Admissions to our school
We are a community school and as such Lancashire County Council is the admissions authority for our school. The admissions policy for our school is set by Lancashire County Council and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
The determined policy for admission to community and voluntary controlled primary schools for 2017/2018 is listed below:-
An admission number will be published showing the maximum number of pupils that the school will admit in the Autumn Term 2017. Parents will be asked to express preferences for three primary schools. Parents are given the opportunity to express three preferences for a primary school. Published criteria are used to decide which children should be offered the available places. In primary schools an equal preference scheme has been introduced to comply with the Schools Admission Code, whereby three parental preferences are given equal status to the preference and will be considered equally against the admissions criteria.
When a school is oversubscribed on parental preferences, then the following priorities apply
1. Looked after children and those who have been previously looked after, (see note xi below), then
2. Children for whom the Local Authority accepts that there are exceptional medical social or welfare reasons which are directly relevant to the school concerned (see note (i) below, then
3. Children with older brothers and sisters attending the school when the younger child will start, (see note (iii) below), then
4. Remaining places are allocated according to where a child lives. Those living nearest to the preferred school by a straight line (radial) measure will have priority, (see note (v) below.
(i) The medical, social and welfare criterion will consider issues relevant to the child and/or the family. This category may include children without a statement who have special needs.
(ii) As required by law, all children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/EHC naming a school will be admitted before the application of the over-subscription criteria. Children who have a statement for special needs have their applications considered separately.
(vi) The Local Authority will keep waiting lists for all Lancashire primary schools until 31 August 2017. These are kept in priority order using the school's published admission criteria. From 1 September 2017 for one school term only waiting lists will be retained by individual admission authorities (the Local authority for community and voluntary controlled schools and individual voluntary aided and trust schools will each retain their own list).
(vii) Children will not normally be able to start school other than at the beginning of the term unless they have moved into the area or there are exceptional circumstances.
(viii) Applications for school places which are received late will not necessarily be dealt with at the same time as those received by the set deadline. The reasons for a late application may be requested and where these are not exceptional the relevant admission criteria will be initially applied to all others received on time. The late application will be dealt with after this process.
Application forms received after the published closing date, will only be considered at that time if the following conditions apply:
(a) if the number of preferences received for the school is below the published
admission number or:
(b) there are extenuating circumstances justifying a late application.
These may include:
(a) parents moving into the County after the closing date;