Redbridge Primary School ADMISSIONS POLICY
September 2014 -2015
Redbridge Primary School admits children from the ages of four to eleven. Normally, children remain at this school until the end of the Summer Term of the school year in which they are eleven. They then transfer to a Secondary School. The school’s local Secondary School is Redbridge Community School.
The school’s standard class number is 30. This means we can accommodate a maximum number of 30 pupils in each year group/class. We have 7 classes so the total number on roll will not exceed 210.
If the number of applications for admission to the school exceeds the standard number the Local Authority decides on admissions according to the following priorities:
Children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) that name Redbridge Primary School
Children with statements of special educational needs that name this school must be admitted under the Education Act 1996 and with regard to the SEN Code of Practice. These children will be admitted even if it is full and are therefore outside the normal admission arrangements.
Applications received by 15th January 2014 will be dealt with first. If the number of applications received by 15th January 2014 is greater than the admission limit, admissions will be decided according to the following criteria:
- Children in public care (looked after children) and previously looked after children as defined in paragraph 1.7 of the School Admissions Code 2012.
- Children who are subject to a Child Protection plan or are deemed vulnerable by the Senior Officer with responsibility for safeguarding in Southampton City Council.
- Children who have a brother or sister already on roll at the school and who will continue to attend that school for the following year. (This includes children living as siblings in the same family unit). A sibling is defined as a brother or sister including half, step, or foster or adoptive brother or sister, living within the same family unit at the same address.
- Children who live within the school’s designated catchment area and whose parents have satisfied the Loal Authority that thier child has a significant medical or psychological condition which means they must attend the preferred school rather than any other. Applications must be supported by appropriate written evidence from a doctor or psychologist.
- Children who live within the school’s designated catchment area. A "designated catchment area" for a school is the area set out in the difinitive catchment area map for each school. This map is held by Southampton City Council, Admissions Team, One Guildhall Square, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY. A schedule of addresses, to be read in conjunction with the map, is also kept by the Council. Parents wishing to know if their address is in a particular catchment area can contact the Admissions Team or log on to the council website www.southampton.gov.uk click "My Southampton" and follow the links and enter their post code. If the school is oversubscribed from within these criteria, priorities (ii) and (ii), as set out at 6 below, will be used to determine which children will be offered places.
- Children who live outside the school’s designated catchment area, in the following order:
i) Children whose parents have satisfied the Local Authoriity that their child has a significant medical or psychological condition which means they must attend this school rather than any other. Applications must be supported by appropriate written evidence from a doctor or psychologist.
ii) Children who live closest to the school based on the shortest practicable walking distance using public roads and footpaths. Distances are measured from home to school. Distances from home to school are measured as shortest walking distances. These are calculated using a computerised mapping system that uses data supplied by Ordanance Survey. Distances are measured from the point designated in the system as the home address to the point designated in the system as the mid point of the nearest open gate to the schol, using public roads and footpaths.
Should this school be oversubscribed from within 6(i), then distance as defined in 6(ii) will be used to prioritise applications within these categories. Should there be two or more identical distances requiring prioritisation, this will be done by casting lots. Lots will be drawn by the Head of Education, People Directorate, Southampton City Council.
The closing date for applications is 15th January, 2014. Applications received after that date will be late applications. This includes changes to existing on time application. If this school has places available after admitting all on-time applications, late applications will be considered by the Local Authority in accordance with the priorities set out above.
Any child who remains unplaced after their application has been processed, because either they could not be offered a place at any school requested or their parents did not complete an application, will be allocated a place at their catchment school, if places are still available. If there are no places available at their catchment school, they will be allocated a place at the nearest school to their home address with places available. Distance to their home address will be measured by public roads and footpaths.
If a place cannot be offered at the higher ranked community or voluntary controlled school, unsuccessful applicants will automatically be placed on the waiting list for the school. If places become available, children on the waiting list will automatically be offered them according to the priorities set out above and any previous offer of a school place will be withdrawn.
The length of time on the waiting list cannot be taken into account. Unsuccessful late applications will be treated in the same way as unsuccessful on-time applications and placed on the waiting list according to the priorities set out above.
Waiting lists will be maintained by the Admissions Manager at Southampton City Council for all community and voluntary controlled schools. Waiting lists will be maintained until the Autumn term 2014.
Entry into Reception Class
The offer made to parents for reception class on the initial offer date is of a full time place from the start of term after 1st September 2014. Schools normally stagger entry into school from that date and arrange for some initial part time attendance to ensure a smooth transition from pre-school into school or from home to school. Parents can request that their child attends part time until their child reached compulsory school age. Parents also have the right to defer their child's entry into reception class to any point up to the time the child is of staturory school age (the term starting afrter their child's 5th birthday) or until any point in the reception year if their child is not of staturory school age until after the start of the summer term in the reception year. Parents CANNOT, however, defer entry until the start of year 1 i.e. the reception class place cannot be held open over the summer holidays. The child must start school at some point in the receiption year. If a parent does not enrol their child at the offered school at some point in the receiption year they muchs make an in year application for a year 1 place.
Parents can request part time education for their child in the reception year up until the child is of staturtory school age if it is in the child's best interests.
The full Admissions Policy for Communith and Volutnrya Controlled Schools can be found on Southampton City Council's website at: