Beecroft Lower School Admission Policy

Introduction

At Beecroft Academy, the Governing Body applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend the school. The Governing Body seeks to offer an inclusive school, welcoming children regardless of their age, ability, gender, ethnicity, culture or special educational or physical needs.

All admissions applications will be treated on merit, and in a sensitive manner. The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, we adopt the procedure set out below to determine whether a child is to be accepted or not. It is our wish for parents and carers to find a place for their child at the school of their choice. However, this is not always possible due to excess demand on the places available.

How do parents and carers apply for their child(ren) to be admitted to our school?

  • Our school is a community school and it determines the admission arrangements in agreement with Central Bedfordshire Council, which publishes its entry regulations every year.
  • Parents and carers can receive a copy of these regulations directly from the Council.
  • The Council’s annual admissions prospectus informs parents and carers how to apply for a place at the school of their choice.
  • Application should be made on a form that can be obtained from the school or parents/carers can apply on line (www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/admissions), and should be returned by the date stipulated (parents and carers also need to register their child at the school by completing the school’s registration form and providing a copy of their child(ren)’s birth certificate).
  • Parents and carers have a right to express their preference with regards to a school but this does not, in itself, guarantee a place at that particular school.
  • The Council will notify parents and carers of the decision regarding their child(ren)’s admission to the school as soon as all the applications have been considered.

NB At Beecroft Academy, children are admitted at the start of the academic year in which they become five. There is one admission date per year, in September (i.e. when the autumn term begins).

Inwardly Mobile Children

Parents and carers who wish to apply for their child to be admitted into the school during the academic year into anyone of the year groups also have to apply through Central Bedfordshire Council. Information about this can be gained from the school office.

When children join Beecroft during the school year a parent /carer interview is required prior to the child(ren) starting to ensure that the transition for the child(ren) into Beecroft is smooth and that appropriate provision is ensured.

Admissions Appeals

When a child is refused a school place it is because admitting them would prejudice the education of the other children as a result of pupil numbers exceeding the school’s limit. However, if a parent or carer feels that they wish to appeal such a decision then they must follow the steps in the appeals procedure that will be offered to them by Central Bedfordshire Council at the time that they are refused a school place for their child. An independent panel considers all such appeals and its decision is binding for all parties concerned.

If the panel decides that the school should admit a child to whom a place was refused then the school would willingly accept the decision and continue to do all that is required to provide the best education for all the children at the school.

The Standard Number

The ‘standard number’ is the number of children that Central Bedfordshire Council considers the school can accommodate. The standard number for our school is 300. We keep this number under review, and the governors will apply to change the number if circumstances change.

Sizes of Classes for Children

We teach children (aged four to nine); class sizes in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 cannot exceed 30, although in Key Stage 2 it is possible to exceed this number.

Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored by the governing body, who will always take due note of the guidance provided by Central Bedfordshire Council. The policy will be reviewed every two years, or earlier in the light of any changed circumstances, either in our school or in the local area.

Rosie Willsher
May 2014