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Stivichall Primary School

Stivichall Primary School

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Admission Arrangements

Admission Arrangements

If you are looking for a Primary School place for your child, we currently have a limited number of spaces available in some year groups.

Admission Prodcedures for Stivichall Primary School

Please contact our school office for more information or to book a visit.

The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 requires all infant (Years R, 1 & 2) class sizes to be limited to a maximum number of 30. Admission numbers are therefore based on multiples of 15 and 30, which helps schools to organise infant classes of 30 or fewer.

Admission NumberThe school’s admission number for Year R is: 75

Admissions CriteriaThe admission arrangements for the school are controlled by the Children, Learning and Young People’s Directorate of Coventry City Council.

When children are starting school for the first time the following procedure is followed:

Each September, Coventry schools accept children who will be five years old by 31 August of the next year.

The school begins to establish the admission list of catchment area pupils in the Autumn Term prior to the September of admission.

Parents who wish to apply for a place need to apply online at www.coventry.gov.uk/admissions by 15 January 2018 If you prefer to have a paper copy of the ‘Primary Education in Coventry 2018’ booklet and application form, please email admissions.benefits@coventry.gov.uk or call the Admissions and Benefits Team on 024 7683 1622 or 2499.

Access the Parents Guide Applying for a school place online here.

During May, parents of children who have been offered a place at the school will receive a letter inviting them to a meeting, usually held one evening in June. The Headteacher and teachers of the new Reception classes will talk about school routines and objectives and will answer any queries. There will be some books and equipment on display and parents will be taken to see the classrooms.

Parents are invited to bring their children to pre-school sessions during the summer term, once they have been offered a place in the school.

Admission of pupils with disabilities

Stivichall is an inclusive school and every effort is made to provide for pupils with disabilities so that they have full access to the buildings and curricular and extra-curricular activities. We will endeavour to meet any particular or specific needs which pupils wishing to attend our school may have. We will consult with outside agencies where appropriate in order for pupils to be provided with the appropriate support so that they may participate fully in all school activities.

In school we have three disabled toilets, one with an electric, height-adjustable changing bed and a mobile hoist. A lift is provided to allow access to the rooms on the first floor. There is a disabled parking space and vehicular access for disabled vehicles. All lesson planning has identified learning objectives for pupils’ differing abilities, needs and levels of attainment.

Resources support these learning objectives so that the curriculum in all subjects is accessible to all pupils.

Teaching assistants are employed by the school to support the needs of individual and groups of pupils.

More information about our school offer can be found in the document ‘SEND Information Report’

Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary and Infant School Admissions Policy 2017/18 Oversubscription criteria:

If there are more requests for a school than there are places available within the school’s admission number, places will be allocated in accordance with the following criteria and in the order shown below.

1 Children who, at the time of admission, are in the care of a local authority or are provided with accommodation by the authority (looked after children). Also children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted, or became subject to a residence order or a special guardianship order. A looked-after child is defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

2. Children who live in the catchment area served by the school, who have a brother or sister attending the school or, in the case of separate infant and junior schools, the corresponding junior school, provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school the following year

3. Other children who live in the catchment area served by the school.

4. Children living outside the catchment area with a brother or sister who currently attends the school or, in the case of separate infant and junior schools, the corresponding junior school, provided that the brother or sister will continue to attend that school the following year;

5. Children by reference to the distance to the preferred schoolIf it is not possible to meet all of the requests in any one of the categories described above, the City Council will prioritise the requests by reference to distance.

Brothers and Sisters

The City Council sees the benefits of children from the same family attending the same school and gives priority to brother and / or sister connections in its policy for allocating places. The definition of brother or sister includes step-brothers, step-sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same permanent address. However, where schools are over-subscribed no guarantee can be given that places will be available for brothers and sisters.

Distance

If it is not possible to meet all of the requests in any one of the categories described above, the City Council will prioritise the requests within that category by reference to distance. A straight-line measurement will be made, using a computerised mapping system, from the centre of the child’s residence – to the centre of the preferred school site. The address used must be the child’s permanent home address. The shortest measurement will have the highest priority. Where the final place in a year group can be taken by two or more children living an equal distance from the school, the local authority will select by drawing lots.

Home address

A pupil’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence. At the time places are allocated, proof of permanent residence at the property concerned may be required. Where documentary evidence can substantiate to the satisfaction of the Local Authority that care is split equally between parents at two homes, parents must name the address to be used for the purpose of allocating a school place

If a school place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to withdrawal.

Children of UK service personnel and other Crown Servants will be treated as meeting the residency criteria for a catchment area once proof of posting has been provided

Catchment area

One of the aims of a local school is to serve its neighbourhood and develop links with the local community to strengthen the school and the community. The area served by a school is known as the catchment area and details of specific catchment areas are available from the Admissions and Benefits team

Deferred entry into Primary School

Legally a child does not have to be educated until the term after their fifth birthday. Parents may feel their child is young for their age, or there may be other reasons for wanting to delay their entry to school. This is called deferred entry.

In this situation applications for a place should be made in the normal way. The Authority recommends that the parent/carer contact the headteacher of the preferred school to discuss the matter in more detail prior to submitting the application. If the parent/carer then decides to defer entry, a place will be reserved until the child starts as long as they start within the academic year. The Authority cannot allocate it to another child. Parents/carers cannot assume however that an application for a deferred entry place will be successful. It will be considered alongside all other applications in accordance with the general City Council admissions policy.

Part time attendance

Parents can request that their child attends part time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Children currently attending Local Authority Maintained Nursery Classes

Parents of children already attending Nursery Classes will also need to complete an application form in order to request a place at their preferred Primary School. The policy of the City Council is not to provide nursery classes at every school, but to provide classes which serve a wider area than the school’s catchment area. The number of part-time places available in a nursery class therefore often exceeds the number of places available in the Reception Class in the same school. The City Council cannot therefore guarantee that a pupil who is admitted to a school’s nursery class will be admitted to the same school.

Late Applications

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2018.

All applications received after 15 January 2018 will be late and will not be considered in the first allocation

Parents who have returned their applications on time will be informed of the outcome of their request on 16 April 2018 by email or second class post.

This means a late application is less likely to be allocated a place in a popular school as applications received on time may already have been allocated all of the available places.

Dates for applications and appeals

Date What's happening
1 September 2017  Parents can make applications
15 January 2018 Closing date for applications and final date for any changes to addresses
16 April 2018

Letters posted by second class delivery to inform parents of allocated school. E-mails sent to online applicants

May - August 2018  Allocation of places from waiting lists and any late applications
May - July 2018  Appeals heard

Waiting List

The Authority cannot always offer places at a preferred school. If this is the case the child’s name will be automatically placed on the Waiting List for community and voluntary controlled schools. If places become available, the Authority will allocate the places in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Applicants may therefore move both up and down the list depending on whether others joining the list meet a higher ranked oversubscription criterion. Voluntary Aided schools and Academies will operate their own lists in conjunction with the Local Authority.

Waiting Lists will remain in operation until the end of the 2017 Autumn Term. Thereafter, parents will be required to register their interest in the preferred school at the beginning of each term, otherwise they will be deemed to have withdrawn their interest.

Parents whose preference is not met by the Children, Learning and Young people’s Directorate can appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Full details of the admissions policy are given in the Children, Learning and Young People’s Directorates annual publication “Primary Education in Coventry”.  Copies of this booklet are available from the Admissions and Benefits Team in Civic Centre 1, Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 5RS or by telephoning (024) 7683 1622 or 7683 2499.