Admissions

POLICY FOR ADMISSIONS 2016-17

 

Aims

• To give children and parents as much information as possible about Fieldhead Primary Academy and the education we provide.

• To make each child’s start a happy and successful one.

• To begin a lasting partnership with parents.

Procedures

The school follows the procedures laid down in the Kirklees LA Admission’s Policy. A copy of which is printed in the School Prospectus or available from the School Office.

You can apply online at the following address

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/admissions/apply-primary-school-place.aspx

Children are admitted in each year group up to a maximum of 30.

Parents are asked to ring to make an appointment to see the Principal in order to discuss their child’s admission to the school, and to look round (with or without their child) prior to the child being admitted. No children are admitted until personal contact has been made.

Parents of children already in schools in the area are asked to discuss a possible move with the Principal / Headteacher of the school which their child is already attending. We do not encourage parents to move their children from a local school without good reason.

Parents are provided with a copy of the School Prospectus, and are asked to complete a personal information sheet for their child prior to admission.

Once the child has been admitted, parents are asked to keep in close contact with the class teacher to ensure that their child’s transition to a new school is a smooth one.

As soon as the child starts school the school secretary requests records from the previous school.

New children will be assigned a pupil mentor who will make sure they understand School Policy and rules and also make sure they do not feel left out or alone.

The School Council will also give them a copy of their ‘Pupil Welcome Pack’ which was written to welcome new children to our school and gives information from the child point of view.

 

Admission to School (For Admission to All Key Stages)

For the purposes of this admission policy, Key Stage 1 includes the Reception/Year 1/Year 2.

Full time registration for Reception year places will be made on the basis of registrations received by the school no later than December 1st prior to the school year of admission.

Key Stage 2 includes Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Pupils aged 7 – 11 years.

 

The rules for obtaining a place

How does the Admission Authority decide which children are allocated places ?

If there are fewer applicants than there are places available, everyone who applies will be offered a place. When there are more applicants than there are places available there has to be a way of deciding which children are offered places. This is done by having admission criteria which are considered in order. These criteria can also be called oversubscription criteria. In Kirklees the admission criteria are:

1. Children in public care (looked after children).

2. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.

3. Children living in the school’s priority admission area who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission.

4. Other children living in the school’s priority admission area.

5. Children who live outside the priority area who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the time of admission.

6. Children who live outside the priority area.

Notes about these priorities

a) Children in priorities 1 & 2 above may also be admitted above the Published Admission Number (PAN).

b) If we cannot agree to requests for admission in priorities 3 to 6 above without exceeding the PAN, we will give priority up to the PAN to children living nearest the school.

c) Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school. Measurements are calculated using seven-figure grid references for each address taken from

Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This grid reference relates to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the

building structure for the address is derived from Ordnance Survey Land-Line data. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference denotes a point near the centre of the building.

For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 0.1 metres.

d) ‘Live’ means the child’s permanent home at the date when applications close or, if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date prior to the final allocation of places.

e) A PAA means a geographical area determined by Kirklees in consultation with the governing body of the school.

 

Note:

There is no guaranteed of a place at this school for any child in any of the priorities.