Admissions

St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary School

Determined arrangements for admissions for academic year 2018/19

Any further admission arrangements can be obtained from Tameside Local Authority.

St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary can accommodate a total of 210 children. The planned intake into the Reception class each year is a maximum of 30.

A child with a statement of Special Educational Needs (EHCP), where the statement names the school, will receive a place in our Reception class.

If more than thirty applications are received, our school governors will use the following admissions criteria to rank in order of priority those children to be admitted into the Reception class:
1. Looked after children and previously looked after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

2. Children of armed services personnel where school is notified that they will be moving into the area.

3.  Regular attendance at St. Stephen’s Church or Sunday School with written acknowledgement in the form of a letter signed by the incumbent.

Note: Regular attendance (at least twice per month) over a six month period of either the child’s parent(s)/carer(s) or the child him/herself at St. Stephen’s Church or the Church’s Sunday children’s activities.

4. Siblings who are living in the same household as brothers and/or sisters
attending St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary School at time of admission.

Note:  A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, or step-brother or step-sister or foster child living at the same address as the child for whom application is being made. Sibling priority will not be given where the brother/sister or step-brother/step-sister or foster child lives at a different address to the child for whom application is being made. No sibling priority is given to cousins regardless of their address. Where there are children of multiple births wishing to be admitted and the sibling(s) is the 30th child, the governors may admit over the infant class requirement if it is possible to do so. The governors will consult with the Local Authority and the parents to consider whether all the siblings can be offered a place at the same alternative school (which may not be a preference school named on the CAF) or whether the parents can be offered places at two or more schools with a view to the parents deciding which child will take up which offered place.

5. Regular attendance at another Christian Church or place of worship with written acknowledgement in the form of a letter signed by the minister or leader.

Note: Regular attendance (at least twice per month) over a six month period of either the child’s parent(s)/carer(s) or the child him/herself at another Christian Church or their Sunday children’s activities.

6. Exceptional educational, medical or family reasons.

Note: Written evidence must be provided by a suitably qualified professional – e.g. a G.P. or consultant for medical needs, or a social worker for social needs –that confirms that the child has an exceptional need which means that admission to a particular school is essential. A panel of governors from St. Stephen’s C.E. Primary School will make a decision whether to admit a child under this criterion, using the evidence provided. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

7. All other children will be considered on the grounds of distance from home to school.

Note: The address from which distance will be measured will be the permanent residential address, at the time of the application, of the parent. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the home address is the address from which the child travels to school for the majority of school days per week. If the number of days is exactly equal, the home address will be that of the parent who receives the Child Benefit. Distance will be measured as a straight line from the central point of the house to the main entrance to the school property using the Local Authority’s data mapping software. In the case of flats, the central point of the block will be used to measure distance. In the event of distances being the same for 2 or more applications where this distance would be the last place/s to be allocated, the place will be allocated to the pupil that is nearer using walking distance as measured using the local authority’s school admissions data mapping software.

Note: Where over-subscription occurs in applying any of the above criteria, priority will be given to those pupils living nearest to the school, measured as a straight line.
Once the closing date for applications has passed, late applications will be dealt with after applications that are received on time have been dealt with.

If school is under-subscribed on allocations and late applications exceed the number of places available then the admissions criteria will be applied to the late applications until all of the places have been allocated.

If school is over-subscribed then the governors will maintain a waiting list. The waiting list will operate until August 2018 for those parents who have submitted an appeal or who have opted to go on the list. All pupils on the waiting list will be ranked according to the over -subscription criteria. Places will be offered, should any become available, to the highest ranked applications received by the date the place becomes available. If new or late applications have a higher priority under the over-subscription criteria, they will be ranked higher than those who have been on the list for some time. A significant change of circumstances, such as a change of address, will be taken into account and evidence must be provided.

Parents who are not allocated a place at the school have the right of appeal to an independent Appeal Panel. The appeal must be sent in writing to the clerk of governors at the school. Parents must give their reasons for appealing in writing and the panel’s decision is binding on the governors.