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Deighton Gates Primary School Admission Policy 

 

 

The admissions policy for Deighton Gates Primary School for entry in September 2018
Our governing body makes all offers of a school place for Reception places on behalf of the school. The local authority convey the offer of a place on our behalf on the national offer day.
Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) of special educational needs will be admitted to the school where it is named on their EHCP.
We will offer places to children in the following order of priority.
Priority 1
a) Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority. (see note 1)
b) Pupils without an EHCP but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs, that can only be met at a specific school. (See note 2)
Priority 2
Children with older brothers or sisters who will be at the school at the start of the academic year and are living at the same address (see note 3).
Priority 3
We will give priority to parents who have Deighton Gates Primary School as their nearest school (see note 5).
If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to
children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line) (see note 4).
Priority 4
We will give priority to parents who choose Deighton Gates Primary School , where it is not the nearest to their home address (see note 5).
If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to
children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line) (see note 4).
Note 1
Children who have been adopted from local authority care, children with a residency order and those with special guardianship immediately following being Looked After will all be included within the higher priority for looked-after children (priority 1a).
Note 2
Children with exceptional needs who require additional support above that expected of a mainstream school will usually have an EHCP. In some instances there are some children with a particular need such as a significant physical disability or complex sensory impairment who require the expertise only found in a particular school. e.g. blind children who need to access Braille. It is these instances where priority for admission may need to be considered.
Applications in this category must be supported by a SEN SIF, available from the Admissions Team, which must include a statement in writing from a paediatrician/doctor or other relevant professional who can evidence why a particular provision is needed over another. The EHCP must also evidence why this school is the only school that can meet the particular need in question. This is necessary as the LA will be assessing if your child has a
stronger case than other children. Cases will be considered individually the LA in consultation with the governing body.
Advice and support can be sought from the Parent Partnership Service on 0113 395 1222.
Note 3
For these purposes, brothers and sisters must be living at the same address as your child.
Siblings refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step
brother or sister, foster brother or sister. The definition does not include cousins or other
family members sharing a house.
Note 4
We use a straight-line distance system. The local authority use a national computer system
to run the school-admission system. As part of this system there is a program that measures
the ‘straight-line’ distance from the centre of the main school building to your home address.
The point we measure to at your home address is determined by the Royal Mail Postcode
Address File. This information provides us with coordinates for every dwelling. If we are not
able to match your address with the Postcode Address File then we will use the centre of
your dwelling.
In the unlikely event there are insufficient places for two (or more) pupils living in the same
building (e.g. flats) or otherwise equidistant from the school, then any final place will be
allocated by the drawing of lots.
Note 5
If you live in Leeds
If you live in Leeds and your nearest school is a school in another local authority, then your
nearest Leeds school by straight-line distance will be your nearest eligible school. The local
authority can advise you on which is your nearest school for the purpose of admissions.
Address
For admission purposes, the home address is where the child usually lives with their parent
or carer. You must not give the address of a childminder or relative. We will investigate any
queries about addresses and, depending on what we find; we may change the school we
offer your child. When we make an offer, we assume your address will be the same in the
following September as we have on record. If you plan to move house, you must still give
your current address. If you move house after the deadline of 15 January 2018 for Primary
and Junior places, you must tell us your new address as we may have to offer your child a
place at another school.
Late Applications
If you return the preference form after the deadline we cannot guarantee to consider your
preferences at the same time as those received on time. Any primary applications returned
after 24 February 2018 will only be dealt with once all other preferences have been
considered, unless there are significant and exceptional reasons. Late applications will be
considered before placements are made (where no preference could be met.
Accepting Offers
Parents will be asked to accept the offer of a school place. Parents who do not wish to
accept the offer, or do not accept the offer within a reasonable time, may have the place
withdrawn.
Waiting List
After offers have been made on 16th April for Primary (delete as appropriate) and Junior,
parents can ask to go on the waiting list for any school. The waiting list will be held in criteria
order of the admission policy and will close July 2019. Waiting lists will be held in each year
group for applications outside of the normal admission round closing July 2019.
Nursery
A place in a nursery does not guarantee a place in the school. Parents must apply for a
place if they want their child to transfer to the reception class.
Starting Reception Age
We normally only allow children to start primary school in the appropriate age range. You
must ensure your child receives an appropriate full time education from the term following
their fifth birthday. Almost all children start school in Leeds in the September following their
fourth birthday. However, parents can request in exceptional circumstances that the start
date for their child is deferred until later in the school year in the case of children who have
not reached their 5th birthday. In exceptional circumstances you can also request that your
child attends part-time until he/she reaches compulsory school age. If you want a later start
date within the academic year you should contact us to discuss this. If your child is born in
the summer term and you wish to defer entry until the next academic year, unless you have
exceptional reasons, you will need to apply for a place in year 1.
Deferment for summer born children
Parents of children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 who wish to defer entry
until September 2019 should still apply in the normal admission round for 2018 and indicate
this on their preference form, and attach any evidence of the need for deferment from any
associated professionals. If the child meets the criteria for being offered a place, the parent
will be invited to a panel including early years education experts and headteachers where
their individual case will be considered. This will ensure the opportunity to reflect on the long
term impact of that decision, and balance this against the child’s current needs.
Applications outside the normal admission round
All applications outside the normal admission round should be made using an in year
application form that can be obtained from the school and returned directly to us. If the
school is full you will be offered a right of appeal.
Deighton Gates Primary School September 2017

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