Admissions

The Governing Body consulted on the following policy for its Admission Arrangements for 2011/12. The determined admission policy and arrangements are published for the next seven years (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) unless the governing body consults for changes during this period. The Governing Body determines its admission policy annually for the following year by 28 February.

The Governing Body has also consulted  on the following policy for its Admission Policy 2018/2019. The determined admission policy and arrangements will apply for the next seven years (2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22, 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25) unless the governing body consults for changes during this period. The Governing Body determines its admission policy annually for the following year by 28 February.

The school is also required to publish the determined Registration of Interest and Supplementary Application Form which has remained unchanged from 2010-2011 and will apply for the same period as the admission policy.The Registration of Interest & Supplementary Form was also consulted upon and determined as unchanged for 2018/2019 onwards.

Below are the Admission Policy/Arrangements for 2016/17, 2017/18 and new for 2018/2019:

Determined Admission Policy 2016-17

Determined Admission Policy 2017-18

***New*** Determined Admission Policy 2018-19

adobe-pdf-logoRegistration of Interest & Supplementary Admission Form

Parents can find out about our school's admission arrangements through Warrington Borough Council's website: http://www.warrington.gov.uk/admissions

All admission authorities in Warrington follow the same timetable for appeals this can be found on the Warrington LA  website :

http://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/200310/school_admissions/676/school_admission_appeals/2

Prospective parents are welcome to visit the school during the year prior to the child’s admission to school. Please telephone to arrange an appointment.

Many children prior to admission in reception attend our Nursery Department to introduce them to the school environment.  Further details are available from the school office. 

As the school is usually over subscribed, the Governing Body published its admission criteria in the policy available from the Admissions tab of the website.

The Board of Governors provides a catogorisation, according to the over subscription criteria published in the relevant Admission Policy, for all applicants after the national application close date to the local authority which then applies an 'equal preference' approach.  The local authority then offers parents a place at a school in taking into consideration other applications to other schools. Further details are available from Warrington Borough Council about this process.  There is no selection on any other criteria beyond that published.

To prevent a child with a disability being treated less favourably than other pupils we recommend the following:

  • You contact the school’s Inclusion Co-ordinator at the earliest opportunity to discuss inclusion and admission arrangements.
  • You visit the school prior to admission
  • You talk to your headteacher to set up an Admission Plan
  • You raise any concerns you may have at the earliest opportunity 

In-year Admissions (after Reception September Intake)

The school holds a waiting list for every year group in accordance with the guidance from Warrington Borough Council.  In the event that a vacancy becomes available in a year group all applications at that time are assessed in accordance with the school's oversubscription criteria and and offer made to the applicants.

The school regularly receives in-year transfer requests from the local authority who are responsible for in-year applications between schools.  The school works with the local authority in relation to Fair Access Protocols.  For further information about in-year admissions and Fair Access Protocol please contact Warrington Borough Council.

Consultation on Changes to the Admission Policy 2018/2019+

The governing body consulted on a change to the school's admission policy.The consultation  commenced on 18 November 2016 and ended on 13 January 2017.  There were no responses received to the consultation, however prior to the consultation the school sought advice from the local authority.

Consultation on Changes to the Nursery and Main School (Reception) Admission Policies 2020/2021+

The law states that all schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will apply if there are more applications received than there are places available at the school (oversubscription criteria).

Admission authorities are required to consult when they intend to make changes to their admission arrangements. The law states that consultations to make changes must take place for a minimum of six weeks between 1 October and 31 January.

When considering oversubscription criteria, state funded schools (Community, Faith, Academy and Free Schools) must give highest priority to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

The Minister of State for School Standards has recently confirmed that the law relating to looked after children will soon be changing and there will be an additional requirement for all state funded schools to prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England.

In light of this, most schools in Warrington have decided to make changes to their arrangements for admissions to their school starting from September 2020.

Looked after children and previously looked after children including those previously in state care outside of England*

 

In order to accommodate the change and prioritise looked after children previously in state care outside of England, schools will be amending their first criterion to read as follows:

 
 

(We suggest including this as a footnote)

 *A child in care is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their Social Services functions under section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application to the school.

The term previously looked after children is defined as children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

 

In addition to this change, we are also proposing the following changes:

As specified in the Admission Policy for 2020/21.

Our school’s full arrangements are available to view or download via the link below. For a paper copy, please speak to the school office.

Link to Admission Policies for Consultation

The consultation period runs from 6 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.

To comment on any of the proposed changes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can post your comments to the following address:

Clerk to Admission Committee, St Margaret's CE Primary SChool, School Road, Orford, WA2 9AD

You will receive an acknowledgement to let you know we have received your comments. All responses to the consultation will be considered by the relevant schools before admission arrangements are finalised on or before 28 February 2019.

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