ADMISSIONS POLICY 2019/2020
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION INTO SUNNY BANK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Sunny Bank Primary School adheres to the admission criteria published by Kent County Council.
Pupils will be admitted to the Foundation Stage before their fifth birthday, usually entering at the start of the academic year. Parents can request to defer the date their child is admitted to school until later in the academic year, or for their child to take up the place part-time, until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. The number of intended admissions to the Foundation Stage is 45.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.
1. Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child 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).
2. Sibling / Current Family Association
A brother or sister attending Sunny Bank Primary School when the child starts; in this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters. The sibling link is maintained as long as the family live at the same address as when the first child applied, or has moved closer to the school than when the first child was offered a place, or has moved to an address that is less than 2 miles from the school using the distance measured by the method outlined in the distance/nearness of child’s home to school criterion.
3. Medical / Health and Special Access Reasons
Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Sunny Bank Primary School. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Sunny Bank Primary School. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Sunny Bank Primary School.
5. Distance / Nearness of Child’s Home to the School
We use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. In the event of a ‘tie breaker’ situation, the nearness of an applicant’s home to school will be the decider. In the event that more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school (as measured by the Local Authority), then a random selection will be applied. Random selection will give priority to looked after and previously looked after children, and will be independently supervised. A fresh round of random allocation will be used each time a child is offered a place from the waiting list.
Applications for entrance into Sunny Bank Primary School should be made through Kent Primary Admissions Scheme. You will be required to complete the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) either online through the KCC website or by completing a paper form available from at Kent primary schools or the Local Authority Admissions Office. The application process will open in early November.
Late applications will be placed on a waiting list and places allocated based on the above criteria.
Parents have the right to appeal to the Local Authority against any refusal to admit their child.
Right to Withdraw a Place
After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:
When a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time; or
When a parent has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information; or
The admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.
Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list which will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above. Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place. Looked after children, previously looked after children, and those allocated a place under the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those children already on the list. The list will be ranked again in line with the published oversubscription criteria each time a child is added.
In-Year (Casual) Admissions
Kent County Council has produced a standard form, known as the In-Year Casual Admission Form (IYCAF), which Kent schools must use to allow applicants to apply for school places in any year group outside of the normal admissions round. Parents will be able to obtain information about the process and IYCAFs from Kent County Council’s Admissions and Transport Office or from the school. Enquiries relating to the process can be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and IYCAFs are also available on the Kent County Council’s website to read and print. IYCAFs for Kent schools must be returned to the school. The school will process IYCAFs no later than 5 days from receipt.
ADMISSION INTO SUNNY BANK PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY
The nursery has 52 part-time places and can take up to 26 3 or 4 year olds per session (3 hours in the morning or afternoon). The nursery has three intakes in September, January and April. Children become eligible for a place the term after their third birthday. If the nursery is oversubscribed, the above criteria will apply.
If there are places available after all the 3 and 4 year old places have been allocated, places will be offered to those children who are eligible for Free for Two funding in the term in which they turn three (rising 3’s). If the Free for Two places are oversubscribed, places will be offered in order of date of birth (oldest children first).
The school organises admissions to the nursery. Parents who require a place for their child should contact the school office.
Attendance at the school nursery does not guarantee a place at Sunny Bank Primary School for which a school admission form (RCAF) must be completed as detailed above.