There is now a co-ordinated approach for admissions to Primary Schools in Derbyshire. All parents in Derbyshire must apply to the LA for primary school places. The Co-ordinated Scheme is an administrative process to make admission to school easier, more transparent and less stressful for parents in order to provide parents with an offer of a place in a school.
All matters pertaining to the admissions of children to Curbar Primary School will be conducted with the highest integrity. Principles of transparency, honesty and fairness will always apply.
The proposed admissions number (PAN) for the school is presently 10 pupils. The school will admit pupils up to the PAN in a reception year.
The Governing Body retains the right to consider applications from parents that are passed on by the LA.
For admission to the 2017-18 school year, Curbar Primary School will provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday.
All applications for admissions must be made via the Derbyshire Coordinated Admission Scheme. Parents must complete and return the Derbyshire application form. Derbyshire will submit a list of potential applicants to the school following the application deadline.
School will allow parents of children who are offered a place at the school before they are of compulsory school age to defer their child’s entry until later in the school year. The place for that child will be held and not offered to another child. The parent would not however be able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.
The LA will inform unsuccessful applicants of their right to appeal.
Derbyshire will use the priorities below when considering parents’ (see footnote (i)) requests for the admission of their children to the School.
Children with a statement of special educational need.
Children in public care (‘looked after children’ or ‘adopted’ children).
Children of families residing within the catchment area of the school. (The villages of Curbar, Calver and Froggat).
Siblings (see footnote (ii)), adopted or foster brothers/sisters of pupils attending the school in the year of admission.
Others that don’t fall into any of the above categories.Tie Breaker: Pupils living nearer the school would have preference. This would be judged by the shortest, safe walking route. (See footnote (iv))Children must be admitted to school for full time education by the start of the term which follows their 5th birthday.
If the number of applicants exceeds 10, the names of those not offered a place will be entered on a waiting list (see footnote (v)).
The school will follow Derbyshire co-ordinated arrangements for in-year admissions. If a year group is not fully subscribed pupils may be admitted. Parents are made aware by the LA of their right to appeal.
Right to Appeal
Appeal hearings will have two distinct elements. Firstly, the panel will determine whether or not the school has acted properly in refusing to admit (i.e. that the year group is full and that over-subscription criteria have been fairly applied).
Secondly, the panel will hear evidence from the school as to why the admission of additional pupils would be prejudicial to the education of existing pupils (e.g. issues of space, staffing, resources) and from parents as the why their case for admission should override the prejudice.
The school will submit its case in writing and can be represented at the hearing. The panel will then make a binding decision and inform both parties in writing.
If the appeal is upheld, the school will make arrangements to admit the child with no undue delay.
The school maintains a waiting list for one term after the designated admission date. Any place which become available are allocated to children on the waiting list irrespective of whether or not appeals are pending.
Viewing the school
Parents are more than welcome to visit the school prior to view the school before making a decision or before the admission of their child. We invite children, with their parents, to an induction meeting during the term before they start school. The purpose is to enable children and parents to meet with staff, learn about school procedures, gain some level of familiarity with the surroundings and be provided with some key information
(i) A parent is any person who has parental responsibility for, or is the legal guardian of, a child.
(ii) Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address as that sibling.
(iv) Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route from the front door of a child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance to the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system. Higher priority will be given to those living closer to the school.
(v) Children who are not offered a place will have their names entered on a waiting list in order of priority ranked by the admission criteria. The waiting list will be maintained until 31 January of the following year. If a place becomes available it will be offered to the first child on the waiting list.
Please refer ‘DERBYSHIRE’S CO-ORDINATED ADMISSIONS SCHEME’ for further information and ‘How to apply for a school place – a guide for parents 2017 -2018’. See link at the top of the page.