Ashdon Primary School, Ashdon, Essex, CB10 2HB Tel: 01799 584219

Admissions

We welcome visits by parents to view our school. Please contact us on 01799 584219 and make an appointment to see Mr Brown, our Headteacher, in the first instance.

Entry for September 2019

Parents of children born during the period 1st September 2014 to 31st August 2015 can apply for primary school places from Monday 13th November.  Visit www.essex.gov.uk/admissions.

Introduction

The governing body of Ashdon Primary School applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school. This policy conforms to the regulations that are set out in the DFE’s “Schools Admission Code” of December 2014 and the ‘Schools Admission Regulations of 2012.

Aims and objectives

We are an inclusive school that welcomes 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 enforce the procedure set out below in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not. It is our wish to allow parents the right to have a place at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible, due to the excess demand on the school places available.

The level of ability of a child or any special needs that s/he may have plays no part in the admissions policy of this school.

How parents can apply for their child to be admitted to our school

As our school is a community school, the school determines the admission arrangements in agreement with the LEA. The LEA is therefore the ‘Admissions Authority’ for our school. The regulations for entry to our school are published in the school prospectus. Parents can receive a copy of these regulations from the school office.

Our Standard Number to Admit is 15 in each year group and we must comply with the Key Stage 1 maximum class size of 30.

From September 2008, In line with LEA regulations there is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admissions area.

In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given;

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children
  • Children with a sibling attending the school
  • Children living in the priority admissions area
  • Remaining applicants

In this area, children enter school in the academic year they become five. There is one admissions date per year, early in September (i.e. at the start of the school year). Therefore, parents who would like their child to be admitted to this school during the year their child is five should ensure that they complete the necessary application form by the date specified by the Local Authority ( often in Early December). This ‘Common Application Form’ will be sent to the home address of new children wishing to enter our reception class and needs to be returned directly to the LEA.

Admission appeals

If we do not offer a child a place at this school, it is because to do so would prejudice the education of other children by allowing the numbers of children in the school to increase too much.

If parents wish to appeal against a decision to refuse entry, they can do so by applying to the LEA. An independent appeals panel then meets to consider all appeals by parents who have been refused a place at our school and who wish to appeal against this decision. An appeals panel’s decision is binding for all parties concerned. If the appeals panel decides that we should admit a child to our school, then we will accept this and continue to do all we can to provide the best education for all the children at our school.

The standard number

The standard number is the number of children the school can accommodate. The standard number for our school is 15.  We keep this number under review and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances allow.

Review

This policy will be reviewed annually with the Admissions Authority in the light of any changed circumstances in our school or the local area.

This policy was approved by the Governing Body in November 2016.

Further information regarding Essex School admissions can be found by following this link;

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Admissions.aspx

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