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Springhill Academy

2021/2022

2020/2021 & 2019/2020

 


 

Admission arrangements 2021/2022

Published Admission Number (PAN)

The PAN is the number of pupils the school will admit in to Reception. The admission number for Springhill Academy is 30 pupils.

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

Applications in the ‘normal round’ (that is the main cycle of applications for Reception places from the beginning of the school year) are administered on behalf of the Academy Trust by {Insert name of Local Authority} in accordance with the local coordinated scheme.

Statutory Maximum Infant Class Size

By law, infant classes (i.e. classes in Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2 class) with a single school teacher are not permitted to contain more than 30 pupils, except in certain circumstances as set out below.

Some children are deemed to be 'excepted pupils', which means that they can be admitted to year group over its PAN and into a class over 30 pupils. These include (but are not limited to) children with an EHC plan and looked after children and previously looked after children placed outside the 'normal admission round'. Further information is contained in the Code.

Equality

The Trust and the School are familiar with, and fully comply with, their duties and responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to children with protected characteristics, and this policy has been developed with regard to those responsibilities.

Meaning of 'Parent'

In this policy, the term 'parent' means a natural or adoptive parent of the child, as well as a person who is not the natural or adoptive parent of the child, but who has care of the child, or parental responsibility for the child. This is the legal definition of a 'parent' in education law.

Home Address

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/carer. In some cases, children may be ‘ordinarily resident’ for the majority of the school week, including overnight, with another relative or carer, such as a grandparent. This may also be the case where a child resides between two parents at different addresses following the breakdown of the parental relationship. Where this is the case, the application may be processed on the basis of that address (where the child resides for the majority of the school week) and proof of address and residence arrangement will be required with the application. The child must be living with the parent, relative or carer 24 hours per day, for the majority of the school week. Arrangements where parents can leave and collect children from another 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 (where eligible).

The exceptions to this rule are the children of UK Armed Forces service personnel with a confirmed posting to their area, or Crown Servants returning from overseas to live in the area, for whom an application for admission may be made in advance of their move where it is accompanied by an official letter that confirms the intended relocation date and a Unit postal address or quartering area address for the child.

Children at the School's Nursery

Parents should note that children who attend the School's nursery will not automatically transfer to Reception Year at the School. An application for admission to Reception Year must be made in the normal way.

Children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)

Children with an education health and care plan (EHC plan) are admitted to school under separate statutory procedures managed by the child's Local Authority, and not under this policy.

Where the child with an EHC plan which names the School will be admitted in the 'normal admission round', they will be allocated places in Reception Year before other applications are processed, which will reduce the number of available places within the published admission number (PAN). At all other times, the child will be admitted even where this means exceeding the PAN.

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed (that is, there are more applications than places available), after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school, priority for admission will be given to those children based on the criteria set out below, in the order shown:

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children i.e. children in foster care, care homes or who were before being adopted
  2. Previously looked after children outside of England
  3. Children with siblings in the school 
  4. Children of school staff fulfilling a skills shortage role
  5. Home-to-school distance – meaning that the remaining places are allocated in order of each child’s proximity to the school.

Definitions relating to the criteria

  1. ‘Looked after children’ are (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 definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). ‘Previously looked after children’ are children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. These definitions are set nationally, by the Department for Education.    
  2. ‘Previously looked after children outside of England’ who were in state care outside England, and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted will be allocated cases under this category. Children will be regarded as having been in state care outside England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.
  3. ‘Siblings’ are defined as “a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parent’s marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners. The sibling must be at the school at the point of proposed admission.” Note – this definition is the one used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain - REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers.    
  4. This option is only available for teaching or leadership staff with a permanent contract to work at the school (and not employees in REAch2 regional or central teams); it will be subject to confirmation by an independent REAch2 regional non-executive that, on the evidence available, the post does indeed relate to a skills shortage in the area. This is compliant with the statutory School Admissions Code – in fact the code allows for a wider definition/scope for children of staff but REAch2 has chosen a more limited approach.    
  5. ‘Home-to-school distance’ is defined/measured as a “straight-line measurement to the main gate of the school as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System”. ‘Home address’ is defined as “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”. Note – these definitions are used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain – REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers. The school and REAch2 as admissions authority reserve the right to carry out additional checks on the accuracy of the home address provided.

Tie-breaker

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available within any of the categories above, the order in which places will be allocated will be determined by reference to the distance between the child's home address (as defined by this policy) and the School, with those living nearer receiving higher priority.

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. Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the local authority will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be accommodated at a school, children who are resident within the catchment area will be arranged in order of priority according to the remaining criteria.

Where it is not possible to separate two or more applications because the children concerned live an equal distance from the School, the order in which places are allocated will be determined by the drawing of lots in front of an independent witness.

Where multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family are tied for the final place, we will admit them all, as permitted by the infant class size rules and exceed our PAN.

Late applications

All applications received by the Local Authority after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. These will be considered after those received on time. If all available places are allocated to children whose applications were received on time, parents or carers who have made a late application may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Deferred entry for Reception places

Parents/carers offered a place in Reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child takes up the place, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Children reach compulsory school age on 31 August, 31 December or 31 March – whichever of those three dates follows (or falls on) the child’s fifth birthday.

Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the summer term of the school year for which the offer was made.

Admission of children outside their normal age group, including for ‘summerborn’ children

Parents or carers may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so, they should include a written request with their application, setting out the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place and the reasons for their request.

When such a request is made, the Headteacher will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case, based on their professional judgement of what is in the best interest of the child, taking account of the evidence and rationale provided by the parents/carers.

Waiting lists

Where the school receives more applications for Reception places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be maintained by Local Authority and it will be open to any parent or carer 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 the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria (not by date in which the child’s name was added). 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 re-ordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.

Appeals

Parents have a statutory right of appeal to an Independent Admission Appeal Panel against the refusal of a place at the School for their child. Admission Appeal Panel Hearings are conducted strictly in accordance with procedure and criteria set out in the School Admission Appeals Code 2012, which is accessible on the Department for Education's website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-admissions-appeals-code

More information can be found here: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Education/Admissionappeals/home.aspx 

 


 

Admissions arrangements 2019/2020 & 2020/2021

Springhill Primary Academy is a primary academy in Burntwood in Staffordshire Local Authority and is part of REAch2 Academy Trust. This admissions policy was finalised following public consultation on a Trustwide approach to admissions. Our aim is to ensure all our academies have simple, consistent admissions arrangements that focus on serving the local community, reflect our vision and values and are as easy as possible for parents/carers of potential pupils to understand. More information about REAch2 is available on the REAch2 website.

At Springhill Academy children learn, achieve and succeed, ensuring that they go on to make positive contributions and lead happy lives. We believe in nurturing lifelong learners through a connected curriculum that engages and motivates the children, promotes a healthy lifestyle and responsible citizenship. Children are challenged to explore and investigate at greater depth, securing understanding and mastery of skills.

For more information, please visit the school website where you can download a copy of the Springhill Academy’s Prospectus and Induction Pack.

Admission number and process

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

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

Applications in the ‘normal round’ (that is the main cycle of applications for Reception places from the beginning of the school year) are administered on behalf of the Academy Trust by Stafford Local Authority as part of the local coordinated scheme. All other applications (‘in year’ for Reception or other Year groups) are managed directly by the school.

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed (that is, there are more applications than places available), after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school, priority for admission will be given to those children based on the criteria set out below, in the order shown:

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children i.e. children in foster care, care homes or who were before being adopted

  2. Children with siblings in the school 

  3. Children of school staff fulfilling a skills shortage role

  4. Home-to-school distance – meaning that the remaining places are allocated in order of each child’s proximity to the school.

Definitions relating to the criteria

  1. ‘Looked after children’ are (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 definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). ‘Previously looked after children’ are children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. These definitions are set nationally, by the Department for Education.
       
  2. ‘Siblings’ are defined as “a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parent’s marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners. The sibling must be at the school at the point of proposed admission.” Note – this definition is the one used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain - REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers.
       
  3. This option is only available for teaching or leadership staff with a permanent contract to work at the school (and not employees in REAch2 regional or central teams); it will be subject to confirmation by an independent REAch2 regional non-executive that, on the evidence available, the post does indeed relate to a skills shortage in the area. This is compliant with the statutory School Admissions Code – in fact the code allows for a wider definition/scope for children of staff but REAch2 has chosen a more limited approach.
       
  4. ‘Home-to-school distance’ is defined/measured as a “straight-line measurement to the main gate of the school as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System”. ‘Home address’ is defined as “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”. Note – these definitions are used by the Local Authority in relation to admissions to schools that they maintain – REAch2 schools adopt the same definition to avoid any confusion and keep arrangements as simple as possible for local parents and carers. The school and REAch2 as admissions authority reserve the right to carry out additional checks on the accuracy of the home address provided.

Tie-breaker

Where the admission number given above is reached part way through one of the above over-subscription criteria, the remaining places available are allocated on proximity to the school [1].

Late applications

All applications received by the Local Authority after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. These will be considered after those received on time. If all available places are allocated to children whose applications were received on time, parents or carers who have made a late application may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Deferred entry for Reception places

Parents/carers offered a place in Reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child takes up the place, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Children reach compulsory school age on 31 August, 31 December or 31 March – whichever of those three dates follows (or falls on) the child’s fifth birthday.

Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the summer term of the school year for which the offer was made.

Admission of children outside their normal age group, including for ‘summerborn’ children

Parents or carers may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To so do, they should include a written request with their application, setting out the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place and the reasons for their request.

When such a request is made, the Headteacher will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case, based on their professional judgement of what is in the best interest of the child, taking account of the evidence and rationale provided by the parents/carers.

Waiting lists

Where the school receives more applications for Reception places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of Year 2. The waiting list will be maintained by Staffordshire Local Authority Admissions team (see contact details for them at our contact page) and it will be open to any parent or carer 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 re-ordered 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 Staffordshire Local Authority to lodge an appeal. See our admissions appeals page for more information including the relevant deadline. The appeals process is run in accordance with the statutory processes and timescales set out in the School Admissions Appeals Code


[1] As measured according to the earlier ‘Definitions’ section. If the distance is exactly the same for two or more children, the remaining available place will be allocated on the basis of random allocation undertaken by the Local Authority. Note that random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place. We will admit them all and exceed our admission number, as permitted by the national infant class size rules set by DfE

 

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