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Our Admissions Policy

Balliol School Admissions Policy – 2018/2019

 

School: Balliol Lower School

Balliol Lower School benefits from a Pre School and Nursery Unit which cater for two to four year old children. Following their Foundation Stage education children progress to the main school where they will remain until the end of Year 6. Our standard admission number is currently 52.

 

Admission to Pre School and Nursery

Admission to Balliol Pre School is available for children who have reached their second birthday. In the event that we are over-subscribed the school admissions policy will be applied. A pre-school or nursery place does not guarantee a place in the Reception Year. The local authority co-ordinates admission to the Reception Year and applications for admission should be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s co-ordinated scheme. The timescales for the application process are set out in the Starting School Booklet, available with the application form from the school.

 

1.1     On admission to Pre School all children will be offered a sessional place in line with either parental request or, where funding is available, in line with the requirements of such funding.

 

1.2         On admission to our Nursery class all children will be offered three terms of part-time nursery education.

 

1,3     In order to be considered for a place at either Pre School or Nursery, children must be registered using an Admission form. These forms are available from the school office.

 

1.1      Children may be admitted to the Nursery, on a part-time basis, (morning or afternoon session) from the September following third birthday.

 

1.2      On admission to the Nursery Class all parents will be invited to attend an Induction event and to make a visit to the school with their child.

 

1.3      All new Nursery children will have the opportunity of being visited at home by members of the Foundation Stage team.

 

1.4      Term dates may differ for Pre School and Nursery Class children in order to accommodate home visits.

 

Admissions to Main School Policy 2016

 

The Local Authority will apply the following criteria (in the rank order shown) to decide the order in which places will be allocated when there are more requests from parents / carers than the number of places available:
1. All 'looked after' children or children who were previously ‘looked after’ (see definitions);

2. Pupils living in the catchment area with siblings at the school (see definition of sibling);

3. Other pupils living in the catchment area;

4. Other siblings (see definition);

5. Any other children

 

Notes

1.   If applying these criteria results in there being more children with an equal right to admission to the school than the number of available places, the tie break will be the distance the pupil lives from the school, measured in a straight line, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority. The Local Authority will measure the distance from the address point of the pupil’s home to a point on the school site agreed with the governing body of the school (published in the ‘Starting School’ and ‘School Transfer’ admissions booklets). The Local Authority will not give priority within each criterion to children who meet other criteria.

2.   If a pupil moves into the catchment area outside the normal admissions round (or after the allocation process has begun) it may be more difficult to offer a place at the catchment area school if this would mean exceeding the admission number at the school.  In this case, a place will normally be offered at the next nearest school or academy which caters for pupils of the same age and has places available.

3.   Pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) are required to be admitted to the school which is named on the statement, even if the school is full. Pupils identified for admission through the Fair Access Protocol will also be admitted even if the school is full.

 

Definitions

'Looked after' children

A ‘looked after’ child is a child who is in the care of the local authority as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. In relation to school admission legislation a ‘looked after child’ is a child in public care at the time of application to a school.

Previously ‘looked after’ children

A previously ‘looked after’ child is a child who was ‘looked after’, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order.

 

Sibling

A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster brother or sister where foster care has been arranged by a Local Authroity or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living at the same address. The sibling must be in the school at the time of application and be likely to remain in the school at the proposed date of admission.

Home Address

A pupil's home address will be regarded as the address of the parent / carer with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives.  This will not usually include grandparents, aunts or uncles.  Where a child spends time with parents / carers at more than one address, the address used to allocate a school place will be the one at which the child spends the majority of the school week (Mondays to Fridays) including nights.  If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against original official documentation e.g. council tax bill, a recent utility bill (gas, electricity or water), a rental agreement, child benefit annual statement or family tax credit information        


For more information, please contact the main school office on 01234 300601 or go to the Bedford Borough website by clicking on the picture link below:



Click here to see an example of our admissions form that will need to be filled when you join Balliol.