Admissions

Admission Arrangements for the current year: 2018-2019

Admission Arrangements for September 2018 – August 2019

The Governing Body of the school, not Milton Keynes Local Authority (the LA), is responsible for deciding on admissions to this voluntary aided school, but works closely with the LA who co-ordinate admissions to all maintained schools in Milton Keynes.  Details of the Co-ordinated Scheme for Admissions (2017) are available in the Local Authority’s Booklet, available from the school, or downloadable at:

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schools-and-lifelong-learning/school-admissions

This booklet explains how parents can express a preference for a school and give reasons for that preference.  Applications for entry to Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School (VA) in September 2018 must be on the common application form of the LA in whose area the parents live at the time of application (the home LA), which may not be Milton Keynes. It must be returned to the home LA by the deadline of 15 January 2018. After the closing date for applications your home authority will liaise with the Education Access Team at Milton Keynes Council about the availability of places. Decisions on which children are to be offered a place will be made by the Admissions Committee of the school. Offers of a place will be made by the home LA on the date indicated in that LA’s admissions guide. Parents (see note a) will be given a time in which to accept the offer of a place for their child. Applications received after the deadline will be considered after all the applications received by the deadline date have been considered.

If no places are left after considering all the applications received by the deadline, places will not be available even if the application fulfils a higher criterion than that under which places have been offered to other applicants.

THIS POLICY IS COMPLIANT WITH THE 2014 SCHOOL ADMISSIONS CODE

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

It is the Governors’ intention to ensure equality of opportunity for all children seeking places at the school, subject to the criteria listed below in the event of over subscription, and that the school should reflect the diversity of the local community. All children including those from other than Christian backgrounds admitted within the Priority Criteria will be assured of an inclusive education which respects other religious traditions. The school’s Single Equality Scheme (2016) is available from the Headteacher.

The Governors will operate a single point of entry policy at the beginning of the school year (1 September) in which the child reaches their fifth birthday. Entry in September 2018 is therefore open to all children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.

Children at Christ the Sower will be offered a full time place at the start of the Autumn Term if they have their fifth birthday between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.

Summer born children entering infant or primary schools’ reception classes

Parents of a child whose fifth birthday falls between 1 September 2018 and 31 March 2019 may request that their child is not admitted until later in the school year 2018/19 (no later than the term [using three term year] after the child’s fifth birthday, when s/he reaches compulsory school age). The school will hold any deferred place for the child, although, in the majority of cases, we find that children benefit from starting at the beginning of the school year, rather than part way through it.

For children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2019 and 31 August 2019 (summer-born children), parents who do not wish them to start school in the school year 2018-19, but to be admitted to the Reception Year in September 2018, should proceed as follows:

  • They should apply at the usual time for a place in September 2018 together with a written request that the child is admitted outside his or her normal age group to the Reception year in September 2018. NB parents would need to provide strong supporting reasons for seeking a place outside the normal age group and should discuss the position with the head teacher as early as possible.
  • If their request is agreed, and this should be clear before the national offer day, their application for the normal age group may be withdrawn before any place is offered and they should reapply in the normal way (no later than 15 January 2019) for a Reception place in September 2019.
  • If their request is refused, the parents must decide whether to wait for any offer of a place in September 2018 (NB it will still be subject to the over-subscription criteria below) or to withdraw their application and apply in the second half of the summer term 2019 for a Year 1 place in September 2019. Parents should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full with children transferring from the 2017-18 Reception Year group.

In year applications. In year applications for all year groups for the school year 2018-2019 should be made directly to the school. The final decision for admitting pupils remains with the governing body.

Foundation 2 (Reception)

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

60

60

60

60

60

60

60

School Admission numbers: September 2018

The Admission number is the number of places that will be offered in the Foundation 2 (Reception) Year group for September 2018.  The table indicates the number of places in each year group.

School Admission Applications received in 2016-17 (the most recent year for which we have full data)

Year Group

Foundation 2

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Applications received

2 (in year)

7

9

11

9

7

5

Appeals received

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Successful appeals

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Over-subscription: Children with a statement of special educational need or an Education Health Care Plan (EHC) naming Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School will always be offered places. In the event of there being greater demand for admission than there are places available, places will be allocated in accordance with the following over-subscription criteria:

  1. Looked-after children and children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because, immediately after being looked after, they became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
  • Note: By a “looked-after child” we mean one in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under the Adoption Act 1976 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangements order is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion must be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).
  1. A child with exceptional medical or social needs whose parents can demonstrate that admission to Christ the Sower is necessary for the medical and social well-being of their child and whose application is supported by a letter from a registered health professional such as a doctor or social worker.  The letter should explain particular reasons why the school is the most suitable one and any difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.  This evidence will be assessed objectively by members of the Foundation and Admissions Committee.
  1. A child with a normal home address in the defined area (see note b); Grange Farm, Medbourne, Oakhill and with a sibling (see note d) in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. A child with a normal home address in the defined area: Grange Farm, Medbourne, Oakhill, without a sibling in attendance at the school.
  1. A child with a normal home address outside the defined area but in the area of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership – bounded by H2 Miller’s Way in the North, H8 Standing Way in the South, the A5 in the East and the borough boundary on the West and with a sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. A child with a normal home address outside the defined area but in the area of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership – bounded by H2 Miller’s Way in the North, H8 Standing Way in the South, the A5 in the East and the borough boundary on the West but with no sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application.
  1. Children whose normal home address is outside that of the Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership (defined in 6. And 7.) with a sibling in attendance at the school at the time of application and who is expected still to be in attendance at the time of admission.
  1. All other children.

In the case of over-subscription in any category the deciding factor will be the proximity of the child’s home to the school as measured by the nearest available route from the front door of the child’s home to the school’s nearest entrance gate with those living nearer being accorded the highest priority. The system used for measuring distance and proximity to the school will be the LA’s GIS system. In the case of two identical distances being measured, we would use random allocation in the presence of an independent witness.

In cases where there is one place available, and the next child on the list is a twin, triplet, etc., we would admit both twins (and all the children in the case of other multiple births) even if this meant exceeding the agreed admission number or the number of places available in a year group.

In accordance with the LA in-year fair access protocol places may be offered to children in urgent need as soon as possible or if appropriate they will be given to priority on the waiting list.

  • There is no automatic right of entry to the school for pupils attending the nursery at Christ the Sower School.
  • Separate admissions policies apply for the nursery and the school.

The Governing Body will in no circumstances consider an application for earlier admission.

Requests from parents for places outside a normal age group will be considered carefully e.g. for those who have missed education due to ill health. Each case will be considered on its own merits and circumstances. However, cases will not normally be agreed without a consensus that to do so would be in the pupil’s best interests. The governors will ask relevant professionals for their opinion on the case. Those refused places outside the normal age group will be informed of their statutory right to appeal.

Additional notes

  1. A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for or is the legal guardian of the child.
  2. By normal home address, we mean the child’s home address; the child’s permanent address at the time the application is made; where he or she spends the majority of the school week (Monday – Friday, including nights). The Governing Body reserves the right to ask to see official documentation, such as child benefit book or medical card if there are reasons why a child does not live at his or her parents’ address.
  3. A map of the defined area is available from the school office on request.
  4. Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, stepbrother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
  5. The Governing Body reserves the right to seek further information on the exceptional medical or social needs from the appropriate professionals.

There are established arrangements for appeals against non-admission. Details are available on request.  In the event of an unsuccessful appeal against non-admission to the school, the Governing Body will not normally consider any further application in the same school year (1 September – 31 August) unless there is a major change in circumstances (e.g. change of address).  The school maintains a waiting list for those children who are not offered a place; the order of priority on the waiting list is the same as the list of criteria for over-subscription. The waiting list will be kept for one term in the academic year of admission

This policy was revised in October 2016 and complies with all relevant Admissions Code legislation including that on infant class sizes and equal opportunities, the Milton Keynes Fair Access Protocol (Jan 2015) and the 2014 School Admissions Code.

For further information, in the first instance, please contact the Admissions Manager at the school. 

Address                           Admissions Manager,  Christ the Sower Ecumenical Primary School (V.A.),            

                                          Singleton Drive, Grange Farm, Milton Keynes, MK8 0PZ

Telephone                      01908 867356               

Fax                                  01908 867165

Email                              slegg@ctsmk.org.uk