Admissions

 

Admission Arrangements to Main School 2018-2019

Admissions are arranged through Stockton’s Co-ordinated Admissions Arrangements and parents/carers need to complete a “Common Application Form”.

STOCKTON’S ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR 2018-2019

Admission policy for community schools and voluntary-controlled schools 

 

CRITERIA
(In priority order)

EXPLANATORY NOTES

 1. Pupils who are in the care of the local authority, or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  A “Looked After Child” is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local

Authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to school. The Local Authority may request a copy of the adoption order, child arrangements order or special guardianship order and a letter from the Local Authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to the order being made.

 2. Pupils with a Special Education Need who are going through a statutory assessment and who have been identified as needing a ‘named’ mainstream school. This criteria applies to those children who have a Special Education Need, who are going through a statutory assessment and have been identified as in need of a ‘named’ mainstream school that can offer the enhanced support and resources they require to meet their specific SEN.
 3. Pupils who have a brother or sister permanently living at the same address, who are still at the school when the pupil begins. Please note – this criteria only applies to siblings who are of compulsory school age, not younger siblings who attend a nursery setting attached to a school (Primary

applications only)

 We define brother or sister as follows:

•       A brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, adopted brother or sister, or children of partners who are permanently living at the same address as a family unit. In all cases, the parent who receives the Child Benefit for those children must permanently live at that address with the children.

•       We will consider brothers or sisters who live in separate households because the parents are separated and have shared responsibility for the children under conditions covering exceptional social or medical reasons. This does not include separate families living together in the same property.

•       If there are other family situations where there are different carers, e.g. aunts, uncles or grandparents, each case will be considered individually.

 4. Pupils permanently resident i.e. the address at which the child is registered for child benefit, who expresses a preference for that school (proof of address may be required) within the admission zone who have returned a Common Application Form by the closing date (31st October 2017 for Secondary applications and 15th January 2018 for Primary applications).  When a school is oversubscribed with in-zone applications i.e. there are more applications from children living in the admission zone of the school than there are places available, we will allocate places:

•       firstly to children permanently living in the admission zone (Criterion 4) with exceptional social or medical reasons for attending the school (Criterion 5);

•       then to children permanently living in the admission zone (Criterion 4) according to their distance from the school measured in a straight line “as the crow flies” (Criterion 6).

  1. Pupils with exceptional social and / or medical reasons for attending the school. A letter from the child’s GP or other relevant professional such as a social worker must be submitted by you with the application stating why your child’s needs can only be met by attending the preferred school.
It is up to you to provide any evidence. The admissions team will not seek information about your child or telephone people on your behalf, the decision will be based solely on the information you send in.

When you apply online, tell us that there is supporting evidence in the space provided, and send it to the School Admissions &

Transfers team or email to school.admissions@stockton.gov.uk or by post. If we do not receive this information by the closing date, we will not be able to consider your child under this priority, unless it relates to a change of circumstances (such as a new diagnosis) which has occurred since the closing date.

All correspondence will be treated as private and confidential.

If the evidence you supply is not considered compelling enough to be included in this priority, your application will be considered under the other priorities as appropriate.

Medical reasons

  • if there are medical reasons that make it essential for your child to attend a particular school, you must provide supporting information from a doctor together with any other relevant information by the deadline;
  • this must make a compelling case as to why your child’s needs can only be met at the preferred school, a medical condition in itself will not automatically result in a place at your preferred school;
  • the evidence should explain exactly what the child’s needs are, and what specialist support and/or facilities your child requires;
  • the evidence should explain why other schools could not provide the appropriate support for your child.

Social reasons

  • if there are social reasons that make it essential for your child to attend a particular school, you must provide independent evidence from a professional who is supporting your family;
  • the supporting evidence needs to set out the particular reasons why the school in question is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school;
  • the evidence should explain exactly what the child’s needs are, and what specialist support and/or facilities your child requires;
  • the evidence should explain why other schools could not provide the appropriate support for your child.

Social reasons do not include domestic arrangements such as parents working commitments or childcare arrangements.

Please note that submitting this information does not guarantee that your child will be included in this category.

  1. Pupils who live closest to a particular school measured in a straight line “as the crow flies”.
The LA uses a Geographic Information System, known as GIS, to identify and measure the distance from the home to the school. The distance is measured electronically from a point of the school (the same point for all applications) to a point of the home (including flats). The GIS undertakes all measures in exactly the same way for every applicant, to ensure consistency and fairness.

You can apply on-line at www.stockton.gov.uk/schooladmissions

For the academic year 2018-2019, our admission limit to Reception is 90. Other year groups vary. 

 When it is not possible to comply with parental preferences, parents may appeal to an Independent Appeal Committee.

Admission to Reception Classes

Children will be admitted to Main School, (full time) in September 2018 if their date of birth falls between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014.

A meeting for new parents will be arranged with staff in the term before your child begins school.

Admission to Nursery

We have provision for 26 children to attend either morning or afternoon nursery for 4 and 3 year olds. From January 2017, we are also offering 52 flexible places offering two and a half days. Parents are invited to put their child’s name on the waiting list.

Our Governors reviewed our admissions policy to Nursery and we follow Stockton’s policy when offering places. 

Priority is given to 4 year olds who are:

1.  Resident within the admission zone of the school;

2.  Not resident in the admission zone of the school and for whom it has not been possible/appropriate to allocate a place at their admission zone school and the school for which the parent is applying is deemed appropriate;

3.  Not resident in the admission zone of the school but have a sibling attending the school at the time they take their place in nursery.

Where there are vacancies remaining, up to the set admission number of 39 full time equivalent places, places will be allocated in the following order of priorities for 3 year old children who are:

  1. Resident in the admission zone of the school and are deemed to have exceptional circumstance. This includes special educational needs;
  2. Not resident in the admission zone of the school and deemed to have exceptional circumstance. This includes special educational needs;
  3. Resident in the admission zone and have a sibling attending the school at the time they take their place in  nursery;
  4. Not resident in the admission zone and have a sibling attending the school at the time they take their place in nursery;
  5. Resident in the admission zone of the school;
  6. Not resident in the admission zone of the school.

Please click here to go to the Stockton Borough Council admissions page.