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Werrington Primary School

2024/2025 & 2023/2024

2022/2023 (prior to academy conversion)


Admission arrangements 2024/2025 & 2023/2024 

The normal point of entry for admission to first, infant and primary schools is Reception where upon fulltime places will be available in September of the academic year in which the child becomes five years old. Although parents have the right to express a preference for the school that they wish their child to attend,there is no guarantee of a place being offered at their preferred school.

Admissions Authority

This document sets out the Admission Arrangements for Werrington Primary School. Werrington PrimarySchool is part of the Potteries Educational Trust and converted to an academy on 1st April 2021. TheGoverning Board are the Admissions Authority for Werrington Primary School. Governors have approvedthe policy for consultation on 18th November 2021.


This policy is designed to ensure there is an open and fair admissions procedure for all applicants and tohelp guide parents and their children through the application process. The school’s admissionsarrangements will not disadvantage unfairly, either directly or indirectly, any child from a particular social orracial group, or any child with a disability or special educational needs, and that other school policies do notdiscourage parents from applying for a place for their child.This policy details the school’s arrangements for admissions and will apply to all admissions from September 2023 to July 2024. This includes in-year admissions within this period.

The Governing Board will consult on the admissions arrangements at least once every seven years or ifthere are proposed changes to the admission arrangements which require consultation. This policy will bereviewed annually or updated in the following circumstances:

Changes in legislation and / or government guidance

As a result of any other significant change or event

As the result of a decision of the office of the Schools’ Adjudicator

Admissions arrangements will be set annually. This will happen even if there are no changes fromprevious years and a consultation is not required.

Published Admissions Number

Werrington Primary has a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 60 for entry into Year in September 2023. This level has been agreed by the Governors for the 2023 entry. This number may be exceeded at thediscretion of the Governors, but they are not obliged to accept pupils in excess of this number unlessparents have won their case at an Independent Appeal Panel. The Academy may accept pupils above theirpublished admission number for any specific year without consultation after notifying the Local Authority.

How to apply for Reception place for September 2023

The allocation of places at Werrington Primary School will be co-ordinated by StaffordshireCounty Council. To apply you need to complete Staffordshire County Council’s admissions application process and all submissions must be sent directly to them by formal deadline of 31October 2022.

Co-ordinated scheme 2023-24

Please refer to www.staffordshire.gov.uk for information regarding co-ordinated admissions toprimary schools 2023-2024

Advice on the procedures including appeals should be taken from the Staffordshire Local Authority website www.staffordshire.gov.uk. The Local Authority website states that parentshave the right to express a preference for the school that they wish their child to attendhowever there is no guarantee of a place being offered at their preferred school.

It is Werrington Primary School’s policy to try and meet parents’ wishes where possible,however in some cases there may be more applications for Werrington Primary School thanthere are places available.

Oversubscription Criteria

In accordance with legislation, after applicants with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan* which namesthe academy have been admitted, priority for any remaining places will be given to those children whomeet the oversubscription criteria set out in the priority order below. If there is oversubscription within acriterion and all children within that criterion cannot be admitted within the PAN of 60, places will beallocated in accordance with the remaining criteria. For example, if all children within criterion 4 cannot beaccommodated, children within this criterion will be prioritised in accordance with criterion 5 () and 6 ().

1. Children in care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order) ) including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted

2. Children living within Werrington Primary School’s catchment area***

3. Children who have an elder sibling in attendance Werrington Primary School and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date****

4. Children who attend Werrington Primary School Governor-run Nursery and who are in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium

5. Children of staff at the preferred school where the member of staff has been: ● employed for two or more years at the time of application or ● recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage

6. 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 by the local authority’s geographical information system. *****

If we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who livein the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will berandomly selected. This process will be independently verified.


* An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under Section 37 ofthe Children and Families Act 2014 specifying the special education, health and social careprovision required for that child. In accordance with legislation, children who have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) that names Werrington Primary School as being themost appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted to that school. This will reducethe number of places available to other applicants.

** Copies of the school catchment area are available to download from the from the LocalAuthority: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissions-primary/Catchmentareas.aspx

***(For admission purposes, a sibling is a child who lives at the same address and either: haveone or both natural parents in common; are related by a parent’s marriage; are adopted orfostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whoseparents live as partners.)

**** School 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 mainfront gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant's home address are determined and provided by theLocal Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS address point data.

General Notes

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required for the application to beassessed against the published admissions criteria, the governors will not seek to obtain this information onbehalf of the applicant.

The home address is usually considered to be the child’s, along with their parent’s main and genuineprincipal 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 orrelatives’ address will not be considered for allocation.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of theschool week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish tobe considered for application purposes.

If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’snormal and permanent home address, then that place is likely to be withdrawn.

It is expected that parents will agree on school places before an application is made, and it may benecessary to request evidence from you to confirm that this is the case. The governing body is not in aposition to intervene in disputes between parents over school applications and will request that these areresolved privately.

Waiting lists for Normal Point of Entry

If your child has not been offered a place, your child’s name will be automatically kept on the waiting list bythe Local Authority and then transferred to Werrington Primary School by 31 December of the year ofadmission. Waiting lists will be kept for the duration of the time at Werrington Primary School for eachcohort. If places become available after this date they will be offered according to the child at the top ofthe waiting list. The waiting list is held in accordance with the published admissions criteria and that achild’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year I.e. they can go up ordown the list since each added child will require the list to ranked again in line with the oversubscriptioncriteria.

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

Children who are subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school inaccordance with the fair access protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

Late applications

Preferences received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied ontime wherever possible. Where it is not practical because places have already been allocated, or areshortly to be allocated, then late preferences will be considered only after those that were made beforethis point. A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’swaiting list.

Appeal Process

You have the right of appeal under the School Standards & Framework Act 1998 against the refusal of aplace at any of the schools for which you have applied. If you wish to appeal, you must contact the school,within a few days of receiving the refusal, to obtain the procedure and the date by which an appeal must bereceived by them. The appeal will be conducted by an independent appeal panel.

Fair Access Protocol

The school complies with Staffordshire County Council’s Fair Access Protocol to allocate places to vulnerableand other children in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. Admitting pupils under theprotocol may require the school to admit above the planned admission number for the relevant year group.Students included in the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those held on the waiting list.

Repeat applications

Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academicyear unless, in exceptional circumstances, the local authority has accepted a second application from theappellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or schoolbut still refused admission.

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, forexample if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which shouldexplain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may includeinformation such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be madein the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by theGoverning Body 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.

In-Year Admissions Arrangements

Parents or carers seeking to be admitted to Werrington Primary School may make an application directly toWerrington Primary using the appropriate application form. This application will be processed in line with theprocedure outlined in the determined admission arrangements.Parents and carers need to be aware that in the case of transfers between local schools, any date set forjoining the new school may be after the next term or half term holiday and those parents/carers areresponsible for ensuring that their child continues to receive appropriate education in the interim.Parents moving to the area, or those who wish to move their child to the school, should contact the schooldirectly and email us your proof of address:

We need 2 documents showing your current address. At least one of them needs to be a council taxbill, utility bill, solicitor’s letter upon completion (exchange of contracts not accepted) or a signedtenancy agreement.

If you're moving, we also need proof of your new address. This should be either a tenancyagreement showing the start date of the tenancy or a solicitor’s letter confirming the completiondate.

We won't use the new address until we have proof that the child is living there permanently. If you'removing to a rented property, send us evidence that you've sold or are in the process of selling your currentproperty, or that your current lease agreement has ended.

Principles underpinning this policy

This policy may be amended in writing at any time by agreement between the Secretary of State andWerrington Primary School.

The Academy will act in accordance with, and will ensure that the Independent Appeal Panel istrained to act in accordance with, all relevant provisions of the School Admissions Code and theSchool Admission Appeals Code published by the Department Education (“the Codes”) as they applyat any given time to maintained schools and with equalities law and the law on admissions as theyapply to maintained schools.

The Academy will take part in the Admissions Forum set up by the LA and have regard to its advise;and will participate in the co-ordinated admission arrangements operated by the LA and the local inyear fair access protocol.

The Academy shall ensure that parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panelif they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Academy. The Independent Appeal Panelwill be independent of the Academy

The arrangements for appeals will comply with the School Admission Appeals Code published by theDepartment for Education as it applies to Academy schools. The determination of the appeal panel isbinding on all parties


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