Admissions and Appeals
Four Dwellings Primary Academy Admissions Arrangements for Academic Year 2019 -2020
Academies Enterprise Trust is the Admissions Authority for the Academy.
These arrangements are established in accordance with Annex 1 of the Academy’s Supplemental Funding Agreement.
Four Dwellings Primary Academy has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 60 for entry into Reception. The Academy will accordingly admit at least 60 pupils in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received. All applications will be admitted if 60 or fewer apply.
Children with a statement of Special Education Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan:
Any child with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (“EHC”) is required to be admitted. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named academy. This is not an over-subscription criterion.
Looked After Children:
Any child that is Looked After or previously Looked After is required to be admitted to the Academy. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named school. In the case of previously looked after children, admission authorities may request a copy of the adoption order, residence order or special guardianship order and a letter from the local authority that last looked after the child confirming that he or she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made.
If the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (“EHC”) where the school is named in the Statement or EHC Plan. Priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
1. Looked after or previously looked after children.
2. Children with a brother or a sister already at the academy who will still be in attendance in September 2016.
3. Children who live nearest the academy.
Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the academy, calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between home and academy.
Operation of waiting lists:
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the coordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first school term. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. Places from the waiting list will be offered in the priority order set out above, not in order of the date applications are made.
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 applications will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.
Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group:
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 Trust (AET) as the admissions authority, who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Principal. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.
In Year Admissions:
The Academy will co-ordinate their own in year admissions and an application made outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the Academy. Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any school. On receipt of an in-year application, the school will notify the Local Authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the Local Authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of schools places within their authority.
Fair Access Protocols:
The Academy works in accordance with the in-year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority; should a vulnerable child within the protocols require a place at the Academy, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.
If it is necessary to use a tie-breaker to distinguish between two or more applications, a distance criterion will be used. We will give priority to the applicants who live nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from the front door of the home of the applicant to the front door of the main reception of the school site that was on the original application for a place.
Academies Enterprise Trust as the Admission Authority delegates the responsibility for appeals back to the Academy/Local Authority. Parents who wish to appeal the decision of the admissions authority to refuse their child a place at your Academy may apply in writing to the Academy where appeals will be heard by an independent panel.
The Academy can be contacted at the following address:
Mr Craig Clarke , Executive Headteacher
Four Dwellings Primary Academy
Quinton Road West
Tel: 0121 464 3351
Four Dwellings Primary Academy has an agreed Published Admission Number (PAN) of 60 for entry into nursery, based on two sessions per day, 60 children for the morning session and 60 children for the afternoon session. All applications will be admitted if 60 or fewer apply. There is no appeal process for nursery places. There will be no more than 60 children in the nursery at any one time.
For further information on the application for nursery places and the over subscription criteria please contact the Academy.
A sibling is defined as a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household and address who attends the Academy in any year group excluding the final year. Biological siblings who attend the Academy in any year group excluding the final year will also be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence. Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.
Brothers and Sisters:
Brothers and sisters include children with the same natural parents living at the same address children with the same natural parents living at different addresses (e.g. due to separation of natural parents) half- brothers/sisters living at the same address step – brothers/sisters living at the same address - children living as part of the same family unit with their parents/guardians at the same address.
Looked after child:
A 'looked after child' (1) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption (2) child arrangements order (3) or special guardianship order (4).
(1) Children who are looked after or immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order. This includes any child / young person who is subject to a Full Care Order, an interim Care Order, accommodated under Section 22(1) of the> Children Act 1989, is remanded or detained into Local Authority accommodation under Criminal Law or who has been placed for adoption.
(2) This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).
(3) Under the provisions of s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amend section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements orders.
(4) See Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
An adoption order is an order under Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
A residence order is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
Residence is defined as the normal family address where the child resides. The qualifications date is the closing date for applications under the co-ordinated admissions scheme(where families change normal address after the closing date but before the allocation process has finished this can be considered under the review procedure). Where parents live at separate addresses and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive).Childcare arrangements involving relatives’ addresses do not qualify as normal family addresses for this purpose unless there is a court Residence Order in place.
Exceptional Medical and Social Grounds:
Children who the academy accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at one specific school. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social need and demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child. This includes children in need, as determined by Section 17(10) of the Children Act 1989.
Updated October 2019