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Admissions Policy 2019-20

At Breadsall Hilltop Primary School we follow the policies and procedures as set out by Derby City Council Admissions. Below is a summary of the admission and appeals policy but for more information please go to: http://www.derby.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/primary-school-admissions/

The current Pupil Admission Number (PAN) for Breadsall Hilltop Primary School is 75.

The school serves a catchment area but there is no automatic right to a place in our school.

 

Applying for a Reception, Junior or Primary School in 2020

If you want to apply for the intake year of an Infant, Junior or Primary school starting in September 2020, you can make your application from 6th November 2019, to make an application you can:

· apply online – it’s quick and easy and lets you track the progress of your application

· apply by phone on 01332 642730 – this takes around 5 minutes and you will need to know the name of the school you are applying to

· apply using a paper form – telephone 01332 642730 to ask Derby City Council to send you one.

Closing date for applications 15th January 2020

If you make your application online, you will be able to access your decision on 16th April 2020 – National Offer Day. If you apply by phone or on a paper form your offer letter will be posted on 16th April 2020, second class. No decision will be given over the telephone.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The admission process for children and young people with a Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan is different. More information can be found on Derby CC Website here website.

 

Making an in-year application

If you want to make an application for a school in Derby City Council’s area, you need to complete a Primary School in-year admission form. As the Council’s Admissions service, we are responsible for co-ordinating all applications made for secondary school places.

Alternatively, you can complete the eform – it’s quick and easy. If you want to apply using a paper form, you can telephone 01332 642726 to ask us to send you one.

 

How DCC process your application

When you complete your application form you will have the opportunity to express preferences in rank order for up to three schools both in and outside of Derby City. You will also be able state your reasons for your preferences.

DCC will then process your application form according to how you have ranked your schools and you should receive a written decision from us within 15 working days.

 

Letting you know our decision

DCC will send you our decision which will be one of these three outcomes…

· School place is offered where your child meets the criteria for a place at the first preferred school.

· School place is offered where your child meets the criteria for a place at the second or subsequent highest ranked preferred school.

· Where it is not possible to offer you the highest ranked school, your child will be added to that school’s waiting list and you are informed of how to appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel if you wish.

You can also track your application process online.

 

How do I appeal against Admission’s decision?

The Independent Appeal Panel is completely independent of the schools and the Council. They are able to take your family's personal circumstances into account and balance these against the school's admission criteria. The Panel's decision to allow or refuse an appeal is final.

Reasons we may refuse admission to a school

All maintained schools and academies that have enough available places must offer a place to every child that has applied for one. However, this rule does not apply if one of the statutory reasons for refusal can be applied.

The statutory reasons for refusal of admission are:

  • children who have been permanently excluded from school twice - The obligation to comply with a parent's preference is removed for a period of two years from the date on which the latest exclusion took place.
  • children with challenging behaviour where a school has protection on admissions - schools can refuse to admit a child if the child has challenging behaviour or has been previously excluded from school, or if their attendance is below a certain percentage.

Changing my child's school

Moving to a new school is a very serious step to take. It can affect your child in many ways. If you are not moving address and are considering changing your child's school, it is important to consider whether a transfer is the best option.

Before deciding to move your child to another school, please consider the following carefully...

  • Moving to a new school may not mean that a problem is solved - it can happen again and could be worse because your child will not know who their new teachers and other pupils are.
  • Your child's needs may not be known to staff at the new school.
  • How will your child cope with learning new rules and having to do things differently?
  • There is the possibility of missing important work.
  • If your child has brothers or sisters at the same school, transferring one child may affect the others.
  • Will it be difficult for you to have children attending different schools?

Many things that worry parents and pupils can be sorted out without the need to move schools. We advise that you sit down with your child and ask them why they want to move to a different school. If they mention that they are being bullied or not getting on with other pupils, you should speak to your child's teacher to try and resolve the situation. All schools in Derby have an 'Anti-Bullying Policy' that must be followed.

If, after speaking with the class teacher, you still are unhappy about the way the school is dealing with your concerns, you should make an appointment to speak to the Headteacher as soon as possible. You may also write to the Chair of the school's Governing Body.

If you live in our catchment area, and want to apply to change schools, you need to complete an In Year Primary School Admissions Form.

 

Starting School – New Starters to Reception

Before being admitted to the Infants, the children are given the opportunity to spend some time in the School to see their classroom and to visit their new class teacher.

Parents are also invited to meet with the Head teacher and staff, giving you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your child’s admission to school.

 

Starting School – In year starters

Before being admitted to school we encourage parents to visit the school with their child to have a tour and meet their new teacher and class. This will also give parents/carers a chance to complete admission forms for school and inform us ofr any medical or dietary issues. Once complete we admit pupils on the first Monday after forms have been completed and we will inform parents of this date.

 

Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) Admissions

Waiting List

To join our Nursery parents first need to put their child’s name onto our Nursery waiting list.

Do this as soon as possible by filling in an application form, which is available from the School Office or from the Nursery.

 

Nursery Admissions

We aim to admit children to the Nursery as soon after their third birthday as possible. However, this varies according to the number of places available at the time. It may not be possible to admit every child who applies for a place. Your child may be offered one of four options please see below, depending on availability and we do need to see his/her birth certificate before a Nursery place is offered. Most of our children join the Nursery in the September after their third birthday.

The nursery has 30 places. These are awarded to children in accordance with The City of Derby’s Admission Policy; priority being given to those children considered to have special needs.

Children transfer to the Infant classes during the Autumn Term in the year in which their fifth birthday occurs.

The Nursery offers places in 2 different ways:

1. All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am

2. Wednesday pm and all day Thursday and Friday

 

Transfer to Reception/Infant school

In the Autumn term, as the application window opens, we will inform parents they need to apply for a reception place to start in the September of the year their child turns five. Parents must apply to the Local Authority for a place in their chosen school or schools. Wherever possible we will support with completion of application forms and support with transition to Infants.

 

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