Telford & Wrekin operates an equal preference scheme within the primary phase.
Applications will be considered and in the case of oversubscribed schools the following criteria will be applied:
1. Those children who are looked after by Telford & Wrekin or any other local authority; and then
2. Children who live in the school's defined attendance area.
If places are unavailable for all of these local children, then places will be given first to:
a) those children who have exceptional health reasons where there is written medical evidence that admission to the school is essential for their medical well being; and then
b) those children who will have on the day of admission a brother(s), sister(s), step brother(s), step sister(s), half brother(s) or half sister(s) living as a family at the same address and who attend the school; and then
c) other children living in the school's attendance area.
3. Any places which remain available will then be allocated to applicants from outside the school's defined attendance area in the priority order a) to c) as detailed above.
If there are insufficient places for all children in any one category, places will be allocated on the basis of the straight line distance between a central point of the home and a central point of the school buildings. Those children closest to the school will have priority. Distances are measured using the Council's computerised mapping system.
If there are limited places and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria (such as children who live in the same block of flats available places will be allocated randomly by the drawing of lots.
The following definitions apply in the case of Looked After (in public care) and home address. The definitions also apply for all aided, academy and foundation schools within the borough of Telford and Wrekin unless stated otherwise in their individual policies.
Children who are Looked After (in public care) are those children who are the subject of a court order and the local authority shares parental responsibility with the natural parents, or others who hold parental responsibility; and children who are looked after by the local authority under a voluntary agreement with the parent. This criteria includes children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject of a residence order or special guardianship order immediately following being looked after.
A child's home address will be the normal residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who has care of the child. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of the week, the home address will be considered to be the address of the parent where the child spends most time during the week. In the event of shared care, parents must opt to use one address for all preferences expressed.
For children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan the following policy is applied:
The admission of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP is considered outside the above criteria which apply specifically to the admission of non-statemented pupils. Such admissions will be the subject of negotiation between the LA and school, taking into account parental preference and the ability of the school to meet the child's needs. The LA is required to issue a Statement or EHCP which names the school where the child is to be admitted. The named school is required to admit the child and does not have the right to refuse admission (this applies to those schools where the governing body is the admission authority). These admissions will be taken into account when applying the school's admission number.
At all times, the school will operate in what it believes is in the best interests of all children and families when making decisions about admissions, demonstrating the Christian Values of Compassion and Honesty.
Admissions policy – Appendix
This appendix sets out how John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School deals with in-term admissions.
John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School will follow the T&W policy on admissions with the following additional measures:
1. A child accepted onto the roll of John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School will not begin lessons until education records from the predecessor school have been received and considered.
2. Where a child with known special educational needs is admitted to John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School a provisional Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be in place before a child may begin lessons; the provisional IEP may then be extended and given further detail in the light of ongoing assessment. Similarly, if the special educational needs concern behavioural issues, a provisional Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP) must also be in place before a child may begin lessons. The child will not be admitted until such time that appropriate staffing is in place.
3. Where parents/careers seek to admit their child to John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School because the relationship with their current school has broken down or because they believe that a ‘fresh start’ is necessary, our policy is that we will admit such a child if at all possible, but that the admission must be undertaken as a ‘managed move’.*
4. In a managed move between John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School and another school, an assessment of the child’s needs will be made before the child is admitted to our school. At the very least this will involve close liaison and the full exchange of relevant information between the two schools.
* A managed move is negotiated transfer between two local schools carried out to enable a child at risk of exclusion to make a fresh start in a new school. During the transitional phase of a ‘managed move’ the child remains on the roll of the predecessor school. If the managed move is unsuccessful the child will return to the predecessor school.
This policy and appendix was approved on 14 September 2016
Review – this policy and appendix will be reviewed on a tri-ennial basis.