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CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION TO OUR SCHOOL 2016 - 2017

 

Coordinated Scheme for Admissions to Primary School in Telford and Wrekin 2016 - 2017

 

The scheme is designed to ensure that all children applying for reception places in infant and primary schools and year 3 places in junior schools receive only one offer of a place in a Telford & Wrekin School.

 

Parents of children within the relevant age group should complete the Telford & Wrekin common application form to apply for any primary or infant school within the borough.

 

There is a separate form on which to apply for a place at a Junior School within the borough.

 

In both cases parents are invited to express up to three preferences, in ranked order.

 

The Local Authority operates an equal preference scheme within the primary phase.

 

Online applications can be submitted online by 15/01/2016 at www.telford.gov.uk/admissions by 15th January 2016.

 

Completed application forms should be returned to the Admissions Team within Children and Young People by 15th January 2016.  Change of address can be accepted up to and including 26th February 2016, contact should be made to the Admissions Team on 01952380901/03/04.

 

Single Level Entry

 

A single level entry policy has been adopted by the Local Authority which means that all children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will be eligible to start school from September 2016.

 

Parents should note that if their child is admitted to the school’s Nursery Centre, this will not automatically guarantee them a place at the school.

 

Parents will be asked to complete a “Consideration for Admission form” available from the Nursery Centre or School Administration office.  Whilst it is helpful if parents can inform school at an early date if they would like their children to attend in due course, such expressions of interest do not constitute registering a child nor placing a child’s name on a waiting list nor being offered a place.

Parents who wish their child to be considered for a school place will be required to fill in an LA application form.  This form and the information regarding admissions will be sent to parents in the September prior to the child’s school starting date.  Details will also be publicised in the local press around the same time.  The forms must be returned directly to the LA.  Offers of places will be made in the March preceding the year of entry to school.

 

Our school is Church Aided in status and therefore the school’s Governing Body is its Admitting Authority.  TheGovernors of St Matthew’s will support the Headteacher in any decisions that he makes on behalf of the Governing Body as an appointee of the same.  Parents are actively encouraged to visitour school whilst considering their application for admission.  Such parents are invited to make an appointment to view our school by telephoning our School’s Administration Office and arranging a mutually convenient time.  The Headteacher will then take the opportunity to show prospective parents around school, place the school in context and answer any problems, queries or concerns that parents might have.

 

In such circumstances that a parental request for their child to attend our school is refused, and parents take exception to this, then the Borough of Telford & Wrekin will act as mediators and Children and Young People Services will advise parents of their statutory right to appeal and the process which they need to follow.

 

The school’s current admission policy is therefore operated in conjunction with the LA, full details of these, together with information about the arrangements for admission will be set out in the LA’s information for parent’s booklet “Primary Schools Information Booklet (2016 / 2017).  A parent’s introduction to primary education including arrangements for admission”.  Copies of which are held in school for the reference of interested parents or alternatively are available from the LA, Family Connect, Telford and Wrekin Council, Darby House, Telford TF3 4JA Tel: 01952385385.

 

The agreed admissions policy for St  Matthew’s C E (Aided) Primary School for the admission year 2016 / 2017 is therefore as follows:-

 

If there are more applications for places than places available, places will be allocated up to the admission number in the priority order detailed below.

 

The standard number should remain at 40 other than in exceptional circumstances for the schooladmission year 2016 / 2017.

The priority order will be:-

1. Children in public care;

2. Children who live in the school’s defined attendance area.

 

If places are unavailable for all those local children, then places will be given first to:

a) Those children who have exceptional health reasons where there is written medical evidence that admission to the school is essential for their medical well being; and then

b) Those children who will have on the day of admission a brother(s), sister(s), step brother(s), step sister(s), half brother(s) or half sister(s) living as a family at the same address and who attend the school; and then

c) Those children whose families are regular worshippers at St Matthew’s Church or who, not being regular worshippers at St Matthew’s Church and having moved into their current home within one month of the application, were regular worshippers at another church prior to that move.  In either case, the term “regular worshippers” shall mean attending church services at least twice in each calendar month during the preceding six calendar months.  Such attendance shall be confirmed by the written evidence of the minister concerned; and then

d) Other children living in the school’s attendance area.

 

Any places which remain available will then be allocated to applicants from outside the school’s defined attendance area in the following priority order:

a) Those children who have exceptional health reasons where there is written medical evidence that admission to the school is essential for their medical well being; and then

b) Those children who will have on the day of admission a brother(s), sister(s), step brother(s), step sister(s), half brother(s) or half sister(s) living as a family at the same address and who attend the school; and then

c) Those children whose families are regular worshippers at St Matthew’s Church or who, not being regular worshippers at St Matthew’s Church and having moved into their current home within one month of the application, were regular worshippers at another church prior to that move.  In either case, the term “regular worshippers” shall mean attending church services at least twice in each calendar month during the precedingsix calendar months.  Such attendance shall be confirmed by the written evidence of the minister concerned; and then

d) All other children.

 

If there are insufficient places for all children in any one category, places will be allocated on the basis of the distance between home and the main school entrance as measured by straight line distance with those closest having priority.  Distances are measured using the borough of Telford and Wrekin’s computerised mapping system.

 

The following definitions apply in the case of public care and home address:

Children who are in public care are those children who are subject of a court order and the local authority share parental responsibility with the natural parents, or others who hold parental responsibility; and children who are looked after by the local authority under a voluntary agreement with the parents.

 

A child’s home address will be the normal residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who has care of the child.  Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each part of the week, the home address will be considered to be the address of the parent where the child spends most time.  If time is spent equally between the two parents, the home address will normally be taken to be the address registered to receive child benefit in respect of the child.

 

Whilst St Matthew’s is a Church of England voluntary aided school, the governors are happy to receive applications from all parents regardless of their faith or religious beliefs.

 

The new Draft Admissions Policy is available below. If any parents would like to offer feedback on the draft consultation please email Mr Roger Lewis ( Chair of Governors) at roger.lewis@telford.gov.uk

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