Admission Policy

Warden House Primary School Admissions
Arrangements 2019-20
 
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 2019 – July 2020)
that they have their fifth birthday.
The published admission number of admissions for year commencing September 2019 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 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 an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled 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 2019 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 academy 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.

 

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 route for schools in the Deal Learning Alliance.