GENERAL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS
The majority of children admitted into Nettleworth Infant School come from Nettleworth Nursery Unit. The staff of the Nursery Unit work closely with the staff of the Infant School to ensure a smooth and happy transfer by facilitating a series of visits followed by a week of part-time education. There is a one point entry into the school at the beginning of the Autumn Term in September.
Standard Foundation Year Admission Criteria
In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied in priority order, to decide which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to pupils who have either an education, health and care plan or a statement of special educational needs which names the school:
1. Children looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children
2. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior/primary school
3. Other children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications
4. Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or the linked junior/primary school
5. Children who live outside the catchment area.
For the purposes of admissions, attending school is taken to be on roll at a school.
In the event of over-subscription in all but the first criterion, preference will be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. For Nottinghamshire community and voluntary controlled schools distances are measured from the main administrative point at the school campus to an address point (using eastings and northings as defined by Ordnance Survey) to the child's home using Nottinghamshire County Council's computerised distance measuring software. Other admission authorities may measure differently. In the event of two distances being equal, the county council will measure to the next decimal point. If the measurements remain equal, lots will be drawn and the process will be independently verified.
Special consideration for all year groups
Nottinghamshire County Council will consider applications for community and voluntary controlled schools where the application can be supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional stating why a particular school is the only school which could cater for the child's particular needs. The evidence must be presented at the time of application.
- For information provided before the closing date for intake applications, the appropriate designated officers will consider each case and decide the allocation of any such place on the basis of written evidence. Where it is agreed that a particular school is the only school that could meet a child's needs, the application will have priority following the allocation of looked after and previously looked after children.
- For information provided after the closing date and for all in year applications, the appropriate designated officers will consider each case. If it is agreed that a particular school is the only school that could meet a child's needs the application will have priority after looked after and previously looked after children. If the school is over subscribed the application will have priority on the waiting school after the initial allocation of places.
Admissions to year groups other than intake year
Applications for admission to other year groups will normally be considered in relation to the published admission limit which applied when the year group was first admitted to the school, although infant class size restriction will also need to be considered.
If places are available, the child will normally be admitted to school.
Further guidance on the way in which applications are dealt with including preferences for more than one school, late applications and the way waiting lists are maintained and used can be found in Nottinghamshire County Council's 'Admissions to School' booklet.
The child's place of residence is taken to be the parental home, other than in the case of children fostered by a local authority, where either the parental address or the foster parent(s) address may be used. If a child's parents live at seperate addresses, the address where the child permanently spends at least three 'school' nights (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) will be taken to be the place of residence. Addresses of other relatives or friends will not be considered as the place of residence, even if the child stays there for all or part of the week. Evidence that a child's place of residence is permanent may also be sought and this should prove a child lived at the address at the time of application. Informal arrangements between parents will not be taken into consideration.
For families of service personnel where a confirmed posting to the area or crown servants returning from overseas to live in the area, Nottinghamshire Country Council will accept a Unit postal address or quartering area address for a service child.
Looked after children and previously looked after children
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 in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order). This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
Child arrangements orders are defined in Section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by Section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22nd April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a 'special guardianship order' as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's special guardian (or special guardians).
- the mother of the child
- an adoptive parent
- the father of the child where he was married to the mother either when the child was born or at a later date
- the father of the the child if (since 1 December 2003) he was registered as the father on the birth certificate
- any other who has acquired 'parental responsibility' through the course. We may require evidence of this.
Siblings (brothers or sisters)
- a brother or sister who shares the same parent(s)
- a half-brother, half-sister or legally adopted child living at the same address
- a child looked after by a local authority place in a foster family with other school age children
- a stepchild or children who are not related but live as a family unit, where parents both live at the same address as the child.
Where one child of a multiple birth can be admitted, the other child/children will also be admitted.
Infant class size
The law limits the size of an infant class (a class in which the majority of children will reach the age of 5, 6 and 7 during the school year) to 30 pupils per school teacher.
The class size legislation makes allowance for the entry of an additional child in certain limited circumstances. The School Admission Code 2014 (section 2. 15) sets out these expectations.
This information is also available at www.dfe.gov.uk