On-Line Applications

Please access the following link for Primary and Secondary school admissions:

 

www.staffordshire.gov.uk/admissions

 

Nursery Education

Children are admitted to Nursery according to the Local Education Authorities Admission Policy.

Children can join Springhill Nursery at the beginning of the half term after they reach 3 years old, following home visits from staff. The maximum number of children for the Nursery session is 26. Nursery provision is three hours per day; 8:30am to 11:30am. This provides the 15 funded hours. Wrap around care is also available from our in-house care provider.

At Springhill we take children into Nursery the HALF TERM after they are three. If you would like more information regarding this please contact the Office on; 01543 225620.

Primary Education

Children join the Reception class of Springhill Academy in September of the year they reach five. Allocations are made by the Local Authority in line with their Admissions Policy. If you are considering applying for your child to attend Springhill Academy, please contact the Headteacher to arrange a visit. Current admission numbers for the school are 30.

Visits to School

Prospective parents are welcome to visit school any time prior to their child starting school. Please note that an induction evening takes place prior to your child starting school. The meeting gives you the opportunity to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

 

Consultation for admissions from September 2018

We are now consulting on how we want admissions to work from September 2018.  Please click on the following link for details:

REAch2 2018 admissions consultation 

The consultation closes on 31 January 2017.  You can respond with your views in 3 ways: 

1. On-line via  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RSQFQJ5 

 

2. by writing to:

REAch2 admissions consultation – FAO Anna Thompson

[state name of academy/ies your response relates to, if relevant]

C/o Scientia Academy, Mona Road, Burton Upon Trent, DE13 0UF

 

3. or by emailing info@reach2.org (please put ‘2018 admissions’ in your subject title)

 

 

Admission Arrangements for Springhill Primary Academy for the Normal Age of Entry: Academic Year 2016/2017

Full time places in reception classes will be available in September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old.

  1. Although parents have the right to express a preference for the school that they wish their child to attend, there is no guarantee of a place being offered at their preferred school.

Oversubscription Criteria

  • If the total number of preferences for admission to Springhill Primary Academy exceeds the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN) of 30, the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places. (N.B. after applying the oversubscription criteria, where an applicant can be offered a place at more than one preferred school then they will be offered a place at the school ranked highest on their application.)
  • a)     Children in Care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Test B1
  •     b)     Children who satisfy both of the following tests:
  • Medical Grounds - the child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.
  • Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer. They should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker. This report must clearly justify why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.

    Test B2:

  • the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred school. Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

Once the above tests have been considered the priorities for admission are as follows:

  1. Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the academy and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.)
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  3. Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the admission authority will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the children with an older sibling cannot be accommodated, they will be arranged in order of priority according to distance i.e. category (3).

Additional Notes

  1. Admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences for community, controlled, aided and foundation schools will be processed centrally by the School Admissions and Transport Service. Each child will receive only one offer of a place at a Staffordshire school.
  2.  
  3. In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names a particular school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted to that school. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

 

  1. Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.

 

  1. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, the Local Authority will not seek to obtain this information of behalf of the applicant.

 

  1. The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant's home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant's home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

 

  1. The requirement for the admission authority to meet the Infant Class Size legislation may result in the refusal of catchment area or sibling applications where a class has already reached its limit of 30 pupils. However, as an exception, the local authority will give careful consideration to offering places above the Admission Number to applications from children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted even when there are no other vacant places.

 

  1. The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.

 

  1. Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.

 

  1. If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address then that place is likely to be withdrawn.

 

  1. If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.

 

Deferred Entry to Reception Class

  • The admission authority will consider requests from parents to retain a place in the preferred school where the parents wish to defer their child’s entry to a Reception Class until later in the same academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. The effect is that the place will be held for the child and is not available to be offered to any other child. Where it is possible to offer a place, deferral will be supported if the request is made at the normal time of application. A parent may not defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the application was accepted.
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  2. The admission authority will also consider requests from parents who wish their child to attend Reception Class on a part-time basis until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Admission Outside of Normal Age Group

  1. Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of summer born children may choose not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group to Reception rather than Year 1.

These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the Local Authority who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the headteacher of the community or voluntary controlled school concerned. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

Waiting lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Waiting Lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission.

For cases where the infant class size regulations apply, the waiting list will operate until the cohort concerned leaves Year 2.

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the oversubscription criteria listed above.

Children who are subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

 

 

ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/18

 

Designated Nursery Provision

Children will be admitted in September of the academic year in which they become four years old. It is Springhill Academy’s policy to try and meet parents’ wishes where possible, however there may be more applications than there are places. Admission in these circumstances is determined by the over-subscription criteria detailed below.

 

Over-subscription Criteria

If the total number of preferences for admission to a nursery age setting exceeds the number of available places, then the following order of priority will be used to allocate the available places.

 

  1. A) Children in Care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

 

  1. B) Children who satisfy both of the following tests:

 

Test B 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own individual medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.

 

Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend Springhill Academy nursery rather than any other nursery.

 

Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of nursery and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the specific economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer, and be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend the preferred maintained nursery rather than any other nursery.

 

Test B 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred nursery setting.

Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school.

 

Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

 

Once the above tests have been considered the priorities for admission are as follows:

 

1) Children who have an elder brother or sister in attendance at Springhill Academy and who will still be attending the school at the time of the proposed admission date.

 

(For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.)

 

2) Children living within the defined catchment or cluster area of Springhill Academy.

 

3) Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the nursery setting, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

 

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then Springhill Academy will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area or cluster area children cannot be accommodated at a school, children who are resident within the catchment or cluster area will be arranged in order of priority according to distance i.e. category (3).

 

Additional Notes:

Copies of school catchment area maps are available from the Local Authority or individual schools.

 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to a school.

 

Applications for maintained nursery settings are processed centrally by the School Admissions and Transport Service.

 

Attendance at a particular nursery setting will not guarantee admission to any particular Reception Class or give any advantage to the child’s application for Reception. Parents must make a separate application for admission to Reception at the appropriate time.

 

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names a particular nursery setting must be admitted to that nursery.  This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

 

Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.

 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, Springhill Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.

 

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant's home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant's home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

 

The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.

 

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.

 

If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address then that place is likely to be withdrawn.

 

If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats or are the result of a multiple birth, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.

 

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list. Waiting Lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission.

 

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

 

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year, i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the over-subscription criteria listed above.

 

There is no statutory right of appeal for admission to a maintained nursery setting. Any disputes over the administration of the policy will be dealt with by the Staffordshire County Council complaints procedure.

 

Admission Arrangements for the Normal Age of Entry: Academic Year 2017/2018

 

Full time places in reception classes will be available in September of the academic year within which the child becomes five years old.

 

Although parents have the right to express a preference for Springhill Academy, there is no guarantee of a place being offered.

 

It is Springhill Academy’s policy to try and meet parents wishes where possible, however in some cases there may be more applications than there are places available.

 

Admission when oversubscribed is determined by the over-subscription criteria detailed below.

 

Over-subscription Criteria

 

If the total number of preferences for admission exceeds the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN) of 45, the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places. (N.B., after applying the over-subscription criteria, where an applicant can be offered a place at more than one preferred school then they will be offered a place at the school ranked highest on their application.)

 

  1. Children in Care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

 

  1. Children who satisfy both of the following tests:

 

B1, Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.

 

Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend Springhill Academy rather than any other school.

 

Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer. They should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker. This report must clearly justify why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.

 

B2, Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend Springhill Academy.

 

Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school.  Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

 

Once the above tests have been considered the priorities for admission are as follows:

 

 

  • Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at Springhill Academy and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.)

 

  • Children living within the catchment area of the preferred school.

 

  • Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

 

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the Local Authority will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be accommodated at a school, children who are resident within the catchment area will be arranged in order of priority according to distance i.e. category (3).

  

Additional Notes:

Copies of school catchment area maps are available from the Local Authority or individual schools.

 

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to a school.

 

Admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences for community, controlled, aided and foundation schools will be processed centrally by the School Admissions and Transport Service. Each child will receive only one offer of a place at a Staffordshire school.

 

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan that names a particular school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted to that school. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

 

Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.

 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, Springhill Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.

 

The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant's home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant's home address are determined using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.

 

The requirement for Springhill Academy to meet the Infant Class Size legislation may result in the refusal of catchment area or sibling applications where a class has already reached its limit of 30 pupils. However, there are permitted exceptions to this legislation which Springhill Academy will regard when considering applications.

 

The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.

 

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.

 

If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address then that place is likely to be withdrawn.

 

If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.

 

Any Staffordshire child not obtaining a place at any of their parent’s preferred schools will be allocated a place at their catchment area school (if places remain available) or the next nearest school with a space available and advised about the independent appeals process.

 

Waiting lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list.

 

Waiting Lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission.

 

For cases where the infant class size regulations apply, the waiting list will operate until the cohort concerned leaves Year 2.

 

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

 

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the over-subscription criteria listed above.

 

Children who are subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to Springhill Academy in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

 

Late Applications

Application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late applicants will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

 

A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on Springhill Academy’s waiting list.

 

Repeat Applications

Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of Springhill Academy for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the school has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

 

“In-Year Transfer” Arrangements

Parents or carers seeking to transfer to Springhill Academy may make an application using the appropriate application form. This application will be processed in the normal way but parents and carers need to be aware that any date set for joining the new school may be after the next term or half term holiday and those parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child continues to receive appropriate education in the interim.

 

Relevant Area

Staffordshire County Council’s relevant area for consultation is contained within the administrative area of Staffordshire County Council.

 

Staffordshire County Council Coordinated Scheme for Admissions to Primary and Secondary Schools – 2017/2018

 

Staffordshire County Council’s School Admissions and Transport Service (SA&TS) will coordinate all admissions at all maintained schools in Staffordshire, including all Voluntary Aided, Foundation, Trust as well as Academy Schools in respect of applications for school places at the normal age of entry.

 

Staffordshire County Council is the relevant admissions authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools within the County of Staffordshire.

 

The individual governing body is the relevant admissions authority for foundation, voluntary aided, trust and academy trust for academy schools within Staffordshire.

 

The Scheme

This scheme meets the requirement for a coordinated admission scheme under The School Admissions (Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements (England)) Regulations 2012 and applies to applications made by Staffordshire parents for all maintained schools and Academies at the normal age of entry (except special schools and nurseries).

 

The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable,

  1. i) each parent who applies for a school place at the normal age of entry receives only one single offer of a school place under the scheme, whether that be at a school within the county or one maintained by another authority,

 and

 

 ii) a child is granted admission to whichever of the schools that is ranked highest on that application wherever possible.

 

Parents of children resident in the County of Staffordshire must make an application for the normal age of entry through Staffordshire County Council to apply for any school within Staffordshire or in another authority.

 

Deferred Entry to Reception Class

 

Parents may request that their child be admitted to Reception Class on a part-time basis, or that their child be admitted to school later in the same academic year until the child reaches compulsory school age (i.e. beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday). The effect is that the place will be held for the child in Reception and is not available to be offered to any other child within the same academic year in which it has been offered.

 

Before deciding whether to defer their child’s entry to school, parents should visit their preferred school(s) to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

 

 

Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group

Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their nor