Admissions & Appeals
Percy Shurmer Academy is a two form entry school. Percy Shurmer Nursery has part time places only. Children are admitted at the beginning of the school year in which they reach their fourth birthday. Parents requesting a place in Nursery should place their child’s name at the office on the school’s waiting list. Places are allocated by the school in line with Birmingham Local Authority’s criteria for admissions detailed below.
Admission into Reception is now handled by the Local Authority. When parents or carers apply for a place for a child they are allocated in accordance with Birmingham Local Authority’s criteria for admissions, and are offered to:
- Looked after children (in public care)
- Children who have particular special needs
- Children who have brothers or sisters already in school and who will still be there when they start school themselves
- Children who live nearest to the school by straight line measured distance from a set point
Prior to starting the foundation stage, parents and their child are invited to a series of open days. These sessions give parents the chance to fill in the admission forms with a member of staff whilst also supporting their child in accessing a range of activities. If children are not confident, then we may ask parents to stay and support their child until they are settled.
Pupils who arrive in school after the initial induction period will be asked to complete 'in-year' registration forms with a member of office staff and will be offered a school prospectus. Parents will be required to provide proof of address, eg. A recent household bill and proof of the child’s identity, eg. Birth certificate or passport.
To ensure the child settles into school we will ring the previous school for information regarding the child. We will also arrange for the child to meet the admissions/ attendance officer to have a guided tour of the school prior to starting school. All children who are new to school will be buddied with another student who will help them settle in.
Timetable for Admissions Appeals
Academies Enterprise Trust is the admission authority for this academy.
The Academy will adhere to the following timetable in regard to appeal hearings:
- Academy to notify parents that their application was unsuccessful;
- Parents to be allowed 20 school days from the date of this notification to prepare and lodge their written appeal;
- Academy to set appeal hearing date following receipt of appeal - at least 10 school days notice should be given. This date should include reasonable deadlines for appellant to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence and for the clerk to send appeal papers to all parties;
- Academy to ensure decision letters following the appeal hearing are sent to appellant within 5 school days of the date of the hearing.
Appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales:
a) For applications made in the normal admissions round1, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
b) For late applications2, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;
c) For applications to sixth forms:
i) Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;
ii) Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
d) For applications for in-year admissions3, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with whatever timescale is set out in the timetable published by the admission authority.
1 Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 an application is made in the ‘normal admissions round’ if it is not a ‘late application’ or an ‘in-year application’: see footnotes 2 and 3.
2 An application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date. The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7 (Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).
3 An application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group.