CALVERLEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND VOLUNTARY AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL
Calverley Leeds LS28 5NF 0113 257 5127
ADMISSIONS POLICY 2022-2023
The Governing Body of Calverley Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is the Admissions Authority for the school, not the Local Authority in Leeds.
Making an application
The planned admission number (PAN) for the Reception Class in the school for the year commencing September 2022 will be a maximum of 60. The Governing Body will not place any restrictions on admissions to Reception Class unless the number of children for whom admission is sought exceeds the number of places available.
Applications for children starting school in the Reception Class must be completed on the standard Local Authority application form - Common Preference Form (CPF). The CPF is available from online via the Local Authority’s website. A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which asks about Church attendance is available from the school. If you want your application to be considered under over subscription criterion 5 and 6 and the SIF is not received Governors can only rank applications against the information provided on the CPF.
The CPF and SIF are used to determine priority for admissions for the school where there are more applications than places available. The CPF should be completed online at the Local Authority and the SIF should be returned to the school by 14 January 2022.
It is a parental responsibility to ensure that all relevant forms are completed online and returned by the above date.
Late Applications of either the CPF or the SIF received after the closing date of 14 January 2022 will not be dealt with until after all on time applications have been dealt with.
Deferred Entry to Primary Schools
Children are admitted to the Reception Class at the beginning of the school year (i.e. September) of the year in which their fifth birthday falls.
Parents may defer their child’s entry or take up the place on a part time basis if they wish until they reach statutory school age. Children do not have to be in full-time education until the start of the term following their fifth birthday (statutory school age).
Requests for a child to start their schooling on a part-time basis or to defer the start until they reach compulsory school-age should be addressed to the Head Teacher.
Deferment for summer born children (admission out of chronological age)
Parents of children born between 1 April 2018 and 31 August 2018 who wish to defer entry into reception until September 2022 should still apply in the normal admission round for 2022, and indicate this on their preference form. Applicants should also complete the application form attached to this document as Appendix 2 and attach any available evidence of the need for deferment from any associated professionals. The form should be returned to the school by January 14th 2022.
The application will be considered by the Governing Body and headteacher where their individual case will be considered. This will ensure the opportunity to reflect on the long-term impact of that decision, and balance this against the child’s current needs.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
The school will admit children with EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan), or statements of special educational needs in which Calverley Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School is named on the statement. This is not part of the oversubscription criteria.
The Oversubscription Criteria:
If there are more applications received than places available during the normal admissions round the Governing Body will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority:
1. Looked after children (a child who is looked after by the local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) special guardianship order. This also includes children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject of a child arrangement or residence/child arrangement order or a special guardianship order.
2. Children who appear to the Admissions authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted or became subject of a child arrangement or residence/child arrangement order or a special guardianship order. (See note 4)
3. Children who will have a sibling on the roll of the school at the proposed date of admission. (See note 5)
4. Children who reside within the 2014 parish boundary of St Wilfrid’s Church, Calverley. A map of the parish boundary is attached to the policy as Appendix 1 (See note 1 and 3)
5. Children who regularly attend worship at St Wilfrid’s Church, Calverley or Calverley Methodist Church. (See note 6)
6. Children who regularly attend a church that is a member of Churches Together in England or Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. (See note 6)
7. Any other children
Tie breaker 1
If there are more applications in a particular criterion than the number of places available, the remaining places will be offered to the children whose permanent address is nearest to school. The distance measurement will be made using the Local Authority’s electronic mapping service.
Tie breaker 2
In the unlikely event there are insufficient places for two (or more) pupils living in the same building (e.g. flats) or otherwise equidistant from the school, then any final place will be allocated by the drawing of lots.
A map showing the Parish Boundary of St Wilfrid’s Church Calverley as at 7th November 2014, which is the boundary for the catchment area is attached to this policy as Appendix 1 and also available from the school.
‘Parents’ include all those people who have a parental responsibility for a child as set out in the Children Act 1989. Where responsibility for a child is ‘shared’, the person receiving Child Benefit is regarded as being the parent responsible for completing application forms, and whose address will be used for admissions purposes.
3 Home Address and Residing in
Documentary evidence of residence will be asked for at the time of the child’s admission to the school. The Education Authority and the Admissions Authority will withdraw places offered based on an address which is later found to be fraudulent.
4 A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.
5 The term ‘sibling’ is defined as:
• a full or half-brother or sister
• a stepbrother or sister
• an adoptive brother or sister
• the children of parents living together in the same family household.
Stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother and half-sister are defined as children who belong to only one parent living in the same family household. The governing body will, admit twins, triplets or children from other multiple births where at least one of those children is allocated a place at the school.
6 Regular Attendance at Christian Worship
This is defined as the attendance of the child at worship* at St Wilfrid’s Church Calverley, Cal-verley Methodist Church or another Christian Church which is part of either Churches Together in England, or Churches together in Britain and Ireland at least twice per month on average for the 12 months prior to the closing date of the application.
Attendance at worship refers only to any Saturday evening, Sunday or midweek church service and/or crèche/Sunday School groups that include Christian teaching and worship, BUT NOT “Messy Church.” Attendance must be physical and does not include any on-line services.
A ‘Supplementary Information Form’ (SIF) to provide confirmation of attendance at Christian worship is available from the school. The form should be signed by the Vicar/Minister of one of the Churches above and returned to the school. During a vacancy the form should be signed by a Churchwarden or Senior Steward.
In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.
It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the SIF is completed and returned to the school by the closing date for School Applications which is 14 January 2022.
7 Fraudulent applications
Where the Admissions Authority has made an offer of a place at a school based on fraudulent or intentionally misleading information, which has effectively denied a place to a child with a higher right of admission, the admissions authority will withdraw the offer of a place. If the Ad-missions Authority withdraws an offer of a place you will be offered an alternative school place by the Local Authority and notified of your right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. The details of which are provided below under the Appeals section.
8 Waiting list
Your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting list where they have been refused a place at the school. The list will be held open until the end of the last school day of the school year for which application was made.
Children are placed on waiting lists in strict priority order according to the school’s published admission criteria and not according to when their application was received. School will write to you if a place becomes available for your child and you will be asked to confirm if you wish to accept the place.
Where the Governors are unable to offer a place because the school is oversubscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002. Parents, who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission, must sub-mit a written notice of appeal within twenty days of receiving the refusal letter or email to the School who will provide details of and forward the appeal to the relevant appeals authority.
Email address is: [email protected]
Calverley Church of England VA Primary School
Calverley, LS28 5NF
You will then be contacted by Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel who will give you further information about how to make an appeal . 10 Admissions outside the normal admissions round (In-year applications)
Parents wishing to transfer a child to the school during the school year, are required to complete an In-Year Common Preference Form (ICPF). In addition, if the application is made for criteria 5 or 6, a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) should also be completed. The form(s) should be returned to the School.
Parents will be informed whether or not a place can be offered. If it is not possible to offer a place the parents will be informed of the reason and have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, the details of which are contained in Section 9 - the Appeals Section.
Where a place can be offered transfer can only be made at the beginning of a new school term, when a child already has a place in another Leeds school. If a place can be offered and the child has made a significant move from another area and is out of education, a place will be offered as soon as possible.