Admissions

Kingsfold is a Community School and as such the LEA is the Admission Authority.

If your child is due to start school in September you MUST apply on Lancashire’s on-line system at www.lancashire.gov.uk/school. If you do not have access to a computer and you cannot apply on-line, please call into the school office for a paper application.

 

School Admissions

The Policy of the LEA, and therefore this school, is that children may come to school in the September of the year in which they have their 5th birthday.

The number of places available in the Reception year group in September will be a maximum of 30, after consultation with the Local Education Authority.

The school will not place any restrictions on admission for Reception unless the number of children for whom admission is sought is likely to exceed 30. In that event the following criteria will apply, which are listed in priority order:

  1. Relationship as brother or sister to a pupil already attending the school at the time the application is made and who will still be in the school at the time of admission.
  2. Special medical or social circumstances affecting the child.
  3. Distance of home from school. (See Note)

Note: Where there are more applicants than places available within a category then distance of home from the main gate of school by the nearest reasonable walking route will be used as the final determining factor.

 

Nursery Admissions

The Policy of this school is that children may come to Nursery as soon as they have turned three. Application forms are available from the school office.

The number of places available in the Nursery year group in September will be a maximum of 52 part-time places, after consultation with the Local Education Authority.

The school will not place any restrictions on admission for Nursery unless the number of children for whom admission is sought is likely to exceed 52. In that event the following criteria will apply, which are listed in priority order:

  1. Without Reference to the Area Served by the School
    1. Children whose statement of special educational needs names Kingsfold Nursery.
    2. Children for whom a statutory assessment has been agreed and for whom a place has been sought by the Area Special Needs Officer (maximum of 2 children per session).
  2. Within the Area Served by the School
    1. Children in need (as defined by the Children Act 1989), i.e. those who are unlikely to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development, or children whose health or development would be further impaired without the provision of services by the Local Authority. Priorities in this category will be determined in the light of information received from Health and Social Services and in consultation with them.
    2. Children who have brothers/sisters attending our school or whose parents have indicated a preference for our school when the child begins statutory education.
    3. Children within the area served by the school, with preference being given on the basis of the distance from home to school within the agreed geographical area, agreed by the County Council upon the recommendation of the Governing Body.

 

Appeals

In the event of the school being unable to admit any child because all the vacancies at the School/Nursery have already been filled, the parent of a child, for whom admission has been refused, may appeal to the Clerk of the Appeals Committee against the decision, setting out the grounds of the appeal.

Appeals against a decision not to admit a child to the School/Nursery should be sent to the Clerk of Appeals Committee within fourteen days of the date of the letter informing parents of the non-admittance of the child.

Arrangements will be made for the parent to have an opportunity of stating his/her case to an Appeals Committee constituted under the Second Schedule of the Education Act 1980, whose decisions shall be final.

 

Admissions Procedure

  • Parents who wish their child to be considered for admission to the Nursery should call into the school office at any time for an application form but this does not guarantee the allocation of a place.
  • As soon as your child turns three please contact the school for confirmation of a place and providing there are places available, your child may start Nursery.
  • Parents considering applying to the school for admission are welcome to visit the school by arrangement with the Headteacher.

 

Induction Arrangements

Nursery

Great emphasis is placed on making the transfer between Home and Nursery as smooth as possible. Your child will start Nursery on a staggered basis.

Before your child starts Nursery you will be informed, by letter, as to whether you have been allocated morning or afternoon sessions.

Also you will be given an induction programme, which sets out the procedure for starting Nursery. Our admission programme is based on good early years practice. Also, a home visit by the Nursery staff will take place for children starting Nursery.

There will be a meeting for parents in the Summer term.

Children starting Nursery during the year other than September will have the opportunity to visit the Nursery and talk to the Nursery teacher prior to admission.

Reception

Before your child starts school there is the opportunity to attend our Nursery. This is an excellent way of establishing early links with the school and getting the children accustomed to coming into school on a regular basis. The Nursery and Reception staff work closely together to provide an excellent Foundation Stage education for all the children.

In the Summer term preceding their admission into school, those children, who do not attend our Nursery will have the opportunity to spend some time in the Foundation Stage Unit. A home visit by the Foundation staff will take place and there is also a meeting for parents to explain our admission procedures further. At this meeting parents are given a Pre-School Induction booklet.

Our admission programme for starting school is based on good Early Years practice and ensures that the children start school free from anxiety and become gradually accustomed to the school routine.

We admit our Reception children on a staggered basis at the start of the Autumn term. Generally we hope to introduce full-time education to all children within the first two weeks of this term.