Admissions Policy 2017-18
To see a map of the eecclesiastical parish of Great Horkesley use this link:
Parents wishing their children to be admitted to the school should make an application on a common application form in accordance with the LA’s scheme for co-ordinated admissions. These forms will be available from the LA. The Local Authority has a published closing date each year for these applications. Parents will also be required to submit to the school a supplementary information form, which can be obtained from the school office or accessed here.
In the event of more applications than places available the following criteria will be applied in order of priority:
- Looked after children* (Children in public care).
- Children who at the time of application will have a sibling (as defined by the Local Authority in the 'Primary Education in Essex' booklet) at the school in any year except Year 6 and who also reside in the ecclesiastical parish** of Great Horkesley.
- Children with no sibling within the school but who reside in the ecclesiastical parish** of Great Horkesley.
- Children who reside outside the ecclesiastical parish** of Great Horkesley at the time of application and who will have a sibling (as defined by the Local Authority in the 'Primary Education in Essex' booklet) at the school in any year except Year 6.
- Children with at least one parent who is regularly*** participating in the worship of the churches of All Saints with St. Johns, Gt. Horkesley and whose name appears on the Ecclesiastical Electoral Roll for the parish.
- Children with at least one parent who is regularly*** participating in the worship of another Christian church and whose application is supported by the appropriate Church authority.
- Any remaining applications.
* A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence 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).
** There is a map of the ecclesiastical parish in the school office where it can be viewed by parents
*** In this context we consider ‘regularly’ to mean twice a month.
A sibling is defined as a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister, stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household and address as a child who attends or has been offered a place at the preferred school or partner school at the time of application and determination and with a reasonable expectation that the sibling will be attending at the time of admission. Biological siblings who attend the preferred school will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence. Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.
In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by distance from home to school. Distances are calculated by the Local Authority by use of a Geographical Information System which accurately measures the distance from the home address to the school. Those living closest to the school are given the highest priority.
In the event of oversubscription a waiting list is held until the end of the Autumn Term.
The admission number is 30.
All children are admitted full time in the Autumn term in the academic year that they will be five. Parents have the option to request part time admission initially, subject to agreement with the school. Parents also have the option to defer admission to the term in which their child turns five, within the appropriate academic year, as informed in the booklet, “Primary Education in Essex”.
Children with statements of special educational needs that name a school in the statement are required to be admitted to the school that is named.
In the event that an application is refused, parents will be advised of their right of appeal under the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act.
For mid year applications, a mid year application form needs to be completed and returned directly to School Planning and Admissions, who will apply to the schools listed, including The Bishop William Ward School, on parents' behalf. A copy of the application form is available from our school, or can be requested from:
School Planning and Admissions,
Essex County Council,
P.O. Box 4261,
Chelmsford CM1 1GS,
Tel: 0845 603 2200.
Alternatively, a form can be downloaded from School Planning and Admissions website: www.essex.gov.uk/admissions.
Full details of the mid year application process are provided in the mid year application form’s accompanying booklet.
Reviewed November 2015