Co-op Academy Parkland follows the Local Authorities admissions procedures for :
- Nursery places
- Reception admissions
- In-year admissions
Admissions arrangements for 2020/2021
All three and four year olds are entitled to a free early education place before they reach statutory school age (the beginning of the school term immediately following the child’s fifth birthday). Some two year olds are also entitled to free education if they meet the entitlement criteria.
Children are admitted into Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents can request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. The admission criteria will apply to all children seeking a school place, whatever their term of entry. The place offered will be reserved on condition that it is taken up within the same school year.
Admissions of summer born children may be deferred to the following September but in those cases children may be offered a place to enter Year 1 unless an application has been made and agreed by the LA or the admitting authority in advance. The Local Authority will consider any application for a deferred entry into Reception of summer born children for the September following their fifth birthday. Such requests will be considered in accordance with the Local Authority’s ‘Guidance on the admission of summer born children’ and DfE Advice.
Children attending a school’s nursery are not guaranteed a place in the reception class and a separate application must be made.
PUPILS WITH AN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLAN
The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is dealt with by a separate procedure. Such children are dealt with through a separate legislative process and without reference to the oversubscription criteria below. Children who have an EHCP which names a specific school, will be admitted to that school.
When demand exceeds places in any of the following policies, the distance between the child’s home and school, measured by a straight line distance from the Ordnance Survey address point of the home to the main entrance to the school building, will be used to decide who is given a place; those living nearest being given the available places. Where the offer of places to applicants with equi-distant addresses would lead to oversubscription, the decision of who will be offered the place will be made by random selection.
Where a parents of multiple births (twins, triplets etc) request admission and only one of the siblings can be offered a place, the remaining siblings will also be offered places above the admission number.
Where the number of preferences for a school exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to children in the following categories:
- Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order (see Note 1).
- Children who were Previously Looked After Children outside of England and Wales who were adopted (see Note 2)
- Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, supported by a written recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services. The letter must explain why the school is the only suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support for the child.
- Sisters and brothers of children living at the same address, who are at present on roll at the school, and will still be attending the school at the time of admission (see Note 3).
- All other children.
- ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of the local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions. A previously ‘looked after child’ who is no longer looked after, in England and Wales, because he/she is the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order which includes arrangements relating to with whom the child is to live.
- A ‘previously looked after child’ who has been in ‘state care’ outside of England and Wales, accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other organisation the sole or main purpose of which is to benefit society and legally adopted.
- The terms “siblings” refers to children who live with the same family at the same address. Children living with the same family e.g. foster children and step-sisters and brothers are also included. Cousins are not siblings.
- In order to meet this criterion, parents will be required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), signed by their Vicar or Church Leader, confirming their attendance at the church over the last two years. This requires the personal involvement of the family, including the child for whom the application is made, in the worship and life of a Church of England Church, or that of any member of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or any other recognised Trinitarian Church. Priority will be given on the basis of how frequent attendance at worship.
- ‘Home address’ refers to the child’s permanent home at the date of admission. Where the child lives with split parents who have shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address to use when applying for a primary school. Proof of residency may be required at any time during or after the allocation process.
- “Nearest Church of England School” is measured by a straight line distance from the main entrance of the home to the main entrance of the nearest Church of England primary school, including those in other local authorities.
Co-op Academy Parkland, after an appropriate consultation in line with the School Admissions Code, will be reducing its Published Admission Number (PAN) to 30 from September 2021. This change has been made as the Local Authority has advised us that the forecast for the next five years in the local area shows a reduction in pupil numbers and there will be enough school places locally without school having a PAN of 60. There were no objections to the reduction as part of the consultation.
This change is to be agreed by the Cooperative Academies Trust’s Growth and Acquisition Committee.
The Local Authority have been advised of the change.
This change will not impact on any children currently in the academy.
Co-op Academy Parkland continues to use the Local Authority Admissions Arrangements, pupils are selected by the Bradford Council Admissions Team who can be contacted on 01274 439200 Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.