Admissions Policy

The admission authority for Cirencester Primary School is the Governing Body.  The published admission number for each year group is 60 pupils.

  

Cirencester Primary School complies with the requirement to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs who applies to the school (or such equivalent requirement as may be revised from time to time) and with the Local Authority Fair Access Protocol (or such equivalent protocol as may be revised from time to time).

 

This policy has three parts:

  • Admission into Reception in September 2015
  • Other in-year admissions
  • Waiting Lists and Appeals

 

 Part 1: Admission into Reception in September 2015

 

Children usually start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they turn 5 years old.  

Cirencester Primary School operates within the Gloucestershire County Co-ordinated Admissions scheme for Reception entry and therefore this policy should be read in conjunction with the ‘Guide for Parents and Carers’ which can be found on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions . If you have not received a letter from the Local Authority by the end of November 2014, you should contact the Local Authority admissions team at Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TP.  Telephone: 01452 425408.

 

When applying for a place in Reception at Cirencester Primary School in September 2015:

 

  • The Local Authority Common Application Form must be received by the Local Authority by 15 January 2015
  • We require parents to complete the Cirencester Primary School Admission Form and return it to the school office by 27th March 2015.  This form is available on the school website or from the school office
  • If there are more applications than places, the 60 places in Reception will be offered according to the oversubscription criteria in the table below.  Please read the definitions carefully.

 

The Local Authority will communicate to parents the offer of a place at a school by 16 April 2015.  The deadline for parents to accept the offered place or to ask for reconsideration is 30 April 2015.  If an application is unsuccessful, the parents of the child will have a right to appeal to an independent panel.  Appeals will be heard in June – July 2015. Please check the Cirencester Primary School website nearer the time for information about the closing date (see Part 3 below).

Oversubscription criteria:

 

Short title

Definition

  1. Child in public care or previously in public care

 

Children in public care are those looked after by a Local Authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.  Children previously in public care are those who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

 

  1. Sibling

The applicant child has a sibling who already attends the school and will still attend the school when the applicant child would start to attend. Sibling means full, half, step or adoptive brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address.

 

  1. Proximity

Closest proximity to the school measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey point of the child’s home address to the ordnance survey point of the school using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority. In the event of two or more children living the same distance away from the school, drawing lots will be used as a tie break to determine priority.

 

Where points 1 and 2 are oversubscribed, criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) will be used to determine which child is offered a place.

Part 2: In-Year admissions September 2014 onwards

 

To apply for admission in-year, two forms must be returned to the school office - the In-Year Admissions Common Application Form and our own school application form. Both of these forms are available on the school website or from the school office.

 

If there is a vacancy in a year group (meaning that there is a place within the published admission number of 60 pupils), the school will offer the place to the child who is top of the waiting list for that year group on the basis of the oversubscription criteria (see table above).

 

If the year group is full (meaning that it has the published admission number of 60 pupils), an application will normally be refused.  The Governing Body may seek guidance from the Local Authority. If an application is refused, parents may ask for the child to be placed on the waiting list and also have a right to appeal to an independent panel (see Part 3 below).

 

Part 3:  Waiting Lists and Appeals

 

Please note that the application of the requirement to admit a child with a statement of special educational needs who applies to the school (or such equivalent requirement as may be revised from time to time) or the Local Authority Fair Access Protocol (or such equivalent protocol as may be revised from time to time) may result in a child taking precedence over other children on the waiting lists.

 

Reception waiting list:

 

When the school has allocated all its places for Reception it will hold a waiting list until the end of the calendar year on which children are ranked in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria (see table above). After 31 December you must contact the school office and ask to be placed on the in-year waiting list.

 

In-year waiting list: 

 

In order to be placed on the in-year waiting list for admission to any year group, you must contact the school office. If and when a vacancy arises in the relevant year group, the children will be ranked in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria (see table above) and the place will be offered to the child who is top of the list for that year group.  

 

Appeals:   

 

When a place is refused the parents have a right of appeal to an independent panel. Please contact the school office for information about the appeal process and for the appeal forms.   Information about the School Admissions Appeals Code is available on the website of the Department for Education.

 

Please note that no transport is provided.

Admissions Policy
November 2015
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GCC Schools Admission Guidance
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