Admissions 2018/19

Applications for a place in September 2018 onwards will be considered under the Admission criteria below

Academy Name LENA GARDENS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Academy address LENA GARDENS, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON W6 7PZ
Head of School James Benn Tel no: 020 7603 4043
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DETERMINED ADMISSIONS POLICY AS FROM SEPTEMBER 2018/19

 

General

The Academy will comply with the Department for Education’s School Admissions Code of Practice (“the Admissions Code”) the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice (“the Appeals Code”) and the law relating to admissions. This admissions policy is designed to comply with the Admissions Code and Appeals Code that are in effect at the time of drafting this policy.

The Academy will, through The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust (TEFAT), consult the relevant bodies where amendments to the policy are required or within the specified timescale as per the Admissions Code.

 

The Academy will participate in the co-ordinated admissions arrangements for reception and In year entry which will be administered London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (“ the LA”)

Admission Numbers

 

  1. Published Admission Number (PAN) – Nursery Provision a. The Academy has an agreed PAN of 26 full time equivalent places, see nursery admission on the Academy website for further details.

 

  1. Published Admission Number (PAN) – Reception Entry a. The Academy has an agreed PAN of 30 (1 Form Entry). The Academy will accordingly admit 30 children (aged rising 5) each year if sufficient applications are received.

 

Application Process

  1. Nursery Admission

 

  1. a) Applications for a place in the nursery will be made directly the Academy and the timetable will be published yearly. Applicants will be considered under the published admissions criteria clause 5, (see nursery admission on the Academy website for further details).

 

  1. b) The Academy does not give priority for reception places within the admissions criteria to children who attend the nursery. To do so would give an unfair advantage to children whose parents are able to take advantage of a nursery place at the Academy in comparison to those who have to attend other providers.

 

  1. c) Parents/Carers will need to apply for a reception place on their local authority application form if they would like their child to be considered for a place. All applicants will be considered as per the admissions criteria clause 5.

 

 Reception Admission

 

Applications for a reception place must be made on the application form provided and administered by the home local authority (the one that the parent/carer pays council tax to). For further information on this process please visit the LA website.

The Academy will consider all applications for a reception place under the published admissions criteria clause 5.

 

Admission Criteria

 

When the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) / Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) where the Academy is named, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below:

 

  1. a) 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) looked after by a local authority or b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in their exercise of their social services functions, in accordance with section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989. Details of eligibility must be supplied by the allocated social worker or foster carer.

 

  1. b) Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to the Academy because of special circumstances to do with significant medical or social needs, which relate to the child or an immediate member of the child’s family. Applications must be supported by medical evidence from a GP or hospital consultant, social worker or similar professional.

 

The supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons why the Academy is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. This evidence must be sent to the Academy by the application closing date, for the child to be consider under this criterion.

 

  1. c) Children who, on the date of admission, will have a sibling (i.e. a natural brother or sister, or a half brother or sister, or a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, or step brother or sister) who will be living with them at the same address) on roll of the Academy. Children will be considered under this criterion if they have a sibling who attends the Academy and who will continue to be on roll when the child joins the Academy.

 

  1. d) Children of staff, where the member of staff has been employed by the Academy for 2 or more years at the time of application, or the member of staff was recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

 

  1. e) Children living nearest to the school. Distance will be calculated using a straight line (as the crow flies) measurement from the child’s home ‘address point’ determined by Ordnance Survey Data to the centre of the school grounds as determined by the LA using its computerised measuring system.

 

  1. Further Information on the Distance Criterion

 

  1. a) Accessibility by car or public transport, a childminder’s or business address cannot be taken into consideration.

 

  1. b) If parents/carers have a genuine 50/50 share care arrangement, then the address of the parent/carer who is in receipt of child benefit or working tax credits will be used for the purpose of the application. In cases where parents/carers are not eligible for these benefits the address will be that of the parent/carer where the child is registered with a doctor.

 

  1. When a place is offered, proof of eligibility will be required. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the Academy, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

 

  1. Tie Break

 

Sibling

If there are more siblings than there are places available, the places will be offered to the siblings who meet clause 5d and 5e in this order.

 

Distance

In the event of a tie break under the distance criterion random allocation will be used, which will be undertaken by a person independent of TEFAT.

  1. Infant Class Size Legislation

 

The Academy is required to comply with Infant Class Size requirement which means that it can teach no more than 30 infants per school teacher. Our admission number therefore reflects this position. However, if one child of a multiple birth can be accommodated within the published admission number, the Academy will accommodate the other child/children as an exception to the Infant Class Size requirement as per the School Admissions code.

  1. Children of Service Personnel (UK Armed Force)

 

The Academy will consider applications for a place from families of UK Service Personnel (UK Armed Forces) or a Crown Servant returning from overseas as a result of a posting; under the published admissions criteria clause 5. The distance measurement used to consider the application will be calculated to the posting address or unit postal address, providing proof of posting is supplied (e.g. a letter that declares the relocation date and unit postal or quartering area address) with the application. Places can be allocated in advance of the family arriving in the area.

 

For general information about school admissions and admission appeals please look at the Council website: www.lbhf.gov.uk – amend the link to www.lbhf.gov.uk/admissions and appeals - this will take parents straight to the page.