ARCHBISHOP SUMNER CHURCH OF ENGLAND
VA PRIMARY SCHOOL
Admissions Policy for September 2017/18
Any person considering applying for a place at Archbishop Sumner Church of England Primary School (‘ABS’ or the ‘School’) must read the Admissions Policy set out below.
Any person applying under the Church criteria must complete the School’s Supplementary Information Form and have the Clergy Reference completed by a member of the Clergy of North Lambeth Parish.
If you are not applying under the Church criteria you only need to complete your home Local Authority Common Application Form.
Archbishop Sumner Church of England School provides a caring and loving environment for each pupil, seeking to ensure they are happy members of the school family, who enjoy learning and leave school with the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the changing world in which they live. We try to create an atmosphere of a Christian family, encouraging children to grow in the love of God, and in their care and understanding of each other and the wider community.
The Governing Body is responsible for the admission of pupils to the School and admits 30 pupils to Reception each year. The Governing Body is required to abide by the maximum limits for infant classes (for 5, 6, and 7 year olds) i.e. 30 per class.
Children who attend the Nursery at ABS are not given priority over other applicants. If your child attends the Nursery at ABS, you must follow the Admissions Procedure and submit an application for entry to Reception.
Children admitted to ABS, and their parents and guardians, are required to abide by the School regulations and to co-operate with the staff on matters of attendance, discipline, homework and dress.
Applicants are strongly urged to visit the School so that they can learn as much as possible about the School and its ethos.
The School participates with the co-ordinated admission arrangements with other primary schools in Lambeth.
To help you through the process, we have divided the information into sections.
Section One Church Places
Section Two Children of Teaching Staff
Section Three Open Places
Section Four Unfilled Church and children of staff places
Section Five Notes and definitions
Section One - Church Places
The Governing Body has designated a maximum of fourteen (14) places to be offered to pupils whose parent/carer is a faithful and regular worshiper (see Notes below) at either St Peter’s (Kennington Lane), St Anselm’s (Kennington Road) or The Lambeth Mission and St Mary’s (Lambeth Road), which together are referred to as the “North Lambeth Parish Churches”.
Written evidence of applicants' commitment to their place of worship is required at the time of application on the School’s Supplementary Form, which must be returned to the School. This evidence must be endorsed by your Church minister.
Any Church Places not filled will be designated as Open Places.
Church Places Over-subscription Criteria
If there are more than fourteen (14) applicants who qualify for a Church Place, places will be allocated according to the following criteria. These are stated in order of priority:
(i) looked after children or previously looked after children (see Notes below);
(ii) children whose parent/carer is a faithful and regular worshiper (see Notes below) at one of the North Lambeth Parish Churches;
(iii) children who will have a sibling (see Notes below) in the school at the time of both application and admission.
In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the criteria for Church Places and there are insufficient places, the Governing Body will use distance, in the first instance, to decide between applicants; if applicants live equidistant from the school the Governing Body will draw lots to decide between applicants.
Section Two - Children of Teaching Staff Places
The Governing Body has designated a maximum two (2) places each year for children of teaching staff at the School.
The member of staff must have been employed at the School for two or more years at the time of application. A maximum of two (2) places will be awarded under this criterion.
In the event that more than two teaching staff apply for a place the Governing Body will draw lots to decide between applicants.
Any Children of Teaching Staff Places not filled will be designated as Open Places.
Section Three - Open Places
The Governing Body has designated a minimum of fourteen (14) places each year as open places, to be offered to pupils who do not qualify for a Church place, but whose parents/carers have chosen the school for the type of education it provides. Parents applying for an open place do so knowing that the school aims to provide an education based on Christian principles and, therefore, the Governing Body hopes that all pupils will take part in the Christian worship of the school and attend religious education lessons.
Any Church Places or Children of Teaching Staff Places not filled will be designated as Open Places.
Open Places Over-subscription Criteria
If there are more applicants for Open Places than the number of Open Places available then places will be allocated according to the following criteria. These are stated in order of priority:
(i) looked after children or previously looked after children (see Notes below);
(ii) children who have a sibling (see Notes below) in the school at the time of both application and admission; and
(iii) children in order of nearness of the home to the school (see Notes below).
In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the criteria for Open Places and there are insufficient places, the Governing Body will draw lots to decide between applicants.
Section Four – Unfilled Church and Children of Teaching Staff Places
Any unfilled Church Places or Children of Teaching Staff Places will be designated Open Places
Section Five – Notes and definitions
Faithful and regular worshipper
A “faithful and regular worshiper” is someone who has attended worship at least fortnightly for at least two years prior to application. Those who have recently moved to the area and who worshiped previously in a different church will be asked to supply a reference from that church so that the two-year period is covered.
Looked after children
Looked after children are children who are in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions as defined by Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making an application to the school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after immediately prior to being adopted, or who became subject to a residence order, (now termed child arrangement order under the Children & Families Act 2014), or special guardianship order. The Governors will require written confirmation that the child is looked after, or previously looked after, and will be so at the time of making an application to the school.
Siblings are defined as: brothers and sisters; half-brothers and – sisters; step-brothers and –sisters; foster/adopted brothers and sisters who share the same home.
Nearness of the home to the school
Distance will be measured in a straight line from the main entrance of the child’s home address to the main entrance of the school on Reedworth Street using the London Borough of Lambeth’s ‘Straight Line Measurement’ system. Applicants from the same block of flats will be treated as living the same distance from the school, regardless of the floor on which they live. Where a child regularly lives at more than one address, the home address for admissions purposes will be the address of the person with parental responsibility. Where parental responsibility for a child is shared the home address will be the address at which the child spends more school (Monday to Thursday) nights.
Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements
The School is part of the locally agreed co-ordination scheme and the timescales for applications to be received and processed are those agreed with the local authority. Parents must complete their home local authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) and return the form to that Authority; if applying for a place at this School, parents must name this School as one of the preferences on the CAF. Parents must complete the CAF, even if their child attends the Nursery at this school. On-line applications may be made via https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app. More information is available in your Local Authority’s admission booklet or on their website.
Parents/carers who wish to apply for a Church place for their child must complete the school’s Supplementary Form and return this to the School by noon (12pm) on Wednesday 13 January 2016. Failure to return the Supplementary Form will mean that the School cannot consider the application for a Church place, and will consider the application for an Open place instead.
The Governors will consider late applications in accordance with the procedure in the local authority’s admission booklet. In essence, this means that late applicants will be considered after the initial round of offers is made; this is likely to reduce considerably your chance of gaining a place.
Special educational needs
Parents of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs, or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan are required to apply for school places separately through the local authority from whom advice is available. If a child with a statement, or EHC Plan, is placed in the school by the local authority before the normal admission round, the number of places available to other applicants will be reduced. The Governors will admit all those pupils whose statement, or EHC Plan, names the School.
The School is committed to taking its fair share of pupils who are hard to place in accordance with the locally agreed fair access protocol. Pupils admitted under the protocol will take priority over any children on the waiting list and this may include, on occasion, admitting above the planned admission number.
The School admits children to the Reception class in the September of the school year in which a child attains the age of 5 years. (The school year runs from 1 September to the 31st August.) All parents/carers are entitled to a full-time place for their child in the reception class from September, but may defer entry until the beginning of the term after their child is five years old (i.e., when the child reaches compulsory school age) or until the beginning of the summer term whichever is earlier. Children may attend part-time until their child reaches compulsory school age. Parents/carers wishing to defer entry for their child and/or attend part-time must contact the headteacher at the earliest opportunity to discuss the arrangements.
Education out of normal (chronological) age group
Children are educated in school with others of their age group. However, in exceptional circumstances parents/carers may choose to seek places outside of their child’s chronological year group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case. Parents/carers must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child's best interest and may provide recent professional evidence to support this. Further details of how to make such a request are available from the school.
Applicants who are not offered a place at ABS for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Parents wishing to appeal should set out their appeal in writing addressed to the Chair of Governors within 14 days of receiving the letter from the Local Authority informing them of the outcome of their application.
Once the first round of offers is made by the Local Authority, ABS will operate a waiting list ordered in accordance with this Admissions Policy. This means that the waiting list may change as new applications for places are received and a child who has been on the waiting list for some time may drop down the list when a new applicant is added. The list of applicants waiting for a place at ABS is maintained by the School. When a vacancy arises, Governors will meet to order (against this Admissions Policy) the list as it stood on the day the vacancy arose.
The waiting list is held until the end of the autumn term (i.e. until the last school day prior to 1st January 2017).
Ratified by the Governing Body March 2016
¹ Looked after Children means a child who is looked after by a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989(b) at the time an application for his/her admission to a school is made and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when s/he is admitted to the school.