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Finding a Primary School Place A guide for Wiltshire residents seeking a primary school place during the 2016/2017 school year and a directory of primary, infant and junior schools in Wiltshire.
Applications can be made online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk The process is quick and easy. You will be provided with a confirmation of the information you have supplied and a quick acknowledgement that this has been received. You can make changes to your application up until the deadline of 15 January 2016. You will be guided through the process to ensure that the information you are giving is all that is required for your application to be processed and the system helps you by checking for errors. All you need is a computer which has access to the internet. You can access at home, at work, at a library – anywhere with a connection to the worldwide web. The system is secure. No one can see information that they are not entitled to see. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there’s no risk of any postal delays or applications getting lost. You do not have to complete a written application if you apply online. www.wiltshire.gov.uk Visit the web site today to complete your application Cover photograph is a stock photo – posed by models.
Dear Parent Finding a primary school place I am delighted to write a short introduction to this booklet, which outlines details of Wiltshire’s primary schools, together with information on school admission arrangements. I hope that you will find it helpful and useful to you and, should you have any comments, would be pleased to receive them. Deciding on a school for a child is one of the most important decisions that parents have to make. I am sure that you will be taking great care in doing so and will find the time to visit your local schools and form your own opinions. In doing so I expect you will take account of the extensive research and advice on what constitutes a good school. There is no doubt that the leadership and management skills of the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and governors play a critical part in this and I know that you will see their influence on the schools that you visit. Similarly, all research indicates that ‘teachers make a difference’ and you will take close account of the quality of teaching on offer in your local schools. I am proud to be able to say that Wiltshire has an outstanding number of excellent schools with high quality leadership and teaching in them. As well as these factors, you will also want to consider the range of other opportunities available to your child, and will take a close note of the school’s atmosphere. All schools do a great deal to provide a welcoming and purposeful ethos, which again are well known to be important factors in determining the success of the school. Admissions to all of Wiltshire’s state primary schools are administered by the School Admissions Team at County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN. Please feel free to contact Customer Services if you have any difficulties in understanding the admissions arrangements or any other topics set out in this guide. The telephone number for admissions queries is 01225 713010. The information in this guide was correct at the time of issue and relates mainly to the school year 2016/17. It will not necessarily apply to later years. A new version is published each autumn. I wish your son or daughter every success in their primary education. Yours sincerely Carolyn Godfrey, Director for children’s Services and Corporate Director
Contents Foreword........................................................ 1 Children with a statement of Special Aim of the booklet.......................................... 3 Educational Need (SEN) ............................. 11 Choosing a school ......................................... 3 Looked after children (LAC) and previously looked after children. ............11 Types of school.............................................. 3 Infant to junior transfer..................................12 Split site schools ............................................ 4 Infant to primary transfer ..............................12 Schools with Special learning Centres (SLC) – resource centres ............................................. 4 Primary / junior to secondary transfer...........12 Admission authorities ..................................... 4 In-year transfer applications..........................12 Admission policies .......................................... 4 Living in Wiltshire and transferring to another Wiltshire school............................12 Published Admission Number (PAN)............. 5 Applications from forces families ...................13 Designated and shared areas ........................ 5 Further information ........................................14 Reasonable alternative .................................. 5 Free school meals .........................................14 Infant class size ............................................. 5 Home to school transport ..............................14 Co-ordinated admissions .............................. 6 Transport to denominational schools.............15 Applying for a school place .......................... 6 Spare seats scheme ......................................15 Filling in the application form ......................... 6 Applying for transport ....................................15 Completed forms ........................................... 7 Consider a sustainable travel choice ............15 Applications on faith grounds......................... 7 Education welfare service ..............................16 How forms are processed ............................. 7 Support for children from ethnic minorities....16 Notification of offers....................................... 8 Traveller education service.............................16 Non Wiltshire residents ................................. 8 Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) ............16 Applying for an out-of-county school ............ 9 Diocesan boards and departments Register of interest of a school place ............ 9 of education ....................................................16 Waiting list for voluntary Independent Schools Council (ISC) ...............16 or community schools .................................... 9 Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) .16 Waiting list for foundation and voluntary aided school and academies......................... 9 Department for education...............................16 Appeals .......................................................... 9 Our neighbouring local authorities.................. .17 Late applications............................................ 10 The admission criteria for all community and voluntary controlled schools ....................19 Early Years education .................................... 10 Term dates ....................................................20 Local authority nursery classes...................... 10 Starting school .............................................. 11 Deferred admission until later in the academic year ........................................ 11 Exceptional circumstances requiring delayed admissions..................................................... 11
Aim of the booklet county, Wiltshire Council will allocate a place, This booklet aims to provide all the information if you live outside Wiltshire, your home local you need to apply for a primary school place. authority will allocate a school place and you The first section explains how to make an should contact them directly. Contact details application and the deadlines for doing so. are given on page 17. The inserted section gives details of all the Naming second and third preferences will not state maintained primary schools within your reduce your chance of securing a place for your district of Wiltshire. Four separate inserts are child at your first preference school. Repeating available. The areas covered are North, East, your first preference school in the second and South and West Wiltshire. If you would like to third preference boxes on the application does receive information about any of these areas not improve your child’s chance of securing a please call Customer Services on 01225 713010 place at your preferred school. This will result or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk only in wasting your preferences as a school can only be considered once on each application. Choosing a school Many schools are now their own Admissions It is advisable to collect as much information Authority and have different policies for about the schools in your area as possible to admitting pupils. help you decide which would be most likely to meet your child’s needs. Before applying, you need to carefully consider how closely you meet the school’s criteria. For It is a good idea to visit all the schools you are example: considering to gain firsthand experience of how they are run and to meet the staff and • Some schools will give priority to those with pupils. Every school has a prospectus which a sister or brother already attending the will be available on request, from the school school, however, some do not. This will include: • Other schools may give priority to those • The main aims and objectives of the school living in a certain geographical area, or who • National curriculum test results live nearest to the school. • Information about school policy and rules eg • If the school is a faith school then they may homework and behaviour give priority to those who regularly attend • After school clubs and activities an affiliated church. Schools are regularly inspected by The Office It is very important to read the criteria carefully for Standards in Education (OfSTED). Report before making your application to try to assess summaries can be obtained from the individual your chances of success. If a school is school, local libraries or the OfSTED website: oversubscribed and you don’t meet any of the www.ofsted.gov.uk school’s admission criteria, you might be better The common application form supplied off applying to another school. You should also by Wiltshire Council allows you to express consider how your child will get to your preferences for up to three schools. Although preferred school. If this is not your designated more than 97 per cent of parents secured school you will be expected to pay for any places for their children at a preferred primary required transport. school for September 2015, some schools are Types of school unable to offer places to everyone who applies to them. If you are interested in one Children living within Wiltshire who are aged of these very popular schools it is a good four to eleven attend either a primary school idea carefully to consider second and third or an infant school followed by a junior school. options where your child has a realistic You will find a list of all of the schools within chance of being offered a place. If you do one of the four area inserts. If you would like not name second and third schools when information about schools in North, East, South, applying and we cannot offer your first or West Wiltshire, please contact Customer preference your child will be allocated a Services on 01225 713010 or visit place at the next nearest school with www.wiltshire.gov.uk available places. If you live within the
Within Wiltshire there are six different types Many schools for example, Voluntary Aided, of school: voluntary controlled, community, Foundation Schools and Academies are their voluntary aided, academy, foundation and own Admissions Authority. independent. Wiltshire Council is the admission authority for Details of independent schools located in all the community and voluntary controlled Wiltshire can be obtained through The schools situated within the county. Independent Schools Council (ISC) on 020 7766 Wiltshire Council is responsible for co- 7070, by email: email@example.com or the ordinating and administering admissions to all website: www.isc.co.uk Independent schools schools in Wiltshire except Independent should be contacted directly regarding the Schools. admission process for their school. Wiltshire Council is responsible for Admission policies administering admissions to all schools in Each admission authority (this may be the Wiltshire except Independent Schools. This school) is required to publish details of its means that applications for the year of entry admission procedure and how applications will at any of these schools should be made be processed. This policy will also advise how through Wiltshire Council. many places are available at the school and how priority will be given on applications when there Split site schools are more applications than places available. Some primary schools in Wiltshire operate as a single school but have two geographical bases. These policies are reviewed every year so it is Where both bases operate a full key stage 1 important to check the most recent version to and key stage 2 provision on both sites, for ensure you are correctly informed of your child’s admission purposes, the sites are treated as priority for a place at your preferred schools. separate schools. Applications should name As the admission authority for all voluntary the site for which you are applying. You may controlled and community schools Wiltshire apply for both sites if you wish: if you choose to Council also publishes an admissions policy do so then you must name them as two of your which can be found on page 19 of this preferences. Examples of split site schools: booklet. This policy has been agreed by the The Mead or The Mead at Wingfield Elected Members of Wiltshire Council and is Corsham Primary (Pound Pill) or Corsham determined in line with the regulations laid Primary (Broadwood) down by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 as amended by subsequent Education Schools with Special learning Centres Acts and is in accordance with the School (SLC) – resource centres Admissions Code produced by the Department Please note that if you are applying for a place for Education. at a mainstream school that has an SLC on site and you are offered a place at the This policy does not apply to Voluntary mainstream school, this does not mean that Aided, Foundation Schools or Academies. your child will be able to access the centre. Summaries of the policies for voluntary aided Places at SLC are offered through Central SEN and foundation schools and academies can Services and not by the school admissions be found within the inserted directory. In the team. Children who have access to SLC will directory section you will see a set of figures have a Statement of Special Educational Need. which show under which admission criteria children were admitted to each school for the last three years. This should give you an idea of Admission authorities the availability of places at the school and help Each school has an admission authority which you to determine what priority will be given to is the body responsible for deciding whether your application if the school is oversubscribed. a place is available for a child to attend a particular school.
You should also get a feel for the likelihood priority for a place than any out-of-area children. of you making a successful application to a To find out your local or designated area particular school. If details of your preferred school for your address, please contact schools are not shown on these pages, Customer Services on 01225 713010 who will please contact the schools directly for more be able to advise you or alternatively please Information. visit, www.wiltshire.gov.uk. Published Admission Number (PAN) Reasonable alternative Each school has a PAN. This takes into If we are unable to offer a place for your child account the physical size of the teaching areas at one of your preferred schools and you live (capacity) and the number of year groups in within Wiltshire, the School Admissions Team the school. The PAN is the number of children will seek a place for your child at a reasonable which, if admitted to every year group, would alternative school. A reasonable alternative bring the school up to the capacity of its is usually a school within the statutory safe buildings. In normal circumstances schools will walking distance of your home address. If not admit children, especially those from out of your child is under eight, this is two miles, their designated area, if they have already for children eight or over this distance reached their PAN. On the other hand schools increases to three cannot refuse any intake year application if miles. The School Transport Section of Wiltshire they are not up to their PAN. The PAN is Council is responsible for determining the safe therefore a very important number and you will walking distance. Further details regarding school find each school’s published admission transport can be found on pages 14 and 15. number in the inserted directory sections of In some areas it is not possible to find a the guide. Schools may admit over PAN if reasonable alternative school within walking there is no reasonable alternative (see distance , in these circumstances your child Reasonable Alternative and Infant Class Size would be entitled to transport to the closest alternative school. Prejudice sections). Infant class size Designated and shared areas Many admission policies will refer to the Legislation currently states that infant classes must not contain more than 30 pupils with a designated area or more commonly single teacher. Additional children may be known as a catchment area of the school. admitted under limited exceptional This area is the geographical zone which circumstances. These children will remain an is served by a particular school. To be ‘excepted pupil’ for the time they are in an infant within the designated area of a school class or until the class numbers fall back to current you will have to live at an address within infant class size limit. The excepted children are: this geographical zone. a) Children admitted outside the normal A school is not always at the centre of its admissions round with statements of special designated area. educational needs specifying a school; Living in a designated area, however, does not guarantee a place at any b) Looked after children and previously looked school. after children admitted outside the normal admissions round; In some parts of Wiltshire designated areas overlap and particular addresses might be c) Where a mistake has been made by the within the designated area of two or more Local Authority which denied a place to a child who should have been offered one; schools. Children living within such areas will be given the same priority as children living d) Children admitted after an independent in areas where their address is served by just appeals panel upholds an appeal; one school. At Community and Voluntary e) Where there is no alternative school that the Controlled Schools all in-area children have a child could reasonably attend; higher
f) Children of UK service personnel admitted If your child has a statement of special outside the normal admissions round; educational need, you should contact your case g) Children whose twin or sibling from a worker as the admission for him or her will be multiple birth is admitted otherwise than as handled by the Central SEND Team at County an excepted pupil; Hall and not by the School Admissions Team. h) Children with special educational needs who You cannot apply online or use the common are normally taught in a special educational application form in these circumstances. needs unit attached to the school, or registered Filling in the application form at a special school, who attend some infant It is important that the application form is classes within the mainstream school. completed fully. If you have any questions about Co-ordinated admissions completing the form, please contact Customer All admissions to the intake year of primary Services on 01225 713010. Schools are co-ordinated by the Admissions On the form you are asked to give the name Team at County Hall. This means that everyone of ‘the applicant’. The person applying for who lives in Wiltshire must complete a common on behalf of the child must have parental application form even if the school you want responsibility. It is important to name just your child to attend is outside Wiltshire. There one person in this section and ensure your is a national deadline date for all relationship to the child is given in the applications and a national offer date. The appropriate space. deadline date in Wiltshire is 15 January The home address given for the child 2016. National offer date is 18 April 2016. should be the address where the child will Applying for a school place be living at the time of the deadline, which is 15 January 2016. This address is very You must apply for a school place: one will not important in helping to determine your child’s be allocated automatically. You can apply online priority for using www.wiltshire.gov.uk – details are given at a school place. If the address given is not the the front of this guide. If you apply online you same as that of the applicant, please attach do not need to complete a paper application. details of the child’s residential arrangements There is a common application form which to the application form. If you have shared should be used by all Wiltshire residents who custody of your child such that he or she has wish to apply for the normal point of entry two addresses, the address given on the child (reception year or year three juniors) for a benefit notification letter will be taken as primary school place. A child will be due to the child’s home address. Where schools are start Primary School in September 2016 if they oversubscribed, you may be asked to provide were born between 1 September 2011 and proof that your family were living at the address 31 August 2012. given on the application form at the time of the Application forms will be available from deadline. The Local Authority reserves the right nurseries, Pre-schools, Primary Schools or from to check details held on the Council Tax Customer Services on 01225 713010. You can database to confirm address details. also download a copy of the primary application Parents may choose up to three preferred form from the website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk schools which should be named in order of If you do not live within Wiltshire, you must preference on the application form. You do not complete the common application form which is have to name three schools, but it is important produced by your home local authority, even if you to consider alternatives in case we are unable wish to apply for a place at a Wiltshire school. to offer a place at your preferred school. You can name any school which is state maintained on this form. If you wish to apply for an independent school, you should contact the school directly for information about how to apply.
Naming just one school on your application Late applications will not be considered until all does not increase the chance of your child those applications received before the deadline securing a place at that school, neither does have been processed, which means that you naming the same preference more than once. are less likely to secure a place at your Multiple applications for the same child cannot preferred school. be processed, therefore it is important that both The receipt of your application will be parties in shared custody arrangements are in acknowledged. This applies to all paper and agreement over the preferred school(s) named. online applications. If you have not received an Failure to provide a definitive application could acknowledgement within fifteen school days of jeopardise your child’s priority for a school place. returning your completed application form, please If you wish to make changes to your preferences contact Customer Services at Wiltshire Council before the deadline date you need to submit on 01225 713010. another form or amend your online application. Applications on faith grounds On the form you are asked to provide information regarding your child’s religious Some foundation and aided schools require status. This information is only relevant if you additional information to that which is collected are applying for your child to attend a faith on the application form. This will help them school. If this is not the case, this section can be decide the children who can be offered a place left blank. If you are applying for a faith school, at their school. If you are applying on faith this information and any supporting evidence grounds, you must contact your preferred the school may ask you to provide could affect school(s) as you are likely to be required to your child’s priority for a place at the school. provide evidence of faith, for example a Therefore it is essential that you also contact baptismal certificate or a reference from your your preferred school(s) to determine whether minister. such additional information is required. You may also be required to provide additional If you have other children of primary school age information by your preferred school(s) on a attending Wiltshire schools, this information supplementary form. Failure to provide the should be included on the application form in the additional information may result in your child not appropriate box as many schools will award securing a place at your preferred school. higher priority for school places to children who Please do not send supplementary have brothers or sisters already at the school. information back to the Local Authority, it If it is found that an application has been made must go back to the school. fraudulently, a school place which has been It is very important to remember that offered as a result of this application may be completing a supplementary form does not withdrawn. mean that you have made an application. Completed forms You must apply online or on a common application form and submit it to Wiltshire Once you have completed your child’s Council. application form it should be returned to: The School Admissions Team How forms are processed Wiltshire Council All application forms for children living in County Hall Wiltshire should be sent to the Admissions Team Trowbridge Wiltshire at County Hall, Trowbridge. We will send details BA14 8JN of applications with preferences for schools in other counties and boroughs to their own All forms must be received at the address no education offices. later than 15 January 2016. Information about applications made to Any application form received after this time foundation, voluntary aided schools and will be treated as a late application. academies within the county will be passed on to those schools.
The individual admission authorities will Admissions Team on this date. Details of consider all applications made for their school the outcome of your application will not be and rank these in order of priority by using their available before this date. oversubscription criteria. The school place offered will be at your This ranked list will then be sent back to the highest preference school which has a School Admissions Team. place available. If we are unable to offer When all of the admission authorities have you a place at any of your preferred schools, returned this information to Wiltshire Council a school place will be allocated. it will be used to decide which school can offer The notification letter will detail all the your child a place. An offer will be made at the preferences you made as well as indicating highest preference school you have named which school place your child is being offered. which can accommodate your child. If both If you move house after completing the the first and second preference school could be application form, please ensure that you contact offered, the first preference school would be Customer Services on 01225 713010 with your given, even if the second preference was closer new address details. Proof of your new address to home. is required. If you live in Wiltshire and we cannot offer It is important that you follow the instructions a place to your child at any of your on the offer letter, by either accepting or preferred schools, a place will be allocated at an alternative school. declining the place offered for your child. Details of where to send this information and We will inform other local authorities of any the date this must be done by will be included offers of places at Wiltshire Schools to be made within the letter. Failure to respond to this letter to applicants who live in their areas. Other local may result in the school place being withdrawn authorities will inform us of any offers of places to and the place offered to another applicant. Wiltshire residents which they are able to make. Our proposed allocations will be matched with Non Wiltshire residents those from other authorities and any multiple If you do not live in Wiltshire you may still offers will be removed. We will ensure that express a preference for a school within the the higher preference is offered if there is an County. However your application should be application for an out of county school to consider. made on the form produced by your local The processing will take some time and each authority, which can be obtained from the child will receive an offer of just one school place. education offices of the county or borough in which you live (see page 17 for contact details). Please note that the order in which you have listed your preferences is only looked at after When you have returned your form to them, schools have ranked all applicants. No school details of your preference will be forwarded can give higher priority if you have named them to Wiltshire Council. If you are seeking a place as your first preference on the application form. at an voluntary aided, foundation school or academy we will pass on your application Your ranked position for each school will be details to that school. determined by applying the admissions criteria for that school: preferences are treated equally For example, if you live in Frome and want to in the ranking process. apply for St John’s Catholic School in Trowbridge, you should fill in a Somerset form Notification of offers and return it to Somerset County Council. They Offers will be posted to Wiltshire residents will send your application details to Wiltshire on 18 April 2016. All Wiltshire applicants Council and these will be forwarded to St John’s. will receive an offer for one Primary school Your application will be considered by St John’s place which will be posted out by the School alongside all other applications for the school.
Applying for an out-of-county school Waiting list for foundation and voluntary aided If you live in Wiltshire and wish to express a school and academies preference for a school outside the county, you Foundation and voluntary aided schools and may do so. academies maintain their own waiting list once the application process has been completed You must complete a Wiltshire form and return and if any places become available at the school it to the School Admissions Team at County applicants will be considered as outlined in the Hall. We will ensure that your preference details school’s published policy. are passed on to the appropriate authority. For information regarding waiting list at any For example, if you live in Royal Wootton foundation and aided schools and academies Bassett and want to apply for Wroughton please contact the school directly. Infants School in Wroughton Swindon, you must complete a Wiltshire form and return it to Appeals County Hall, Trowbridge. We will pass on your If you have not secured a school place at your application details to Swindon Borough Council preferred school(s) you have the right to appeal where it will be considered alongside the other to an independent appeal panel. If you wish to applications for the school. appeal, please contact Customer Services on Register of interest of a school place 01225 713010, who will be able to advise you of Some schools collect names of parents the action you need to take. interested in their school, sometimes many You have a right of appeal against any school years before the child is due to start school. we have refused or not considered. It is important to note that any waiting or If you have applied to foundation, voluntary registration lists kept by a school, to which you aided schools or academies, details of the may have added your child’s name prior to the appeal process can be obtained directly from normal application process do not constitute the school. It is important to note that some a formal application. Applications must be schools may require that you appeal the submitted as outlined within this guide. decision within a strict timescale. Waiting list for voluntary or community schools Your appeal will be heard by an independent If your child has been refused admission to any appeal panel, which will consider: voluntary controlled or community school, his or • Whether the relevant admissions authority her name will automatically be placed on a followed its own admissions policy and if it waiting list. This list will close on the last school had good reasons for not offering your child day of the July term. To remain on the waiting a place (e.g. the school was over-subscribed list for the new academic year you must make and other children met the over-subscription a fresh application. Such applications should be criteria more closely.) made from the April prior to the new academic • Whether your child’s need to be at the year. For more information regarding waiting school is greater than the effects of having lists please visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk or contact additional children at the school. Customer Services on 01225 713010. • Your reasons for wanting your child to attend It is important to note that any waiting list has to the school. be kept in priority order determined by the • Any supporting evidence that might be admission criteria as given on page 19 of this relevant to your case (although this may not guide. We will not keep waiting lists in date apply if this is for an infant class size appeal order of receipt of applications. This means that – you should ask about this before an your position on the waiting list can change as appeal.) new names are added to it.
In a case where the Admissions Authority has This equates to 570 hours per year. Providers refused to give a child a place because it would offer a variety of part-time and longer hours in a take an infant school class over 30 pupils, the community area. Providers may make additional two stage process does not apply. This is charges for services but these must not be a called an Infant Class Size appeal and the barrier for more children to attend. appeal panel can only allow it if: Eligibility for the scheme is determined by the (i) the decision was not one which a reasonable date of birth as set out by the Government. For admission authority would have made; or details of the scheme and a list of registered providers within Wiltshire, please visit the (ii) the child would have been offered a place if Wiltshire Council website and the online childcare the admission arrangements had been directory at properly implemented; www.wiltshire.gov.uk/earlyyearsparentcarer or (iii) the admission of any additional children contact Early Years & Childcare on either 01225 would not breach the infant class size limit. 757950 or firstname.lastname@example.org The appeal panel’s decision is binding on Attending a particular pre-school or nursery parents and the admission authority alike. If does not entitle a child to any greater priority your appeal is successful, your child will be for admission to any primary school. offered a place at the school. Local authority nursery classes Late applications In Wiltshire there are nine schools with nursery If you apply after the deadline of 15 January classes which offer free part-time education for 2016, your application will not be considered 3 and 4 year olds: until all those applications received before the deadline have been processed. This Bulford Kiwi Primary School means that the outcome of your application Salisbury Pembroke Park Primary School will not be determined until late June 2016 at the earliest. Salisbury Woodlands Primary School Trowbridge, Bellefield Primary and Nursery Early Years education School Free, good quality, part-time pre-school education is available to eligible 2 year olds and The remaining five nursery classes are in all three and four year olds. Children are funded aided or foundation schools: from the 1 September, 1 January or the 1 April Bulford St Leonard’s CE Primary following their second or third birthday and School (Bulford) entitled to up to 15 hours per week. River Mead School (Melksham) Hours may be taken with any provider registered on the Directory held within the Clarendon Infants’ School (Tidworth) Early Years and Childcare team. These Zouch Primary Academy (Tidworth) providers include a range of nurseries, pre schools, school nursery classes, independent The Avenue School ( Warminster) schools, and childminders. Eligible 2 year Applications for a nursery place at any of these olds can access their hours at providers nine schools should be made directly to the with either a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted individual nursery school. judgement, whilst 3 & 4 year olds can access their hours at providers with at least Priority for admission to the community and a ‘requires improvement’ Ofsted judgement. voluntary controlled nursery schools (the first The hours are free to the parent and the listed) will be determined using the following childcare setting is reimbursed by funding criteria: from Wiltshire Council. 1. Children within the care of a local Up to fifteen hours free early education are authority. available each week for 38 weeks per year. 2. Children living within the school’s designated or shared area.
3. Children living outside of the designated Deferred admission until later in the or shared area of the school who will academic year reach the age of four during the school A school place in the reception class is year. Within categories 2 and 3 priority will available for children from the September of the be determined in the following order: academic year in which they turn five. Where • Medical or social reasons (supported by an offer of a place is made to a child below the appropriate authority). compulsory school age, parents have the right to defer their child’s entry to school until later in • Children who have a brother or sister the school year. The place is held for the child already attending the school. and is not available to be offered to another If more applications are received than places child. Entry may not be deferred beyond the are available within these categories, the beginning of the point at which the child reaches straight line distance from the child’s home compulsory school age and not beyond the address and the nursery will be used as a beginning of the final term of the school year for tiebreaker with the child living closest being which it was made. afforded the highest priority. If two or more Where a parent or guardian chooses to defer distances are identical, the allocation of places their child’s admission beyond the academic will be determined by the casting of lots. year for which admission is sought, the place Starting school originally offered cannot be held over and a Legislation states that your child must be in full fresh application is required. Children whose time education from the start of the term entry is deferred are usually expected to join following his or her fifth birthday. In Wiltshire their chronological peer group, i.e. year 1 children can start school at the earliest from the unless the parents submit an application for September following their fourth birthday. admission to an alternative year group. Your child will not be entitled to start school Admissions of children outside their normal before this time. age group. In exceptional medical or social circumstances Parents may seek a place for their child (where supporting evidence can be provided outside of their normal age group, for by a specialist) which adversely affect the child example, if the child is gifted and talented or and where no suitable pre-school provision is has experienced problems such as ill health. available, early admission may be permitted for Parents of a summer born child may choose a maximum of one traditional term. not to send their child to a school until the Should you wish to apply for an early admission September following their fifth birthday and for one term in view of exceptional they may request that they are admitted circumstances and where no suitable pre- outside their normal age group – to reception school provision is available, please write to the rather than year 1. All admission authorities School Admissions Team who will refer this are required to make clear in their admission application to the relevant professional(s). arrangements the process for requesting admission outside of the normal age group. All children due to start reception from September 2016 will be eligible to attend full The decisions on requests for applications time. If parents wish their child to attend part outside the child’s normal age group are made time from September 2016 or to defer entry until by the Admission Authority for any particular later on in the academic year for which school, which in the case of Voluntary Controlled admission is sought they must arrange this with & Community Schools is the Council. For the school. Schools should make clear their Voluntary Aided, Foundation Schools or admission and induction policies. Academies the Admissions Authority is the governing body of the school concerned. The decision to admit outside of their normal age group is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case. All parents who wish to apply for delayed entry into reception for
any Wiltshire school, must first submit a formal Looked after children (LAC) and application to the Local Authority. If they are previously looked after children applying for a Voluntary Controlled or Under the Children Act 1989, a child is looked Community school, they will also need to make after by a local authority if he or she is in their a written request at the time of application to the care or is provided with accommodation by a Local Authority’s admissions co-ordinator, local authority. Such children fall into four main groups. providing reasons for the request along with any supporting documentation they wish to include. • Children who are accommodated under a voluntary agreement with their parents. All requests should be made in the September • Children who are the subject of a care order following the child’s 3rd birthday, in order to give or interim care order. sufficient time for the case to be considered by • Children who are the subject of emergency the admissions authority prior to the deadline for orders for the protection of the child. applications of 15 January. • Children who are compulsorily The Local Authority will make decisions on the accommodated, including children basis of the circumstances of each case and in remanded to the local authority or subject to the best interests of the child concerned. a criminal justice supervision order with a residence requirement. If the parental request for delayed admission It is a statutory requirement for looked after into reception is agreed, a separate application children and previously looked after children to for a place in the next cohort would have to be be given the top priority in any oversubscription made in the September following the child’s 4th criteria. birthday. This application would be considered When making an application, you must make it along with all the other applicants for admission clear if you are applying for a place for a Child in that year at the preferred school. There would in Care or a previously looked after child. be no guarantee that a place would be able to You will need to provide information and a be offered in the preferred school. If the copy of the relevant order. Please ensure this preferred school is over-subscribed and you are is provided by deadline date. not offered a place, the Local Authority will make Infant to junior transfer an alternative offer. However please note that Children who are in year two at an infant delayed admission in to reception in the school have a greater priority for a place at alternative school may not be possible. the linked community or voluntary controlled junior school than other children. This priority If the parental request for delayed admission is dependent upon the completion and return into reception is refused, the formal application of the required application prior to the closing which has already been submitted will be date of 15 January 2016. The priorities for processed, unless the Local Authority receives a admissions to voluntary aided or foundation request from the parent to withdraw the schools may be different. For details please application. refer to the directory sections of this guide or contact the schools directly. Children with a statement of Special Infant to primary transfer Educational Need (SEN) Children who are in year two at an infant school A child with a statement of SEN naming a and wish to apply for a primary school place particular school must be admitted by that from year three, must complete a primary school and is not subjected to the standard transfer form. Application forms can be admission process described in this booklet. obtained by calling customer services on Your case worker will assist in finding an 01225 713010. Details are also available online appropriate placement for your child. via www.wiltshire.gov.uk
Primary School or Junior School to secondary Living in Wiltshire and transferring to an transfer out-of-county school Information regarding the admission process If you currently live in Wiltshire and wish to and deadlines for Wiltshire residents who wish apply to transfer your child to a school in to apply for a secondary school place can be another county then you must contact the local obtained through a separate booklet: ‘Finding authority in that county for details on how to a Secondary School Place’. This booklet and apply. application forms can be obtained by calling Live outside Wiltshire and would like to Customer Services on 01225 713010. Details apply for a school in Wiltshire. are also available online via If you live outside Wiltshire and would like to www.wiltshire.gov.uk transfer your child to a school in Wiltshire you should apply directly to Wiltshire Council. If your child is in their final year of primary education at a maintained Wiltshire school, To obtain a copy of a transfer application form they will be given a secondary application form please contact Customer Services on 01225 during the autumn term. You must apply for a 713010 or download a form from secondary school place from 1 September 2015. www.wiltshire.gov.uk The deadline for applications for the year seven If you are applying for a community or voluntary intake in 2016 is 31 October 2015. controlled school we will make the decision on your application. If you are applying to an In-year transfer applications academy, foundation or aided school, The normal round of admission will be for the governing body will make the decision. children starting school for the first time or for Interviews cannot form part of the admissions children joining a junior school in year three in process for any school. Once a decision has September 2016. However, you may wish to been made Wiltshire Council will write to you apply for a change of schools, either because with the decision. you are moving to the area or you wish for your child to transfer schools. You have the All applications will be considered in order of right to state a preference for any school. If this receipt. If two or more applications are received is the case, you should complete the transfer on the same day, these will be prioritised using application form, which is available from the oversubscription criteria for the school. For Customer Services on 01225 713010 and from details of the admission arrangements for an most primary, infant and junior schools. academy, aided or foundation schools, please consult the directory sections of this guide and Living in Wiltshire and transferring to another contact the school directly. Wiltshire school The decision letter will provide information, if If you live in Wiltshire and would like to appropriate, about the statutory right of appeal. transfer your child to a school in Wiltshire you Your child should not be removed from school should apply directly to Wiltshire Council. unless an alternative school place or educational To obtain a copy of a transfer application form provision has been secured elsewhere. Unless please contact Customer Services on you have moved house and it is not practical for 01225 713010 or download a form from your child to continue at their present school, www.wiltshire.gov.uk . If you are applying for mid-term transfers will only be agreed where a community or voluntary controlled school both present and preferred school head we will make the decision on your teachers are in agreement that it would be application. If you are applying to an detrimental to the child not to allow the move. academy, foundation or aided school, the Applications may be made in advance of the governing body will make the decision. required date of entry but they will not be Interviews cannot form part of the considered until the beginning of the traditional admissions process for any school. Once a decision has been made, Wiltshire Council will write to you.
term prior to the required date of entry, a term Further information in advance of the required date. Calls will be handled by Customer Services who If you move house and choose to keep your can be contacted directly on 01225 713010. child at his or her present school beyond the Your call will be logged and an immediate current school year, rather than apply for a response will be given whenever possible. transfer, this may affect your entitlement for Should Customer Services be unable to provide transport to and from school if applicable. an immediate response, details of your query Please contact Passenger Transport on will be passed to the School Admissions Team 01225 713000 for information. and you will be advised when to expect a response. Applications from forces families Free school meals Families of UK Service Personnel are subject For queries on entitlement to free school meals to frequent movement within the UK and from please contact Helen Shorten Research & abroad, often at relatively short notice. Some Statistics Team at County Hall on 01225 713780. areas in Wiltshire have a high density of service personnel. Home to school transport If you are moving to Wiltshire and have children of school age please contact Customer Services Entitlement for home to school transport is dealt on +44 (0)1225 713010 or email with separately to the school admissions process. email@example.com for advice at the earliest opportunity. Applications for children of Every home in Wiltshire has a designated UK Service Personnel with a confirmed posting school for transport purposes. This may differ to the county, or Crown Servants returning from from the designated schools listed by the overseas to live in the county, will be considered Admissions team. If you choose for your child to in advance of the family moving into the county if attend a school which is not designated for necessary. Where possible, an application must transport entitlement from your address, it will be included in the normal admission round. be your responsibility as a parent to make and pay for any transport arrangements while your An official letter, such as a Posting note or child attends that school. letter of support from the Commanding Officer should be sent to Wiltshire Council as If you are unsure of which is your designated soon as possible. This should include the school for transport purposes, please e-mail relocation date and unit postal address or firstname.lastname@example.org or write quartering area address (the address of the to The Passenger Transport Unit, Wiltshire closest house in the nearest ‘quartering Council, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN stating your area’). home address and the schools you are thinking of applying for. Please specify if you are, or The Council will not refuse a child of the UK expect to be in receipt of free school meals or service personnel a place because the family are receiving the maximum level of Working does not currently live in the area. It is also not Tax Credit (WTC) for your case as additional permitted to reserve a place for any child. benefits may be applicable to you. For any Children will be considered to be siblings if any other advice on transport call 01225 713253 brother or sister is going to be attending a school. for northern Wiltshire, 01225 713578 for The sibling link will not apply if the child that is eastern Wiltshire or 01225 713398 for going to be attending the school will be in year 6. southern and western Wiltshire. Places can be allocated in advance of your move, Free or assisted transport for children living in however we cannot guarantee that your children Wiltshire is arranged at the start of their will be offered a place at a particular Wiltshire schooling, or when there is a change of school school. We would not place a child in an oversubscribed school if places are available at a or home address. reasonable alternative school
It is the parent’s responsibility to apply for home • the seat is required for an entitled pupil or to school transport. It should not be assumed one with a higher priority, e.g an older that public transport, provided in a previous child or siblings of one already travelling year, will still be available. • on reviewing the transport requirement, Your child may be entitled to free school the service is withdrawn. (In certain transport if: areas it has been possible • The child is aged less than eight to convert contract school buses into years and lives two miles or more public services, thereby enabling pupils from their nearest or designated not entitled to free transport, whose primary school (for transport parents wish them to do so, purposes) measured by the shortest to continue travelling as fare paying walking distance passengers). However, where pupils are able to travel • The child is aged between eight and 11 between home and school on vehicles for which inclusive and lives three miles or more fares may be paid, they may not be allocated a from their nearest or designated spare seat place. primary school (for transport purposes) measured by the shortest walking Applying for transport distance Application forms for transport to school will be • The child is aged between 8 and 11 available from schools around Easter time. You years, lives two miles or more from can also print forms from our website www. their nearest or designated primary wiltshire.gov.uk or call our Customer Services school ( for transport purposes) Team on 0300 456 0100 to request a form. You measured by the shortest walking can also e-mail us direct at educationtransport@ distance and is entitled to free school wiltshire.gov.uk and supply us with your postal meals or is from a household in receipt address to request a form. of the maximum level of Working Tax Forms should be completed and returned to the Credit (or any new benefit as advised Passenger Transport Unit at County Hall before by HM government under the current 1 June for transport requested for the start of benefit review) the autumn term, or with at least three weeks’ • The child lives within the qualifying notice at any other time of the year. Each distance but the route the child would application is considered on its own merits. You walk to school is assessed by Wiltshire must apply for school transport as it will not be Council as unsafe to walk even when provided automatically. You are also advised to accompanied by an adult apply as soon as you have been informed of the school place your child has been offered. Wiltshire Council reserves the right to decide on the type of transport provided. Normally pupils travel on vehicles contracted to the council or by public bus or rail services when a season ticket will be provided. Misbehaviour on the transport or misuse of a pass will lead to the child being temporarily or permanently excluded from using that transport. Spare seats scheme Where spare seats are available on contract vehicles, they may be allocated to non-entitled pupils at a charge. This offer of a ‘spare seat’ place is made on the understanding that any seat allocated will have to be relinquished if, at a later date:
Consider a sustainable travel choice Wiltshire Council has a duty under the Education and Inspections Act to promote sustainable modes of travel to school. Our School Travel Plan Advisor is working with Wiltshire schools to develop, update and implement travel plans. The aim of a travel plan is to reduce car-borne journeys to and from the school site, and to promote and encourage sustainable modes of travel. Walking and cycling regularly will help improve people’s health, and will reduce congestion, thereby helping the environment. Where walking, cycling or public transport are not feasible, bus travel, car sharing or park and stride may be an option. Find out whether the schools you are considering for your child are promoting sustainable travel by speaking to the Headteacher about the school’s Travel Plan. For more information about school travel plans in general, contact the School Travel Plan team on 01225 713883 or email: email@example.com
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