Children may join the reception classes in the September prior to their 5th birthday. Applications should be made between July and September of the previous year.
Application forms for reception places are available from the school office from July. The allocation of reception places is the responsibility of the local authority. Places are allocated using the criteria outlined below. (See Admissions Criteria)
Admission other than at the normal times
If you would like your child to join Deanesfield at a time other than at the start of reception, you should contact the school office for an application form.
If the relevant year group for your child is full then he/she may be offered a place in another year group or will be placed on our waiting list and the local authority will allocate a place in the nearest school with spaces in the meantime.
As part of our admissions process, you will have the benefit of an initial meeting with a member of the leadership team. This serves to ensure that we have all the necessary information to make your child's start at Deanesfield as smooth and positive as possible. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tour the school if you haven't already done so.
How are decisions about places made?
Where there are more applications for a particular year group than spaces, children are admitted using criteria determined by the local authority which acts as the school's admissions authority.
Admissions are decided in the following order of priority:
- Children in public care.
- Children who suffer from a long term medical or psychological condition, or who have been assessed by the local authority as having special educational needs, which makes it necessary for them to attend a particular school.
- Children who have a member of the immediate family whose medical or psychological condition makes it necessary for the children to attend a particular school.
- Children who will have an older brother or sister living in the same household and will still be attending the school at the beginning of the term in which the younger child starts full-time education.
- Children living nearest to the school, measured in a straight line from the school to the home.