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Admission Arrangements

Date: May 19

Review Date: April 20

Co-ordinator: K Harper / M Bland

Governor: TBA

 

 

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR LUTON’S COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Introduction

This paper sets out the admission arrangements for Luton’s community schools for the academic year beginning September 2020.

 

Luton Borough Council’s Admissions Policy

Luton operates a catchment area system. Parents are advised of their designated Catchment area school and of their right to express a preference for any school. Pupils are admitted to Luton schools, without reference to ability or aptitude, up to the published admission number for each school. If the number of places in a particular year group at a school is not sufficient to meet the number of applications from parents, the following criteria are applied (in the order of priority given overleaf) to determine how places will be allocated. Priority may also be given to the admission of pupils in accordance with the In-Year Fair Access Protocol.

 

Community Infant / Primary schools

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan are required to be admitted to the school named in the Statement/Plan. Thereafter, the following priorities will apply: 1. 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

  1. 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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). 
  2. Brothers and sisters of pupils attending the school or the linked junior school when the pupil starts at the school.

 

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1 An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). A ‘child arrangements 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 as amended by s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. 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).

 

3.Pupils living in the catchment area of the school.

4. On medical grounds supported by medical evidence.

5. Children of staff who work at the school

6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance 2 of the school site and the pupil’s home address3 , with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

 

The admissions criteria will be applied separately and sequentially until all places are filled. Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria. If the Council is unable to agree a place for all applicants meeting a specific criterion, the distance criterion (priority 6) will be used as a tiebreaker.

 

For infant/primary school admissions where one twin/child of multiple birth qualifies for a place and the other sibling(s) do not qualify for a place, both twins/multiple birth children will be promoted to the sibling criterion. This approach will also apply to siblings in the same year group who live together at the same address.

 

In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie-breaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.

 

Note:

1. Linked infant and junior schools normally share the same names (e.g. William Austin Infant School is linked to William Austin Junior School) with the exception of:

  • Cheynes Infant School for which Sundon Park Junior School is the linked school.
  • The linked infant school for Farley Junior School is Whipperley Infant Academy.

2. Tennyson Road Primary School will be operating on two sites:

  • Tennyson Road Primary School (South Site), Tennyson Road, Luton LU1 3RS
  • Tennyson Road Primary School (North Site), Surrey Street, Luton LU1 3BZ

 

The School measurement point for criterion 6 (distance criteria) will be the mid-point between the two sites, using straight line distance from each site’s main reception. In June 2020, the School will inform parents of children allocated a place from September 2020, which school site their child will attend. When allocating pupils to a school site, the School will first endeavour to ensure that children with siblings at the school can attend the same site as their brother or sister to prevent logistical problems for parents. Thereafter, geographical proximity (using walking distance) of the school sites to the home address will be used (those living closest to each site will be given priority up to the site’s year group capacity).

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2 The main entrance of the School means the door used to access the School’s main reception. Please note that this measuring point for Tennyson Road Primary School is the mid-point (straight line distance) between both of its sites. 3 The home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer.

 

Community Junior Schools

 

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan are required to be admitted to the school named in the Statement/Plan. Thereafter, the following priorities will apply:-

  1. 1A ‘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 order4 . 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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Brothers and sisters of pupils attending the school or the linked infant school when the pupil starts at the school. 
  3. Pupils living in the catchment area of the school.
  4. On medical grounds supported by medical evidence.
  5. Pupils attending the linked infant school.
  6. Children of staff who work at the school.
  7. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance5 of the school site and the pupil’s home address6 , with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

 

The admissions criteria will be applied separately and sequentially until all places are filled. Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria. If the Council is unable to agree a place for all applicants meeting a specific criterion, the distance criterion (priority 7) will be used as a tiebreaker.

 

For Junior school admissions where one twin/child of multiple birth qualifies for a place and the other sibling(s) do not qualify for a place, both twins/multiple birth children will be promoted to the sibling criterion. This approach will also apply to siblings in the same year group who live together at the same address.

 

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4 An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). A ‘child arrangements 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 as amended by s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. 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). 5 Main entrance of the School means the door used to access the School’s main reception. 6 The home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer.

 

In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie-breaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.

Note:

Linked infant and junior schools normally share the same names (e.g. William Austin Infant School is linked to William Austin Junior School) with the exception of:

  • Whipperley Infant School for which Farley Junior School is the linked school.
  • Cheynes Infant School for which Sundon Park Junior School is the linked school.

 

Admissions Process for Community Schools

 

The Council will continue to use the equal preference system that was adopted for all Luton schools for September 2007 admissions.

‘Equal preference’ system

Stage 1

All first, second and third preference applications are considered equally against the schools’ admissions criteria. At this stage the Council does not distinguish between first, second and third preference applications. For example, if the school has 150 places and there are 300 first, second and third preference applications all are considered equally against the admissions criteria.

Stage 2

If a pupil qualifies for a place at more than one school the parent’s highest ranked preference (i.e. first or second preference on the parent’s application form) will be offered, and any lower ranking offers will be disregarded. For example a parent’s first and third preferences might both qualify for a place, in which case the parent would be offered their first preference, leaving the place at the third preference school available for another pupil.

 

Timetable

Primary Schools

Week commencing

7 October 2019

 

Week commencing

2 September 2019

Parents of pupils born between 1/9/15 – 31/8/16 receive information on the Starting School admission process.

 

Parents of Year 2 pupils receive information on the transfer to Junior School admissions process

15 January 2020 Closing date for receipt of application forms.
24 February 2020 Applications from Luton residents for Luton voluntary aided and foundation schools are passed to the relevant school for consideration. Applications from Luton residents for out of borough schools are passed to the relevant LA for consideration.
2 March – 27 March 2020

Exchange of data:

2 March – Luton VA and foundation schools provide the LA`s Admissions Team with a list that ranks applications against their school`s admissions criteria. Out of borough applications for Luton VA and foundation schools will be passed to the relevant admission authority as they are received.

 

Luton LA receives notification of the outcome of applications, for Luton resident pupils, for schools outside of the Borough.

 

Luton LA will notify neighbouring LAs of the outcome of applications, for place at a Luton school, from pupils residing in their area

15 April 2020 Allocations lists sent to schools via email.
16 April 2020

Decision letters posted to parents. Offer emails sent to parents during the course of the working day.

 

Junior school decision letters are sent to parents, via the Infant schools.

 

If schools receive direct applications they must inform Luton Borough Council of the application and forward it to the Council by the closing date regardless of whether the child(ren) reside in the Luton area.

 

The Council may undertake the processing of applications for foundation high schools and academies; this is subject to negotiation with schools/academies.

 

Application Process

Parents are encouraged to apply on-line, however, hard copy application forms are available on request. Parents can express up to three preferences on the Council’s application form.

 

Applications for schools outside of Luton

Luton parents wishing to apply for a place at a school(s) outside of the Borough should specify the school(s) on Luton Borough Council’s application form. The Council will ensure that applications for a place at schools outside of the Borough will be sent to the relevant Council for consideration. Application forms submitted, by Luton parents, direct to other local authorities will not be accepted. The Council will have regard to whether a place can be offered at a school outside of the Borough. If a pupil qualifies for a place at more than one school and the highest ranking offer is for an out of borough school this place will be offered and any lower ranking offers will not be offered.

 

Parents will also be advised to check with the out of borough school to see if they need to complete any supplementary forms supplied by the school.

 

Luton Borough Council will liaise with neighbouring Councils over the outcome of applications for Luton pupils.

 

Applications for Luton schools from parents residing outside of the borough

Out of Borough applications will be processed in parallel with Luton applications. Out of Borough applications will be forwarded to the relevant admission authority for the school for consideration.

 

Luton Borough Council will then notify the home Council as to whether a place can be offered.

 

Waiting Lists

Where it is not possible to agree all applications for a school, a waiting list will be devised. A child’s name may be held on up to three waiting lists, for their three preferred schools, if these are Luton community schools. Waiting lists are organised in the order of priority of the school’s admissions criteria. Waiting lists are not based on the date the application was added to the list.

 

For the new Reception, Junior school intakes (Years R, and 3) the names will be held on the waiting lists until 31 July 2021, however, applications received in the summer term 2021 will remain on the waiting list until July 2022. Parents will need to reapply for a place at their preferred school after this date if they wish their child’s name to be carried forward on the waiting list.

 

For all other year groups, unsuccessful applications received from the start of the autumn term 2020 until the end of the spring term 2021 will be placed on a waiting list until 31 July 2021. Applications received from the start of the summer term 2021 to the end of the academic year will be placed on a waiting list until 31 July 2022.

 

Home Addresses

For the purposes of allocating places in the normal admissions round (i.e. the initial allocation of places for Year R, 3 and 7 intakes) where a school is oversubscribed, the pupil’s catchment area will be determined by their home address as at the closing date for applications.

 

Children who gain a place at a school because their parents/carers have given the Council a false home address will have their place withdrawn.

 

Late Applications

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered in the initial allocation of places, except in very exceptional circumstances.

 

Where parents have submitted an application form before the closing date, but then seek to change their preference after the closing date, this late expression of preference will be treated as a ‘late’ application and will not be considered in the initial allocation of places.

 

Year N Admissions

The admission arrangements for Nursery Schools and Year N classes within schools are delegated to governing bodies. Children who gain a place in the nursery or early years unit attached to the school or on the school site are not guaranteed admission to the main school. Parents/carers must apply for a statutory school place using the Council’s Starting School Application Form.

 

Deferred Entry

Community infant and primary schools in Luton admit children into Reception classes in the September prior to the child’s fifth birthday. Parents/carers can choose to defer their child’s entry to school or take up the place part-time until he or she is of compulsory school age, providing this place is taken up within the same academic year and they are not on roll at an alternative school.

 

Therefore:

  • Children born between 1/9/15 – 31/12/15 can defer their place until January 2021.
  • Children born between 1/1/16 - 31/8/16 can defer their place until April 2021.

 

Parents/carers cannot defer their child’s entry beyond the dates given above. Parents/carers of children born between 1/4/16-31/8/16, who would like their child to start Year 1 in September 2021 would need to reapply for admission at a later date. These applications would be treated as an ‘in-year’ admission request and a place would only be offered if there were vacancies in the year group.

 

Parents/carers wishing to defer their child’s entry to school must put their request in writing to the allocated school, ideally within 21 days of being offered a place by the Council.

 

Admission of children outside of their normal age group

Parents seeking a place for their child outside of the chronological age group should submit their written case to the Council. Parents should include information regarding the child’s academic, social and emotional development; and whether they have previously been educated outside of their normal age group. If the child has been born prematurely, parents should include these details in their application. Applications will be discussed with professionals. The Council will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case and parents will be informed of the reasons for the decision in writing.

 

In-Year Admissions

In-Year admissions for Years 7 - 11are applications to enter a year group that has already started at the school. The Council is responsible for co-ordinating in-year applications for Luton's community schools. Therefore, parents seeking a community school place should complete the Council’s In-Year Application Form and return this form directly to the Council. The Council will then liaise with all the Schools listed as a preference to ascertain which (if any) preferences can be met. If a pupil qualifies for a place at more than one school the parent's highest ranked preference will be offered and any lower ranking offers will be disregarded.

 

Publication of admission arrangements

The Council will publish information booklets for parents on the admissions process. An interpreter service is available to assist parents/carers. Assistance can also be provided for hearing or visually impaired parents.

 

Relevant Area

The current relevant area for admissions consultation purposes is all admission authorities within the Borough of Luton, neighbouring Councils and all admission authorities within a three-mile radius of Luton.

 

Definitions

Siblings

The term ‘siblings’ includes both natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by Children and Family Services. Other family relationships such as cousins will not be considered under this criterion.

 

Medical Grounds

This refers to the health of the child for whom a place is being requested and for whom the requested school is the most suitable in the area to meet the child’s medical needs. It must relate to a recognised medical condition for which the child is receiving treatment. Medical evidence must be provided to substantiate the claim. The medical evidence will be sent to the Health Authority for advice in determining whether the child should be prioritised on medical grounds with regard to admission to the requested school.

 

Children of staff

The LA regards children of staff as someone employed to work at the School on a permanent contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • (a) has been in post continuously for a least two years or:
  • (b) is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.

 

Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criterion.

 

For the purposes of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff, or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff.

 

The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.

 

Home Address

The LA regards a pupil’s home address as where she or he spends the majority of the school week (i.e. Monday to Friday, including nights) with her/his parent or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the child before or after school cannot be used. If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against official documentation.

 

Catchment Areas

Details of catchment areas can be found on the Council’s website at www.luton.gov.uk/admissions. Catchment area lists are also available from the Council by telephoning the Admissions Helpline on 01582 548016.

 

School

Admission Number

Cheynes Infant School 90
Foxdell Infant School  90
Hillborough Infant School 90
Warden Hill Infant School 120
William Austin Infant School 150
Farley Junior School 90
Ferrars Junior School 90
Foxdell Junior School 90
Hillborough Junior School 90
Someries Junior School 60
Sundon Park Junior School 90
Warden Hill Junior School 120
William Austin Junior School 150
   
Beech Hill Primary School 120
Beechwood Primary School 120
Bramingham Primary School 60
Bushmead Primary School 120
Downside Primary School 150
Denbigh Primary School 90
Icknield Primary School 90
Maidenhall Primary School 120
Norton Road Primary School 60
Pirton Hill Primary School 90
Putteridge Primary School 90
Ramridge Primary School 60
St Matthew’s Primary School 120
Stopsley Primary School 90
Surrey Street Primary School 90
Tennyson Road Primary School 90
The Meads Primary School 90
Waulud Primary School 60
Wigmore Primary School 90

 

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