Shireland Technology Primary – a PRIMARY FREE SCHOOL
Admissions Policy 2018/19
Shireland Technology Primary is a 4-11 primary school established via the free school programme. It aims to provide a high quality education for local children and prepare them for secondary school and beyond in a safe and welcoming environment. Our inclusive admissions process will at all times be open, transparent and fair, and will meet the requirements of the national Schools Admissions Code, the Appeals Code and Admissions legislation.
PAN and Oversubscription Criteria
The published admission number is 60 places in each year of entry into Reception from September 2018. There will be 2 Reception classes, 30 in each class when full the school will have 420 pupils on roll.
The Free school will accordingly admit this number of pupils each year if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the free school to all those who have applied.
In accordance with the law, children with statements of Special Educational Need (or with an Education Health and Care Plan) will be admitted to the school where the Local Authority has specifically named Shireland Technology Primary as the most appropriate placement.
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria in the order in which they are set out below.
• Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where Shireland Technology Primary is specifically named.
• Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
• Siblings (brother and sister at the school at the time of admission) Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
• Thereafter, on the basis of distance between their home address and the main entrance to the Primary. (Distance will be calculated according to a straight line measurement between the child’s home (front door) and the main entrance to the Academy as measured by an external consultant)
• Where parental responsibilities are equally shared, the home or residential address will be considered to be with the parent/carer with whom the child spends the majority of the school week (Sunday to Thursday night) and which is registered with their GP.
In the event that two or more children live at the same distance from the school, the tie breaker will be random allocation, where the drawing of lots by a member of the Admissions Team (in the presence of an independent responsible person of good standing) will be used to decide the allocation of the remaining place(s).
If the tie-break involves children of multiple births, then the school will increase its PAN to prevent separation of twins or children of multiple births.
Admissions Policy 2018/19
Procedures for Admission
In its first year of operation, the school will not be participating in the co-ordinated admission arrangements administered by Sandwell LEA. Parents/carers must apply directly to the school. The Application Form will be available from Shireland Collegiate Academy. Please return this form to Admissions Office c/o Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Smethwick B66 4ND or alternatively e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for Reception class applications will be by 4.00 p.m. on 15 January 2018 and offers will be made on 17 April 2018. If we have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once we have a signed funding agreement.
As applications to Shireland Technology Primary are not part of the LA co-ordinated admissions arrangements, parents/carers may eventually be offered two places, one from Shireland Technology Primary and one from the local authority. In this instance you need to advise Shireland Technology Primary and the local authority in writing which place you wish to accept and consequently which place you wish to decline.
Those not offered admission will be informed on 17 April 2018 and will be offered a place at an alternative school by the Local Authority.
In its first year of operation, parents/carers must apply directly to the school for in year admissions.
In-year applications will be considered depending on the availability of places and prioritised according to the oversubscription criteria.
Deferred entry for infants
Parents offered a place in reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child is admitted, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made.
Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their 5th birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is having or has experienced problems such as ill health and the Academy Trust will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.
Parents should submit a request to the school with their application specifying the age of the child, which year group they wish him/her to be admitted and the reason for the request.
Shireland Technology Primary will process the application as part of the main admissions round, unless the parental request is made too late for this to be possible, and on the basis of our determined admission arrangements only, including the application of oversubscription criteria where applicable. We will not give the application lower priority on the basis that the child is being admitted out of their normal age group.
Unsuccessful applicants (including any applications received after the closing date) will be included on the school’s waiting list ranked in order of priority under the published oversubscription criteria, without regard to the date that the application was received. Please note a child’s position on the waiting list can go down as well as up. For example, if a new application is received which meets higher priority selection criteria, the waiting list will need to be revised. The offer of a place does not depend on the length of time on the waiting list. Waiting lists will be held until 31 December after the Year of entry, unless parents specifically request to have their child’s name remain on the list.
Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the Code on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education. The determination of the Appeals Panel will be made in accordance with the Code on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties.
Parents who are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. Parents wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from Shireland Technology Primary, c/o Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Smethwick B66 4ND or from the school website at www.shirelandcollegiateacademy.org.uk. The form should be sent to reach the Clerk to the Appeal Panel for Shireland Technology Primary, c/o Waterloo Road, Smethwick B66 4ND, within 20 school days of the date of the letter confirming the Governors’ decision not to offer a place. The decision of the Panel is binding on parents, the LA and schools. The Council, Councillors and even Members of Parliament are unable to change its decision.
If you think that the appeal process has been conducted unfairly you can complain to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for them to investigate.
All arrangements for allocation of school places and for appeals will be in line with the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code published by the Department for Education.
Timetable for Admissions
19 September 2017
Shireland Technology Primary Application Forms available from Shireland Collegiate Academy
15 January 2018
Deadline for return of Application Forms to Collegiate Academy Trust
17 April 2018
Parents and Primary Schools notified of the result of applications