Admissions Policy 20-21
LAINDON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL & NURSERY Admissions arrangements for 20-21.
The published admission number for the year commencing September 2020 will be 30.
Looked after Children
A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after become subject to an adoption, residence of special guardianship order will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions code 2014. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
Children with statements of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plan
All children with statements of special education needs or Education, Health and Care (EHCP) plan that name the school on the statement/plan are required to be admitted to the school regardless of their place in the priority order.
Age of Admission
The school’s policy is that children born on and between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 would normally commence primary school in Reception in the academic year beginning in September 2019. As required by law, Laindon Park Primary School & Nursery provides for the full-time addition of all children offered a place in the Reception year group from the September following their fourth birthday. Therefore, if a parent wants a full-time place for their child from September (at the school of which a place has been offered) then they are entitled to that full-time place.
Parents can request that the date of their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in the school year. The law does not require a child to start school until the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Compulsory school age is reached at that point. Where entry is deferred, the school will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Any parent interested in taking up a part- time place initially should contact the school for further details as to what this would entail.
Where the parent of a “summer-born child (1st April – 31st August) wishes their child to start school in the autumn term following their fifth birthday, they will need to apply for a place at the correct time for the normal admission round for the following academic year. Support evidence from relevant professionals working with the child and family stating why the child must be placed outside their normal age appropriate cohort must be submitted. The admissions authority will decide whether the application for a Reception place will be accepted or whether it will be treated as an application for a Year 1 place, the child’s normal age appropriate cohort. If the application for a reception place is not accepted this does not constitute a refusal of the place and there is no right to an independent statutory appeal.
Applying for a School Place
The application process is in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme for primary admissions and involves completion for the Common Application Form - Either online or by paper. Offers of places will be sent from Essex County Council during April 2019.
Closing Date for Applications
The closing date for applications will be 15 January 2019.
Applications will normally be processed on the basis of the home address for the child at the time of ap0plication and determination, unless, where there is a new home address, proof of an exchange of contracts or a copy of the tenancy agreement can be provided by 5 February 2019. The home address is considered to be the address at which the child resides on a permanent basis or is ‘ordinarily resident’. This is generally the address of the parent. The child must be living with the parent of carer 24 hours per day, for the majority of the school week. Arrangements where parents can leave and collect children from a relative or carer on a daily basis will be regarded as childcare arrangements, and the child will not be deemed to be ‘ordinarily resident’ with that person. In all cases we expect that the adult with whom the child is ‘ordinarily resident’ receives the child benefit for the child.
The school will ask applicants to provide proof of their home address.
This may include a copy of the following:
- UK driving licence
- Council tax notification
- Two utility bills dated within the last 6 months (gas, electricity, water or landline phone)
The school reserves the right to take additional checking measures including further documentation and in some cases unannounced home visits.
If a school place is secured through false information regarding a home address, the school will withdraw the place offered.
For applications made in the normal admission round, or mid-year, a relevant sibling is a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister, or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family home and address, who attends the school with an expectation that the sibling will be attending at the time of admission. Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.
Where applications are made mid-year the criteria contained in this document shall apply.
Appeals Against Admissions Decisions
Parents have the right to appeal against admissions decisions to an Independent Appeal Panel. Information about how to appeal against a refusal of a school place will be sent with the offer pack. Notice of appeal should be sent to the clerk to the Independent ~Appeal Panel, PO Box 11, Chelmsford, and CM1 1LX.
There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area. In the event of oversubscription, places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:
1. Looked After Children ( as defined above)
2. Children in the priority admissions area with a sibling attending the school
3. Children living in the priority admission area
4. Children with a sibling not living in the priority admissions area
5. Remaining applications
In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to the school, those living closest given the highest priority.