Weldon Church of England Primary School Admission Policy 2020
(For academic year September 2020 – August 2021)
Northamptonshire County Council (the local authority) co-ordinates applications for places in this School.
In order to submit an application, please refer to the local authority’s website – www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/admissions
Weldon CofE Primary School is an Academy within Peterborough Diocese Education Trust. The Trust is the Admission Authority in this PDET Academy although implementation of the policy has been delegated to the Local Governing Board (LGB) of Weldon Primary School.
We will accept children up to our Published Admission Number (PAN) which is 30. When there are more applications than there are places available, the Governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria, which are listed in order of priority.
The LGB will admit children with a statement of special educational needs (SEN)/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) which names the School.
Where there are more applications than there are places available, children will be admitted according to the following criteria, which are listed in order of priority:
1. Children in Care i.e. Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children
Looked after children are children who are (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 the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of application to a school.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
2. Children who live in the parish of Weldon
The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. Parents/carers may be asked to provide proof of a claim of residence at any time during the admission process.
The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:
Owned by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s); Leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s) under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than 6 months duration. The property leased must be where the family lives.
Separated parents: If a child lives with separated parents, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night – Thursday night inclusive). If the child spends an equal amount of time at 2 addresses, the parents must decide which address they wish to use as the child’s main address for the application.
Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a place, this may lead the LGB to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.
3. Children with a sibling continuing at the school at the time of admission of the child
Definition of Sibling: A brother or sister living at the same address as the applicant (i.e. within a family unit) including:
a brother or sister sharing the same parents; a half brother or half sister where two children share one common parent; a step brother or step sister, where two children are related by a parents’ marriage/civil partnership; A child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents/carers who have other children.
4. Any Other Child
Tiebreaker: If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school. (As to how this distance is measured – see “Distance Measurements” below).
Distance Measurements Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the School, using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the most valuable elements from the National Land and Property Gazeteer (NPLG), Ordnance Survey Master Map, Royal Mail Postal Address File and The Valuation Office Agency. The address point for a property does not change.
In the case where there are multiple applications from the same shared dwelling (e.g. Flats) or where there are two homes where the distance from the address point of the home to the address point of the school (using the system referred to above) is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected in the event of a tiebreaker.
Late applications Late applications are any application forms (known as Common Application Forms (CAFs)/Preference Forms) received by the local authority after its January deadline. Late applicants will not receive an offer of a school place by the local authority on offer day (April) but their application will be processed in the next round of allocations (for details of when these are – refer to the local authority’s composite prospectus).
Waiting lists All parents/carers who are unsuccessful at gaining a place for their child at the School may wish to place their child’s name on the waiting list. To do so, parents/carers must contact the School and request that their child’s name is placed on the waiting list. This should be done by email/in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or Weldon Primary School, Chapel Rd, Weldon, NN17 3HP
If a place becomes available at the School, it will be allocated according to the oversubscription criteria (see above), not on a first come, first served basis.
A child’s name will remain on the waiting list until the end of the School term in which the application was made. If parents/carers wish their child’s name to stay on the waiting list for the remainder of the academic year, they must email/write to the School at the beginning of each term to renew their interest i.e. in January and /or following the Easter break (April/May). Please note a new application form will have to be completed if parents/carers want their child’s name to remain on the waiting list in the following academic year.
Please note – placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not affect parents’/carers’ right to appeal.
Admission of children below compulsory school age and deferred entry to school
Parents/ carers can request that entry to the school is deferred until later in the same school year (ie, a child born in the autumn term could defer starting school until January, and a child born in spring or summer could defer their start until after Easter. If such a request is made to school, it is required to hold a place for that child. The place cannot be offered to another child, but it cannot be kept open beyond the beginning of the summer term. The exception here is children that are born in the summer term, who could be deferred to the following academic year. Parents wishing to defer by one full year, must meet with the Head teacher by the October preceding the usual September start point.
Any parents / carers considering deferring their child’s entry to school are recommended to discuss this with the Head Teacher.
Right of Appeal
If a parent/carer is refused a place at the School, they have the right to appeal against the decision to an independent Admission Appeals Panel. Those wishing to appeal should write to or email as follows:
The Clerk to the Appeals Panel
6 The Lakes
Northampton NN4 7YD
Email – email@example.com
Timetable for appeals – September 2020 applications
Please refer to our Admissions Policy 2020 for details on how to lodge an appeal, and who with. Please note all appeals are to the Diocese and NOT to the LA. Should you wish to do this, please note the time line below:
Following the National Offer Day on 16 April 2020, the deadline for lodging an on-time appeal is 21 May 2020 (9am).
The Appeal Clerk will send notification of the Hearing (Venue, Date and Time) and the Statement of Case to the Appellants by 5 June 2020. On-time appeals will be heard by 30 June 2020.
Proposed appeal hearing dates are between Thursday 25 June and Tuesday 30 June 2020 (inclusive).
Decision letters will be sent within 5 working days of the appeal hearing, subject to any unforeseen circumstances.