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****If your child was born between 01/09/13 and 21/08/14 they are due to start school in September 2018. You need to make an application to Central Bedfordshire Council by 15th January 2018. All the information you will need regarding your Starting School 2018 application is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the office, or call Central Bedfordshire directly on 0300 300 8037. We will be inviting parents in due course to our Open Evening on 19th October at 7pm so you can find out more about our wonderful school in action.****

We are required by the Local Authority to adopt a policy which outlines admission arrangements for both Pre-Statutory and Statutory school age children.  Our full policy is available below.

The Local Authority has the duty to ensure that our policy is clear, promotes equality of opportunity and recognises the importance of high quality provision for the children in our care.  We endorse these aims wholeheartedly.
 
Our School serves the local community and places will always be offered to families in our catchment area.  However, requests for places from families who live outside the catchment area will be accepted if there are sufficient places available.  Our admission limit is 60 (from September 2015 onwards).

Should the number of applications for admission exceed 60 the Governors will apply the following criteria (in the rank shown) to decide the order in which places will be allocated.

1.         All ‘looked after’ children or children who were previously ‘looked after’ (see full policy for definitions);

2.         Pupils living in the catchment area with siblings at the school (see full policy for definition of sibling);

3.         Other pupils living in the catchment area

4.         ‘Very exceptional’ medical grounds (see full policy for definition);

5.         Other siblings (see full policy for definition);

6.        Children, one or more of whose parents / carers have, at the time of application, shown commitment to the Church of England or another Christian Church by attending a service at least once a month for the year prior to an application being made *

7.         Any other children

* A Christian Church is defined as one which is a member, or is eligible for membership, of Churches Together in England or the Evangelical Alliance. Applicants in this category will need to ask their priest or minister to complete the relevant section of the local authority standard application form. 

Requests for admission from outside of the catchment area will be forwarded to the Local Authority.  They will consider each request with respect to the criteria shown above.

If it is not possible for the LA to offer a place parents have the right of appeal.

The Head Teacher is always happy to show parents round the School and answer any questions.

An evening meeting is held early in the Autumn term prior to admission.  At this meeting there is an opportunity for parents to hear more about the life and work of the school.  There is also a meeting focusing on early days at school in the term prior to admission.  School visits by the children and home visits by the teaching staff are arranged, and there are opportunities for parents to ask questions about any aspect of school.

Foundation Stage Staff visit all the local pre-school groups regularly and liaise with pre-school colleagues closely.  By the time children start school their new environment is familiar to them and they settle down happily.

For further information see the School Admissions webpage for Central Bedfordshire -
http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school/admissions/landing.aspx 


* A "looked after" child is defined by the Children Act 1989 as a child who is accommodated by the local authority (Section 22) or a child who is the subject of a full or interim Care Order (section 31).
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Keeley Etere,
22 Feb 2017, 15:11