St Mary & All Saints C of E Primary School
Wensley Road, Coley Park, Reading, RG1 6DU
Tel. 0118 9015545
NURSERY ADMISSIONS POLICY 2013 – 2014
The Governing Body of St Mary & All Saints School is the Admission Authority for the School.
Admissions are decided by the Governors’ Admission Panel but this is delegated to the Foundation Stage Manager, and the Admissions Officer in consultation with the Chair of Governors, unless it is necessary to apply Over-subscription Criterion 1.
The Panel consists of:
The Chair of Governors
One other Governor (not the Teacher Governor)
The Foundation Stage Manager
Admissions Officer (in attendance)
The Panel will meet as required to consider applications for admission to the Nursery, as stated above. For the purpose of the allocation process, records will be kept and the following information about each child supplied to the Panel:
· Child’s name
· Date of birth
· Birth Certificate, Council Tax Bill and one other Utility Bill – to be shown at the office at the time of application
· Registration number (allocated on receipt of the admission form)
· Any information supplied by parents/carers or professionals relating to a request for priority consideration.
The admission number for the Nursery will be 78, ie. the school will admit up to 39 children to each of the morning and afternoon sessions according to the number of places available.
Attendance will be for 5 sessions per week – either every morning or every afternoon.
Length of stay
A place will not normally be allocated for one term only.
Long Term Absence
If a child is absent for an extended period (ie. more than two weeks in any academic year, except in the case of certified sickness) the place will be re-allocated.
Applications for admission
Parents/carers may register for a Nursery place after a child’s second birthday and must show a birth certificate to confirm the child’s date of birth. Places will be offered primarily on the basis of age normally following the child’s 3rd birthday.
Applications should be received not later than –
For Term 1 and 2 2013 Friday 17th May 2013
For Term 3 and 4 2014 Friday 18th October 2013
For Term 5 and 6 2014 Friday 31st January 2014
Parents/carers will be notified of the allocation of a place by –
For Term 1 and 2 2013 Monday 10th June 2013
For Term 3 and 4 2014 Monday 11th November 2013
For Term 5 and 6 2014 Monday 24th February 2014
Parents/carers will be given 2 weeks in which to respond to the offer of a place after this time, places will be re-allocated.
Late applications will be considered after all those received on time have been dealt with, unless a parent/carer can demonstrate good reason why their application was not filed on time, eg. when a single parent has been ill or a family has just moved into the area or returned from abroad.
When the agreed number of applications for admission agreed with Reading Borough Council is exceeded, the following criteria will apply in order –
1. Children with Special Educational Needs.
2. ‘Looked after’ children.
3. Children who are transferring from another nursery and whose home address is within the designated area of the school at the time the place is allocated.
4. Children, starting with the oldest, whose home address is within the designated area of the school:
West Green Court
Rembrandt Way (All roads in the estate are just called Rembrandt Way)
Shaw Road (Southern part only)
Saint Saviours Road
North Lodge Mews
The Old Lane
Boston Avenue (even numbers)
Coley Avenue (south side of Berkeley Avenue)
A map of the area may be seen in the School Office.
5. Children who have siblings who will be in attendance in the School at the time of admission to the Nursery.
6. Children who do not meet any of the above criteria.
NB. In any case where two or more children rank equally under any of the above criteria and there is only one place available, the tie breaker is the oldest child by date of birth.
A parent who is unsuccessful in obtaining a place in the Nursery may appeal against the decision to the Governing Body’s Appeal Panel. The decision of the Panel will be binding on the Applicant and the School.
Details of how to appeal may be obtained from the School Office.
Special Educational Needs
Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. The school will require supporting/medical evidence.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
c) are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special education provision was not made for them.
Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
Meaning of Parent
S576 Education Act 1996
A parent in relation to a child or young person, includes any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child or who has care of a child.
Siblings include children living as siblings in the same family unit and at the same address as the child for whom the applicant has parental responsibility.
Home address means the child’s normal home address and is the child’s permanent address at the time of application. This is regarded as where the child sleeps most nights of the school week (Sunday to Thursday).
In cases where a child has a split residence arrangement between the homes of two parents, the home address will be where the child sleeps for most of the nights between Sunday and Thursday.
Parents/carers may obtain further information regarding this policy from the School Office.
Admission to St Mary & All Saints School
Parents/carers should note that admission to the Nursery Class does not guarantee a place in the main school. Parents/carers requiring a place should complete a separate application by the closing date.
Forms may be obtained from the School Office.