2021-22 Infant, junior & primary School admissions in Brighton & Hove - Closing date for applications 15 January 2021 - Brighton & Hove City ...

 
2021-22 Infant, junior & primary School admissions in Brighton & Hove - Closing date for applications 15 January 2021 - Brighton & Hove City ...
Infant, junior & primary
                                  School admissions
                                  in Brighton & Hove
                                  2021-22

                                  Closing date for
                                  applications
                                  15 January 2021

A guide for parents and carers
• Starting school
• Transferring to junior school
• Moving into the area
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Privacy Notice                                       Who we will Share your Data with                          Contact information
                                                     • Your data may be shared with schools,
The Council is the data controller for purposes of     other council departments and public health.            If you want more information about the school
the Data Protection Act (2018) and The General                                                                 admissions process, or if you want to comment
                                                     • Your data may be shared with CACI
Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679                                                                       about this booklet or the admission arrangements,
                                                       international who are the software suppliers
(“GDPR”) and is registered as a data controller                                                                please write to:
                                                       of the city council’s admissions software.
with the Information Commissioner’s Office
                                                       This will be purely for the purposes of system                School Admissions Team
(ICO) under registration number Z5840053.
                                                       development and it will not be disclosed by                   Brighton & Hove City Council,
Brighton & Hove City Council is committed              them to any third party.
to protecting your personal information. As a                                                                        Hove Town Hall,
                                                     • The data that you provide will also be shared                Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ
data controller we have a responsibility to make
                                                       with the Department for Education.
sure you know why and how your personal                                                                        If you need a translated, large print, or audio copy
information is being collected in accordance         How Long we will Hold your Data                           of this booklet, or if you have difficulty reading and
with relevant data protection law.                   (Retention)                                               writing, please email
Purposes & Lawful basis of processing                • We will hold your data on council systems              schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
• We are collecting your data for the purpose         until your child reaches the age of 26.                 or phone the school admissions team on
   of making arrangements for school                 • If your child receives transport assistance,           01273 293653.
   admissions and home to school transport,            we will hold your data for 6 years after your
   to establish pupil records to assist schools in     child has ceased to be transported.                     Telephone opening hours:
   administrative matters, track pupil progress,     • After this time your data will be securely destroyed.
                                                                                                               During these are uncertain
   assess pupil entitlement to various benefits
                                                     Your information rights                                   times the
   and services, and not least, plan future school
   places and services.                              • Under GDPR you have certain rights                     admissions team will be
                                                       concerning your information.                            available on the phone
• The information you provide may be
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   council departments and used in the                 www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/about-                 Monday to Friday but
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Contents                                                                      Where you see an asterisk (*) next to a word or term, a
                                                                              definition can be found at the end of the booklet, in the
                                                                              section titled ‘Explanation of terms and definitions’ on page 58.

Privacy Notice: Data Protection Act                                  page 3   Section 4: Admission priorities for community schools            20
Foreword: A school place for your child in September 2021                5    Primary and infant schools in Brighton & Hove                    24
                                                                              Junior schools in Brighton & Hove                                31
Section 1: Before you make your application                              6
Key dates in the admissions process                                      7    Section 5: Admission priorities for schools
Maximise your chances                                                    8    which are their own admission authority                          32
Applying for a school place
Apply online
                                                                         8
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                                                                              Section 6: What to do when you receive the decision              50
When should my child start school?                                      10    How do I accept my child’s school place?                         50
How do I defer admission to an infant or primary school?                10    What happens if I am not happy with the school offered?          50
Admission to a year group outside the normal age group                        School waiting lists                                             50
(for summer born children only)                                         11    How to appeal for a place at your preferred school               51

                                                                              Section 7: Moving house                                          52
Section 2: Making an application                                        13    What happens if I change address during the admission process?   52
Decide which schools you prefer                                         13
                                                                              What happens if I am temporarily absent from the city?           52
Co-ordinated admissions                                                 15
                                                                              In-year fair access protocol                                     52
How do I apply to own-admission-authority Schools?                      15
                                                                              What if I move to the area when my child
Special educational needs                                               15
                                                                              would not normally change school?                                53
How do I apply for a school place in another local authority area?      16
                                                                              Moving school if you have not moved house                        53
What do I do with my completed application?                             16
                                                                              How will my application for a transfer be dealt with             54
What happens if my application is late?                                 17
                                                                              Section 8: School transport                                      56
Section 3: How your application is processed                            18
                                                                              Explanation of terms and definitions                             58
School admissions computer allocation process                           19
                                                                              Useful telephone numbers and websites                            59
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A school place for your child in September 2021
Starting school is a momentous and exciting time in a child’s life. It can be a   In Brighton & Hove we believe all children should have the opportunity,
time when both children and their parents/carers need support, advice and         encouragement and guidance to thrive and fulfil their true potential.
information about the admissions process. This booklet helps you make an          The quality and diversity of our schools is something we are very proud of.
application and understand how the application process works. It provides         In addition to their educational offer, the city’s schools offer a wide range
a profile of all of Brighton & Hove Infant, Primary and Junior schools            of activities, including the chance to participate in musical and sporting
alongside information about admission arrangements.                               activities, as well as opportunities to make new friends.

Covid-19 will impact upon the usual school open days/evenings. Further            Whichever school you decide to apply for, please make your application
details of the new arrangement will be updated on school websites in              through the Brighton & Hove City Council website, visiting
September 2020.                                                                   www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions to make your application.
                                                                                  Once you have read this booklet, if you have further questions, our school
Brighton & Hove City Council’s website is the easiest way to make your            admissions team is ready to assist on tel: 01273 293653 or by e-mail at
application. You will get automatic acknowledgement of receipt of your            schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
application and you will also receive immediate notification of the decision
on your application by e-mail on National Offer Day – 16 April 2021.              Please note: the closing date for applications is 15 January 2021.

Please note that parents/carers have the right to express a preference rather     We very much look forward to welcoming your child to one of our schools
than choose a school. When there are more applications for a school than          in September 2021.
there are places available, the admission priorities described in sections 4
and 5 of this booklet will be used.

Your first, second and third preferences will be considered together
and your child will be offered a place at the highest ranked preference
                                                                                                    Deb Austin                                Cllr Hannah Clare
available. If the council cannot meet any of your preferences, we will offer                                                                  Chair of Children,
                                                                                                    Interim Executive
your child a place at the nearest school with places available, but this may                                                                  Young People and
                                                                                                    Director
not be your nearest school.                                                                                                                   Skills Committee
                                                                                                    Families, Children
                                                                                                    & Learning

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1             Before you make
              your application
                                                                        ✔ D O talk to your child about school preferences
                                                                        ✘ DON’T be influenced by others. The right school for other
                                                                               children is not necessarily the right school for your child.

    ✔    Visit schools
         Ensure that you are entirely happy
                                                     ✔       Look at the school’s                ✔      Look to see how many places each
         with your expressed preferences                     prospectus                                 school has available
         before submitting an application.                                                              This is called the published admission
                                                                                                        number or PAN. This number is set to
                                                             You can get this information               take into account the number of pupils
         Visit the schools website                           from the school. It will give              each school site can accommodate and
         or call the school for details                      you an idea of the school’s                how many places are needed in the
         about opportunities to visit.                       ethos and character, national              local area.
         Contact details are on                              curriculum test results.
         pages 24-25 of this booklet                                                                    The admission number for each
                                                                                                        school is listed under each school’s
                                                                                                        entry on pages 24-31.
                                      ✔       Consider how likely it is that your
                                              child will be offered a place at
✔ Read Ofsted reports                         your preferred schools                     ✔
                                              Read the admissions criteria for
                                                                                             Consider how
                                                                                             your child will
                                                                                                                      ✔       Use your three
        You can view reports at               each school and look to see which                                               preferences
                                                                                             travel to and
        www.ofsted.gov.uk                     criteria apply to your child. The                                               Select three
                                                                                             from school
                                              admissions criteria for Brighton &                                              different schools.
                                              Hove schools are listed in sections                                             Do not list the same
                                              4 and 5. Look at allocation                                                     school three times
                                              information from previous years
                                              which is available on the council’s
                                              website
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Key dates in the admissions process
For children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
                                                                                                               School term dates
                                                                                                               2021/22
  September 2020            pplication process for starting in Reception or Year 3 in a junior
                           A
                           school* begins. Opportunity for parents/carers to visit individual schools.
                                                                                                               Autumn term 2021
                           Prospectuses available from schools.
                                                                                                               Friday 3 September - Friday 17 December
  15 January 2021	
                  Closing date for completed online applications or paper forms to be
  Closing date    received by the school admissions team. We strongly recommend that                           Autumn half-term
                  you do not delay your application until the last minute in case of technical                 Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October
                  problems. If you choose to apply on a paper form it is your responsibility
                  to ensure that the form arrives at its destination on time.
                                                                                                               Spring term 2022
  8 March 2021	Applications received late with good reason up to this date will be                            Tuesday 4 January - Friday 8 April
                considered as on time. You must provide independent supporting evidence
                of the good reason or your application will be treated as late.                                Spring half-term
                                                                                                               Monday 14 February - Friday 18 February
  February / March / April Applications analysed.

  16 April 2021            National Offer Day                                                                  Summer term 2022
                           • Parents who applied online or provided an email address on their application
                                                                                                               Monday 25 April - Friday 22 July
                             form will be notified by email of the outcome of their application.

                           • Letters will be sent by first class post to notify other parents of the          Summer half-term
                             outcome of their application.                                                     Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June

  April 2021               Waiting lists established.

  1 May 2021	Closing date for parents to either accept or refuse the school place offered.
              If the parent does not reply, the offer may be withdrawn.                                      Regardless of how you applied, you can also email
                                                                                                             schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
  June 2021 onwards	Independent appeal panels meet to consider appeals from
                     parents/carers who are unhappy with their school allocation.                            to accept a place, refuse a place or request to be in
                                                                                                             a reallocation pool and for any other queries.
  September 2021	Children start school full or part time. If you wish,
                  you can defer admission (see page 10) .

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Maximise your chances                                                                                             Applying for a
All applications will be subject to the published admissions priorities
                                                                                                                  school place
                                                                                                                  There are two ways to make your application
                                                                                                                  for a school place if you are a Brighton & Hove
                                                           Apply online
                                                                                                                  resident and your child is due to start at infant,
  Apply on time
                                                           • You can only apply online at                        primary or junior school* in September 2021
  • The closing date is 15 January 2021                      www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions            or if you are applying for a school place during
                                                             from September 2020                                  the year.
  • Any applications received after this will be
     processed after the majority of places have been      • You will be able to view your application and       It can be done either:
     allocated unless considered late with good reason       change your preferences up until the closing date
                                                                                                                  • online via our website
  • A late application therefore means you                • Communication with you will be quicker                 www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions
     are much less likely to get what you want
                                                           • You will receive email confirmation of receipt
                                                                                                                  or if you don’t have Internet access:
  • Notifications of the places offered will be made        of your application.
     on 16 April 2021 (unless your application is late)                                                           • on a paper application. Copies are available
                                                           • The school allocation decision will arrive
                                                             by email on 16 April 2021 (rather than                  from the school admissions team on
                                                             having to wait for the post to arrive)                  01273 293653 or email
                                                                                                                     schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
  Use all three preferences
                                                                                                                  If you are applying online for a church
  • You could disadvantage yourself if you                Choose wisely
                                                                                                                  voluntary aided school, most of the schools
     don’t use your opportunity to express                 • Consider the school’s oversubscription criteria     require completion of a supplementary
     a preference for three schools                                                                               information form (SIF) . This enables
                                                           • Don’t assume you will be allocated a place at
  • Each preference is considered in its own right,                                                              governors to rank applications correctly against
                                                             your closest school. If you want to be considered
     so give yourself three separate chances                                                                      the school’s admissions criteria.
                                                             for a place at your closest school, you need to
  • We only look at your order of preference                put it as one of your preferences.                   Remember to send the SIF and any other
     (1st, 2nd or 3rd) if we are able to offer you a       • Don’t assume your child will get priority because   required documents to the school by the
     place at more than one of your preferences              they attend a nursery school within the area of      closing date.
                                                             the primary school.                                  If you are applying online to a community
                                                                                                                  school but are providing supporting documents
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about exceptional circumstances, those documents should             www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions
be submitted with your application or sent to the school
admissions team (see section 4) .

If you decide to apply online we strongly recommend
that you do not leave it until the last minute. Whilst
our technical systems are robust, high demand could make it
difficult for you to access the system if many other parents are
                                                                   In September 2020 round of admissions 97.7% of parents applied
trying to log in at the same time.
                                                                   online. The benefits of applying online include the following:
You can access the website:
                                                                   • It’s quick, safe and secure             • You will receive email confirmation
           • At home                                                                                            that we have received your
                                                                   • There is no risk of your application
           • At an internet café                                                                                application. Paper applications
                                                                      getting lost or delayed in the post
           • At a library Once you have signed up, you can use                                                 are not acknowledged
                                                                   • If you want to change your
             the WIFI within the library for free, from your own                                             • Your decision will be sent to you
                                                                      application, it’s easier and quicker
             device. Alternatively, you can join the library to                                                 by email on National Offer Day,
                                                                      to do it online until midnight on
             use the computers available                              the closing date of 15 January            16 April 2021
           • On your phone or tablet                                 2021                                   • There are links to other websites that
                                                                   • The online facility is available          can provide you with useful
If you have any problems accessing or using our online school                                                   information about schools
admissions site, please email us at                                   24 hours a day, seven days a week
                                                                      from September 2020
schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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When should my child start school?
• Children start school in the school       • Children are allowed to start               Your child can also
   year during which they have their            full-time in September or defer             attend part-time
   fifth birthday.                              admission until they reach                  initially, but you will
                                                compulsory school age (or until             need to discuss this
• The school year runs from                    the start of the summer term if             with the school at
   September to August, so any child            this is earlier). Your child can also       which your child has
   who reaches their fifth birthday             attend part-time initially, but you         been offered a place.
   between 1 September 2021 and                 will need to discuss this with the
   31 August 2021 should start school           school at which your child has
   in September 2021.                           been offered a place.                   How do I defer
• Your allocated school will tell you the                                              admission to an infant or primary school?
   starting date.
                                                                                        If you decide to defer admission, you          If your child’s fifth birthday falls between
                                                                                        must inform your allocated school when         1 April 2021 and 31 August 2021 and
                                                                                        you accept the place. Where a place is         you choose not to send your child to
          Please use the table below to see what
                                                                                        deferred it will not be given to another       school until the September following
          options are available to you                                                  child but your child must enter the school     their fifth birthday, an application under
                                                                                        by the beginning of the school term            the 2021-22 admissions policy will be
          Child’s birthday     Options
                                                                                        following their fifth birthday and within      required and will normally be considered
          1 September –        Child can attend full or part-time                       the school year that the offer was made.       for Year 1 rather than a Reception class.
          31 December          from September or defer admission                        If your child’s fifth birthday falls between   In exceptional circumstances,
          (autumn born)        until January.                                           1 September 2021 and 31 December               children may be admitted to school
                                                                                        2021 they would normally start school          in a different year group. This is
          1 January –           Child can attend full or part-time                      in September 2021. However, you may            usually due to concerns in relation to
          31 March              from September or defer admission                       defer until January 2021.                      a child’s development.
          (spring born)         until January or start of summer term.
                                                                                        If your child’s fifth birthday falls between   If you would like to request for your
          1 April –            Child can attend full or part-time                       1 January 2021 and 31 August 2021,             ‘summer born’ child to start school
          31 August            from September or defer admission                        you can ask to defer admission until the       outside of their normal age group, and
          (summer born)        until January or start of summer term.                   beginning of January 2021, or until the        be admitted to reception rather than
                                                                                        start of the summer term.                      Year 1, please follow the process on the
                                                                                                                                       following page.
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Admission to a year group outside the normal age group
(for summer born children only)
The process for requesting                You should also include any evidence        If there are exceptional reasons why     If your request is refused, we will
admission outside the normal age          to support your case.                       you cannot make your request by          continue with your application for a
group for summer born pupil’s                                                         the closing date, late requests will     reception place in September 2021
application to reception rather                                                       be accepted up until 8 March but         and you will need to decide whether
than Year 1 is as follows:                Evidence could include:                     requests made after this date will not   to accept the place (see also How to
                                                                                      be considered.                           defer admission to an Infant or Primary
You should apply for the ‘normal’         • Whether your child is
                                                                                                                               School on Page 10) or apply for a year
year for your child’s admission by           summer born                              We will ensure that you are aware of     1 place for September 2022.
the closing date of 15 January.           • Information about your child’s           whether your request for admission
The ‘normal’ year for reception              personal, social, emotional              out of year group has been agreed        If you are applying for admission into a
applications, is the academic year           development and academic                 before national offer day in April and   different year group or are requesting
when your child will be five years old       development                              the reasons for the decision will be     an accelerated admission, the same
– between 1 September and                                                             shared with you.                         process will be applied however you
                                          • If relevant, medical history and
31 August. When you apply, you                                                                                                 should apply for a school place at
                                             views of a medical professional          If your request is agreed, your
should also complete the additional                                                                                            the same time that other families are
form which is available on the            • Whether your child was born              application for reception in             applying for this cohort. In considering
council’s website to request that            prematurely.                             September 2021 will be withdrawn         these requests the admission authority
your child is educated out of year                                                    and you will need to apply again         will also take into account whether
group, please also discuss your                                                       for a reception school place in          your child has previously been
request with the headteachers of          The council and the school, if it is        September 2022. Please note that it      educated out of year group.
your preferred schools.                   its own admission authority, will           is the admission authority’s decision,
                                          consider each case on its merits and        so if you apply for different schools    We do not expect that children and
You should explain on this form           consider whether, after reaching            the following year that are their own    young people will need to repeat
why you would like your chid              compulsory school age, it would be          admission authority you will need        a school year as a consequence of
admitted out of the normal year           in your child’s best interest to start in   to request again for your child to be    Covid-19. Schools will continue to
group. For summer born pupils due         reception or in year one. Where the         admitted out of year group.              make sure all children and young
to start reception, this is the reasons   council is the admission authority,                                                  people get the support they need to
why they should be admitted into          we will consult the headteacher                                                      continue their education and to make
reception rather than year 1 in the       of each preferred school before a                                                    up for any time spent out of school.
September after their fifth birthday.     decision is taken.

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How do I get a Year 3 place for my child at
a primary school?
If you want to move your child from an infant school* to a primary school
rather than a junior school* you will need to follow the steps in the box below.

       pply online or complete and return a junior application
   1) A
      form expressing a preference for a junior school* and return
      it to your child’s current school by 15 January 2021. This will
      ensure that your child has a junior school* place in case it is
      not possible to offer a place at the primary school you prefer.
      If you list a preference for a primary school on your junior
      application it will not be processed.
                                                                                   School
   2) You will then be offered a junior school* place in April.
                                                                                   Meals in               • Locally supplied fruit & vegetables

   3) W
       hen you have been notified of your child’s junior school*
                                                                                   Brighton               • Fresh seasonal ingredients

      place, you should apply online for the primary school(s) you                 & Hove                 • Meals cooked on site
      prefer using the in-year primary round or request an in-year                                        • Meat from the UK
      application form* from the school admissions team, and
                                                                                   …tasty, healthy,
      return this to the team before Summer half-term 2021.                         social and fun        • Silver Food for Life Accredited Menu

   4) W
       e will then check whether it is possible to offer your
      child a place at the primary school you prefer. If we are able               For information about Free School Meals call 01273 293497
      to offer a place at the primary school, we will do so and take               Apply online: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/
      away the junior school* place. You will get a decision in the                onlinefreeschoolmeals
      second half of the summer term.
                                                                                   Primary School Menus can be viewed at
                                                                                   www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schoolmeals
If your child is not currently attending a Brighton & Hove school, please return
your form to the school admissions team by the same deadline.

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2            Making an application
                                                                                       Decide which schools
                                                                                       you prefer
Always use the online facility or preference form* provided by Brighton & Hove City    You should decide which schools you would
Council if you are a resident of Brighton & Hove. If you live anywhere else you must   prefer your child to attend and then complete a
                                                                                       form or an online application listing up to three
use the preference form* or the online admissions facility provided by your local      different preferences.
council even if you would like your child to attend a school in Brighton & Hove        You do not have to express three preferences but if
                                                                                       you only give one preference and are not offered a
                                                                                       place at that school, you will be offered a place at the
                                                                                       nearest school with an available space after everyone
                                                                                       else’s three preferences have been considered.
                                                                                       This may mean that by the time we look at
                                                                                       allocating a place for your child, your local schools
                                                                                       may be full and your child may have to travel some
                                                                                       distance to get to school.
                                                                                       Please remember that each of your preferences will
                                                                                       be considered equally and separately. Listing second
                                                                                       and third preferences will not affect your chance of
                                                                                       being offered your first preference.
                                                                                       Your first preference will only be considered
                                                                                       above your second or third preference if we can
                                                                                       offer your child a place at more than one of your
                                                                                       preferred schools.
                                                                                       In that case we will offer you the highest ranked
                                                                                       one we can, so please make sure you like your first
                                                                                       preference more than your second preference and
                                                                                       your second preference more than your third.
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The following examples are provided to illustrate what may happen.

 Please note: these are only possible scenarios. They are in no way a guide to oversubscription* levels.
Please do not assume that if your situation is the same as one of these examples, your application will
inevitably have the same outcome.

Example 1)                                             Example 2)                                            Example 3)
Mohammed lives in Hangleton                            Agatha lives in central Brighton                      Elijah lives in Hanover

His parents are keen for him to attend a local         Her parents express the following preferences:        His parents are not sure whether they live nearer
school. They express the following preferences:                                                              to St Luke’s Primary or Elm Grove Primary but
                                                       1. Middle Street Primary                              they would like him to attend Elm Grove as his
1. Goldstone Primary                                   2. St Paul’s CE Primary                               cousins go to this school. They list the following
2. West Blatchington Primary                          3. St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary                 preferences:
3. Hangleton Primary
                                                       All three schools are oversubscribed. Agatha lives    1. Elm Grove Primary
Goldstone is oversubscribed with first, second and     further away from Middle Street than the 30th         2. Fairlight Primary
third preferences. Mohammed does not live close        child who could be given a place at the school so     3. St Luke’s Primary
enough to Goldstone to be offered a place there.       she cannot be offered a place at Middle Street.
However, he can be offered a place at both West                                                              All three schools are oversubscribed. Although
Blatchington and Hangleton.                            Although Agatha does not meet the religious           Elijah lives closer to Elm Grove than St Luke’s he
                                                       priorities for either St Paul’s or St Mary Magdalen   still lives further away than 60 of the other children
Because West Blatchington was higher on his            she is considered by the governors under their        whose parents have applied for a place there so it is
preference list than Hangleton he is offered a place   other children criteria.                              not possible to offer Elijah a place at Elm Grove.
at West Blatchington.
                                                       Agatha does not live close enough to St Paul’s to     However, he does live close enough to St Luke’s to
                                                       be offered a place but the governors of St Mary       be offered a place, even though it is slightly further
                                                       Magdalen do have a space for Agatha.                  from his home than Elm Grove. Elijah also lives
                                                                                                             close enough to Fairlight to be offered a place at
                                                       Agatha’s parents receive an offer of a place at       this school.
                                                       St Mary Magdalen.
                                                                                                             Elijah is allocated a place at Fairlight because his
                                                                                                             parents have ranked Fairlight higher than St Luke’s
                                                                                                             on their application.
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Coordinated admissions                                         How do I apply to
Schools that are their own                                     own-admission-authority schools*?
admission authority*                                          • Church voluntary aided and free schools*                 a supplementary information form (SIF) or
The council coordinates admission arrangements with             have their own admission priorities*. Church              provide other information*.
church voluntary aided schools, free schools* and               voluntary aided schools often give higher priority       • Where you are required to complete a
                                                                to children of the faith. These are set out in              supplementary information form or provide
academies in the city by using the same preference
                                                                Section 5. You should check with the school to              other information to a church voluntary aided or
form* or online application for these schools as for the
                                                                see if you fulfil their priorities if you have any          free school, you should provide it to the school
community schools*. Church voluntary aided schools,
                                                                doubts. If applying to a church voluntary aided             by the closing date of 15 January 2021.
free schools* and academies are still responsible for
                                                                or free school or academy you must still apply
offering places in their schools (see Section 5 to find                                                                  Please note that if you are applying for more
                                                                online to the council or use the preference
out how they will make decisions about this).                   form*. City Academy Whitehawk uses the                   than one church voluntary aided or free school,
                                                                council’s admission priorities* listed in Section 4.     you will need to provide the information to
City Academy Whitehawk uses the Brighton & Hove
                                                                                                                         each school separately. If the same information
admission priorities in Section 4. The council will let
                                                              • If one of your preferences is a church voluntary        is required by different schools, check whether
parents know the schools’ decisions. If your child is not       aided school you may also be asked to complete           they will accept a photocopy.
offered a place at your preferred school, the council will
offer an alternative place, where possible using your
other listed preferences. The council values this joint
working with own-admission-authority schools*. It
                                                             Special educational needs or Disability (SEND)
means that all parents will receive one offer of a school    A child or young person has SEND if they have a             If you think your child may have special
place because information about applications is shared.      learning difficulty or disability which calls for special   educational needs, please speak with your child’s
                                                             educational provision to be made for them.                  current school/nursery and the schools you are
Other areas                                                  In most cases support for special educational               considering.
We also share admissions information with                    needs can be met in mainstream schools.                     If you need to contact someone in the Local
neighbouring local authorities. If you live in the city,     Brighton & Hove City Council is committed to this           Authority about special educational needs, please
any applications for schools in the area of another          approach wherever it is practical. Many children            get in touch with the council’s special educational
local authority* should be made on a Brighton & Hove         have difficulties at some stage in their school             needs team on
application*.                                                career, and often the problem is temporary and              SEN.Team@brighton-hove.gov.uk
You are entitled to apply to academies, church voluntary     can be dealt with by the school.                            or 01273 293552.
aided, free and community schools* in other local            You can access information about support for children with a special educational need or
authorities, but you must do this through Brighton &         disability on Brighton and Hove’s SEND Local Offer which you can access at
Hove City Council if you are a Brighton & Hove resident.     www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/local-offer
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How do I apply for a school place in
another local authority* area?                                                           What do I do with my
                                                                                         completed application?
• If you apply to schools in other local authorities,    he addresses of the
                                                         T
   you must do so on your Brighton & Hove                local authorities adjoining
   application. We will then forward your application    Brighton & Hove are:            Apply online or return the preference form* to
   to that admission authority* for a decision and                                       your first preference school by 15 January 2021.
   will let you know along with all the other parents    West Sussex County Council
   who have applied for Brighton & Hove schools.         County Hall
                                                         West Street                     Applications to primary schools at junior
• If you are applying online you should use the         Chichester                      transfer (Year 3) See page 11
   Brighton & Hove online facility if you live within    West Sussex
   Brighton & Hove even if you are applying for          PO19 1RF                        Apply online or return a junior application as
   schools outside the city. We will ensure that         033301 42903                    above. Then submit an in-year application to the
   your application is forwarded to the relevant         www.westsussex.gov.uk
   admission authority*.                                 			                             school admissions team by summer half term.
                                                         East Sussex County Council
• If you apply to an ‘out-of-city’ school that has      Admissions and Transport team
   been oversubscribed, the further away you             County Hall                          It is your responsibility to ensure that
   live the less likely you are to obtain a place.       St Anne’s Crescent                   your application arrives on time.
   Check this with the relevant admission authority*     Lewes
   before applying.                                      East Sussex BN7 1UE                  Please remember that proof of posting
                                                         0300 330 9472                        is not proof of delivery. In all cases,
• If you are resident in the city and do not                                                 when you return the form to the
                                                         www.eastsussex.gov.uk
   apply online or return a preference form* to                                               school, please hand it to a member of
   Brighton & Hove City Council you will not be                                               staff. If you need a receipt, please ask
   allocated a place at a city school. If you are not                                         for one at the time.
   sure whether you live within the boundary
   of Brighton & Hove City Council, please                                                    We strongly recommend that forms are
   contact the school admissions team on                                                      completed online, returned to schools
   schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk                                                      or delivered by hand to Hove Town Hall
   for clarification.                                                                         wherever possible.

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What happens if my application is late?
If your online application or paper preference form*   your revised application and proof of your new        Please note: The school admissions team cannot
is returned after the closing date without good        address by 8 March 2021. Not knowing about            accept responsibility for delays resulting from late
reason it will be considered after all the on-time     the closing date, forgetting to hand the form in or   applications, or late receipt of related papers. If
preferences have been dealt with and school places     leaving it in the wrong place are not good reasons    forms are returned by post to schools or the school
allocated to them.                                     for your application being late.                      admissions team and received after the closing date
                                                                                                             they will be regarded as late applications.
This means there is a much greater chance that         Even if your child has a sibling* at the school
you will not get a place at your preferred school as   you need to complete an application in the            We strongly recommend that if returning a
the places may already have been given to other        usual way.                                            preference form* you deliver it to a school as
children. It will also mean our response to you is                                                           recommended above. Online admissions will be
                                                       Please note: Church voluntary aided, free
delayed. This is the case even if you already                                                                treated as late if submitted after the closing date
                                                       schools and out-of-city schools may not accept
have older children attending the school.                                                                    (15 January 2021) .
                                                       these forms as on time. Please check with the
If you have a good reason for your application         school concerned.
being late, e.g. you have just moved to Brighton
& Hove, your application will be considered if it           Applications submitted after the closing
is received by 8 March 2021. You must supply                date listing revised preferences will only
independent supporting evidence of why it is                be considered from July 2021 onwards
late (e.g. solicitor’s letter confirming exchange of        unless there has been a house move.
contracts). This evidence must also be received by          This is to make sure that parents and
8 March 2021.                                               carers who do this do not gain an unfair
If we agree that this is late with good reason              advantage over others by having the
your application will be treated as if it were              opportunity to list more than three
submitted on time. If we do not agree, it will be a         preferences.
late application.
If we receive no independent supporting evidence       Late applications received for oversubscribed
with the form we will assume that you do not           schools* will be placed on a waiting list for that
have a good reason and your application will be        school as soon as possible after the initial school
treated as a late application. If you are moving       allocations have been made. In the meantime
within Brighton & Hove you must still make your        children will be allocated to schools where places
application by 15 January 2021 and then provide        are available.
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3          	How your application
             is processed
                                                   Please note: where a church voluntary aided or free school is listed as a preference,
                                                   it will be considered by the governors who will apply that school’s admission priorities

     Preferences considered equally
     • On-time applications will be dealt with using       • Sometimes we will not be able to offer a place     • If you are unhappy with your allocated
        the published admission priorities* listed in         at any of your preferred schools. If this happens      school or with the preferences you listed
        Section 4. Late applications with good reason         we will offer a place at the nearest school to         on your original application, you can
        received by 8 March 2021 will be treated in           your home that has a place available.                  submit a revised application listing different
        the same way.                                                                                                preferences. However, new applications will
                                                            • If the nearest school to your home address is         only be considered from July 2021 onwards,
     • Late applications without good reason will            a church voluntary aided school, academy or            unless there has been a house move.
        be dealt with using the published admission           free school we may contact its governors to            This is to ensure that parents who change
        priorities* listed in Section 4 after the on-time     see whether they have places available. If you         their minds are not given an unfair
        preferences have been processed.                      do not want us to consider allocating a                advantage by being allowed to list more
                                                              particular type of school* you should let us           than three preferences.
     • All preferences will be considered equally            know on your application. Please bear in
        regardless of whether you have listed them            mind that this may mean your child has to           • Priority for on-time applications will
        as first, second or third. If we can offer you        travel further to attend school.                       cease after the initial allocation of school
        a place at more than one of your preferred                                                                   places has been made. Late applications
        schools, we will offer a place at the one which                                                              for schools which are full will be added
        features highest in your list of preferences.                                                                to the waiting list.

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School Admissions computer allocation process:
People have rights about automated decision            For schools that have their own admission                   The final part of the automated allocation process
making under the new EU General Data Protection        arrangements (see Section 5), it is the school              involves pupils who could not be offered any of
Regulation (GDPR). The use of a computer               governors who list the pupils according to                  their school preferences. For these pupils, the
allocation system could be considered to be an         that school’s admission arrangements and this               computer calculates the distance from each address
example of automated decision making as                is replicated on the council’s admissions                   to all of the schools that still have available space.
school allocation decisions are made using a           computer system.                                            The computer then allocates the nearest pupils
computer algorithm.                                                                                                to each of these schools until all pupils have been
                                                       The computer will list all of the pupils for each           given a school place.
Below is an explanation about how this                 school in admission priority order and within each
process works:                                         priority it uses the distance to order the list of pupils   Following this automated process, admission
                                                       (closest at the top, furthest at the bottom) .              officers perform a number of checks on a random
Applications are submitted online or paper forms                                                                   sample of pupils to ensure that school places have
are received and imported into the admissions          1. The allocation algorithm works down every               been allocated correctly.
computer system. The computer system will then             school list simultaneously, offering places until
calculate the home to school distance from every           the admission number for each school is met or
pupil’s address to each of the three preference            there are no more un-allocated preferences.
schools. Admission officers then manually assess all
applications and set the correct admission priority    2. The computer then finds every pupil with more
for each pupil based upon the council’s admission          than one school offer and withdraws the offer
arrangements (Section 4) .                                 for the lower ranked preference.

                                                       3. Processes 1 and 2 are repeated until every pupil
                                                           who could be offered a school of preference has
                                                           only one school place allocated.

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4          	Admission priorities for
              community schools
                                                                                                             2. Compelling medical or other
                                                                                                             exceptional reasons to attend the school
                                                                                                             This priority applies to pupils with a specific need
                                                                                                             that can only be met by one school rather than
                                                                                                             any other. If there are medical reasons or other
                                                                                                             diagnosed conditions that make it essential for your
Please read the following information carefully. It will help                                                child to attend a particular school, you must provide
you to decide whether your child has a good chance of being                                                  supporting information from a doctor or other
                                                                                                             professional together with any other supporting
offered a place at your preferred school                                                                     information when you make your application.
                                                                                                             This must make a compelling case as to why your
Where there are more applications received for a     1. Children in the care of a                            child’s needs can only be met at the preferred
community school than there are places available,    local authority* (looked after children)                school, as a medical condition or diagnosis in itself
we will use the five admission priorities* listed                                                            will not automatically result in priority being given.
                                                     and previously looked after children
below to decide who will be given a place.                                                                   If you want a place at a specific school for other
                                                     This priority applies to Children in the care of a      exceptional reasons, you must provide independent
Children with education, health and care plans                                                               evidence from a professional who is supporting
                                                     local authority (looked after children), and children
(EHCPs) will be entitled to a place at the                                                                   your family. This should also demonstrate that it
                                                     who were looked after in England or elsewhere
school named in the EHCP. If the child for                                                                   is essential for your child to attend the preferred
                                                     but ceased to be so because they were adopted
whom you are responsible has an EHCP, please                                                                 school and no other.
                                                     (or became subject to a child arrangement order or
ensure that you indicate on your application that
                                                     special guardianship order).
this is the case.                                                                                            For this reason, allocations against this priority
                                                     You will need to supply proof of your child’s status.   are rare. It is not essential for the supporting
Please note: We do not take into account your                                                                information to name the school in question, but
                                                     This could be a copy of the original adoption
child’s nursery place or current school place,                                                               the evidence should explain exactly what your
                                                     certificate or order or a letter from the local
your childminding arrangements or workplace                                                                  child’s needs are and what specialist support and/or
                                                     authority, agency or department that last looked
address. We do not consider a child’s academic                                                               facilities your child requires. Advice may be sought
                                                     after the child confirming the he or she was looked
achievements or abilities. The council may contact                                                           from the community consultant paediatrician or
                                                     after immediately prior to that order being made.
you at any stage in the process to request proof                                                             other relevant professionals where necessary to
                                                     If you are not sure what to provide, please
of your address. All allocations are based on the                                                            determine whether or not the evidence you have
                                                     contact the school admissions team at
following priorities.                                                                                        provided is sufficiently compelling to qualify under
                                                     schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk
                                                                                                             this category.

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The supporting evidence you provide needs to            by post to the school admissions team or provide          Where a sibling attends a nursery class on the same
set out the particular reasons why the school in        scanned copies to schooladmissions@brighton-              school site, it will not be counted as a link
question is the most suitable, and the difficulties     hove.gov.uk with a covering email giving your             for admissions purposes.
that would be caused if your child had to               child’s full name and date of birth.
attend another school. It is not essential for the                                                                You may be asked to supply proof that your child has
professionals supporting your family to have in         If we do not receive this information by the closing      a sibling at the same address who attends the school.
depth knowledge of your preferred school but the        date, 15 January 2021, we will not be able to
evidence should explain exactly what your child         consider your child under this priority. If there has     4. Children transferring between a
needs and what specialist support and/or facilities     been a change of circumstances (such as a new
                                                        diagnosis) which has occurred since the closing
                                                                                                                  linked infant and junior school (see list)
your child requires.
                                                        date, information will be considered if it is received    Children who are attending or have been offered
It is vital that you supply any supporting evidence     by 8 March.                                               a place at an infant school* in the list below will
for compelling medical or other exceptional reasons                                                               have priority for places at the linked junior school*
for admission by the closing date. It is up to you      3. Sibling link*                                          providing the allocation took place by 8 March 2021.
to provide this evidence.
                                                        This will apply if there is another child living in the
The school admissions team will not seek                same household as your child who in September                    Downs Infant              Downs Junior
information about your child or telephone people        2021 will be attending your preferred school.
                                                                                                                       Hertford Infant             Hertford Junior
on your behalf. The decision will be based solely on
                                                        Where separate junior and infant schools* are
the information you send in.                                                                                           Patcham Infant              Patcham Junior
                                                        linked (see priority 4), the sibling may be at either
If the evidence you supply is not considered            school and may be older or younger.
                                                                                                                       Stanford Infant             Stanford Junio
compelling enough to be included in this priority,
                                                        If you have two children, of whom one is due to
your application will be considered under priority 3,                                                                West Hove Infant              Hove Junior**
                                                        start junior school* and the other infant school*
4 or 5 as appropriate.                                                                                                 Portland Road               Portland Road
                                                        in September 2021, the junior school* child’s
All correspondence will be treated as private           allocation will be done first and a sibling link* will
and confidential.                                       count for the infant child.                                  West Hove Infant              Hove Junior**
                                                                                                                     Connaught Road                Holland Road
If you do not want your preferred school to see         A sibling link* is only taken into account if children
your supporting medical or other evidence, online       live at the same main address and the sibling has
                                                                                                                  Please note there is no link* between West Hove
applicants can upload supporting documents              been allocated a place at the school by 8 March.
                                                                                                                  Infant Connaught Road and Hove Junior Portland
through the online admissions system. Alternatively     Twins or multiple births do not qualify for the
                                                                                                                  Road, or between West Hove Infant Portland Road
attach supporting documents to your paper               sibling link* unless one child has already been
                                                                                                                  and Hove Junior Holland Road.
application. You can send supporting documents          offered a place.
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5. Other children                                         If you would like us to consider adding a footpath,        Home addresses:
Please note: the council does not use catchment           or would like to query a route you will need
areas for infant, junior or primary schools.              to request this by emailing schooladmissions@              • The school admissions team will allocate school
                                                          brighton-hove.gov.uk before the closing date. Late            places using the address at which a child lives
Once all the children in priorities 1, 2, 3 and 4 have    requests for footpaths will not be accepted.                  on the closing date for applications (15 January)
been offered places at the school, the remaining                                                                        although late changes of address will be
places (up to the admission number*) will be              Routes across public parks or open spaces will not            considered if we receive proof of address
offered to other children.                                be accepted.                                                  by 8 March.

                                                          When using roads for measurement purposes the              • The admissions team can only use one address for
Tie-break                                                 computer measures along the middle of the road.               admission purposes. If your child regularly stays
                                                          It measures from the address point in your property           with another parent or relative and therefore has
If there are more children applying than places           to the nearest point on the road network and from             more than one address, the school place will be
available in any given priority, the available places     there to the nearest of the school’s gates to the             allocated based on the address at which your
will be offered to those children living closest to the   child’s home. No other measurement systems                    child is registered with a doctor – so this is the
school up to the published admission number*.             will be used for school admissions decisions.                 address that you should use on your application.
Home to school distance will be measured by the
shortest route from the child’s home to the nearest       Where the home addresses of two or more                    We may ask for evidence to confirm the
of the school’s gates.                                    children are an equal distance from the school             address given.
                                                          (eg. two children living in the same block of
This will be measured by specialist computer              flats) and only one place remains available
software based on Ordnance Survey data. It                at the school in question, the place will be
measures using the road network supplied by               allocated randomly to one of these children.                     Please note: it is an offence to give a
Ordnance Survey and some other public rights of
                                                                                                                           false address. If we offer your child a
way which are paved and lit.
                                                                                                                           school place based on information which
You can check your home to school distance                Children who live on boats /                                     then turns out to be false or misleading,
measurement and the route used on our website             traveller children                                               we reserve the right to withdraw the
www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/schooladmissions                                                                                  offer and your application will be re-
                                                          If you and your child live on a boat or a traveller site         considered based on the correct facts.
                                                          and there is no Ordnance Survey / postal address                 This may apply even if your child has
                                                          data for your home, we will measure the distance                 started at the school offered.
                                                          to the site or marina.

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Proof of address                                          We will also require proof that the child you are
                                                          applying for lives with you. Therefore, please
To ensure that offers of school places are made           provide a letter from your child’s GP, dentist,             Remember…
fairly, the council is committed to following strict      hospital, optician; NHS medical card; child trust fund
address verification procedures.                          document, your most recent family tax credit letter         The council uses an ‘equal preference
                                                          which clearly states your child’s name and address.         system’. This means that all the
The address on your online or paper application will                                                                  preferences for each school are considered
be checked against council tax records.                   If you do not provide the above proofs by the               at the same time. However, you do need
                                                          date asked, we will assume your child lives further         to list your preferred schools in order of
After the closing date, if the school that you have                                                                   preference as we will only offer you a
                                                          away than all the other children applying for the
applied for is oversubscribed*, you may be asked to                                                                   place at one school. If it is possible to offer
                                                          same school. Even if you prove that you live at the
provide further proof of address.                                                                                     you a place at more than one school, we
                                                          address yourself, we still need proof that your child
                                                          (or children if you are claiming a sibling link) live       will allocate the one that is highest on
If you have recently moved into Brighton & Hove
                                                          there as well.                                              your list of preferences.
from overseas or another part of the UK and have
not yet registered for council tax in Brighton &                                                                      Checks are made on information provided
Hove, you will need to supply one of the following:                                                                   by parents / carers.* If a parent / carer* is
                                                               lease note: providing proof of address
                                                              P                                                       found to have supplied false or misleading
1. A copy of a current tenancy agreement signed by
                                                              does not guarantee your child a place at                information to gain a place at a particular
    all parties and arranged through a letting / estate
                                                              your preferred school.                                  school, the council reserves the right to
    agency, or solicitor’s letter showing exchange of
                                                                                                                      withdraw the place, even if the child
    contracts, if you have just moved house.
                                                                                                                      has started at the school. An example of
2. A copy of a recent utility bill for your home                                                                     false information would be the use of
                                                          Twins / multiple births                                     an address that is not the child’s normal
    address, showing usage - gas, electricity, water,     (or siblings* within the same year
    telephone (not mobile phones)                                                                                     residence.
                                                          group applying for the same school)
3. A copy of your driving licence                                                                                     Please note: it is an offence to give false
                                                          No special priority is given for the admission of
                                                                                                                      information to obtain a place at a school.
                                                          these children. If it is possible to offer a place at the
4. A copy of your house insurance policy                                                                              The council will investigate allegations
                                                          preferred school to one of the children because it is
                                                                                                                      about false information and will consider
5. HMRC Tax notification documentation                    the last place remaining, both (or all) children
                                                                                                                      prosecution in any such case.
                                                          will be offered a place. Please indicate clearly
6. TV licence (valid for the current year) with your     on each child’s application if they have a twin
    name and address                                      or other same year sibling also applying.

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