Primary School Admissions
We allocate places at our Community Primary, Infant and Junior Schools using our policy below and co-ordinate admissions to our schools using our co-ordinated admission scheme.
The policy is as follows:
Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will reach the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August in the following year). However In many schools the first year will include an induction period, (a period for your child to get used to school life).
This period may last from September until no later than the end of the October half term holiday. Parents who wish to defer their child’s entry beyond this period must make this request in writing at the time of application for admission to school. Deferred entry must not extend beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the application was accepted. Deferred entry will be considered by us the local authority (LA) in consultation with the Head Teacher and governors of the school.
The closing date for the return of applications is Friday 15 January 2016.
From Monday 14 September 2015 you can apply for a place in a reception or Junior class for admission in September 2015 by applying on-line at www.gateshead.gov.uk you must submit your application by no later than Friday 15 January 2016.
Alternatively parents requiring a paper application form must ensure that they request it in sufficient time for them to complete and return it by no later than Friday 15 January 2016 to The School Admissions Team Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.
If you live outside of Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school you must obtain an application form from your own Council and return it to them by their closing date or apply through their on-line application system. However you must still consider the information in Gateshead Council’s “Admission to Primary school” booklet so that you know what the admission arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at www.gateshead.gov.uk . Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final allocation of a school place for your child.
The offer day is Thursday 14 April 2016 a letter will be sent to parents who are Gateshead residents by 2nd class post informing them of the school they have been offered for their child.Gateshead residents who apply on-line are informed by email on Thursday 14 April 2016.
General information and definitions
For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy please refer to our “Admission to Primary school” booklet available at www.gateshead.gov.uk The co-ordinated admission scheme and Catchment areas referred to in this policy can also be viewed at Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH and on the website above.
All children are entitled to 15 hours of free provision provided over 38 weeks. Where a parent or carer chooses to take up fewer than 15 hours or chooses to split their entitlement with another provider the criteria will be applied regardless.
In this school nursery class we offer the following patterns of provision :
Five morning sessions 8.30am – 11.30am or five afternoons 12.30pm – 3.30pm.
All children, subject to the availability of places, will normally be admitted to the nursery class no earlier than the start of term after their third birthday i.e. at the start of term in September , January or after the Easter break .
However, we may need to delay your child’s start beyond the relevant term in circumstances where, in agreement with the parent or carer, we feel this will enable your child to be more successfully integrated with others and get used to school life. This is decided in consultation with the head teacher.
If there are not enough places available for all applicants we will apply the following criteria which are ranked in priority order:
1. Children who are looked after- Children who are in the care of local authorities as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time of application to a school.
2. Children with a statement of special educational need where the nursery class is named.
3. Children who will become four years of age during the 2014/15 academic year and would only have the opportunity to benefit from three terms of nursery education. These children will be four between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
The allocation of places within this group of children will then be based on the priorities listed below.
1. Children who live in the school’s catchment area, as defined by Gateshead Council and available to view on the Council website
2. Children who will have a brother or sister at the school.
3. Any other four year old using the criteria set out in the tiebreaker
If places remain available at the end of the autumn term, then we will next consider those younger children who will reach the age of three during the academic year 2016/17.
Priority will then be given to those children who become three during the autumn term (applying priorities 1-3 above, where the term 4 year old in priority 3 is replaced with 3 year old), then the spring term (applying priorities 1-3 above, where the term 4 year old in priority 3 is replaced with 3 year old), and then the summer term (applying priorities 1-3 above, where the term 4 year old in priority 3 is replaced with 3 year old).
Places can only be offered to these younger children if we can confirm that a place is not needed for a child who will become four years of age during the 2015/16 academic year.
If within any of the above priorities there are more applicants than places available then priority will be given to those children based on the distance they live from the school measured as the crow flies i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the main entrance of the school. Children living nearest the school will have priority.
For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the parent or legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility (as defined under the 1989 Children Act) for the child.
If places then become available we will consider all the applications on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the head teacher from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list will be placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. The length of time a child has been on the waiting list cannot be taken into account if places become available. If you apply late, you child’s name may be added to the list by using the priority order described above.
To apply for a place in our nursery class for September 2015 or subsequent terms in the 2015/16 academic year, you must complete and return your application form to the head teacher of your chosen first preference school by Friday 11 December 2015.
Allocation of places will be made on the basis of information received by the closing date – you will be issued with a receipt when your application is received by the school.
If you feel that the admissions criteria stated above have not been fairly applied to your child then you may register a complaint with the governing body through the school office.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the governing body.