Admissions policy 2016-17

The Federation of Boskenwyn and Germoe Primary Schools

2016/17 Admissions Policy

Boskenwyn and Germoe Schools are both Foundation Schools and the Governors are the admitting authority. The schools are mixed primary serving the communities on the Lizard Peninsula.

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health Care Plan that names Boskenwyn or Germoe School will be admitted to the school regardless of the number on roll in the year group.

Children in Care who are directed to the school by the Local Authority will be admitted to the school, regardless of the number on roll in the year group.

Boskenwyn and Germoe Schools will participate fully in the Local Authority’s Fair Access Protocol.

The schools will participate fully in the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admission schemes for starting school and in-year admissions. Details of these schemes are available on the Council’s website (www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions) or on request from the Local Authority (0300 1234 101). Closing dates, deadlines and timescales (including those relating to late applications) will be as stated in those schemes.

All applications for places at Boskenwyn and Germoe Schools must be made directly to the applicant’s home authority on the appropriate Common Application Form (CAF). The CAF and supporting information will be available electronically on the Local Authority’s website or in paper form on request from the Local Authority. There is no supplementary information form required by the governors.

The Governors will operate an equal preference scheme as defined in the School Admissions Code.

The published admission number (PAN) for EYFS in 2016/17 will be 7 at Boskenwyn and 12 at Germoe School.

In the event of there being more than 7 applications for Boskenwyn and 12 applications for Germoe in EYFS for the 2016/17 academic year the following oversubscription criteria, in descending order of priority, will be used to prioritise applications.

Oversubscription criteria

The following priority order will be used to decide which children should occupy any vacant places, after the admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs or education, health care plans where Boskenwyn or Germoe School is named in the statement, in the reception year for the 2016/17 school year.

1. Children in care and children who were in care but immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, child arrangement or special guardianship order

2. Children who live in the designated area of the preferred school, or whose parents can provide evidence that they will be living in the designated area of either Boskenwyn or Germoe School by the beginning of the Autumn term of the 2016/17 school year.

If there are more designated area children wanting places at Boskenwyn or Germoe Schools than there are places available, criteria 3 to 5 below will be used to decide which of these children should have priority for admission. If there are still places available after all the designated area children have been allocated places, criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of the remaining children should have priority for any spare places.

3. Children with an unequivocal professional recommendation from a doctor, school medical officer, educational psychologist or education welfare officer that non-placement at Boskenwyn or Germoe Schools would not be in the best interest of the child and that placement at our School is essential. Such recommendations must be made in writing and must give full supporting reasons and will be reviewed by the LA.

4.  Children with siblings who will still be attending the School at the time of their admission.

5.   All other children.

Years 1 to 6

The following priority order will be used to decide which children should occupy any vacant places, after the admission of pupils with statements of special educational needs or education, health care plans where Boskenwyn or Germoe School is named in the statement, in years 1 to 6 at our Schools in the 2016/17 school year.

1. Children in care and children who were in care but immediately after being in care became subject to an adoption, child arrangement or special guardianship order

2. Children who live in the designated area of Boskenwyn or Germoe School, or whose parents can provide evidence that they will be living in the designated area by the requested date of admission.

If there are more designated area children wanting places at either School than there are places available, criteria 3 to 5 below will be used to decide which of these children should have priority for admission. If there are still places available after all the designated area children have been allocated places, criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of the remaining children should have priority for any spare places.

3. Children with an unequivocal professional recommendation from a doctor, school medical officer, educational psychologist or education welfare officer that non-placement at Boskenwyn or Germoe School would not be in the best interest of the child and that placement at our School is essential. Such recommendations must be made in writing and must give full supporting reasons and will be reviewed by the Schools.

4. Children with siblings who will still be attending Boskenwyn or Germoe School at the time of their admission.

5. All other children.

Notes and definitions

Children with statements of special educational needs

If a child with a statement of special educational needs or an Education Health Care Plan has the name of a school specified in his/her statement, the child must be admitted to that school.

Children in care

A ‘child in care’ is also referred to as a ‘looked after child’ and is a child who 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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). 

Children in care will be admitted to the school considered most suitable by the Corporate Director, Children, Schools and Families, regardless of the number on roll.

A residence order

A ‘residence order’, now known as a ‘child arrangement order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).   

Designated areas

The Children’s Services Authority (CSA) has divided the county into geographical areas. Each of these areas is served by a specific secondary school (or schools). These areas are called ‘designated areas’. (You may also have heard these areas referred to as ‘catchment’ areas.) Your designated school will not always be the one nearest to your home address.

Maps will be provided on the Council’s website (www.cornwall.gov.uk/admissions) and at the back of the secondary transfer booklet to help you to identify your child’s designated school (or schools). Please note, however, that these maps are, of necessity, small scale and if your property is near a border it is advisable to check your designated school with the School Admissions Team. Larger scale maps are available for all designated areas on request. You can also ask to be notified of the designated school(s) for any address. These requests should be made to: School Admissions Team, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY. Tel: 0300 1234 101, email: schooladmissions@cornwall.gov.uk

The CSA will continue to give free transport to eligible children on the basis of residence in the areas which is defined as the designated area for Boskenwyn or Germoe School.

If you are planning to move into the designated area of Boskenwyn or Germoe Schools, your application for a place for your child at that school will not be given the priority accorded to designated area pupils without firm evidence of your new address and moving date, such as a copy of a signed and dated tenancy agreement or confirmation that contracts have been exchanged.

Professional recommendation for admission

If you think your child meets this criterion, as described in the Oversubscription Criteria, you must send the relevant written evidence to the Cornwall Council School Admissions Team.

Siblings

‘Siblings’ means brothers or sisters. They are defined as children with at least one natural or adoptive parent in common, living at the same or a different address. Children living permanently in the same household at the same address would also be counted as siblings, regardless of their actual relationship to each other.

To qualify as a sibling a child must be on the roll of the school in question at the date of application, allocation and admission.

Tie-breakers

If any of the criteria outlined above leave more children with an equal claim than places available, the following tie-breakers will be used:

Where two or more children fulfil the same criterion, priority will be given to the child who lives nearer to the preferred school.

Final tie-breaker

Should the tie-breakers above still leave children with an equal claim because distances are exactly the same, random allocation (in accordance with 1.34 and 1.35 of the School Admissions Code) will be used to decide on priority. The LA’s Random Allocation Protocol is attached (Appendix 1).

Distances

Home to school distances used for tie-breaking will be measured by a straight-line measurement as determined by CAPITA One (formerly known as Education Management System or EMS) and supported by the CSA’s Geographical Information System (dataMap). Measurements will be between your home address using Ordnance Survey’s Point Dataset (usually the centre of the main building of the property) and the main gate of the school (as determined by the CSA).

Distances used to determine nearest school with room (i.e. where it is not possible to offer a place at a preferred school) and for establishing transport entitlements will be measured by the nearest available route as determined by the CSA’s Geographical Information System (dataMap).

Home address

Each child may have one registered address only for the purposes of determining priority for admission and transport entitlement. This address should be the place where the child is normally resident. If there is shared residence of the child or a query is raised regarding the validity of an address, it may be necessary to use the address of the person receiving child benefit for the child. If this is inconclusive, the registered address would be considered to be the address at which the child spends the majority of days during the school week. However, parents should settle any dispute prior to submitting only one application to Boskenwyn or Germoe School for each child.

Multiple birth siblings

Where applications are received on behalf of ‘multiple birth siblings’ (i.e. twins, triplets, etc.) or siblings whose dates of birth place them in the same chronological year group, every effort will be made to offer places our school, which may mean allocating places above the Published Admission Number (PAN) where that is possible. However, where this is not possible, parents will be invited to decide which of the children should be allocated the available place(s).

Relevant area(s)

Consultations on proposed admission arrangements must be carried out within an area called ‘the relevant area’. It is the responsibility of LAs to determine relevant areas and to consult on and review their relevant areas on a regular basis.

Placement outside the normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a Summer born child may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1. Parents should contact the Headteacher in the first instance and the admission authority will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned.