Policy on Admissions
Aims and objectives
We seek to be an inclusive school, welcoming children from all backgrounds and abilities.
All applications will be treated on merit, and in a sensitive manner.
The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, we adopt the procedure set out below to determine whether a child is to be accepted or not. It is our wish for parents and carers to find a place for their child at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible, due to excess demand on the places available.
A child’s level of ability is irrelevant to this school’s admissions policy, as are any special needs the child may have.
How parents and carers can apply for their child to be admitted to our school
Our school is a community school, and it determines the admission arrangements in agreement with the local authority (LA). The Admissions Authority for our school is therefore the LA, which publishes its entry regulations every year. Parents and carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the LA.
If we do not offer a child a place at this school, this will be because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the number of children in the school to increase too much.
If parents and carers wish to appeal against a decision to refuse entry, they can do so by applying to the LA. An independent panel considers all such appeals.
The standard number
The ‘standard number’ is the number of children the LA considers the school can accommodate. The standard number for our school is a maximum of 60 per year group from Year R to Year 6. We keep this number under review, and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances change.
Sizes of classes for infants
We teach infant children (aged five to seven) in classes that have a maximum number of 30 children.
Monitoring and review
This policy will be monitored by the governing body, who will always take due note of the guidance provided by the local Admissions Forum.
The policy will be reviewed annually.