Starting school in the 2022/23 School Year
Please read the Schools Admission Arrangements for Bath and Wells Multi Academy Schools located in the Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority Area.
Following consultation of the proposed changes to the 2022/23 admission arrangements, the full Trust Board have agreed the following oversubscription criteria:
Priority A – A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who, at the time of application, is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 applies).
Priority B – Children who, at the time of application, have a sibling attending Bathford Church School.
Priority C – Children living closest to the school, as measured in a direct line.
Please see Section 1.5 of Schools Admissions Arrangements for definition of Siblings.
How to make an application for a child to start school for the first time in the Reception year:
Bathford Church School is part of the Bath and North East Somerset’s (B&NES) Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. All applications for admission for a Reception place must be submitted to your home Local Authority (LA) by the published closing date (15 January 2021 for 21/22). B&NES will forward all applications for Bathford Church School to the school and the Admission Committee of the Governing Body will rank all applications against the school’s admission criteria should they be oversubscribed. The ranked list will then be returned to the Local Authority under the co-ordinated admissions scheme and they will make a single offer of a place on the published offer date (on 16 April 2021 for 21/22)
Published Admissions Number
Bathford Church School has a Published Admission Number of 30 which means it will admit 30 children into Reception each year.
Special Educational Needs
The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice requires the Admission Authority to admit any children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or with a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming Bathford Church School. Children with an Educational Health and Care Plan will be dealt with through the SEND Code of Practice and their placement is determined through the statutory assessment process or an annual review of their statement. All schools are consulted before being named on a pupil’s Statement or Educational Health and Care and schools have the opportunity to draw attention to any difficulties arising from oversubscribed year groups. If a school is named on a Statement or Educational Health and Care Plan this will take priority over the Admissions Criteria, although, wherever possible the place will be offered within the Admission Number for the school. Parents/carers who wish to transfer their child from a setting named in the Education Health and Care Plan must seek approval to do so via the Local Authority that issued the plan before applying for an In-Year transfer.
For the academic year 2021/22, the following oversubscription criteria apply:
Priority A – Children in Public care (Looked after Children) or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.
Children who live within a 1.5 mile radius* of the school and for whom there will be a sibling in attendance on the admission date at the preferred school.
Children who live outside a 1.5 mile radius* of the school but it is their closest school and for whom there will be a sibling in attendance on the admission date at the preferred school.
Priority C – Children who live closest to the school as measured in a direct line
To be considered under the above criteria parents must have named the school as a preference. Under the above criteria all preferences are considered equally. If a child qualifies for more than one school they will be offered their highest preference as stated on their application form.
* The 1.5 mile radius will be measured from the ‘address point’ of a school as defined by the Local Land & Property Gazetter (LLPG).
In all cases, distances will be measured in a direct line from the address point of the child’s home address to the address point of a school as defined by the Local Land & Property Gazetter (LLPG). Measurements will be determined using the Local Authority’s GIS computerised mapping system.
If under all the above criteria any single category resulted in over- subscription, those living closer to the preferred school would receive the higher priority.
In the event of the school being oversubscribed where the applicant for the final qualifying place(s) available within the admission number is the parent/carer of twins, triplets or other multiple births the authority will breach the admission number to allow these children to be offered places. In the case of schools where there would be Infant Class Size issues such children will remain as an ‘excepted pupil’ to the class size limit for the time they are in an infant class or until the class numbers fall back to the normal class size limit of 30.
BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNCIL ADMISSIONS
To talk to someone at Bath & North East Somerset Admissions and Transport Service about school admissions, contact them on 01225 394312.
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