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Corbett Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School

Admission Arrangements for 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022

Responsibility for admissions to the School rests with the Governing Body.

Admission to Corbett School

Pupils will be given the offer of a full time place at the School from the September of the academic year within which the child becomes five.

Admissions are administered through a Co-ordinated Scheme, which is processed centrally by Staffordshire Local Authority. The deadline for application forms to be received will be 15 January. All parents will receive an offer on 16 April.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the number of applications exceed the schools Published Admissions Number (PAN), the following order of priority will be used to allocate the available places:

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need, or Education, Health and Care Plan which names Corbett, must be admitted. This will reduce the amount of places available for other applicants.

a) Relevant Children in Care and Children who have previously been in care.

b) Pupils living within the Parish of Bobbington;

c) Pupils who have an elder sibling in attendance at the School and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: has one or both natural parents in common; is related by a parent’s marriage; is adopted or fostered by a common parent or is an unrelated child who lives at the same address, whose parents live as partners).

d) 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. This is measured by Staffordshire Local Authority’s Geographical Information System (GIS). The co-ordinates of an applicant’s home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and Ordnance Survey (OS) Address Point data. (The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent’s main and genuine place of residence at the time of 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 relatives addresses 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 school week then the home address will be determined as the address where the child lives for the majority of the school week. Parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.)

Children in Care

Children in care means children who are looked after by a local authority in accordance with section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 and who is (a) in 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) at the time of making an application to a school. This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). 

Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. 

Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a special guardianship order as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

Published Admissions Number

A Published Admissions Number has been set for 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 at fourteen.

Infant Class Size

The requirement for the school to meet the Infant Class Size legislation may result in the refusal of catchment area or sibling applications where a class has already reached its limit of 30 pupils.

Deferred Entry to Reception

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 their preferred school(s) 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. This 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 Body.  Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

Waiting Lists

A waiting list will automatically be kept of any child who has been refused a school place. The waiting list will be kept in oversubscription order and where places become available they will be offered to the next pupil in the waiting list. Inclusion on a waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available. A child’s position on the waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change i.e. they can go up or down the list. The waiting list will be kept until the 31 December of the academic year of admission.

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

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 possible because places have already been allocated, then late applicants will be considered only after those 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 Applications

The Governors will not consider repeat applications in the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in the circumstances of the applicant.

Applications other than normal (reception) intake year.

An application should be made directly to the Governing Body at the school, who will determine whether a place is available in the requested year group. The governing body will notify the Local Authority of the outcome of the application.

Appeals Procedure

Any parent has the right to appeal against a decision not to admit. Appeals should be made in writing to the Chair of Governors. The appeal will be heard by an independent appeal panel.

School Admissions: The Law

The School Admission arrangements comply with the following legislation:

a) Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Admissions Authorities must not discriminate between boys and girls in the way they are admitted to schools, other than to single sex schools.

b) Under the Race Relations Act 1976, it is unlawful for the Admissions Authority to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, colour, nationality or national or ethnic origin. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 imposes on Local Authorities a duty to promote racial equality.

c) The Human Rights Act 1998 confers a right to education although this right does not extend to securing a place at a particular school. Admissions Authorities however do need to consider parents’ reasons for expressing a preference when they make decisions regarding the allocation of school places.

d) Under the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, admission authorities have a duty not to discriminate against disabled children and prospective parents in their access to education.

e) Under the Equality Act 2006, it is unlawful for an admission authority to discriminate against a person on the grounds of that person’s religion or belief in the terms of which it offers to admit him/her as a pupil or by refusing to accept an application to admit him/her as a pupil.

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