In accordance with the 1996 Education Act, the allocation of school places for children with a statement of special educational needs will take place first. We will then allocate the remaining places in accordance with this policy.

Parents can request a part time placement until the term after the child’s fifth birthday, they can also defer entry until later in the school year.

For entry into reception in September we will allocate places to parents who return an application before we consider any parent who has not returned one.

The school’s admissions number for Reception is 40. The nursery admission number is 26.

The arrangements for admission to the nursery are separate from those for reception. Admission to the nursery does not guarantee a place in reception and parents must still apply for reception places following the arrangements published by Lincolnshire County Council.

Where there are more applications than places we use our oversubscription criteria to rank applications in priority order.

The oversubscription criteria are listed and applied in order. Words marked with a number, for example 1, 2 and 3 are explained separately in the definition and notes section.

Definitions and notes

  1. A child in the care of the local authority is provided with accommodation by them in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989, at the time of application. This includes any child that has previously been in care and who is now adopted or who is subject to a residence order or special guardianship order
  2. Brother or sister. A full brother or sister, whether or not resident in the same household. Another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. In the case of twins, or brothers and sisters in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the school, both will be considered together as one application. The school will go above its admission number by one, except in cases where infant class regulations prevent this from happening (there is an exception to the infant class size limit for siblings of multiple births where one of the children is to be admitted, but not for other siblings in the same year group). If this happens we can only legally offer one place.
  3. The nearest school is found by measuring the distance from your address to all schools by driving distance along public highways. We use the local authority measurements made electronically along public highways using the post office address point of the home to the post office address point of the school.By home we mean the address where the child lives for the majority of the school term time with a parent who has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for her or him. It could include a child’s guardians but will not usually include other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles etc unless they have all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property. Where your child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the home address for the purposes of school admissions will be that of the parent who lives closest, as measured by driving distance, to the school in question. If you have more than one home, we will take as the home address the address where you and your child normally live for the majority of the school term time.
  4. The distance from your home to the school is found by measuring the distance from your address to the school by driving distance along public highways. We use local authority measurements made electronically along public highways from the post office address point of the home to the post office address point of the school.
  5. If any of the oversubscription criteria have too many applicants then the tie-break will be by distance using the method in note 4. If the distance criterion is not sufficient to distinguish between two applicants for the last remaining place then a lottery will be conducted by an independent person.
  6. Reserve list. For admission into reception the governors will keep a waiting list which we call a reserve list. If you do not get a place at our school and you were not offered a higher preference your child is automatically put on the reserve list. This list is in the order of the oversubscription criteria; the time you have been on the list is not taken into account. Names can move down the list if someone moves into the area and is higher placed on the oversubscription criteria. The list is kept by the School Admissions Team until the end of August during the year of application. After this we will keep the reserve list until the end of the school year.
  7. Appeals. The procedures for appeals relating to admissions will be in accordance with all relevant legislation. They are independent and entirely separate from the admission system. The decision of the appeal panel is binding on all parties. You should send your appeal to the school by the required date.
  8. Mid-year admissions. The governors will accept admissions into other year groups if there are places. If there are more applications than places then the oversubscription criteria will be used to decide who should be offered the place. If there are no places then you will be told of the independent appeal system.
  9. Fair Access. The government has stated that all local authorities must have a Fair Access agreement that allows hard to place children, for example those that have been permanently excluded, to be given a place before any oversubscription criteria are applied and before anyone is considered from the reserve list. Such children are shared out to make sure no one school has to take too many of these children.
  10. In order to meet the government’s military covenant aimed at helping service personnel with a notice of posting and posting address, and Crown Servants returning from abroad with an official government letter, we have adopted the following arrangements. For late co-ordinated applications and mid year applications we will aim to remove any disadvantage to UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces) by applying the school's oversubscription criteria to their address. We will check to see if the address is within the distance of the last child admitted in the last admission round that was oversubscribed on offer day. If the address is within the distance the governors will consider admitting providing all children in public care and siblings have already been admitted. This will be irrespective of the fact that the school has had appeals or appeals are scheduled. However, it may be that the governors still cannot admit because of organisational or curriculum difficulties within the school.

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