Admission Policy

Warden House is a popular school so you must put us as your number one school when completing the Common Application Form.

Acceptance of an Admission Form by the school does not guarantee a place at the school. The governors agree to admit up to 60 children to the Early Years Foundation Stage Class, each year.

Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need or Education (SSEN), Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.

Students will be admitted to the Reception Class before their fifth birthday. Usually, children will enter the Reception Class at the start of the academic year (September 2018 – July 2019) that they have their fifth birthday.

The published admission number of admissions for year commencing September 2018 will be 60.

In the event of over subscription, the following criteria apply in the following order of priority:

1. Children in Local Authority Care – Children in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care - 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) 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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

2. A brother or sister attending Warden House Primary School when the child starts. In this context, ‘brother or sister’, means a child who lives as a brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

3. Health and Special Access Reasons – medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Warden House Primary School. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend this particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Warden House Primary School.

4. Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child's permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point.  Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child's home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG.  The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.  When we apply the distance criterion for the school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant's address is to the school.

5. The tie-breaker for all arrangements will be distance. In a tie breaker situation the proximity of an applicant’s home to the school will be the decider. If in the event that more than one applicant lives the same distance from home to the academy (as measured by the local authority), then a random selection will be applied and independently supervised.

Applications for entrance into Warden House Primary School should be made through Kent Primary Admissions Scheme. You will be required to complete the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) either online through the KCC website or by completing a paper form available from October 2018 at Kent primary schools or the Local Authority Admissions Office. The application process will open in early November.

Late applications will be placed on a waiting list and places allocated based on the above criteria.

After a place has been offered, the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:

  1. When a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time.
  2. When a parent has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information.
  3. The admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.

If you have not been offered a place you can request to be placed on the school’s Waiting List.  The school’s Waiting List will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added.

Parents of Reception age children have the right of deferment of entry or to take the place up part-time, until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents should contact the Principal to discuss a request to take up a place part-time or for a deferment.

Parents are entitled to request admission outside of the normal age group. If this is the case they must state this clearly at point of application.  Parents should contact the Principal to discuss and submit a request for admission out of the normal age group, but should continue to make an application for their child’s normal age group at the usual time. The decision on their request will be made prior to any offers of admission. If a request is agreed, the application for admission to their normal age group will be withdrawn and a new application must be made the following year.

If your child is due to start primary school in 2018-19 you can appeal between 18 April and 17 May 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 19 July 2018.  For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeals being lodged.

 

Deal Learning Alliance criteria for admission out of year group.

In the Deal Learning Alliance we believe a child should be educated in their age appropriate year group. In our professional opinion, children who do not experience the full EYFS are disadvantaged socially and academically when transferring to Key Stage 1.  Through our highly skilled approach to differentiation we feel every child's needs can be catered for in their age appropriate year group to ensure strong academic and emotional development.

In principle a decision to be admitted outside their age appropriate year group needs careful consideration and will only take place in exceptional circumstances.  In order to assess the suitability for admission out of year group the following criteria will be applied by all primary schools in the Deal Learning Alliance.

It is the responsibility of the parent of the child to provide independent evidence to demonstrate their child will thrive in the year group they are requesting and provide evidence that the child's age appropriate year group is currently not meeting their needs.

We recommend that children are admitted to school in EYFS at one admission point and that staggered admission to school is not the preferred rout for schools in the Deal Learning Alliance.