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Hazelslade Primary

2021/2022 and 2020/2021

2019/2020


Admission Arrangements 2021/2022 & 2020/2021

The admissions policy of the Governors of Hazel Slade Community Primary School is as follows:-

The school’s admission number for the school year beginning in September is 30.

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the Governors will give priority to applications in accordance to the criteria listed below:

1) Relevant children in care

2) Children who have left care under adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order or were adopted from ‘state care’ outside England and Wales.

3) Children who have attended the governor run Hazel Slade Nursery which is based at the school and who are in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

4) Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the 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

5) Children living within the catchment area of Hazel Slade Primary School

6) Pupils who satisfy both of the following tests:

Test 1: They are distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on medical grounds or by any other exceptional circumstances.Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report, (obtained by the parents). It must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school. Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of the school, i.e the circumstances of the child, not the social or economic circumstances of the parent. They should be supported by a professional report e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.

Test 2: They would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred school.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. Parents must provide detailed information about the type and severity of any likely hardship.

7) Other pupils 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 by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all pupils applying for places within a particular category then the Governors will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the children who attended the governor run Hazel Slade Nursery and who receive the EYPP cannot be accommodated at the school then children who attended Hazel Slade Nursery and satisfy category (3) will receive offers of places followed by children who attended Hazel Slade Nursery and satisfy category (4) etc.

Additional Notes

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to the school.

Admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences will be processed centrally by the Local Authority’s School Admissions and Transport Service on behalf of the school. Each pupil will receive only one offer of a place at a Staffordshire school.

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs will be admitted to the school. This may reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

Relevant Children in Care means children who are in the care of a Local Authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s 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 school.

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances 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 are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent’s main and genuine principle place if 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.

If there are a limited number of spaces available and it is not possible to 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 and this process will be independently verified.

Deferred Entry to Reception Class

Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception Class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year until the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). The effect is that the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.

Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit the school to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their 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 Governing Board of the school who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the headteacher. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

Waiting Lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Waiting lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission.

For cases where the infant class size regulations apply, the waiting list will operate until the cohort concerned leaves Year 2.

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

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 on the list. Children who are subject of a direction by a Local Authority to admit or who are allocated to the school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

Late Applications

Application forms 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 applicants will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’s waiting list. Repeat ApplicationsIt is not the Governor’s policy to consider repeat applications in the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in the circumstances of the applicant.

Appeals

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse a child a place in the school may apply in writing to the Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

 

 


 

Admission arrangements 2019/2020

The admissions policy of the Governors of Hazel Slade Community Primary School is as follows:-

The school’s admission number for the school year beginning in September 2019 is 20.

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the Governors will give priority to applications in accordance to the criteria listed below:

1) Relevant children in care

2) Children who have attended the governor run Hazel Slade Nursery which is based at the school and who are in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

3) Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the 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 catchment area of Hazel Slade Primary School

5) Pupils who satisfy both of the following tests:

Test 1: They are distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on medical grounds or by any other exceptional circumstances.Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report, (obtained by the parents). It must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school. Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of the school, i.e the circumstances of the child, not the social or economic circumstances of the parent. They should be supported by a professional report e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.

Test 2: They would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred school.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. Parents must provide detailed information about the type and severity of any likely hardship.

6) Other pupils 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 by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all pupils applying for places within a particular category then the Governors will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the children who attended the governor run Hazel Slade Nursery and who receive the EYPP cannot be accommodated at the school then children who attended Hazel Slade Nursery and satisfy category (3) will receive offers of places followed by children who attended Hazel Slade Nursery and satisfy category (4) etc.

Additional Notes

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to the school.

Admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences will be processed centrally by the Local Authority’s School Admissions and Transport Service on behalf of the school. Each pupil will receive only one offer of a place at a Staffordshire school.

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs will be admitted to the school. This may reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

Relevant Children in Care means children who are in the care of a Local Authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s 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 school.

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances 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 are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent’s main and genuine principle place if 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.

If there are a limited number of spaces available and it is not possible to 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 and this process will be independently verified.

Deferred Entry to Reception Class

Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception Class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year until the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). The effect is that the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.

Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit the school to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their 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 Governing Board of the school who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the headteacher. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

Waiting Lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Waiting lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission.

For cases where the infant class size regulations apply, the waiting list will operate until the cohort concerned leaves Year 2.

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

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 on the list. Children who are subject of a direction by a Local Authority to admit or who are allocated to the school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

Late Applications

Application forms 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 applicants will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’s waiting list. Repeat ApplicationsIt is not the Governor’s policy to consider repeat applications in the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in the circumstances of the applicant.

Appeals

Parents who wish to appeal against the decision of the Governors to refuse a child a place in the school may apply in writing to the Chair of Governors. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

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