Admissions

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Gonville Academy intends to admit 60 children into Reception in September 2016

We welcome visits to our academies before application and are flexible in trying to ensure you can

look around at a mutually convenient time. Please telephone the academy office to make an

appointment with a member of the admissions team. If possible, we will try to arrange for a

member of the Senior Leadership Team to be available for further questions. Please check each

Academy’s prospectus for more details.

Admissions criteria

If the Academy is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students with a Statement of Special

Educational Need, where the Academy is named on the Statement. The remaining places will then

be offered in the order of priority below.

Priority 1

Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children:

Looked after children are children in public care at the date on which the application is made.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because

they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order,

immediately after being looked after.

If an application is made under the looked after criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the

relevant Local Authority

Children’s Services Department.

If applying under the previously looked

after criterion a copy of the adoption or special guardianship order must also be supplied.

Priority 2

Siblings: Children with a brother or sister who are reasonably expected to be in

attendance at the Academy at the time of the enrolment of the new pupil. A sibling is defined as a

brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose

main residence is at the same address.

Priority 3

Medical: Children with serious medical reasons for needing to attend the particular

Academy. For primary age pupils, a serious and continuing medical condition of a parent which

would prevent them taking their child to school may also be relevant. Supporting evidence should

set out particular reasons why the Academy in question is the most suitable and the difficulties that

would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The medical reasons must be verified by

a doctor or consultant and declared at the time of application if known at the time. Claims for

priority of admission on medical grounds will not be considered if submitted after a decision on the

original application has already been made. Decisions on priority of admission on medical grounds

will be taken on the basis of recommendations of the Local Authority’s Medical Advisor.

Priority 4

Distance

The address given on the application form must be the child’s normal place of

residence. School places cannot be allocated on the basis of a business address or the address of a

relative or childminder. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the pupil’s

main home to the designated main entrance nominated by the academy using the Local Authority’s

computerised measuring system with those living closer to the academy receiving higher priority.

For shared properties, e.g. flats, the centre will be taken from the centre of the building.

The Academy’s geographical area of intake may change from year to year depending upon the level

of oversubscription and the number and location of applicants.

Tie Break

Distance will be used as a tiebreaker for each oversubscription criterion. Where distance is the same

for two or more applications, random allocation which is independently verified will be used.

Twins/Multiple Births

Where there are insufficient places to admit both twins, an additional exception may be made to

accept the other twin. With triplets or other multiple birth applicants, each one would be

considered according to need and available school resources.

In Year Applications

In year admissions (those that take place to all other year groups) are made as places become

available. In recent years there have been very few places available for ‘in year’ admissions at our

academies. However, you may still make a formal application to the Local Authority and your child’s

name will be added to the waiting list for the Academy.

Waiting Lists

The waiting list is ordered in accordance with the priorities identified in published admissions criteria

(see above). This means that a child’s position on the waiting list can change, depending upon the

number of applications received for places at the academy and whether these applications are

submitted on behalf of children with a high or low priority in terms of the published admissions

criteria. The Admissions Code requires admission authorities to order waiting lists on the basis of the

priorities of the published admissions criteria and not, for example, on a ‘first come first served’

basis. Indeed, it is for this reason that late applications may enjoy immediate priority on the waiting

list, if they have a sibling already in attendance at the academy.

The Authority cannot take account of child care factors or work commitments when allocating places

at oversubscribed community schools.

Appeals

Parents/carers who are not offered a place for their child will be entitled to appeal to an

independent committee under the provisions of the

School Standards and Framework Act, 1998.

The appeal panel will be independent of the Academy. A service level agreement has been taken

out by The STEP Academy Trust with Croydon Local Authority to carry out the role of clerk to

administer appeals hearings for those academies located within the London Borough of Croydon.

The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Schools Admissions Code

and will be binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about the appeals

process and provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have

about the process.

Information about the appeals process can be requested from the Academy office.

 

The STEP Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 7612865). Registered office: Gonville Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 6DL