Admission to Blackpool Primary Schools 2021- A Guide for Parents CLOSING DATE 15 JANUARY 2021 APPLY ON-LINE AT ...

 
Admission to Blackpool Primary Schools 2021- A Guide for Parents CLOSING DATE 15 JANUARY 2021 APPLY ON-LINE AT ...
Admission to
Blackpool Primary
Schools 2021 –
A Guide for Parents
CLOSING DATE
15 JANUARY 2021
APPLY ON-LINE AT
www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                        www.blackpool.gov.uk
INTRODUCTION
                                                         This brochure is designed to support you through the process of applying for a
                                                                                                                                                Dear Parent/Carer,
                                                         primary place. It explains how the process works, what your rights as a parent or
                                                         carer are and how to appeal if you are not offered a place for your child in one of    As the Lead Member for Children’s Services and the Director of Children’s Services,
                                                         your preferred schools or academies.                                                   we are pleased to introduce this brochure, setting out the arrangements for the
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                                                         If you have made contact with your preferred school or academy earlier than this       admission of children to primary schools for the academic year beginning in
                                                         to express an interest in a place, you must still complete an application through      September 2021
                                                         the Local Authority.                                                                   If your child’s 4th birthday falls between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021,
                                                         Please read this brochure carefully and if you have any queries please contact the     then you will need to apply for his or her primary place. This brochure explains how
                                                         School Admissions Team on 01253 476637.                                                you can apply on-line for a school or academy. One of the main benefits of applying
                                                         Blackpool Academies (excluding voluntary aided academies) currently delegate           on-line is that you can find out on the National Offer date, by e-mail, which school
                                                         responsibilities for admissions and appeals to the Local Authority. For the purpose    or academy your child has been allocated.
                                                         of this brochure, all schools, academies and free schools have been referred to as     We are aware that choosing a school for your child is a really important decision.
                                                         school(s). Page 8 explains the different type of school.                               This brochure tells you which schools and academies are in Blackpool, how to
                                                         Note: The information contained in this brochure is accurate at the time of going to   apply for a place and how places are allocated. Each year, the majority of parents
                                                         press. However, legislation may be reviewed and you are strongly recommended to        are offered a place at one of their preferred options. However, this is not always
                                                         consult Blackpool Council’s website and any relevant school’s website for updates.     possible when more applications are received than there are places available. If
                                                         You can apply on-line at www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions.                        your preferences cannot be met, you will be told why, how to appeal and how to
                                                         Alternatively, you can apply on a paper application form, which is available from      put your child’s name on waiting lists.
                                                         any Blackpool primary school or the School Admissions Team. If you apply on-line,      You will find a list of local schools and academies, with an address and telephone
                                                         you must NOT complete the paper application form.                                      number for each, within this brochure. If you have any queries about an individual
                                                         VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS MAY ALSO REQUIRE A SUPPLEMENTARY FORM TO                       establishment, do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher/Principal.
                                                         BE COMPLETED IN RELATION TO APPLICATIONS BASED ON FAITH. THE FORM
                                                                                                                                                Each school and academy has its own website and prospectus which gives details
                                                         MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE.
                                                                                                                                                such as the curriculum, activities and facilities. This information will help you
                                                         You must complete and return an application form before the closing                    make up your mind before you complete your application. For those schools and
                                                         date of FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2021.Do not wait until the final day to submit               academies which are their own admission authority, such as some church schools
                                                         your application in case of computer failure or a delay in postal services.            and academies, the prospectus will also give you detailed information about how
                                                         The School Admissions Team can be contacted at:                                        places are allocated.
                                                         Children’s Services Department, PO Box 4, Blackpool FY1 1NA
                                                                                                                                                You must submit your application by the closing date, even if you already have
                                                         Tel:      01253 476637
                                                                                                                                                another child at your preferred school or academy. If your application is late, this
                                                         Email: schoolaccess@blackpool.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                will reduce your chances of being allocated a place at one of your preferred options.

                                                          PLEASE KEEP THIS SAFE                                                                 If you need further help with the application process, please contact the School
                                                          Make a note of your email address and login/password for you to access your           Admissions Team.
                                                          on-line application

                                                          Email address _________________________________

                                                          Password ____________________________________
                                                          Voluntary aided schools/academies ask that you also complete a                                    Cllr Kathryn Benson                            Diane Booth
                                                          supplementary form                                                                                Lead Member for Children’s Services            Director of Children’s Services
CONTENTS
                                                         Page
                                                          1       How old does your child have to be when you apply for a primary      WHEN DO CHILDREN START AT                        their 4th birthday.
                                                                  school place?                                                        PRIMARY SCHOOL?                                  A phased or part time start can be
                                                          2       If your child has Special Educational Needs                          Children must legally start at primary
                                                                                                                                                                                        requested.
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                                                                                                                                       school from the term start after their 5th
                                                          3       How to apply for a place at a Blackpool Primary School – (on-line)                                                    Arrangements are to be agreed with
                                                                                                                                       birthday.
                                                          5       How to apply for a place at a Blackpool Primary School –                                                              each school or academy after offers have
                                                                  (paper application)                                                  All admission authorities must however
                                                                                                                                                                                        been finalised.
                                                                                                                                       provide for admission in the September
                                                          6       Important Points to remember when completing your application                                                         In the event that you are thinking
                                                                                                                                       after each child’s 4th birthday. This is
                                                          7       Timetable for Primary Admissions                                     when most children usually start school.         of deferring your child’s entry into a
                                                          8       Applying For A Voluntary Aided (Faith) Primary School/Academy                                                         primary school reception class please
                                                                                                                                       If your child was born between
                                                          8       Academies                                                                                                             consider the following:-
                                                                                                                                       September 2016 and 31 August 2017
                                                          8       Free Schools                                                         then he / she should start school on the         Q   Your child will miss the gentle
                                                          8       Independent Schools                                                  first day of term in September 2021.                 introduction to school which a
                                                                                                                                                                                            reception class offers. This helps
                                                          9       How places are allocated for Blackpool Community and Voluntary       If you receive an offer for a primary
                                                                                                                                                                                            the child to become accustomed to
                                                                  Controlled Primary Schools and Academies                             school place for the September after
                                                                                                                                                                                            school life.
                                                                     9    Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan             your child’s 4th birthday you can defer
                                                                     9    Oversubscription Criteria                                    the start date within the reception year         Q   Your child may not understand why
                                                                     12   Joint Residency and transport                                (for 1 or 2 terms). The place will be held           their friends / peers from nursery
                                                                     12   Infant Class Size                                            (reserved) and the start date would                  have moved on and they have not.
                                                          13      Additional Information                                               usually be at term start in January or           Q   Your child may not be able to stay in
                                                                     13   Late Applications                                            March / April. (Even with deferred entry             nursery after his / her 5th birthday.
                                                                     13   Change of Preference                                         within the reception year the child must             This will create a gap between
                                                                     13   Moving House                                                 start school at term start after a 5th               nursery provision and starting at a
                                                                     13   Fraudulent Applications                                      birthday).                                           primary school.
                                                                     14   Waiting Lists
                                                                     14   UK Service Personnel                                         If your child is summer born (has a              Q   Your child will be placed with
                                                                     15   Applications from abroad (and other areas of the UK)         birthday between 1 April and 31 August)              children who have already had the
                                                                                                                                       you can decide to delay his / her primary            opportunity to adapt to primary
                                                          15      Admission to Blackpool Primary Schools after 1st September
                                                                                                                                       start for a full school year – until the             school life and who have already
                                                                     15 In-Year Fair Access Protocol
                                                                                                                                       September after the 5th birthday. If this            formed friendships.
                                                          15      Appeal Arrangements                                                  is your decision then your child will have
                                                                     15 How to appeal                                                  missed the reception year and you will           If your child is summer born and you feel
                                                          18      Nurseries in Blackpool                                               at a later date need to apply for a Year 1       that there are substantial / exceptional
                                                                                                                                       place. There may then not be available           reasons why he / she should start Primary
                                                          18      School Transport
                                                                                                                                       Year 1 places at schools which were your         school in the September after a 5th
                                                          20/21   Where to get further information                                                                                      birthday, and still have a reception start,
                                                                                                                                       original preferences. You may receive
                                                          22/47   Contact information for all Blackpool Primary Schools                an offer for a place for a school which is       you can apply for this to happen. Further
                                                          30      Map of all Blackpool Schools                                         further from your home address.                  details are available from the School
                                                                                                                                                                                        Admissions Team (01253 476637).
                                                          48      Sample Forms                                                         The vast majority of children do start
                                                          59      Useful Telephone Numbers                                             primary school in the September after

                                                                                                                                                                                    1
How to apply for a place at a Blackpool
                                                                                                                                                     Primary School
                                                         You will need to apply for a primary            and detail the special educational needs    application is handled from that point by        until midnight on the closing date of
                                                         school place at the usual time (before          of your child in the space provided. This   the SEND Officer that has been allocated         FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2021.
                                                         the statutory closing date) and confirm         needs to be completed before Friday         to your child.                                   Do not wait until the final day to
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                                                         your request. You should also provide           15th January 2021.                                                                           submit your application in case of
                                                                                                                                                     The Admissions team and the SEND
                                                         supporting information / evidence.                                                                                                           computer failure or unexpected
                                                                                                         If your child is in the process of          team work closely together. If you
                                                         Substantial and / or exceptional may                                                                                                         technical difficulties in accessing the
                                                                                                         obtaining an education, health and          have any concerns over your child’s
                                                         include developmental; educational;                                                                                                          internet.
                                                                                                         care plan (EHCP):                           placement, please contact send@
                                                         medical; social and welfare reasons.
                                                                                                                                                     blackpool.gov.uk or telephone them on            Will your application be secure?
                                                         Premature birth and illness preventing          Your child will access the admissions
                                                                                                                                                     01253 476602.
                                                         nursery provision for most or all of the        process for mainstream applications as                                                       The system has a series of security
                                                         previous year will also be considered.          outlined in this booklet. Should your                                                        features that will prevent others from
                                                                                                         child receive an EHCP during Autumn                                                          seeing your information.
                                                         Please note however that the majority
                                                         of children, including those with special
                                                                                                         Term 2020, your application will be             APPLY ON-LINE                                You should not disclose your username
                                                                                                         processed by the SEND Team who will
                                                         and additional needs, do start school in                                                                                                     and/or password to anyone else.
                                                                                                         contact you directly.
                                                         the September following a 4th birthday.                                                     You must apply for a school place
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who makes the application?
                                                                                                         If your child has an Education, Health      on-line at: www.blackpool.gov.uk/
                                                         The final decision about any request for                                                                                                     The person who has parental
                                                                                                         and Care Plan (EHCP) in place:              schooladmissions before the closing
                                                         full year deferral with reception start                                                                                                      responsibility should normally submit
                                                                                                                                                     date of FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2021.
                                                         is for each admission authority. There          Your child’s Early Years setting will let                                                    the application. If you do not have
                                                         is no legal right for this to be agreed.        you know that an Annual Review will         Why should you apply on-line?                    parental responsibility, you will need
                                                         Decisions about where children are              be held in the Autumn Term 2020                                                              to explain why you are completing the
                                                                                                                                                     Some of the benefits of applying
                                                         placed within any school or academy             where a discussion will take place                                                           application.
                                                                                                                                                     on-line are:
                                                         are for individual head teachers and            about the primary school places you
                                                         governors.                                      wish to consider. They will then consult    Q   It’s quick and easy to use.                  If you can’t finish the application,
                                                                                                         with those schools and also make            Q   There is no risk that your application       can you go back to it later?
                                                         If your child has a special
                                                                                                         any amendments to the EHCP. If you              will be lost in the post.                    You have until the closing date to
                                                         educational need and does not
                                                                                                         have any questions about this, please           You will receive an e-mail confirming        complete your application. Every time
                                                         have an education, health and care                                                          Q
                                                                                                         contact our SEND team directly at               that your application has been               you make a change to your on-line
                                                         plan (EHCP):
                                                                                                         send@blackpool.gov.uk identifying               received.                                    application, you should press ‘SUBMIT’.
                                                         Not all children with special educational       your child’s name, current setting and                                                       You will receive an e-mail confirming
                                                                                                                                                     Q   You can change your application up
                                                         needs require an Education, Health and          your requirement to start the “Phase                                                         the status of your application.
                                                                                                                                                         to the closing date.
                                                         Care Plan (EHCP). If this is the case,          Transfer” process. For children with an
                                                                                                                                                                                                      NB. Once you are happy with your
                                                         you will need to follow the admissions          EHCP the phase transfer process needs       When can you use the on-line
                                                                                                                                                                                                      application, press ‘submit’ before the
                                                         process for mainstream applications             to be completed by 15th February 2021.      system?
                                                                                                                                                                                                      closing date to ensure your application
                                                         as outlined in this booklet. This is                                                        This system will be available virtually
                                                                                                         If you have been asked to complete an                                                        is received.
                                                         because your child will have their                                                          24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There
                                                                                                         application form by your Early Years
                                                         special educational needs met by                                                            may be periods of time during the early          If you do not receive an e-mail
                                                                                                         SENCO, please answer the question
                                                         their mainstream school through the                                                         hours of the morning that the system is          acknowledgement immediately, please
                                                                                                         identifying whether your child currently
                                                         graduated response as outlined in the                                                       closed due to technical reasons.                 contact the school admissions team
                                                                                                         has an EHCP by checking the “YES”
                                                         SEND Code of Practice 2015. Please                                                                                                           on 01253 476637, as there may be a
                                                                                                         box. The Admissions team and the            You will be able to apply on-line from
                                                         access the mainstream application form                                                                                                       problem with your application.
                                                                                                         SEND team will liaise to ensure that this   TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2020
                                                                                                     2                                                                                            3
How to apply for a place at a Blackpool
                                                                                                                                                    Primary School
                                                         Should you send a paper copy                    What do you need to apply                                                                   If you do not receive this, please
                                                         as well?                                        on-line?                                                                                    contact the School Admissions Team
                                                                                                                                                        PAPER APPLICATION FORM                       immediately as your application may
                                                         You do not need to send a paper                 You need access to a computer and an
                                                                                                                                                                                                     not have been received.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                                         application providing you receive an            e-mail account. The council offers free
                                                                                                                                                    You may apply on a paper application             A letter will be posted to you on Friday
                                                         e-mail acknowledgement that your                computer access at its libraries. Local
                                                                                                                                                    form, which is available on request              16 April 2021, confirming your child’s
                                                         on-line application has been received.          library staff may be able to help you to
                                                                                                                                                    from all Blackpool primary schools or            allocated school.
                                                                                                         set up a free e-mail account.
                                                         Important note: if you are applying                                                        the School Admissions Team.                      If you live outside the Blackpool area,
                                                         for a voluntary aided primary school,           How can you get information                                                                 please contact your home authority to
                                                                                                                                                    Do not complete a paper application
                                                         additional information might be                 about schools on-line?                                                                      request an application.
                                                                                                                                                    form if you have applied on-line.
                                                         required to assist the governors of the         The School Admissions web page gives                                                        A Lancashire County Council
                                                                                                                                                    Be sure to return the application                application can be requested by
                                                         school in deciding whether your child           links to school websites and other web     before the closing date of of FRIDAY 15          ringing the Pupil Access Team on
                                                         qualifies for a place. If a supplementary       pages giving information about schools     JANUARY 2021.                                    01524 581148 or writing to the
                                                         form needs to be completed, it should           (such as the OFSTED site).                 If you are posting your application,             Area Education Office, White Cross
                                                         be returned direct to the school before
                                                                                                                                                    please allow adequate time for this to           Education Centre, Quarry Road,
                                                         the closing date. You must still submit                                                    be delivered.                                    Lancaster LA1 3SE.
                                                         your on-line application.                         NB. You must only use the
                                                                                                           Blackpool on-line application if         Even if you have a child already                 Lancashire County Council also
                                                         You may also need to provide the                  you are resident in Blackpool.           attending your preferred school,                 operates an on-line admissions system
                                                                                                           Lancashire County Council also           you must apply on time, as a late                for residents in the Lancashire areas
                                                         school with a copy of your child’s
                                                                                                           has an on-line system for people         application will reduce your chances             www.lancashire.gov.uk.
                                                         baptismal certificate.
                                                                                                                                                    of obtaining a place for your younger
                                                                                                           who live in the Lancashire area.                                                          Important note: If you are applying
                                                         Please read the school’s admission                                                         child at that school
                                                                                                                                                                                                     for a voluntary aided primary school,
                                                         policy carefully – available from the                                                      Where to submit your application                 additional information might be
                                                         individual schools, or their website.
                                                                                                         Can I use the on-line system during                                                         required to assist the governors
                                                                                                         the academic year?                         If you are applying for a primary school,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the school in deciding whether
                                                         How will you receive notification                                                          you must apply to the authority where
                                                                                                         The on-line school admissions system                                                        your child qualifies for a place. If
                                                                                                                                                    you live. If you are unsure, for example
                                                         of the allocated school?                        is only for applying for a school place                                                     a supplementary form needs to be
                                                                                                                                                    if you live near council boundaries, it is
                                                                                                         for a child who is due to start primary                                                     completed, it should be returned direct
                                                         Blackpool’s online system will go live                                                     whichever Local Authority you pay your
                                                                                                         (or secondary) school the following                                                         to the school before the closing date.
                                                                                                                                                    council tax to.
                                                         on the morning of Friday 16 April                                                                                                           You must still submit your application
                                                                                                         September – Reception and Year 7
                                                         2021 so you can view your offer. You                                                       You can apply for a primary school in any        to the School Admissions Team.
                                                                                                         starters.
                                                         will also receive an e-mail during                                                         area, but you must apply to your home
                                                                                                                                                                                                     You may also need to provide the
                                                         the morning confirming your child’s             There is no on-line access for in-year     authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                     school with a copy of your child’s
                                                         allocated school.                               admissions.                                Application forms must be returned to:           baptismal certificate.
                                                                                                                                                    Q   School Admissions Team,                      Please read the school’s admission
                                                                                                                                                        Children’s Services Department,              policy carefully – this is available from
                                                                                                                                                        PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA                 the school, or its website.
                                                                                                                                                    You will receive an email confirming
                                                                                                                                                    receipt of your application within
                                                                                                                                                    14 days. Please ensure your email
                                                                                                                                                    address is printed clearly.

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IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
                                                         WHEN COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION
                                                                                                           Authority will allocate a school where
                                                                                                           places are available.                            Timetable for Primary Admissions
                                                         Equal Preference Scheme                           PLEASE NOTE: The Local Authority
                                                                                                           will try to offer a place at one of your
                                                         Blackpool Council operates an Equal               preferred schools, but in some cases             Date                                 Action
                                                         Preference Scheme, which is mandatory             this will not be possible, and a place
                                                         across the country. This scheme means             will be offered at an alternative school.        Tuesday 1 September 2020             Parents can access the on-line application
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                                                         that each school listed on your application                                                                                             or obtain an application pack from
                                                         will be considered independently and              CO-ORDINATED ADMISSIONS SCHEME                                                        Blackpool primary schools or the Schools
                                                         fairly against the school’s published             All Local Authorities are required to                                                 Admissions Team
                                                         oversubscription criteria.                        co-ordinate admission arrangements               By Friday 15 January 2021            On-line applications must be submitted
                                                                                                           for schools within their area.                                                        before midnight. Paper applications must
                                                         You have the opportunity to express
                                                         three preferences which should be                                                                                                       be returned to the School Admissions
                                                                                                           You must apply for primary school                                                     Team by this date.
                                                         listed in priority order. It is strongly
                                                                                                           places to your home Local Authority
                                                         recommended that you name three
                                                                                                           (the authority where you live and                                                     Do not wait until the final day to submit
                                                         different schools to increase your
                                                                                                           pay Council Tax to). You can include                                                  your application in case of computer
                                                         chances of securing a school that is
                                                         acceptable to you.                                Lancashire primary schools on                                                         failure or a delay in postal services.
                                                                                                           your Blackpool application - this
                                                                                                                                                            During this period, all applications are processed and all preferences are
                                                         Do not be tempted to name the same                information will be exchanged with
                                                                                                                                                            considered against the published admissions policy. The Local Authority will
                                                         school two or three times on your                 Lancashire as part of the process to
                                                                                                                                                            liaise and exchange information with all other admission authorities, including
                                                         application as this will be considered            co-ordinate school admissions.
                                                                                                                                                            Lancashire County Council.
                                                         as one preference only.
                                                                                                           Your home Local Authority will issue the         On Friday 16 April 2021              If you have applied on-line, you will
                                                         You are advised to consider a nearby              offer of one primary school, on behalf                                                receive an e-mail confirming the allocated
                                                         school or academy for at least one                of all admission authorities who operate                                              school. The on-line system will go live on
                                                         of your preferences. It is important              within the co-ordinated scheme.                                                       the morning of Thursday Friday 16 April
                                                         to take into account whether the                                                                                                        2021.
                                                         admissions policy means it is likely that         Supplementary Forms
                                                         a place will be offered for your child.                                                                                                 If you have applied on a paper application,
                                                                                                           Voluntary aided (Church) schools and                                                  the letter will be posted on Friday 16 April
                                                         All preferences are circulated between            some voluntary aided academies normally                                               2021. The letter may arrive at various
                                                         admission authorities and are                     require a supplementary form to be                                                    times depending on the postal service in
                                                         considered equally at the same time.              completed. This additional information                                                your area.
                                                         Voluntary aided schools are sent all                                                                                                    If you are not satisfied with the allocated
                                                                                                           is used by the governing board to apply
                                                         the details they need in order to apply
                                                                                                           their oversubscription criteria. If the school                                        school, you may request an appeal form
                                                         their own oversubscription criteria.
                                                                                                           is oversubscribed, a failure to complete                                              from the School Admissions Team, or from
                                                         Where parents have requested a
                                                                                                           the supplementary form may result in                                                  the school direct if you are appealing for a
                                                         school outside of Blackpool, the details
                                                         of the application, together with any                                                                                                   voluntary aided school.
                                                                                                           the application for a place in the school
                                                         supporting information provided by                being considered against a lower priority        By the end of May 2021               Appeals should be returned in order to
                                                         the parent(s), are forwarded to the               criteria as the governing board will have                                             be heard in the first round of appeals.
                                                         relevant authority.                                                                                                                     Later appeals can be submitted but will
                                                                                                           no information upon which to assess the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 not be heard until later in the year
                                                         Where a place can be offered at any or            worship attendance. You may also need
                                                         all of your preferred schools, a place            to provide the school with a copy of your        June/July 2021                       First appeals heard by the Independent
                                                         will be allocated at the one that is              child’s baptismal certificate.                                                        Appeal Panels
                                                         highest on your preferred list.                                                                    September 2021                       Pupils start primary school
                                                                                                           You must still complete the common
                                                         If a place cannot be offered at any               application in order for your
                                                         of the preferred schools, the Local               application to be considered.
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Applying For A                                       schools, free from local authority control.
                                                                                                              Other freedoms include setting their own      How Places Are Allocated For Blackpool
                                                         Voluntary Aided                                      pay and conditions for staff, freedoms
                                                                                                              concerning the delivery of the curriculum,
                                                                                                                                                            Community and Voluntary Controlled
                                                         (Faith) Primary                                      and the ability to change the length of       Primary Schools and Academies
                                                         School/Academy                                       their terms and school days. Academies
                                                                                                              have the opportunity to manage their          In community schools, the Local                OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA
                                                         Most voluntary aided schools/academies               own admissions and appeals. However,          Authority is the admissions authority,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                                         have a faith basis and serve their local             the academies in Blackpool (excluding                                                        The ‘admission number’ is the number
                                                                                                                                                            having responsibility for determining          of pupils that the school can admit.
                                                         community, therefore, anyone can apply               the voluntary aided academies) have
                                                                                                                                                            the arrangements for admitting pupils.
                                                         for a place. The governing body of a                 delegated the responsibilities in relation                                                   Priority is always given to parental
                                                         voluntary aided school/academy decides               to allocations, for admission in 2021,        Voluntary controlled schools are
                                                                                                                                                                                                           preference, however, when there
                                                         the policy for allocation of places. The             to the Local Authority. You will need to      mainly religious or ‘faith’ schools,           are more preferences than there
                                                         process for applying for a place at a                contact an academy to establish its appeal    although anyone can apply for a place.         are places available, the admission
                                                         voluntary aided primary school/academy               arrangements.                                 The Local Authority is the admissions          authority follows its oversubscription
                                                         is similar to applying for a place at a
                                                         community or voluntary controlled                    Free Schools                                  authority, having primary responsibility
                                                                                                                                                            for determining the arrangements for
                                                                                                                                                                                                           criteria to determine which children
                                                                                                                                                                                                           should be allocated a place at that
                                                         primary school or academy, except that:              Free Schools are non-profit making,                                                          school.
                                                                                                                                                            admitting pupils.
                                                         Q   The governing body of a voluntary                independent, state-funded schools. Free
                                                             aided school/academy is responsible              Schools are expected to be open to pupils     ACADEMIES                                      NB. The oversubscription criteria are
                                                             for determining eligibility for admission.       of all abilities from the area and cannot                                                    different for voluntary aided schools
                                                                                                                                                            The governing board is the admissions
                                                             There are specific sections on the               be academically selective. Free Schools                                                      and certain academies, so it is a good
                                                         Q                                                                                                  authority. The primary school                  idea to check the criteria for every
                                                             application that must be completed.              will need to take part in their local co-
                                                                                                                                                            academies in Blackpool (excluding              school that you are interested in. You
                                                         PARENTS WHO WISH THEIR APPLICATION                   ordinated admissions process, and so
                                                                                                              parents apply for places for their child in   the voluntary aided academies),                will need to contact individual schools
                                                         TO A FAITH SCHOOL TO BE CONSIDERED                                                                 have delegated the responsibilities in
                                                                                                              the same way as any other local school.                                                      to get a copy of their admissions policy.
                                                         AGAINST THE FAITH CRITERIA SHOULD
                                                                                                                                                            relation to allocations for September
                                                         ALSO COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTARY
                                                         FORM IF THIS IS REQUIRED.
                                                                                                              Independent Schools                           2021 to the Local Authority.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The oversubscription criteria used to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           allocate places in community schools
                                                                                                              Independent schools set their own             You can obtain full policies direct from       is detailed below. Certain academies
                                                         If the school is oversubscribed, a failure
                                                                                                              curriculum and admissions policies. They                                                     have chosen to adopt the same criteria
                                                         to complete the supplementary form may                                                             the schools or their individual website.
                                                                                                              are funded through fees paid by parents.                                                     but you should confirm this with each
                                                         result in the application for a place in the
                                                                                                              The School Admissions and Appeals             CHILDREN WITH AN EDUCATION,
                                                         school being considered against a lower                                                                                                           academy.
                                                                                                              Codes do not apply to them. If you are
                                                         priority criteria as the governing body                                                            HEALTH AND CARE PLAN
                                                                                                              considering applying for an independent                                                      Looked After Children
                                                         will have no information upon which to                                                             The vast majority of all primary school
                                                                                                              school and do not wish your child to be
                                                         assess the worship attendance. You may                                                             children, including those with special         Blackpool Council gives the highest
                                                                                                              allocated a school that is maintained by
                                                         also need to provide the school with a                                                                                                            priority to Looked After Children
                                                                                                              the Local Authority or an academy, please     educational needs, enjoy a successful
                                                         copy of your child’s baptismal certificate.                                                                                                       (LAC), as required by the Education
                                                                                                              advise in writing which independent           education in a mainstream school.
                                                         Please note that you must still complete             school you are applying for. Please be                                                       and Inspections Act 2006 and the
                                                         the common application in order for                                                                Where a particular school is                   Education (Admission of LAC) (England)
                                                                                                              aware that if you do not apply for a
                                                         your application to be considered.                   maintained school or an academy before        additionally resourced or has the              Regulations 2006.
                                                         Admission policies for voluntary aided               the closing date, and your child is not       required expertise, then priority for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           A looked after child is a child who is in
                                                         schools/academies differ from school to              offered a place at an independent school,     place at the school is given to children
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the care of a local authority or provided
                                                         school. It is important that you check the           you reduce your chances of obtaining a        who have an Education, Health and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           with accommodation by that Authority,
                                                         admission policy of the school carefully             place at a preferred school. If you apply     Care Plan that names the school.               as defined in Section 22 of the Children
                                                         even if you have an older child already              for a maintained school or an academy
                                                                                                              and an independent school, and are
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Act 1989, at the time of application and
                                                         attending that school.
                                                                                                              fortunate to be offered a place at both,                                                     allocation.
                                                         Academies                                            please confirm in writing, which school
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Under legislation, children who leave
                                                         Academies are publicly funded independent            place you are accepting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           public care through adoption, a
                                                                                                          8                                                                                            9
residence order or special guardianship            had to attend an alternative school.        The distance between the applicant’s            JOINT RESIDENCY AND TRANSPORT
                                                         order, will continue to be given the                                                           home and school is taken as a straight          A child’s residency may on occasion be
                                                         same priority although they are no                 It should be noted that all schools can     line between the Local Land and                 50/50 between two addresses over a
                                                         longer looked after by the state.                  make provision for special educational      Property Gazetteer (LLPG) address point
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        school year. Parents may be required
                                                                                                            needs, and can also manage common           of the applicant’s home address and of          to provide evidence to support this
                                                         Also children who were previously in               conditions e.g. asthma, epilepsy,           the school. The LLPG is a point within          information. However, it remains
                                                         state care outside of England and have             diabetes.                                   the boundary of the property and is             that only one address can be used for
                                                         ceased to be in state care as they have                                                        usually located at its centre. Distances        admission purposes. Parents will be
                                                         been adopted. These are children who               Only exceptional reasons directly
                                                                                                                                                        are measured using the council’s                given a short time to agree which is
                                                         were looked after outside of England               relevant to a particular school will
                                                                                                                                                        geographic information system.                  the child’s main address and to confirm
                                                         by a public authority, a religious group           be considered. Priority will be given
                                                                                                                                                                                                        preferences (this must be done quickly
                                                         or another provider of care whose sole             to the child for the preferred school       If the local authority is unable to             to allow the admissions process for all
                                                         purpose is to benefit society. Parents             only if the submitted evidence              determine eligibility on distance, i.e.         schools to proceed). If agreement is
                                                         and carers will be expected to provide             unequivocally proves the circumstances      two or more addresses are equal                 not possible the admission authority
                                                         evidence of previous looked after                  and demonstrates why any alternative        distance from the school; a random              and / or the Council will decide which
                                                         status.                                            schools would be unsuitable.                allocation will be carried out. In the          address will be used. This will consider
                                                                                                                                                        event of a random allocation, someone           information from third parties. For
                                                         Medical/Social/Welfare reasons                     Siblings                                    independent of the children’s services          example - child minders, nurseries,
                                                         Children for whom the council accepts              Priority will be given to brothers and      department and of the school would              primary schools electoral and council
                                                         that there are exceptional medical,                sisters of children already attending the   supervise the process, and parents/             tax records as well as child benefit
                                                         social or welfare reasons associated               school at the time of application and       carers would be invited to attend.              arrangements (historic and current)
                                                         with the child and/or family which                 allocation (the national statutory offer
                                                                                                                                                        IMPORTANT NOTE:                                 Some children live with one parent part
                                                         are directly relevant to the school                date).
                                                                                                                                                        The Local Authority will investigate any        of the week and another for the rest.
                                                         concerned.
                                                                                                            This includes full brothers and sisters,    apparent or alleged inaccuracies which          Only one address can be used for school
                                                         Only exceptional reasons which are                 half brothers and sisters, step brothers    come to light at any time during the            admission purposes. This should be where
                                                         directly relevant to a particular school           and sisters and adopted and foster          allocation process.                             the child lives for most of the school week.
                                                         will be considered. If you feel that               brothers and sisters who are living                                                         If advice is needed, please contact the
                                                         there are exceptional medical, social              within the same family at the same          School places will be withdrawn                 School Admissions Team (01253 476637).
                                                         or welfare reasons associated with                 address.                                    where they have been offered due to
                                                         your child and/or family which support                                                                                                         Parents should be aware that
                                                                                                                                                        misleading or false information.                entitlement to assistance with transport
                                                         admission to a particular school you               Full brothers and sisters who do not live
                                                                                                            at the same address will still be given                                                     is assessed separately after the
                                                         must indicate that this is the case on
                                                                                                            priority as siblings. Half, step, adopted                                                   admissions process. You cannot use
                                                         your application.
                                                                                                            and foster brothers and sisters who do        IMPORTANT NOTE:                               one address to apply for and access a
                                                         All applications will be considered but            not live at the same address will not be      A CHILD’S NURSERY IS NOT                      preferred school place and then flip to
                                                         supporting professional evidence will be           classed as siblings.                          TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION                      another for transport assessment. This
                                                         required to demonstrate exceptional or                                                           WHEN ALLOCATING A                             will not be accepted, even if the child’s
                                                         compelling reasons why only a specific                                                           PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACE                          pattern of residence changes.
                                                                                                            Distance
                                                         school can cater for a particular child’s                                                        There are certain primary schools             There must be very exceptional reasons
                                                                                                            Blackpool Council determines the
                                                         needs. This must set out the reasons                                                                                                           for the other address to be accepted;
                                                                                                            distance from the applicant’s home            that have a nursery attached, but
                                                         and the level of risk to the child or                                                                                                          e.g. bereavement, house fire at one
                                                                                                            address to the school with the nearest        children attending the nursery do
                                                         family and why the school in question                                                                                                          address, evidenced sale of one address.
                                                                                                            to a preferred school having priority for     not automatically move into the
                                                         is the only suitable school; plus any
                                                                                                            a place.                                      primary school.
                                                         difficulties which would arise if the child

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Additional Information

                                                         INFANT CLASS SIZE LIMITS                           a procedural error made by the              Late Applications                                   Admissions Team as soon as you have
                                                                                                            admission authority in the original         Applications received after the closing             details of your new address. If you have
                                                         Infant classes (those where the                    application process;                        date will be treated as late applications.          exchanged contracts or have evidence
                                                         majority of children will reach the age
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                                                                                                            d) Children admitted after an Independent   Only in exceptional circumstances, and              of a confirmed offer of a tenancy, you
                                                         of 5, 6, or 7 years during the school
                                                         year) must not contain more than 30                appeals panel upholds an appeal;            where appropriate evidence is provided,             can ask for your child’s application to
                                                         pupils with a single qualified teacher.                                                        will those applications received after              be considered from the new address.
                                                                                                            e) Children who move into the area
                                                                                                            outside the normal admissions round         the closing date (but before offers of              If you move after you have applied but
                                                         Additional children may be admitted                                                            places have been made) be considered                before places are allocated, you will
                                                                                                            for whom there is no other available
                                                         under limited exceptional circumstances.                                                                                                           need to contact the School Admissions
                                                                                                            school within reasonable distance           alongside those received on time.
                                                         These children will remain an ‘excepted
                                                                                                            (this is extremely unlikely to apply in                                                         Team to discuss the situation.
                                                         pupil’ for the time they are in an infant                                                      If you move into the area after the closing
                                                                                                            Blackpool due to the size of town);
                                                         class or until the class numbers fall back                                                     date, it is possible that your preferred            If you move temporarily during the
                                                         to the current infant class size limit. The        f) Children of UK service personnel         schools will be fully allocated. A place            admissions process you must also
                                                         excepted children are:                             admitted outside the normal                 will, therefore, be allocated at the closest        contact the School Admissions Team, as
                                                                                                            admissions round; (see page 14 on
                                                         a) Children admitted outside the normal                                                        school with availability.                           temporary addresses may not always
                                                                                                            posting only)
                                                         admissions round with an Education,                                                            Even if you have a child already at your            be accepted for admission purposes.
                                                         Health and Care Plan (previously known             g) Children whose twin or sibling from
                                                                                                            a multiple birth is admitted otherwise      preferred school, submitting a late
                                                         as a statement of Special Educational                                                                                                              Fraudulent Applications
                                                                                                            than as an excepted pupil;                  application will reduce your chances of
                                                         Needs) specifying a school;                                                                                                                        The Local Authority will investigate any
                                                                                                                                                        gaining a place at that school
                                                         b) Looked After Children and                       h) Children with special educational                                                            apparent or alleged inaccuracies which
                                                         previously Looked After Children                   needs who are normally taught in a          Change of Preference                                come to light at any time during the
                                                         admitted outside the normal                        special educational needs unit attached     You can only request a change of                    allocation process. If it is found that a
                                                         admissions round;                                  to the school, or registered at a special   preference up until the closing date –              child has been allocated a school place
                                                                                                            school, who attend some infant classes      you must put this in writing by emailing            due to misleading information having
                                                         c) Children admitted, after initial                within the mainstream school.
                                                         allocation of places, because of                                                               schoolaccess@blackpool.gov.uk. Once                 been provided, for example an incorrect
                                                                                                                                                        an application has been submitted, and              address, then the Local Authority will
                                                                                                                                                        the closing date has passed, a change of            withdraw the offer of the place and an
                                                                                                                                                        preference can only be actioned if there            alternative school will be allocated.
                                                                                                                                                        is a significant change of circumstances,
                                                                                                                                                        ie. a house move.                                   Blackpool Council has a statutory duty
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to co-ordinate annual admission intakes
                                                                                                                                                        You will be unable to access the on-                and must ensure a school or academy
                                                                                                                                                        line system after the closing date. Any             offer for every child.
                                                                                                                                                        requests for a change of preference
                                                                                                                                                        should be made in writing, but evidence             We will share your information
                                                                                                                                                        must be provided to demonstrate the                 with and request information from
                                                                                                                                                        reasons for your change. It may not be              other admission authorities in order
                                                                                                                                                        possible to action any changes after                to complete this statutory process
                                                                                                                                                        Friday 5 March 2021                                 including, where required, those in
                                                                                                                                                                                                            neighbouring local authority areas and
                                                                                                                                                        Moving House                                        the relevant support agencies for your
                                                                                                                                                        If you are planning to move house,                  child / children.
                                                                                                                                                        you will need to notify the School
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For further information about how                 finish for the Christmas break).               Other areas of the UK)                            In-Year Fair Access Protocol
                                                         Blackpool Council uses your personal                                                             It is required that families must be              Blackpool Council operates an In-Year
                                                         information, including your rights as a           Children will be placed on the waiting         resident in Blackpool (or nearby) in              Fair Access Protocol, which ensures that
                                                                                                           lists using the oversubscription criteria.
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                                                         Data Subject, please see our website                                                             order to apply within the annual intake           access to education is secured quickly
                                                                                                           Late applicants will be slotted into the       process.
                                                         www.blackpool.gov.uk/privacy                                                                                                                       for children who have complex needs.
                                                                                                           list according to where they meet the
                                                                                                           oversubscription criteria                      Exceptions will include UK Service and
                                                         The Authority will investigate each
                                                         application individually by means which
                                                                                                           Therefore, a child who moves into the
                                                                                                                                                          Crown Servants and British Council                Appeal
                                                         are most appropriate in the particular
                                                         circumstances. The Authority reserves
                                                                                                           area later can have a higher priority
                                                                                                                                                          employees (as above).
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arrangements
                                                                                                           than one who has been on the waiting           Families returning to an address in               If you are unhappy that you have not
                                                         the right to seek information from any            list for some time. This is a statutory        Blackpool (or nearby) will need to                been offered a place at one of your
                                                         relevant third party when investigating           requirement, stipulated in the School          provide evidence of ownership -                   preferred schools, you have the right to
                                                         disputed information.                             Admissions Code, that all admission            whether the address is pre-owned or               appeal to an independent appeal panel.
                                                                                                           authorities have to follow.                    not. In addition they must be physically
                                                         The relevant address is where the child
                                                                                                                                                          resident during the application period            Before deciding whether to appeal,
                                                         lives and will travel to/from school.             NB. Voluntary aided primary schools/           for an application to be accepted. This           you may find it helpful to visit the
                                                         Addresses of relatives, friends or                academies will maintain their own              means that the child must be resident             school that you have been offered.
                                                         childminders must not be used and                 waiting lists in accordance with the           with parents / carers (or a parent or a           You may find that this school is an
                                                         neither should addresses of any other             school’s admissions policy, so you             carer). This applies to new to country            acceptable alternative option.
                                                         properties owned by applicants                    should contact the school direct to            applicants and to those returning from
                                                                                                           establish your child’s position on the list.   work placements / secondments abroad.
                                                         Waiting Lists                                                                                                                                      How to Appeal
                                                         Waiting lists for all primary schools will        UK Service Personnel                           The Local Authority will decide                   Blackpool Community and Voluntary
                                                         be set up in the week following the               Families of UK service personnel, other        whether or not applications can be                Controlled Primary Schools
                                                         letters being sent to parents. If you             Crown Servants and British Council             accepted within the process to co-
                                                         would like your child to be placed on a           employees are subject to frequent              ordinate admissions. Where required               If you wish to appeal for a Blackpool
                                                         waiting list for a community, voluntary           movement within the UK and from                individual admission authorities will be          community or voluntary controlled
                                                         controlled school or certain academies,           abroad, often at relatively short notice.      consulted.                                        school, you should request an appeal
                                                         you will need to contact the School                                                                                                                pack from the School Admissions Team
                                                         Admissions Team.                                  The Local Authority will allocate a            ADMISSION TO BLACKPOOL                            by ringing 01253 476637.
                                                                                                           school place in advance, subject to an         PRIMARY SCHOOLS AFTER 1st
                                                         If a place becomes available, the                 official government letter (e.g. MOD,          SEPTEMBER 2021                                    Academies
                                                         child highest on the waiting list will            FCO or GCHQ) declaring a relocation            All parents requesting a primary school           If you wish to appeal for a Blackpool
                                                         be offered the place. This is not                 date and intended address. A Unit              place, either because they are new to             academy, it is recommended that you
                                                         dependent on whether an appeal has                postal address, or, if appropriate, a          Blackpool, or because they are wishing            contact the School Admissions Team to
                                                         been submitted.                                   ‘quartering area’ address (the address         to transfer schools within Blackpool, will        establish the appeal arrangements.
                                                                                                           of the closest house in the nearest            be required to complete an appropriate
                                                         The School Admissions Team will                                                                                                                    Voluntary Aided Schools
                                                                                                           ‘quartering area’), will be accepted on        In-Year Application Form, allowing them
                                                         maintain the waiting lists for all
                                                                                                           applications in the absence of a new           to express up to three preferences. The           If you wish to appeal for a place in a
                                                         community, voluntary controlled
                                                                                                           home postal address.                           admission of all students to Blackpool            Blackpool voluntary aided school, you
                                                         schools and academies (excluding
                                                                                                                                                          schools will be co-ordinated by the               should contact the school direct to request
                                                         voluntary aided academies), until the
                                                                                                           Applications from Abroad (and                  School Admissions Team.                           an appeal pack, as a different form is used.
                                                         end of the autumn term (when schools

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Free Schools                                     hearing, together with information on       a) it finds that the admission of                 there have been irregularities in the
                                                         If you wish to appeal for a free school,         how the appeal is organised. You will       additional children would not breach              way your appeal has been handled,
                                                         you should contact the school direct to          receive at least two weeks notice of        the infant class size limit;                      you can write to:
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                                                         establish its arrangements for appeals.          the hearing. A copy of the admission                                                          Local Government Ombudsman
                                                                                                                                                      b) the admission arrangements had
                                                                                                          authority’s case will be sent to you at                                                       PO Box 4771 Coventry CV4 0EH
                                                                                                                                                      not been properly implemented, ie.
                                                         Schools within the Lancashire                    least one week before the hearing.
                                                                                                                                                      the oversubscription criteria had not
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tel: 0300 0610614
                                                         County Council area                                                                          been applied correctly;                           www.lgo.org.uk
                                                                                                          Where will the appeal be heard?                                                               E-mail: advice@lgo.org.uk
                                                         To request an appeal form, please
                                                                                                          Appeals for schools within Blackpool are    c) and/or the decision to refuse a
                                                         contact: Pupil Access Team, Area                                                                                                               The Local Government Ombudsman
                                                                                                          normally held in Blackpool Town Hall.       place was not one which a reasonable
                                                         Education Office, White Cross                                                                                                                  cannot look at complaints about
                                                                                                                                                      admission authority would have made
                                                         Education Centre, Quarry Road,                                                                                                                 academies. You should speak to the
                                                                                                          When will the appeal be heard?              in the circumstances of the case.
                                                         Lancaster LA1 3SE.                                                                                                                             academy initially about how to complain
                                                         Tel: 01524 581148                                Appeal hearings take place during the       How are you notified of the                       to them. They will provide you with a
                                                         Web: www.lancashire.gov.uk                       summer term during office hours.            decision?                                         copy of their complaints procedure.
                                                         Can you submit more than one                     What happens at the hearing?                The appeal panel will come to a                   The Secretary of State has no power
                                                         appeal?                                          You are advised to attend the               decision after considering all aspects            to review the decisions of individual
                                                                                                          hearing if possible. This gives you the     of your circumstances as well as                  appeal panels. You can contact the
                                                         There is no restriction on how many
                                                                                                          opportunity to state your case, and         the difficulties the school would                 Education Funding Agency if you feel
                                                         appeals you can lodge at any one
                                                                                                          it also helps the appeal panel should       experience through the admission of               that the admissions authority has
                                                         time. You do not have to wait for
                                                                                                          they have any questions for you. If you     another pupil.                                    acted unreasonably with regard to the
                                                         the decision from one before you
                                                                                                          cannot make the date of the appeal          A letter notifying you of the panel’s             appeals process.
                                                         initiate an appeal for another school.
                                                         This applies if you wish to appeal for           hearing, the appeal may go ahead in         decision will be sent to you as soon              Complaints about academies should be
                                                         a Blackpool community school, an                 your absence. If you are ill on the day     as possible. The clerk to the panel will          made by completing the Department
                                                         academy or a voluntary aided school              of the hearing or are unable to attend      advise when you should expect your letter.        for Education’s schools complaints
                                                         or a Lancashire school/academy.                  for any other reason, please contact                                                          form, which can be accessed via
                                                                                                          the Independent School Appeals              What happens if your appeal is not
                                                                                                          Team on 01253 477157, who will try          successful?                                       www.gov.uk/government/publications/
                                                         If you are moving house
                                                                                                          to arrange a suitable alternative date.     The appeal panel’s decision is final              complain-about-an-academy
                                                         If you are moving house, firm written
                                                                                                          Due to statutory timescales, this may       and binding on all parties. You cannot
                                                         evidence will be required with the                                                                                                             or by post to Ministerial and Public
                                                                                                          result in a delay in hearing your case.     appeal twice for a place at the same
                                                         appeal form. The minimum which is                                                                                                              Communications Division, Department
                                                                                                                                                      school in the same school year unless
                                                         normally accepted is a solicitor’s letter                                                                                                      for Education, Piccadilly Gate, Store
                                                                                                          Infant Class Size Limits                    the admission authority agrees that
                                                         confirming an exchange of contracts.                                                                                                           Street, Manchester M1 2WD.
                                                                                                          Infant classes (those where the             your first appeal was not conducted
                                                         How is the appeal arranged?                      majority of children will reach the age     properly or accepts a significant                 In-Year Appeals
                                                         The Independent School Appeals                   of 5, 6, or 7 years during the school       change in your circumstances (this
                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you move into the area or want to
                                                         Team arranges all appeal hearings for            year) must not contain more than 30         must be a change since the original
                                                                                                                                                                                                        transfer your child to another school,
                                                                                                          pupils with a single qualified teacher.     hearing or information which was not
                                                         schools in Blackpool. You will receive                                                                                                         you also have the right of appeal if a
                                                         an acknowledgement of your appeal                                                            known at that time).
                                                                                                          The powers of an appeal panel are limited                                                     place is not available at your preferred
                                                         form. A letter will then follow which            in these cases, and it may only allow an    If you feel that the procedures have              school. Appeal hearings take place
                                                         gives the date, time and place of your           appeal in very extreme circumstances        not been followed correctly or that               throughout the academic year, every

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4 – 6 weeks. Your appeal would be                   foot; by bicycle or by bus. Information      Q   The nearest suitable school is              Education, Health and Care Plans in
                                                         scheduled for the next hearing in                   on local bus routes can be obtained              beyond 2 miles (for children over           accordance with the criteria outlined
                                                         accordance with the deadlines for                   from Blackpool Transport on 01253                the age of 8 and under 11)                  in the Home to School and College
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                                                         submitting an appeal form. The                      473001, at www.blackpooltransport.           Q   The school is between 2 and 6 miles         Transport policy.
                                                         Independent School Appeals Team at                  com or by downloading the mobile app.            (if aged 11-16 years and there are
                                                         the Town Hall can provide these dates.                                                               not three or more suitable nearer           Each child will be assessed individually
                                                                                                             It is the responsibility of parents to           schools)                                    and a formal application and assessment

                                                         Nurseries in                                        ensure that their children get to and
                                                                                                             from school at the appropriate time
                                                                                                                                                          Q   The school is between 2 and 15
                                                                                                                                                              miles and is the nearest school
                                                                                                                                                                                                          will be based on individual needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          For any application there must be
                                                         Blackpool                                           each day.                                        preferred on the grounds of religion        substantive medical evidence in support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          All applications are considered by a
                                                         If you would like to apply for a place at a                                                          or belief (aged 11-16 years)
                                                                                                             What is the criteria?                                                                        panel of council officers and you will
                                                         nursery, you must contact the Manager of
                                                                                                             There are certain circumstances when         Further information about how the               normally be notified of the outcome of
                                                         the nursery to request an application form.
                                                                                                             Blackpool Council will provide support       nearest suitable school is defined for          your application within 28days.
                                                         All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to         or pay for your child to receive school      transport purposes is contained in the
                                                         15 hours of free early education, working           transport. Full details of the eligibility   Home to School and Transport Policy             When and how to apply
                                                         parents who meet the criteria could be              and decision criteria is outlined in the                                                     If your child is starting primary or
                                                         entitled to an extra 15 hours of free early         Home to School and College Transport         What support is available?                      secondary school for the first time in
                                                         education for 3 and 4 year olds. Children           policy which can be downloaded from          Where transport is necessary Blackpool          September and you think you may be
                                                         are entitled to a free Early Years Provision        www.blackpool.gov.uk                         Council will arrange this in the most           entitled to support you should apply
                                                         place from the start of term after their                                                         cost effective way that is consistent           once your child has been offered a
                                                                                                             The policy also explains about what          with what is reasonable for the child’s         school place.
                                                         third birthday. Parents are encouraged
                                                                                                             action you can take if you feel your         individual needs. At the discretion
                                                         to discuss their requirements with their
                                                                                                             application has not been fairly              of Blackpool Council support may be             If your child is transferring schools at
                                                         preferred childminder, nursery, preschool
                                                                                                             considered and wish to make an               provided in the following ways:                 any other time you can apply at the
                                                         or school. However, not all settings will
                                                                                                             appeal.                                                                                      appropriate time.
                                                         be able to meet all requirements.
                                                                                                                                                          Q   Bus passes for journeys to and
                                                         Further information about all pre-school            Blackpool Council may provide transport          from school on Blackpool Transport          Application forms for mainstream and
                                                         provision can be obtained by contacting:            assistance where a child lives further           services                                    Special Educational transport support
                                                                                                             away from the nearest suitable school        Q   Transport on Blackpool Council              can be obtained from Blackpool
                                                         Blackpool Family Information Service
                                                                                                             than the specified walking distance. The         vehicles or contractors vehicles            Council website www.blackpool.gov.
                                                         PO Box 4, Blackpool FY1 1NA
                                                                                                             specified walking distance is                Q   Cycle maintenance grants                    uk/Residents/Education-and-schools/
                                                         Tel: 0800 092 2332                                                                               Q   Mileage allowances                          Getting-to-school/School-transport.aspx
                                                                                                             Q   For a child under the age of eight           Support with independent travel
                                                         Website: www.fyidirectory.co.uk                                                                  Q
                                                                                                                 years: 2 miles                               training                                    Applications can also be made online or
                                                         Email: fis@blackpool.gov.uk
                                                                                                             Q   For a child aged between eight and                                                       telephone 01253 476795/476174 or

                                                         School Transport
                                                                                                                 sixteen: 3 miles                                                                         email transportdirect@blackpool.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                          Children unable to walk to school
                                                         When choosing a preferred school for                Blackpool Council may also provide           (accompanied if necessary) by
                                                         your child you should carefully consider            transport assistance where pupils are        reason of their special educational
                                                         how your child will travel to school.               entitled to free school meals or their       need, disability or mobility
                                                         Where possible you should encourage                 parents are in receipt of maximum            Blackpool Council may provide
                                                         your child to travel independently; on              working tax credit if:                       transport assistance for pupils with

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Where to get further information

                                                         Blackpool Family Information Service            School Performance Data                The DFE has also produced a booklet          Schools Adjudicator
                                                         is a free, impartial service offering           Performance data is available by       ‘Primary and Secondary School                To object to an admission
                                                         information on a wide range of                  contacting the school or on            Admissions and Appeals: A Guide              authority’s admissions processes or
APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                                         services for children, young people             www.compare-school-performance.        for Parents’. This can be accessed at        oversubscription criteria, you may
                                                         and their families and professionals            service.gov.uk                         http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/8152/                  contact: The Secretary, Office of the
                                                         working with families.                                                                                                              Schools Adjudicator, Mowden Hall,
                                                                                                         DfE Parents’ Centre                    Advisory Centre for Education
                                                                                                                                                                                             Staindrop Road, Darlington, DL3 9BG.
                                                         Blackpool Family Information Service                                                   The Advisory Centre for Education
                                                                                                         The Department for Education has a                                                  Telephone: 01325 735303,
                                                         also offers impartial and free advice                                                  (ACE) is an organisation that advises
                                                                                                         website which can support and advise                                                e-mail:osa.team@osa.gsi.gov.uk
                                                         on the admissions process and can be                                                   parents on state education. The
                                                                                                         parents on a wide range of issues
                                                         contacted on 0800 092 2332.                                                            website is www.ace-ed.org.uk You can         website: www.education.gov.uk/
                                                                                                         www.education.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                also contact them on 0300 0115 142.          schoolsadjudicator/
                                                         OFSTED Reports
                                                                                                         There are a number of links to other
                                                         OFSTED Reports are produced by the              parents’ organisations and support                                                  Legislation
                                                         Government’s school inspectors. For             groups on this website.                                                             School Admissions is based on the
                                                         the most recent reports you may                                                                                                     Education Act 1996, the School
                                                         contact the school or they are available                                                                                            Standards and Framework Act 1998,
                                                         at www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports.                                                                                                       the Education Act 2002, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                             Education and Inspections Act 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                             (www.legislation.gov.uk).

                                                                                                                                                                                             The School Admissions Code and
                                                                                                                                                                                             School Admissions Appeals Code can
                                                                                                                                                                                             be found on www.gov.uk

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Contact information for all
                                                         Blackpool Primary Schools
                                                          Boundary Primary School                     Nursery maintained by Local             Layton Primary School                     Breakfast Club                        
                                                          Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, FY3 7RW          Authority                                Meyler Avenue, Blackpool FY3 7DX          After School Club                     
                                                          Tel: 01253 287250                           Breakfast Club                          Tel: 01253 392179
APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    APPLY ON-LINE AT www.blackpool.gov.uk/schooladmissions
                                                          Email: admin@boundary.blackpool.sch.uk      After School Club                       Email: admin@layton.blackpool.sch.uk
                                                          Web: www.boundaryschool.co.uk                                                        Web: www.layton.blackpool.sch.uk
                                                                                                      Extended Services                   
                                                          Headteacher:                                                                         Blog: www.laytonblogs.net
                                                          Miss Suzanne Ashton
                                                                                                                                               Headteacher: Mr Jonathan Clucas

                                                         Boundary Primary School is a mixed community primary school catering for             Layton Primary School is a mixed primary school catering for children between
                                                         children between the ages of 3 and 11 years, and is located in the Grange Park       the ages of 4 and 11 years, and is located in the Layton area, to the east of
                                                         area, to the east of Blackpool town centre.                                          Blackpool town centre.
                                                         The Admission Number for September 2021 is 60.
                                                                                                                                              The Admission Number for September 2021 is 90.

                                                          Kincraig Primary School                 Nursery maintained by Local             
                                                                                                  Authority                                    Stanley Primary School                      *Breakfast Club                     
                                                          and Children’s Centre
                                                                                                                                               Wordsworth Avenue, Blackpool FY3 9UT        *After School Club                  
                                                          Kincraig Road, Blackpool FY2 0HN        Children’s Centre                       
                                                                                                                                               Tel: 01253 761022 or 763601
                                                          Tel: 01253 354059                                                                                                                *Holiday Club
                                                                                                  Breakfast Club                              Email: admin@stanley.blackpool.sch.uk                                           
                                                          Email: admin@kincraig.blackpool.
                                                                                                  After School Club                            Web: www.stanleyprimaryschool.com
                                                          sch.uk                                                                          
                                                          Web: www.kincraig.blackpool.sch.uk                                                   Co-Headteachers:
                                                                                                                                               Headteacher: Mr Craig England
                                                          Headteacher: Mrs Karen Appleby

                                                                                                                                              Stanley Primary School is a mixed primary school catering for children between
                                                         Kincraig Primary School is a mixed primary school catering for children between      the ages of 4 and 11 years, and is located in the Marton area, to the south east of
                                                         the ages of 3 months and 11 years, and is located in the Bispham area, to the        Blackpool town centre.
                                                         north of Blackpool. There are 8 places for babies and 16 places for 2 year olds in   The Admission Number for September 2021 is 90.
                                                         the Nursery (8 places in the morning and 8 places in the afternoon).
                                                                                                                                              * The Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club are privately run and
                                                         The Admission Number for September 2021 is 30.                                       operated off site at Marton United Reformed Church.

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