Admissions arrangements 2019/2020, 2020/2021 & 2021/2022
Full time places in the Reception class will be available in the September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old. Although parents have the right to express a preference for Kidsgrove Primary school, there is no guarantee of a place being offered. It is Kidsgrove Primary School policy to try and meet parents’ wishes where possible, however in some cases there may be more applications than there are places available. Admission when oversubscribed is determined by the oversubscription criteria detailed below.
If the total number of preferences for admission to Kidsgrove Primary School exceeds the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN) of 30, the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places. (N.B., after applying the oversubscription criteria, where an applicant can be offered a place at more than one preferred school then they will be offered a place at the school ranked highest on their application.):
1) Children in Care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or become subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need that names a particular setting must be admitted to that school. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.
2) Children who satisfy the following tests:
Test 1: The child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own individual medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend Kidsgrove Primary rather than any other school. Exceptional circumstances must relate to Kidsgrove Primary and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the specific economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer, and be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend Kidsgrove Primary rather than any other school.
Test 2: The child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend Kidsgrove Primary School setting Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.
3) Children who have an elder brother or sister in attendance at Kidsgrove Primary School and who will still be attending the school at the time of the proposed admission date. (For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners).
4) Children living within the defined catchment of the preferred setting.
5) Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated using the Local Authority Geographical Information System.
Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then Kidsgrove Primary School will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be accommodated, children who are catchment area children and satisfy category (3) will receive offers of a place, followed by children who are catchment area children and satisfy category (4), etc.
- Copies of academy catchment area maps are available.
- There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to the academy/school.
- Applications for oversubscribed maintained school settings are processed centrally by Staffordshire County Council admissions office.
- Attendance at a particular school setting will not guarantee admission to any particular Reception Class or give any advantage to the child’s application for Reception. Parents must reapply for admission to Reception at the appropriate time.
- In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need that names a particular school setting will be admitted to that school. This may reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.
- Relevant Looked After Children means children who are in the care of a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989(b) and who (a) are looked after at the time an application is made and (b) in relation to whom the local authority has confirmed that the children will still be looked after at the time when the child will be admitted to academy.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, the Academy will not seek to obtain this information of behalf of the applicant.
- The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant's home address to the main front gate of the academy.
- The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.
- Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the academy week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.
- If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats or are the result of a multiple birth, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected by drawing lots.
- Inclusion on the academy’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred academy.
“In-Year Transfer” Arrangements
Parents or carers seeking to transfer to the Academy should make an application using the appropriate form which can be obtained from Staffordshire Local Authority.
Operation of waiting lists
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the LA’s co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the University receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the Autumn Term. 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.
A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year, i.e. they can go up or down the list as it will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. Where a place becomes vacant, the will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group
Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to the academy outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experience problems such as ill health. (In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to the academy until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of the normal age group to reception rather than Year 1)
These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the Academy who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Principal of the Academy. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.
In all admissions cases, parents who have been unsuccessful in securing a place for their child will have the right to appeal. Where an offer of a place cannot be granted, parents/carers should appeal to an independent admission appeal panel set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1988, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents should notify UCAT within 20 days of receiving the letter refusing a place. Parents will have the opportunity to submit their case to the panel in writing and also to attend in order to present their case. They will normally receive 14 days’ notice of the place and time of the hearing.