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Streethay Primary

Admissions arrangements for the year 2019/2020, 2020/2021 & 2021/2022

Introductory statement

Streethay Primary is a primary academy school which is part of the Shaw Education Trust. Our priority is to serve the children and families of the local community, irrespective of their social, economic, religious, ethnic or cultural background.

The school will offer a high quality education and curriculum to meet the needs of the  local children. Streethay’s curriculum and pedagogical ethos isbased around the long established success at Seabridge Primary School, Shaw Education Trust’s first primary school.

Our mission:

We believe that every young person can achieve great things, whatever their ability and whatever their background. We will facilitate excellence by all and for all: with no exceptions.

We will deliver ‘best in class’ tailored learning to ensure that every young person attending one of our academies has the opportunity and support required to achieve their potential.

High quality intervention and targeted leadership development will be the foundation stone of our Trust. We will accelerate improvement in all our academies from their individual starting points. Schools facing challenge will be intensively supported to ‘get to good’ within two years. Leaders will be celebrated, encouraged to excel, think innovatively and be incredible.   

We pledge an unswerving commitment to improve the life chances of all the young people in our academies.  We will focus on bridging the gap between school and the outside world to give young people the best chances to progress to high quality further/higher education, employment or training.

We will create a self- sustaining family of schools who will support each other’s success and promote consistently high standards across the Trust.

Our values

  • To be pupil and people centred: To ensure everything we do realises the full potential of the pupils we are here to help. We will provide caring, tailored and supportive environments where young people can flourish. We will ensure that all members of the school community are the focus of our activity and as servant leaders we shall enable their success. As Streethay Primary School will be located in the new housing development of Streethay, it will play a pivotal role in the development of community relationships through high quality learning opportunities.

  • To act with integrity: To be an organisation that is open and transparent, actively embraces equality and diversity and has an honest, inclusive and respectful culture which everyone can trust.

  • To be innovative: To be a creative, forward-thinking organisation that finds new ways of doing things. To break down barriers to learning, stimulating exciting futures and securing independent living. We will be relentless in our pursuit of the excellence which has the power to change lives.  

  • To be best in class: To be a top performing education provider that helps every single pupil on their journey towards achieving their potential. We believe our staff are our greatest asset. We will support leaders, teachers and staff to provide exceptional teaching, learning and outcomes. 

  • To be accountable: The Shaw Education Trust, its schools, and staff, are accountable to our pupils and stakeholders. We will demonstrate personal responsibility by carrying out our roles to the best of our ability and in adherence with our values.

Admission number

The school has an admission number of 30 for entry in year Reception.

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

Application process

The applications will be processed through the normal Staffordshire local authority process for co-ordinating school offers. Applications for this school should be sent to Staffordshire School Admissions Service.

The closing date for applications is 15 January.

Offers will be made on 16 April. If we have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once we have a signed funding agreement.

An online application form can be completed at our admissions page.

Oversubscription criteria  

The criteria in this section apply to entry at the normal age.

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.[1]

  2. Children previously in care outside of England or Wales who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

  3. Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received [where an older sibling is in year 6 siblings will not be prioritised under this criterion].

  4. Children who are attending the nursery at Streethay Primary which is based at the school and who are in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

  5. Other children

Tie-break

‘If in categories 2-5 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance will be determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.  

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distance in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant’s home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant’s home address is determined and provided by the Local Land and and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

Random allocation undertaken by the local authority will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-5 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the academy/free school is equidistant in any two or more cases.’

Late applications

Applications received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated or are shortly to be allocated, then late preferences will be considered only after those that were made on time.

A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’s waiting list.

 Deferred entry for infants

Parents offered a place in reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child is admitted, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made.

Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their fifth birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group.  To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested and the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.

Waiting lists

The school will operate a waiting list. Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by the Academy Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.

Appeals

All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appellants should contact the school or Staffordshire County Council by the date provided in the decision letter[2] for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on our website at our admissions page.

Notes:

Home address:

The home address is where a child normally lives. Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence.

If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.

Sibling:

‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a step brother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of the same family who, in any of these cases, will be living at the same address at the date of their application for a place.

Pupil Premium Priority:

Those eligible for Pupil Premium admission priority are:

Children who:

  • Are currently registered as eligible for free schools meals;

Children for whom their parents cannot provide evidence that their child is currently registered for free school meals, but where the child or its parents receive any of the following:

  • Universal Credit;

  • Income Support;

  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance;

  • an income-related employment and support allowance;

  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that, from 6 April 2011, does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs);

  • where a parent is entitled to the Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit);

  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Parents will be required to provide evidence of eligibility with their application.

Pupil and Service Premium Priority:

Those eligible for Service Premium admission priority are:

  • children whose parent(s) are serving in the regular UK armed forces;
  • children of ex regular UK armed forces personnel who were serving in the last 3 years;
  • children where at least one parent died while serving in the UK armed forces and the child is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS).

Parents will be required to provide evidence of eligibility with their application.


[1] A looked after child is a child who is (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).

[2] Parents must be given at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to lodge an appeal.

 

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