PARK ROAD SALE PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

School Admission Policy for the school year 2020-2021

Park Road Sale Primary School is an Academy Primary School.  The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority.  The co-ordination of Reception admissions arrangements is undertaken by Trafford School Admissions.  

The closing date for applications for admission in the academic year 2019 is 15 January 2020.

Our Published Admissions Number for this cohort is 60 children

A child becomes of compulsory school age when he or she reaches the age of five and, where parents wish a child to attend school, the child must start school in the term following his or her fifth birthday.  At Park Road Sale Primary School all children may commence primary education earlier than the legal admission date through a single intake in September of children who will become 5 between 1 September and 31 August in the admission year.  Applications can be submitted from the beginning of the autumn term. We follow the Trafford’s procedure for the delayed admission of summer born children details of which are included in Trafford’s Policy; Admission of Summer Born Children.

Decisions regarding the allocation of places for September 2020 will be posted to parents on 16 April 2020. Applications received after the closing deadline, 15 January 2020, will only be considered after all other applications received on time have been processed.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs[i]
The admission of pupils with a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements this will reduce the number of places available to other children.

Oversubscription Criteria

Quite often there are not enough places at the school to satisfy every parent who wants to send their child here. This is what is meant when a school is "oversubscribed".  When schools are "oversubscribed" the admissions authority has to adopt criteria for deciding which children are to be offered the available places.

Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available the following over-subscription criteria will apply: 

  1. 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[1]. 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).
  1. Children who currently reside in the catchment area of the requested school who will have a sibling attending the requested primary, infant or partner junior school at the time of the applicant's proposed admission (This includes half/step/adopted/foster brothers or sisters, and any other children, who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
  1. Children who currently reside in the catchment area of the requested school.
  1. Children, who live outside the catchment area of the requested school, with a sibling attending the requested primary, infant or partner junior school at the time of the applicant's proposed admission (This includes half/step/adopted/foster brothers or sisters, and any other children, who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
  1. Children who live nearest to Park Road Sale, calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the school measured using co-ordinates 378234; 392609.  In the case of a child living in a block of flats, the distance will be measured in the same way[ii]

If there are more applicants than can be accommodated at a school in criteria 1 to 4, places will be offered to those children in each criterion whose place of residence is nearest to the school as defined in criterion 5.

Right of Appeal

In accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act you have the right to appeal against any decision made by the Admission Authority and an Independent Appeals Panel has been set up specifically for this purpose. If you wish to exercise your right of appeal you must contact the Legal and Democratic Services Team, Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0YT, telephone number 0161 912 4221, to obtain an appeal form.

Definitions

The following terms are defined as follows:

Sibling

Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.

Distance
Distance will be calculated in a direct straight line from the child's permanent place of residence to the school, using co-ordinates 378234;392609. In the case of a child living in a block of flats the distance will be measured from the communal entrance of the building.

The distance from the home address will be calculated from the seed point of the property, which is defined by co-ordinates held in Trafford’s Local Land and Property Gazetteer (BS7666), and are available on request from Trafford’s School Admission Team. For applicants resident outside Trafford, the seed point data will be provided by the Home Authority. Royal Mail Postal Address Information may be used in some instances.

Where two or more applications cannot be otherwise separated, the final place will be determined through a random draw.  The draw will be conducted and scrutinised by persons independent from the school.

Each random allocation event only holds for the allocation of the currently available school place.  On any waiting list the remaining applications remain equally ranked and any further place is offered as the result of a further random exercise.

Home Address

This means the address where the child normally and permanently lives, not the address of any child-carer, grandparent or other relative. In the case of parents who are separated and where child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses in the catchment area, the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used for the purposes of determining priority for admission. Where one of the addresses is outside the catchment area, the applicant will be regarded as living outside the catchment area, for the purpose of determining which category the application will be considered under, and the average of the distances of the two addresses from the school will be used for the purposes of determining priority.

It is always assumed that you will provide the correct factual information when you apply for a school place. Park Road & Trafford take very seriously any attempt to gain an advantage in the admissions process by giving false information and will investigate possible fraudulent applications. If a place is offered at school and then it is discovered that the offer was made on fraudulent or misleading information (for example, a false claim to living at an address) the place offered will be withdrawn and the place may be offered to another child. A place may also be withdrawn even after your child has started school.

Parents/ Family Members

A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for or is the legal guardian of the child.

 

 

[ii] A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a statement made by the local authority under section 324 of the Education Act 1996, specifying the special educational provision for a child. An Education, Health and Care Plan is a plan made by the local authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.

 

[ii] 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). 

An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. 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).

 

[ii] If you are allocated a place at a school other than your catchment area school, it should be clearly understood that children living within the catchment area of that school will continue to have priority in the allocation of places, and there can be no guarantee that places will be available in the future for any younger children in your family