Directors (Governors) will admit any pupil whose final statement of special educational needs names the school. This is not an oversubscription criterion. Where possible such children will be admitted within the PAN.

 

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

Parents can seek places outside their normal age group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and parents may be offered a place in another year group at the school.

 

In-Year Fair Access placements by the local authority

The local authority must ensure that all pupils are placed in schools as quickly as possible. It may therefore sometimes be necessary for a pupil to be placed by the local authority, or a local placement panel acting on behalf of the authority, in a particular school even if there is a waiting list for admission. Such placements will be made in accordance with the provisions of the local authority’s In-Year Fair Access Protocol, based on legislation and government guidance. If an admission through Fair Access raises the number on roll above the PAN, no further pupil will be admitted from the waiting list until a place becomes available within the PAN.

 

Waiting list

When all available places have been allocated, a waiting list will be operated by schools on behalf of the local authority. Any places that become available will be allocated according to the criteria of the admission policy with no account being taken of the length of time on the waiting list or any priority order expressed as part of the main admission round. Fair Access admissions and school closure arrangements will take priority over the waiting list.

 

The waiting list will be reviewed and revised – 

  • each time a child is added to, or removed from, the waiting list;
  • when a child’s changed circumstances will affect their priority;
  • at the end of each school year, when parents with a child on the waiting  list will be contacted and asked if they wish to remain on the list for the following school year.

 

At the time of receiving an offer of a school place parents will be advised of the process for having their child’s name on a school’s waiting list. Parents may keep their child’s name on the waiting list of as many schools as they wish and for as long as they wish.

 

Legislation

 

This policy takes account of all relevant legislation including the legislation on sex discrimination, race relations and disability, together with all relevant regulations and the

School Admissions Code (DfE 2014).

 

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