The closing date for admission to primary schools during the academic year is the January prior to the start. Applications are made on-line through the Staffordshire County Council website.
In consultation with school governors the Authority determines the number of pupils that may be admitted to a school in each year; this is generally referred to as the school’s published admission number (PAN). The Pan for this school is 18.
If the number of applications for admission to a school exceeds the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN), the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places:
a) Pupils whose statutory statement of special need names the preferred school as the most appropriate mainstream school that meets the pupil’s needs.
b) Pupils living within the catchment area of the school;
c) Pupils who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (for admission purposes, a sibling is a child who lives at the same address and who is the brother/sister, half-brother/sister (children who share one common parent), step brother/step sister where two children are related by marriage. This definition also includes adopted or fostered children living at the same address).
d) Pupils who satisfy both of the following tests:
Test 1: they are distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.
Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report, (obtained by the parents). It must clearly justify, for health reasons only, if it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.
Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school; i.e. the circumstances of the child not the economic or social circumstances of the parent. They should be supported by a professional report, e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.
Test 2: They would suffer undue hardship if they were unable to attend the school.
e) Other pupils arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the school by the shortest walking route as measured by Geographical Information Systems.
Looked After Children falling in to any of the categories (b) – (e) above will be given first priority for places within that category.
Where it is not possible to accommodate all pupils applying for places within a particular group the LEA will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. For example, if there are insufficient places for all catchment area pupils, places will be offered to those pupils who live in the catchment area and also satisfy criteria (c) and so on.
All applications are considered against these published criteria, with no priority awarded for early applications. Late applicants will only be considered for those schools where places remain available, unless there are exceptional reasons which prevented an application being made before the deadline.
Parents are welcome to visit the school by prior arrangement with the School Office.