Admissions Policy

Published Admission Number 2015/2016:  Years 3, 4, 5 and 6: 120

From September 2006 Essex Local Authority have co-ordinated arrangements for admissions to primary/junior schools within its jurisdiction.  There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission area.

Children Looked After (as defined below) and children attending the partner infant school whose parents have signed the Register (which is open between the October and January prior to the child’s September admission date and which is held at Alton Park Junior School) will be allocated a place.  In the event of over-subscription any remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given*:

  1.   Children Looked After
  2.   Children with a sibling attending the school or the partner infant school;
  3.   Children living in the priority admission area;
  4.   Remaining applications.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority.

Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above criteria (other than Children Looked After).

*For applications received after the start of Year 3, Children Looked After will be given priority ahead of all other applicants.

Agreement for children living in the priority admission area

The LA may, in exceptional circumstances, offer places above the published admission number (during and after the normal time of admission): if the journey to the next nearest school with a space is not reasonable in terms of distance, accessibility or cost.

KEY DEFINITIONS

Looked After Children

i)         A ‘Looked After Child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being ‘looked after’ became subject to an adoption, Residence or Special Guardianship Order, will be given first priority in oversubscription criteria ahead of all other applicants in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014. A Looked After Child is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989);

ii)        Children who have siblings, ie brothers or sisters who attend the school or the partner infant school, being Oakwood Infant School;

iii)       Children, who at the time of consideration, can prove that they reside in the priority admission area of the school;

iv)       Remaining applications.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above-criteria, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, with those living closest being given the highest priority.  Proof of address will be required for all applications under criteria ii) to iv).  For proof of address requirements, please contact the school office

For mid-year applications, offers must be accepted within 10 school days of the date of the offer letter sent by the Local Authority to the parent, otherwise the application will be deemed to have lapsed.

Further applications and the School Waiting List will be considered when places at the school become available.  Any child not admitted will be placed on the Waiting List where they will be ranked in the appropriate year group according to the same criteria as apply to new applicants.

The school will establish arrangements for appeals against non-admissions which are independent.  Details of admission and appeal arrangements will be published each year.

November 2016

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