ADMISSIONS

Admissions

Admissions in Reception Year

Children may start school during the year in which they become five. All children will be offered a full time place from September but parents may defer their admission or request a part time place providing the child is in full time education by the term after their fifth birthday and by the beginning of the summer term at the latest. In the case of over-subscription, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

Published admission limit: 15

1. children with a statement of special educational needs naming the school;

2. children in public care and those previously in public care who have been adopted or are subject to a residence order or special guardianship order who are due to start school;

3. children who are due to start school, living in the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission;

4. children who are due to start school, living in the area served by the school with no brother or sister at the school;

5. children who are due to start school, living outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission;

6. children who are due to start school, living outside the area served by the school who have no brother or sister at the school.

Admissions at Year 7

Published admission limit: 97

Children already in Year 6 at Litcham School will automatically progress to the secondary phase at the start of Year 7. Parents of children in Year 6 (the last year of primary school) at other primary schools are issued with a preference form and other information by the Local Authority. This form must be completed and returned by the specified date.

If there are more requests for places than places available, the Local Authority will admit children in the following order of priority:

1. Children with a statement of special educational needs naming the school;

2. Children in public care and those previously in public care who have been adopted or are subject to a residence order or special guardianship order who are due to transfer;

3. Children who are due to transfer and live in the area served by the school;

4. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school who have an older brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission;

5. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school but are attending a feeder primary school at the opening date of the admission round;

6. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school.

If all children within any of the above rules cannot be offered a place, the highest priority will be given to children living nearest to the school within that rule. To determine who lives nearest, distance will be measured on a straight line ‘crow fly’ basis, using Ordnance Survey data. If following the application of admission rules and distance, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place at a school, the Local Authority will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place. Arrangements for admission in all other years are managed by the Local Authority (tel: 0344 800 8020).

Further information and guidance regarding admissions is available from http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Schools/School_admissions/index.htm

Moving schools (in-year transfer)

A move to a different school at any time other than admission to reception, transfer to junior or transfer to secondary is known as an ‘in-year transfer’. This could be a move between Norfolk schools or a move to a Norfolk school from a school in a different area.

Further information and guidance regarding in-year transfers is available from http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Schools/School_admissions/Moving_schools_in-year_transfer/index.htm

Admission Appeals

When the admission authority is unable to give you a place at your preferred school, we will be able to advise you about an alternative school. If your request for one of your preferred schools is refused you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Appeals are heard by school admission appeals panels which are independent of the admission authority.

Further general information about the appeals process can be found here.

If the school appealed for is a community or voluntary controlled school the council is the admission authority and therefore responsible for the appeal process and you can find detailed guidance on the appeal process here.

For all other types of school (foundation, voluntary aided, trust and free schools)and academies the governors are the admission authority and they are responsible for the appeal process and you can find detailed guidance on the appeal process here.

If you are seeking a place for a 5,6 or 7 year old, you may have a more limited right of appeal. This will happen when the year group is full and the class already has 30 children in it. This is because the law says that infants (5, 6 and 7 year olds) should not be taught in classes with more than 30 children in them.

In these cases appeal panels can only allow your appeals if they find one of the following grounds apply:
•if the admission rules were not applied correctly and your child should have been offered a place and/or;
•your child should have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had not been contrary to the mandatory provisions of the School Admissions Code and/or;
•the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admissions authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

You can find detailed guidance on infant class appeals here.

The secondary induction programme

The move from primary to secondary school is a major step in a child’s education. The induction programme organised for Year 6 pupils is designed to help them to become more familiar with the secondary school and its work. The programme includes two weeks in the term before entry, when pupils join us and share in the experience of working in subject areas, meeting their future tutors and generally familiarising themselves with secondary education. Parents and carers are also invited to a family interview with a member of staff.

All children in their final term at primary school complete a personal profile about work, interests and leisure activities. These profiles are the starting point for discussion at the family interview and provide useful information to help smooth the transition to high school.