The law does not require children to be admitted to school until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. The date compulsory school age is reached is determined by legislation. These dates are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.
However the School Admissions Code makes provision for all children to be admitted to school in the September following their 4th birthday. You will be offered a full-time place from September although you will be able to access this entitlement through one of the following options:
Full-time in the Reception Year from 1 September following the child’s fourth birthday.
Part-time in the Reception Year from 1 September following the child’s fourth birthday (five sessions - am only).
Part -time in an early years setting (a maximum of 15 hours per week)
Options which are not available
1. A full-time school place split between the school and the school nursery unit/private nursery
2. Any split of a part-time school place
Under the Education Act 1988 schools are required to admit children up to their standard admission number (SAN) in the relevant year group. At present for Barugh Green this is 45 in Reception, and all other year groups.
If the SAN is not exceeded, places will be offered forthwith. In cases where the SAN is exceeded the Local Education Authority give priority as follows:
Firstly to those children with a statement of special educational needs where the school is named on the statement in accordance with the Council’s procedure;
Secondly to children in public care;
Thirdly to children with brothers and/or sisters attending the school on the proposed date of admission;
Fourthly to children living nearest the school, the distance to be measured by a straight line between the child’s ordinary place of residence and the main entrance to the school building.
Government legislation gives parents the right to apply for a place at any school in Barnsley or the surrounding district, regardless of their address. To enable us to plan effectively it would be helpful if parents of pre-school children who would like a place at our school could register their child’s name with us as early as possible.
In September, an ‘Admissions to School’ brochure is given to those parents who have registered their child’s name for the next academic year starting September. In that brochure is an application form which must be returned to your chosen school by 16 January 2017.
Parents will be notified of the result of their application on 18 April 2017.
Where parental preference is denied, parents can appeal to the LA through the Admissions section.
In the term before your child starts school, there will be:
a) opportunities to visit school. A minimum of 2 visits are provided for pupils - one morning, one afternoon with a dinner included in the morning visit. Pupils will meet their new teacher and become familiar with the school;
b) a home visit by the class teacher;
c) an open evening for parents of new pupils.
In addition, parents are invited to contact school at any time.