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Admissions Policy 2017/18

Admissions Policy 2018/19

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School has one main admission date at the start of the Autumn Term (September) each year.

The Local Governing Body is responsible for admissions into the school. Should there be more applications than places available the Governors will follow the admissions criteria set out below.

Parents are required to apply for a place in the Reception Class during the Autumn Term of the year proceeding the September in which they anticipate their child to start school.

Parents who wish their children to join the school at a time other than the annual autumn admission are also subject to the admission criteria set out in this document, should there be more children on the waiting list than places available.

Prospective parents and pupils are welcome to visit the school by appointment made with the school office.

Enquiries regarding the availability of places further up the school should be made to the Head of School. A waiting list will be in operation.

Applications for places in Holy Trinity CE Primary School must be made on A Common Application Form from your home Local Authority, you can apply online or print off an application form by visiting your local authority school admissions webpage. If you would like assistance with your application to Holy Trinity CE Primary School, you can make an appointment to meet with a member of staff from the school office, who will be happy to assist you.

In addition to the common application form which must be completed and returned to the Local Authority, applications for Holy Trinity CE Primary School under foundation criteria should be accompanied by a school supplementary form, so that governors may fully consider the application, the form can be obtained from, and should be returned to the School Office, on or before the specified date.

The Admissions Panel reserves the right not to consider applications, which are submitted after the specified deadline.

Successful applicants will be notified by the local authority by the 16th April. If you applied online you will receive a text message or an email.

NURSERY ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS

There is a 26 place on-site Nursery at Holy Trinity CE Primary School. It is staffed with a teacher and a Nursery officer.

Children admitted to the Nursery, start school in the Autumn Term. We offer free part-time places and the option for parents to top up to a full time place. The current top up fee is £60 per a week. Part-Time places may be either morning or afternoon sessions.

Parents should note that a place in the reception class is not guaranteed for children in the nursery. Parents will need to apply for a place in the Reception class during the first half of the Autumn term.

An induction meeting for entry into the Nursery class is held each Summer Term of the year of admission in order that pupils and parents can meet the Head of School, their class teacher and the Nursery officer. At this meeting, details of the staggered entry system into the Nursery year will be made available to parents. Also in the Summer Term our Nursery Staff carry out home visits.

RECEPTION ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

There is a 30 full time Reception places at Holy Trinity CE Primary School. It is staffed with a teacher and a teaching assistant.

Children admitted to the Reception, start school in the Autumn Term which may be a staggered intake system for a week.

An induction meeting for entry into the Reception class is held each Summer Term of the year of admission in order that pupils and parents can meet the Head of School and class teacher. At this meeting, details of the staggered entry system into the Reception year will be made available to parents. In the Summer Term, Reception Staff carry out home visits.

THE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 2017/18

Holy Trinity CE Primary School is a 1-form entry school with 30 places for each academic year group. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places the governors will use admissions criteria.
For entry to Holy Trinity CE Primary School, 70% of available places will be allocated under Foundation (Church) Criteria and 30% under Open Criteria (based on proximity to school).

Applications should be made either for a Foundation Place or for an Open Place.

Candidates unsuccessful in their application for a Foundation Place will automatically be considered for an Open Place.

Where there are more applications than places available, places will be allocated according to the following criteria, listed in order of priority:

1.Looked After Children (i.e., children in the care of the Local Authority) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.

The remaining places will be allocated 70% Foundation Places and 30% Open Places

Foundation Places

All parents applying on our Foundation Criteria should complete our Supplementary Information form so that governors may consider their application fully, in addition to their home Local Authority Common Application (CAF) form. Supplementary Forms should be collected from the school office or downloaded from the school website and returned direct to the school.                                                                   

  1. Children who will have a sibling[i] at the school at the time of entry and whose parent(s)[ii] are, and have been, regular and committed worshippers[iii] in Holy Trinity Church, Phillip Lane, Tottenham for not less than Eighteen Months before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest to this effect, is required.
  2. Children whose parent(s)ii are, and have been, regular and committed worshippersiii in Holy Trinity Church, Phillip Lane, Tottenham for not less than Eighteen Months before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest to this effect, is required.

4. Children who will have a siblingi at the school at the time of entry and whose parent(s)ii are, and have been, regular and committed worshippersiii in St Philip’s Church, Philip Lane, Tottenham, St Mary’s, Lansdowne Road, Tottenham St Paul’s Church, Park Lane, Tottenham and St Frances at the Engine Room, Tottenham  for not less than Eighteen Months before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priest[iv] to this effect, is required.

  1. Children whose parent(s)ii are, and have been, regular and committed worshippersiii in St Philip’s Church, Philip Lane, Tottenham, St Mary’s, Lansdowne Road, Tottenham St Paul’s Church, Park Lane, Tottenham and St Frances at the Engine Room, Tottenham for not less than Eighteen Months before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priestiv to this effect, is required.
  2. Children whose parent(s)ii are, and have been, regular and committed worshippersiii at churches of another Christian denomination that are members of Churches together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance, for not less than Eighteen Months before the closing date of application. A form of authorisation, signed by the Parish Priestiv to this effect, is required.

In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under the Foundation Place Criteria, the Governing Body will give priority to those children living in nearest proximity to the school.[i]  In cases where multiple siblings tie for the last available place, then all will be offered a place, even if this exceeds the planned admission number (in the event of this occurring the number of Open Places offered will be adjusted accordingly.

Open Places

These will be allocated according to the following criteria, listed in order of priority.

  1. Children who will have a siblingi at the school at the time of entry.
  2. Children living in nearest proximity to the school.v

In cases where multiple siblings tie for the last available place, then all will be offered a place, even if this exceeds the planned admission number.

Late Applications

Late applications will be considered after all other applications.

Application Forms

All applications should be submitted to your home Local Authority using their common application form. If you live in another borough and are applying to Haringey schools you should complete your own local authority form and return it to them direct.

If you are applying for a Foundation (church) place you should complete a Local Authority Common Application Form naming the school and complete a Supplementary Form so that governors may consider your application fully.  The Supplementary Form should be returned to the school by the 31st January. We shall treat all data on this form as confidential and it will be processed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.  You will be informed if we receive a request for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be given an opportunity to comment before any decision about disclosure under that Act is made.

Applications for an Open place do not need to complete the Supplementary Form but must complete the Local Authority Common Application Form naming the school.

Out of Year Applications/Deferred Entry

Where a place is offered it is for a full-time place from the September following the child’s fourth birthday.

The place may be deferred until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age (the term after the fifth birthday). This means that parents of a child whose fifth birthday falls between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2017 may request that their child is not admitted until later in the school year 2016/17, but no later than the term after the child’s fifth birthday, when she/he reaches compulsory school age.  For children born between 1 April and 31 August, this is not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which it was made.  The school will hold any deferred place for the child. 

 Parents can request that their child may attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age.

Admissions out of the normal age group

Places will be offered to children within the normal age group unless there is compelling evidence that it would be detrimental to the child’s academic achievement and social and emotional development. For children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017, parents who do not wish them to start school in school year 2016-17, but to be admitted in September 2017 for school year 2017-18, should discuss this with the school at an early stage.  The Executive Headteacher will consider the request in conjunction with the Local Academy Committee and the LDBS Academy Trust.  Decisions will be made on the circumstances of each case and the best interests of the child.

In-Year Admissions

Siblings will be given priority for In Year Admissions after ‘Looked after Children’ (LAC). If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will communicate the governors’ offer of a place to the family. If more applications are received than there are places available, then applications will be ranked by the Governing Body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

If a place cannot be offered at this time, parents may request the reason and will be informed of their right of appeal. A waiting list will be maintained by the Governing Body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received.

 

[i] By ‘sibling’ we mean brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the carer’s partner where the child for whom the place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as the sibling.

[ii] By ‘parent(s)’, we mean the primary care giver, with whom the child lives.

[iii] By ‘regular and committed’ worshippers, we mean parents who attend church services at least twice a month.

[iv] If a family has recently moved and worshipped regularly, right up until their departure, at another Anglican parish, the application must be countersigned by their previous Parish Priest. In the case of a vacancy, or where there is no priest in the parish, the application must be countersigned by a Church Warden.

[v] Distances will be measured from the child’s home address, in a straight line, to the centre of the school using the Haringey Local Authority computerised measuring system and proof of address, e.g. Child Benefit/Council Tax/Electoral Roll documentation will be required both at the time of application and at the time of entry. In the case of two distances being the same the Haringey computer system will randomly order the priority of applicants 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE

Parent(s) must produce the following documentary evidence to support the application:

A. 2 Proofs of Address of Parent/Legal Guardian.

B. Child's passport or Birth certificate

And should produce:

C. For Foundation criteria a completed School's Supplementary form (duly completed and signed in his own hand by the parish priest, minister or overseeing pastor) which confirms the parent's commitment to and regular involvement in worship at their church, so that governors can consider the application fully.

Parents are advised to urge their priest, minister or pastor to return the Supplementary application form on or before the deadline date.

Tie Break

In the event of oversubscription within a category the child living nearest to the school measured in a straight line by the local authority. Where two children have the same distance measurement a decision will be made using random allocation.

In year admissions

Applications for In-Year admissions should be made to the school. If a place is available and there is no waiting list then the school will communicate the governors' offer of a place to the family. If more applications are received than there are places available then applications will be ranked by the governing body in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. If a place cannot be offered at this time then you may ask us for the reasons and you will be informed of your right of appeal. You will be offered the opportunity of being placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained by the governing body in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes available the governing body will decide who is at the top of the list.

 APPEALS

Parents whose children are not offered places are entitled to submit appeals. LDBS Academies Trust Schools Admissions Appeals Timetable for sept17_

 Primary School Prospectus 2017

 Haringey Admissions