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If you would like your child to attend our school, we would warmly encourage you to contact the school office to arrange a visit to find out all that our school has to offer. Please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

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ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR 2018/19

 

Admission Policy for Parson Cross C of E Primary School 2018/19

 

Introduction

 

Parson Cross C of E Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in the Diocese of Sheffield. It is maintained by Sheffield Local Authority.

 

The school provides a distinctively Christian education for children aged 5 to 11 years.

 

Historically, Anglican schools were parish schools providing education for the community in accordance with the principles of the Church of England. Thus the majority of Sheffield Diocesan schools were established to provide education for the children of the parish within a Christian context. The two aims of being ‘distinctively Christian’ and ‘serving the local community’ are reflected in the school’s admission criteria.

 

Parson Cross C of E Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School in which the Governing Body is the Admission Authority and responsible for admissions. It is guided in that responsibility by the requirements of the law, the school trust deed by advice from the Sheffield Diocesan Board of Education and its duty to the community.

 

The admission number for 2018/19 is 30

 

Children will usually be admitted during the autumn term following their 4th birthday. However, parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. (Please note that parents cannot apply for and accept a Reception place and then defer that place until the beginning of Year 1); and parents can request that their child takes up the place part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

 

Please contact the school if you need help in completing the Common Application form or Supplementary Information Form.

 

Making an Application

 

Applications are made on the Common Application Form.

 

To support your application to Parson Cross C of E Primary School, please complete the Supplementary Information Form. This is not an application form for admission to the school but will be used by the school when applying the admissions criteria.

 

The Common Application Form should be submitted by 15th January 2018 along with the Supplementary Information Form (if applicable).

 

Criteria For Admission

 

Children who have a statement of special educational need and the school is named as the most appropriate educational setting for the child will be admitted

 

Oversubscription Criteria

 

Where there are more applications for admission than the published admission number, the Governing Body/Admissions Committee will apply the following criteria in strict order of priority:

 

  • Children in care (looked after children) see definition 5
  • Children with special medical or social circumstances affecting the child where these needs can only be met by this school. This is not about educational needs. Professional supporting evidence must be provided if admission is to be made under this criterion. A professionally qualified person such as a medical doctor, psychologist or social worker must set out the particular reasons why the school is the suitable one for the child and the difficulties which would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
  • Children who have an older brother or sister (see definition 1) attending the school at the anticipated time of admission.
  • Children whose parents/carers (see definition 2) regularly attend the parish church of Christ Church Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge.
  • Children who regularly attend (see definition 3) the parish church of Christ Church Hillsborough and Wadsley Bridge.
  • Children whose parent/carers regularly attend another Church of England church
  • Children who regularly attend another Church of England Church.
  • Children whose parent/carers regularly attend another Christian Denomination participating in “Churches Together in England” (see definition 4)
  • Children who regularly attend another Christian Denomination participating in “Churches Together in England”
  • All other children whose parents/carers are seeking a Christian environment for their child’s education.
  • All other children

 

Should the admission number be reached mid-category, applications in that category will be prioritised on the shortest distance measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.

 

Tie Break

In the event of two or more children living equidistant from the school, the place will be decided by drawing lots. The first name drawn will be offered the place.

 

In Year Transfers

Sheffield Local Authority will coordinate in year transfers for our school in 2016/2017

 

Definitions

Definition 1 – Brother/Sister
Siblings refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, stepbrother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.

 

Definition 2 – Parent/Carer
A parent/carer is any person who has parental responsibility or care of the child. Where admission arrangements refer to ‘parent’s attendance at church’ it is sufficient for just one parent to attend. ‘Family members’ include any parents and siblings.

 

Definition 3 – Regular Church Attendance
Regular attendance by parents/carers is defined as attendance at a Church of England church or another Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’ for at least once a month over the last 12 months.

 

Regular attendance by children is defined as attendance at a Church of England church or another Christian denomination participating in ‘Churches Together in England’ at least once a month over the past 6 months.

 

Parents/carers whose application is based on attendance at a church of Christian denomination should submit the Minister of Religion Reference Form available with the Common Application Form.

 

Definition 4 – Churches Together in England
Ref:www.churches-together.org.uk
Please refer to the website for an up to date list.

 

Definition 5 – Looked after children
A ‘relevant looked after child’ is a child that is looked after by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989 at the time of application for admission to the school is made and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when he/she is admitted to the school. A previously looked after child is a child who was adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.

 

Place of residence
The child’s ordinary place of residence will formally be a residential property at which the parent or person or persons with parental responsibility for the child resides at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to the school.

Where parental responsibility is held by more than one person and those persons reside in separate properties, the child’s ordinary place of residence will normally be the property at which the child resides with the parent or person or persons with parental responsibility, for the greater part of the week.

 

Late Applications


Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the Local Authority scheme.

 

Waiting List

 

Names of children will automatically be placed on the waiting list for this school when the child has been refused admission.
A vacancy only arises when the number of offers to the school falls below the admission number.
The waiting list will be established on the offer day.
The waiting list is determined according to the Governing Body’s priority of admission over-subscription criteria.
Following the offer day, should an application be received for the school where the pupil has a higher priority as determined by the admissions criteria for a place at the school, it will be placed on the list, above those with a lower priority.

 

False Information

 

Where the Governing Body has made an offer of a place at this school on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent/carer which has effectively denied a place to a child with a stronger claim to a place at the school, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Where a child starts attending the school on the basis of fraudulent and intentionally misleading information the place may be withdrawn depending on the length of time that the child has been at the school.
Where a place or an offer has been withdrawn, the application will be reconsidered and a right of independent appeal offered if the place is refused.

 

Applications outside the normal admissions round

 

Applications outside the normal admissions round will be considered in accordance with the Local Authority scheme.

 

Appeals against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission

 

If a place is not offered at the school parents have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel formed in accordance with the legislation. Details of the appeals procedure will be sent to parents by the local authority.

Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal by the date set out in the decision letter. Appeals will be held within the timescales set out in the Admission Appeal Code.

 

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